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Prefab Modern House: The M2 by Method Homes

This prefab modern house called the M2. It has two bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms within 1240 sq. ft. of interior space that’s inside so it’s definitely not tiny and- to me- not even small.

But I still think it’s worth looking at and I think you might enjoy it too. And since it’s prefab you might be able to order just one wing which would be somewhere around 500 sq. ft. Later, if you needed or wanted to, you can add on. You can see what I mean in the video below where you can see it being set up.

The living and dining areas are on one side and the bedrooms are on the other. The enclosed glass bridge connects them together. It’s an interesting layout isn’t it? How would you change this to make it maybe smaller and most importantly better for your own needs?

Prefab Modern M2 House by Method Homes

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Images © MethodHomes

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Video: M2 Prefab Modern House

Learn more: http://methodhomes.net/project/m2/

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  • greg January 24, 2015, 10:06 am

    How ’bout two reasonably sized modules parked side by side??

    I’ve long thought that a pair of reasonably sized modules that can each be towed without epic effort might make a lot of sense in certain circumstances. After all, I suspect many tiny homes on wheels rarely move so occasionally having to move two of them is not that big an inconvenience. And the ability to move them with a human-sized truck may make the whole thing more cost effective.

    To tie the components together into a killer living space, park them under one of those stressed fabric shelters like can be found at farmtek.com (Considered a temporary building so not taxed in many jurisdictions which is why they are popular.) and you can have a very nice, well sheltered outdoor living space to go along with nicely sized indoor living space.

    Ideally, from a cost standpoint, one of the modules is the ‘wet’ module with kitchen & bath and the other is dry with living & sleeping quarters. Of course climate control would have to be duplicated across both modules but when a furnace or AC fails in extreme weather having a backup isn’t such a bad thing.

    • Rich Zellich January 28, 2015, 8:05 pm

      Notice that in the above photos of the M2, the climate control _is_ replicated in the two modules – with none apparent in the connecting walkway. Those units high up on the walls appear to be “mini splits” – combination heating & A/C units with a small unit outside and only the long narrow vent on the inside (I’m guessing each bedroom has it’s own, so there are probably 3 units total). They’re frequently used for add-on rooms, as well as spaces like garages and separate workshops.

  • Cahow January 24, 2015, 11:36 am

    This reminds me very much of a friend’s home in Michigan. In Cathy’s home, the main part is a 1.5 story Saltbox which houses the kitchen, dining room, living room, family room and bathroom on the main floor with 4 guest bedrooms and 2 baths upstairs. (Her family is herself, hubby, and 4 grown children + 6 grandchildren).

    An identical glass breezeway connects the dining room with the Master Bedroom Suite and Master Bath, so their bedroom is an “island of repose”. What’s so clever is that they turned the breezeway into a stunning library with clerestory windows lining the bookcase wall, 4 incredibly squishy reading chairs and the Wall O’ Windows overlooking the forest. Hand’s Down, her library is my favourite room in the house, as it is her family’s, too. So, they took what could have been a pretty, but useless windowed hallway, and turned it into one of the more used spots in their home. 😀

  • james haeghaert January 24, 2015, 12:11 pm

    I like the concept ,I’m sure it may be some what efficient too. but it’s really too big for my tastes and needs. I prefer smaller dwellings ( less than 500 sq ft )

  • Karen R January 24, 2015, 2:21 pm

    At least it isn’t 2,000 square feet. . . Very attractive but huge to most of us.

  • Diana Woods January 24, 2015, 3:07 pm

    A s usually the pre-fab homes are too expensive and not well made.

  • lon January 24, 2015, 8:05 pm

    this works for us:
    live in one side – office and visitors in the other …

  • Comet January 24, 2015, 11:03 pm

    Yes–I live in a pre-fab and the thing was built out of sadness and string–and not very thick string at that! We have “improved” some and are doing more but—well –we DO have a killer view.

