Sunday, November 16, 2008

Will modernism kill Clayton's i-house

HERE are some nice modernist green designs, finalists in a competition for designers come up with a $100,000 green house. They are designed for coastal flood areas, and there's no telling what the houses will cost by the time more than a few get built.

One may wonder, why I am blogging the Clayton i-house specifically. Again, while dozens of designs may come from competitions and private architects, few of these individuals or companies have the resources of a company like Clayton to mass produce and market it. Mass production not only helps keep a price low, it can also help a home become popular and available in more areas.

Affordability of Ford's Model T or the Volkswagen are what contributed to making them successful. If a home works well -- is energy efficient -- and is good quality, buyers will also warm to buying an affordable mass produced home.

The question is, will modernism kill a new house's mass popularity, even if it is all those things.


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    You left a comment on my music blog.
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  3. I went to the Knoxville show solely to see the iHouse. The biggest flaw I saw with design was no actual closet (the closet-cabinets most people wouldn't be satisfied with.)
    Beyond that, I liked it for the most part. I asked a couple people working there and found one who is developing it. He told me the estimated price tag will be around $130,000.

    I'm a single guy, I make under $20k/yr, and for me that price would be too much to afford.

    I'm looking through your links and searching the web and coming up with my own designs as well: I want to build a house, but it has to be over 640 sqft due to local restrictions, and I have to be able to do it in an affordable way.
    It's nice to see someone else taking the same interests!

  4. Hi Atomic!

    Finally, someone who has actually toured the i-house. Thanks for your post with that information. I'd like to ask you a few more questions in an e-mail, and feature it as a blog post, if you are willing.

    Also, I have done some building on my own, at very low cost. Write to me, and I'll tell you about my experience with it.

    Write me, Greenotter at:


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