Prefabricated homes have captured our house-hungry nation?s imagination for generations, but many feel their promise of great construction at low cost isn?t being completely fulfilled today. Now architecture firm Connect:Homes has designs on changing that with a new collection of LEED-certified, economical modern homes.

The Los Angeles-based firm?s principals are alums of blue-chip modular masters Marmol Radziner, so they?ve got a background we trust. And we like their thinking, which goes something like this: Today, most prefab home parts aren?t supercheap due to economies of scale, unlike when the Sears Catalog long ago sold many such homes. Connect:Homes cuts the cost of transport by fabricating sections in easy-to-truck sizes--like flat-pack furniture writ large.

The proof is in the designs, which remind us of jazzed-up container homes (in a good way). Models range from the glassy two-story Connect 8.4, which has 2,560 square feet, down to the compact Connect 2.1, with 640 square feet and a covered deck (which makes a perfect backyard office/guest room). Now the clincher: Homes start at $145 per square foot.

We?re imagining this as a new chapter in From Bauhaus to Our House.

Connect:Homes, 1412 Westerly Terr.; 808-959-2261 or connect-homes.com

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