    This one is very nice and as a handicapped person I would love to have the clear shots thru to different areas. I don’t use a wheelchair altho I have had to in the past and most places are NOT set up for this–even if they SAY they are; they are not! I DO use a Knee Walker at night and getting into and out of a bathroom in very close proximity to the badroom woulld be–for ME–a big priority. So–would need “wet” areas in each. And–you never know WHEN or IF you might NEED to use crutches–which take up a surprising amount of sideways room to use–or a walker or wheelchair—so better plan for that now. I think ALL bathrooms should be easy access and accomodate two in the shower area–could keep you living at home if you needed help. Also a place to sit and reach the shower controls etc is invaluable. One level with ONE level floor–no thresh holds etc.

    This reminds me of a house I used to love to see–never was inside–that was two wood “cubes” joined with an enclosed breezeway. I too envisioned the breezeway as a living space. I loved the look of the wood–not painted–it reminded me of California cabins and the Adirondack Great camps with out being “campy”. The house was sold and the perfect symmetry and amazing river view were completely ignored as the new owners ripped one cube apart–rebuilt as a not-quite-cube– oddly shaped but no vision structure that I have yet to figure out.

    Isn’t it–odd–how we can become attached to something that has nothing to do with us and that we have never even seen from actual eye level? I have thought that something like that house and this one would be a great design for our eventual plans to move South to warmer mountains!

    • Rita May 7, 2015, 7:34 am

      “Built out of sadness and string” . . . That made me laugh out loud. 🙂

  • Rodney February 17, 2015, 7:56 am

    Nice Concept. This home is become same as one kind of dream. But It would be more expensive. I really like your kitchen ideas and also I will apply when I will renovate my home.

  • Susanne March 26, 2015, 5:31 pm

    How much is this?

  • Vicky May 6, 2015, 10:32 pm

    Pricing would be great! I’m always disappointed that there is never any mention of costs.

  • Mr. Lonnie May 7, 2015, 2:04 am

    o-o-o-o, nice layout, office/client space/ half bath (misnamed btw) on one side and live in the other … now to separate the toilet and bathroom to make the living quarters … ah … liveable … and more decking …

  • Denise Mathews June 21, 2015, 1:37 pm

    Would love to have more information about this home, price, can this be done in Ga? I have my own property.

  • Dan OMeara July 21, 2015, 8:06 pm

    shipping to Costa Rica on the pacific coast?? What is the cost??

    thanks………..dan

  • Eric December 8, 2015, 1:39 am

    Rough, very rough, costs:

    Soft costs: i.e. Sight levelling, adding services, architectural fees & permits, sight surveys and geothechnical details etc. ranging from $15k to $30k

    So… taking all those costs at a higher end (hey why not, might as well scare your pants off? LOL)

    $30,000

    $232,500

    Modular costs at say 50% costs

    $116,250

    Giving a rough (very rough) cost of:

    $378,750

    So… OUCH!

    Base Price: price ranging on site size but averaging about $136-$196 sq ft.

    Site Costs: Site prep work, including excavation, Utilities, Foundation, Shipping modules to site from factory, Installation of home, All on-site finish work, including connecting the modules at the seams, Utility connections and additional site-built components such as decks, exterior stairs, and paint.

  • Trish December 8, 2015, 9:56 am

    This is definitely too big for me, but well done. Having 2 modules with a breezeway gives you a lot of options for use. Cahow’s description of his friends breezeway turned library sounds like a winner to me. I love to read.

  • Cheryl Smith-Bell December 8, 2015, 10:17 am

    Why doesn’t someone salvage old mobile home frames to build on. There are lots of trashed/abandoned ones around, that would be a great foundation to build on. I’m talking about trashing all but the frame. You should be able to get one for salvage costs, but it would require being hauled to your location. If you found one way bigger than you wanted, use the rest for a deck. They come in different widths, 14′, being common. I can’t imagine not using a resource like that. If I didn’t have a small house, that would be my first thing to look into. Leave the wheels on and still mobile, or remove them and set it down for good. The good thing is these are built to take the weight of a full house, with lots of plumbing options and what you would put up would be so much better constructed, than the original.

  • Darlene December 8, 2015, 11:50 am

    Beautiful but half of that would be too much. My max living space for freedom living is 500sf. Love the style though.

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