Monday, November 7, 2011

Porch Houses - The Coolest Factory Built Customized Homes

The Latest Trend in Customized Homes: "Porch Houses"

Renowned Lake Flato Architects in San Antonio, Texas, take sustainable housing to the next level with what they call Porch Houses


The Porch House is designed to be one with the environment.
Photo from Lake Flato Web site.
Earlier today, as I was writing a post about San Antonio -- probably Texas' most interesting city, I came across porch houses. And I just had to share them with you!

First, though, please indulge me as I say something else about the Alamo City. 
Steeped in history, this old city captures your heart. If you're looking for a place to visit -- with friends, family or a get away with the one you love -- consider this as a top candidate. They've got a lot going on, by the way, in November and December on the Riverwalk. You can see some of my photos taken during a recent trip by clicking here.

Anyway, as I was looking up links, I began to think about this architectural firm whose work always catches my eye. Lake Flato. If you read any of the top-shelf home design and architectural magazines, then you know their work as well. 

They're now presenting an adaptable design for people who want a home that celebrates the outdoors --and modern design. To do this, the firm uses sustainable materials to build the structures, and they ensure all have porches, breezeways, and large floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors. Plus, they are ready and able to customize!
photo from Lake Flato.

Eighty to 90-percent of the Porch House is built in a factory -- satisfying the buyer's needs and customized instructions. The porches, breezeways and finishing touches are completed on site. The cost to build and construct is between $150 and $225 per square foot.  On their Web site, Lake Flato Architects share all kinds of design possibilities, including multi-levels.

A look inside a couple of them:

photo from Lake Flato.

photo from Lake Flato

A list of material options they offer and use:

EXTERIOR:
Cladding
Corrugated Metal
Weathered Metal
Eastern Red Cedar
Cypress
Hardie Board
Stucco

DECKING
Sustainable Wood
Trex

DOORS AND WINDOWS
Aluminum Clad Wood
Fiberglass

CABINETS
Painted
Maple
Cherry
Mahogany
Wenge

ROOFING
Corrugated Metal
Standing Seam Metal
Asphalt Shingles
ceiling
Gyp Board
Exposed Framing

WALLS
Gyp Board
Wood

COUNTERTOPS
Silestone
Paperstone
Plastic Laminate

FLOOR
Pine
Bamboo
Oak
Carpet
Tile

KITCHEN SINKS
Kohler Impression
Bakersfield Ceramic
Anthem Cast Iron

KITCHEN FAUCETS
Simplice pull-down
Forte single-control
Torq deck mount

One homeowner's plan for the Porch Houses.
The design is for multiple "weekend" retreats for guests and family.
What do you think? Can you see yourself living in a Porch House? Or would you consider one as a guest retreat?


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5 Responses to “Porch Houses - The Coolest Factory Built Customized Homes”

So interesting, Susan..I wonder if they would work in snow (for a ski cabin)...this could be the wave of the future.

Shar said...

I love these porch houses! Now, just need to find the perfect plot of land!

There is a difference with homes with outdoor features and those who do not have any. The space is not maximized and it would lack a welcoming feel. With porches, a sense of coziness can be felt as your guests approach your front door.

Lovely porches. Anyone who would be coming in will be able to enjoy the place. It is a perfect place to have bonding moments with your family and friends.

This is a great inspiration for those who are planning to have a porch adjacent to their houses. It looks very perfect.

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