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The new designs of prefab

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The annual CA Boom modern design show running March 14-16 includes a panel discussion on prefabricated housing, including the work of architect Rocio Romero, one of the leaders in the field. Her LV series of prefab homes, one of which is shown here, reflects some of the qualities of good modern design: efficient space planning, use of sustainable materials, passive ventilation and abundant natural light, reducing energy consumption. (Jennifer Watson)
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Oakland-based Michelle Kaufmann’s new designs include the mklotus, shown here. The modular structure includes many of the features popular in conventional modern homes, but because the components are constructed off-site, the construction process is faster and more efficient in its use of natural resources. (Michelle Kaufmann Designs)
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The Sidebreeze is a three-bedroom, three-bath house by Michelle Kaufmann Designs. The house is a larger version of the Breezehouse that the firm designed as a demonstration house for Sunset magazine. The two-story design is meant to appeal to homeowners with small lots or sloped properties. (Michelle Kaufmann Designs)
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A Rocio Romero prefab with wood siding. (Rocio Romero LLC)
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Jennifer Siegal’s Venice-based Office of Mobile Design also has several prefab projects in the works. The recently completed house shown in this rendering will be on view as part of the CA Boom home tours. (Courtesy of Office of Mobile Design)
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In the fall, workers installed the factory-built modules of a Ray Kappe-designed LivingHomes prefab in Brentwood. (Ringo H.W. Chiu / For The Times)
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Site work that normally can take months was finished in a matter of days. (Ringo H.W. Chiu / For The Times)
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Wired magazine then staged the property as a show house equipped not only with high-tech gadgets, but with green elements as well: radiant heat, tankless water heater, LED lighting and solar power and exterior siding that was Forest Stewardship Council certified. (Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times)
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The Wired LivingHomes kitchen, including Valcucine millwork. (Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times)
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A model of the Wired LivingHomes showcase house, displayed inside the built project. LivingHomes will be among the exhibitors in the Prefab Zone of the CA Boom design show. (Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times)
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