Fabulous, Darling: Sleek LA Home Prefab Open To Public

Last month we brought you word of a spanky new green prefab that went up recently in Joshua Tree, Calif., courtesy of Blu Homes. If you missed the public tour of that home — finding Joshua Tree perhaps just a bit too remote — there’s another high-profile green prefab that’s open for tours next month in Los Angeles, courtesy of Rocio Romero.

Jetson Green reports that LV Series greenfab from Romero owned by “Bryce and Bianca” boasts both solar panels and a rainwater catchment system. Originally built in 2008, this two-bedroom, two-bathroom LV-model home will open for tours on November 3, at which time you can take a look at the home’s lauded minimalist, modern design — incorporating French oak floors and walnut cabinets — for yourself. While yore there, be sure to check out the deck, which runs the entire length of the home, offering sweeping views of both the canyon and the LA skyline.

 

Rocio Romero LA1

image via Rocio Romero

Prefabricated in the company’s factory in Missouri, the LV series — like its prefab brethren everywhere — reduces resource waste over site-built homes. Unlike every other prefab out there, it’s packed flat for shipment, reducing the fuel required for transportation. All LV series homes are designed for energy efficiency using green materials.

Rocio Romero, LA2

image via Rocio Romero

On average, the LV Series Home costs owners $120-$195 per square feet to build; it has been praised by The New Yorker as “a bargain” and “an exceptionally beautiful house.” Starting November 3, you can evaluate those claims for yourself. There’s only one catch: the tour will cost you $100, and is largely intended for those in the market for a LV series themselves. Registration is available online.

Romero built the first LV in 1999 in Laguna Verde, Chile, as a vacation home for her parents. Since then, 163 LV models in 29 states and three countries have been purchased.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.