Prefabulous: A Pocket Neighborhood Home in Concord, Massachusetts

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The first floor features a large open floor plan to help the home feel spacious.
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The siding is fiber cement, mounted on strapping to create a rain screen to ensure a long life. Permeable asphalt paving was used to allow storm water to infiltrate into the ground. A small portion of the grounds close to the house is for the exclusive use of the homeowners so they can personalize their outdoor living area.
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In the kitchen, the countertops are quartz and the appliances are all ENERGY STAR–rated and WaterSense efficient.
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The flooring is solid white oak that is prefinished with a water-based stain. The kitchen, living room, and dining room are arranged in an open plan and oriented toward the shared common exterior area. The large triple-glazed windows and high ceilings give the house a spacious feel.
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Flip through gorgeous photos and floor plans of 50 fabulous prefab homes around the globe in Prefabulous World (Abrams, 2014) by Sherri Koones.
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The second floor attic offers tons of extra storage space.

With rising costs of fuel and the growing urge to reduce our carbon footprint, innovations in prefab home construction have ignited. Prefabulous World (Abrams, 2014) by Sherri Koones showcases 50 homes from around the globe providing endless possibilities in prefab design.

Situated in a charming pocket neighborhood in Concord, Massachusetts, the Concord Riverwalk Cottage looks like your typical home. But this 1,500-square-foot prefab home is far from typical. Developer Daniel Gainsboro wanted to build 10 green homes in a pocket community—neighborhoods designed to create strong communities with a small carbon footprint. With a focus on quality, energy-efficient homes, Gainsboro sold the first eight in just three months.

The Good Stuff

Green Aspects:

• 99 percent of construction debris was recycled
• Drought-tolerant, native plantings
• Dual-flush toilets
• Locally sourced materials
• Manufactured quartz countertops and recycled tile
• No- and low-VOC finishes
• Recycled composite wood exterior trim and decking
• WaterSense-rated faucets, showerheads, and appliances

Energy Aspects:

• Closed spray foam insulation
• Energy-efficient lighting fixtures
• Energy monitoring
• ENERGY STAR–rated appliances
• Heat recovery ventilator (HRV)
• High-efficiency, air-sourced electric heat pumps
• Insulated doors
• LED and CFL lighting
• Minimal glazing on north side
• Optimal solar orientation
• Photovoltaic panels
• Polyisocyanurate board and rigid (XPS) foam insulation
• Solar hot water panels
• Triple-glazed insulated windows


Excerpted with permission from Prefabulous World: Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Homes around the Globe by Sheri Koones and published by Abrams, 2014.