Method Homes completes its first prefab cabin

Thanks to Brian from Method Homes for sending us info and photos about the prefab cabin they’ve been working on.  We’ve been watching the progress of the cabin’s construction over the past few months, and are happy to see the final result which is just in time for the owners to enjoy for the summer.

The cabin was designed by Balance Associates, and is full of environmentaly friendly materials, be sure to read their press release for much more info after the photos below.

Modern Cabin

Seattle, WA — July 21, 2008 — Method Homes, a Seattle manufacturer of architect-designed, sustainably built prefab housing, is pleased to announce that its first prefab, green cabin in Glacier, Washington near Mt. Baker has been completed. The cabin is fully furnished and is currently being used as a vacation home by Method Founders Brian Abramson and Mark Rylant and their families.

Rylant is pleased with the layout and configuration of the current model, which is based on a flexible template. “One of the exciting things about our design is that it can be modified and constructed in so many different ways and sizes ranging from 800 to 2000+ square feet and as one or two stories.”

Method Homes completed the construction on schedule in just three months. Abramson and Rylant see their timely finish as a testament to the advantages of the off-site approach. According to Brian Abramson, “Construction in the Company’s controlled-environment facility results in a faster build-out (it never rains indoors), and a more efficient one at that–up to 50% less waste of building materials in the construction process. Craftsmen can count on being productive and adhering to anticipated schedules. By building in a factory, Method’s crews cut down on trips made to the site by delivery vehicles and subcontractors, thus minimizing impact to the environment.”

Method Homes has done everything possible to insure that the construction process and their finished homes are sustainable. Method’s down-to-earth, contemporary design approach utilizes locally grown and produced building materials such as FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified Douglas fir framing material, reclaimed fir trim and cedar siding, as well as energy- efficient lighting and plumbing fixtures, hydronic radiant heating, whole- house ventilation systems, solar options and enhanced insulation applications.

Method’s first prefab model, The Method Cabin, is the work of the highly respected Seattle architectural firm Balance Associates (balanceassociates.com). According to Principal Architect Tom Lenchek, “We design for sustainability and energy efficiency, balancing the desire for an architecturally sophisticated home.” Balance breaks the mold of most prefabs, offering highly functional floor plans and architectural features such as cantilevered roofs. Balance Associates have established themselves as leaders in design of contemporary second homes, and Method is proud to bring their prefab model into the market.

Future plans for the company include a demonstration home to be located at Snoqualmie Pass less than hour an hour east of Seattle. Method is currently seeking a media sponsor for the demonstration home. They are also working with the Kulshan Community land Trust to design and build green affordable housing in an urban context using modifications of their current design.

The Method Home Cabin is currently available for tours, and orders are being taken for 2009.

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Specifications

– Custom Bamboo Hardwoods Cabinets – bamboohardwoods.com

“We believe in bamboo because it is an amazing rapidly renewable resource, and by supporting the use of this beautiful and versatile material as a complete wood replacement, we are all helping to keep the world a greener place!”

-Ecotop Countertops by Kliptech – kliptech.com/ecotop.html

“EcoTop is composed of a Forest Stewardship Council-certified 50/50 blend of bamboo fiber, a rapidly renewable resource, and recycled wood fiber salvaged from demolition sites. These materials are bound together by a water-based resin formula that is both petroleum-free and VOC-free.” -Yolo Colorhouse No VOC Paint yolocolorhouse.com

Timber Pro Coating Low VOC exterior stain – timberprocoating.com

Indoor air is three times more polluted than outdoor air,
and according to the EPA, is considered to be one of the top 5 hazards to human health. Paints and finishes are among the leading causes. Non VOC paints benefit indoor air quality during application and after curing by emitting no odors or off gassing.

-Certified FSC Lumber (Forestry Stewardship Council) – fscus.org

“The Forest Stewardship Council was created to change the dialogue about and the practice of sustainable forestry worldwide. This impressive goal has in many ways been achieved, yet there is more work to be done. FSC sets forth principles, criteria, and standards that span economic, social, and environmental concerns.”

-Multiple Siding package options including Rainscreen, FSC Cedar and Galvalume combinations

A rain screen is beneficial for its ability to allow airflow behind the siding thus allowing any moisture to escape.

-Standing seam metal roof

In addition to being energy efficient, metal roofing
is recognized as a sustainable building material because of its durability, minimum recycled content of 25% and the fact it can be recycled.

-Sierra Pacific aluminum clad/ SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) wood interior windows – sierrapacificwindows.com/html/spw_and_sfi.htm

“Sierra Pacific has joined with other private landowners across North America in voluntarily adopting the standards set by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) program We have developed a one hundred year plan for managing our forests to provide the wood products consumers rely on while maintaining fish and wildlife habitat, soil stability and water quality.”

-Enhanced insulation with increased R values

By utilizing a combination of polyurethane foam and blown in cellulose The Method Cabin will achieve an R value of 25+ will improve energy efficiency. The cellulose also contains 80% recycled content.

-Warmboard in floor hydronic radiant heat with high efficiency boiler – warmboard.com

“Warmboard contributes to healthy and clean indoor air quality, while providing superior comfort. Germs, dust, pollen and mold spores generally associated with forced air systems do not apply to Warmboard. Additionally, the high conductivity of the panel leads to lower water temperatures, creating greater efficiency that ultimately benefits the environment.”

-Solar prewiring and configuration options

“Generating electricity from solar energy reduces consumption of fossil fuels, which decreases pollution and greenhouse gas emission. By switching to solar power, users combat global warming and reduce our nation’s dependence of foreign energy sources. Even a small solar electric system has a significant environmental impact. For example, a 2.5kW solar system reduces CO2 emissions by an amount similar to that which would occur by planting 1 acre of trees, or the amount of CO2 emitted by a passenger car driving 7,800 miles per year.” From Borrego Solar Website

-Dual flush toilets and low flow fixtures

Utilizing dual flush toilets and low flow fixtures can result in a water savings of 2400 gallons per person in each household each year.

-Multiple trim, flooring and tile options included FSC wood, bamboo, reclaimed wood, and recycled content tile

We will be utilizing reclaimed fir trim. All products that go into the finish of our homes will be aesthetically pleasing and sustainable.

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