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Steel-Framed Simplicity

Posted by Matt Power

Feb 4, 2014 5:17:00 PM

blu_homePatricia Wheeler’s new house literally unfolded before her eyes. The artist lives on Deer Isle, a small island off the coast of Maine. Blu Homes designed, built and delivered her steel-framed, energy-efficient dwelling.

The pre-fab company constructs homes in its Vallejo, California factory, and delivers them to home sites around the country. Hinges allow the steel structures to fold and unfold, making transportation more efficient. The factory setting helps minimize waste and avoid pesky weather delays.

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Up to 70 percent more efficient than comparable conventional models, Blu Homes modular dwellings come straight from the factory.

  • Blu Homes Exterior Deer Isle

    Blu Homes uses computer modeling to help determine the best home site. This model takes advantage of passive solar gain on the south side and views of the pond to the west.

  • Blu Homes Kitchen Deer Isle

    Energy Star appliances, low-flow fixtures, dimmable lights and Bellini cabinets make this kitchen efficient. All Blu Homes are LEED certifiable.

  • Blu Homes Andersen Windows

    Andersen argon-filled windows help create an airtight envelope and bring in lots of natural light.

  • Blu Homes Radiant Heat

    Radiant heat, standard in all Blu Homes, helps keep the home cozy through Maine winters. The floor has an R-value of 29 and includes EcoBatt insulation under the floor joints, and rigid foam around the perimeter.

  • Blu Homes Maine

    Steel for the homes comes from recycled appliances, old cars, and even portions of decommissioned bridges. All of the steel was originally from the U.S. House.

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Topics: 1500 square feet or less

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