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Friday, May 20, 2011

Bamboo Living: Green, Modular, PreFab Bamboo Homes at Modest Prices

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Bamboo Living takes the green and economical features of bamboo and combines it with the efficiency of modular home building techniques to create a very compelling home-building alternative. Bamboo offers some unique advantages over traditional softwood timber homes and is especially suited to the unique climates of the tropics (these homes are designed for Hawaiian styles and climate)...

Bamboo Living takes the green and economical features of bamboo and combines it with the efficiency of modular home building techniques to create a very compelling home-building alternative. Bamboo offers some unique advantages over traditional softwood timber homes and is especially suited to the unique climates of the tropics (these homes are designed for Hawaiian styles and climate).

Bamboo Living homes come in two basic lines: the Zen collection and the David Sands collection. The Zen collection has eight homeplans from as small as 400 square feet to 2840 square feet. The David Sands collection has six homeplans, the smallest is the Ohana (family or in-law) style at just 142 interior square feet (with a large wrap-around deck) to the North Shore style at 2048 square feet. All of the designs maximize outdoor space and living with wrap-around decks. Probably the most striking visually of the styles are the Polynesian and the Pacific style which are both inspired by Fijian and Polynesian traditional home building styles with large, gabled and sloping roofs.

Bamboo Living homes are built in modular form off-site and assembled on-site. Once installed, the homes are left open for the owner or a contractor to final finish work inside (electrical, interior finish, etc.). The company states that the final cost is comparable to traditional home building methods. One of the advantages is that the home costs for the modular construction are fixed bid so that you can get some piece of mind about the final construction cost. The home is assembled in a factory and basically pre-built so that once the project arrives on the building site, the builder just unpacks the project, re-assembles the home and can be finished in as little as 1 – 10 days.

Bamboo as a building material offers some unique advantages over softwood timber. Bamboo is as strong as steel with the compression strength of concrete, termites do not like bamboo, bamboo bends instead of snapping—which is a unique advantage for coastal areas prone to hurricanes or cyclones, and bamboo is especially good for construction in earthquake-prone areas. Bamboo is one of the most renewable building materials and is very green in its impact on the planet’s resources.

Links:
Bamboo Living
Polynesian Home Plan
Pacific Home Plan

Posted by casey on 05/20 at 01:52 PM
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