Prefab houses are a pretty big deal on the West Coast, but they never really caught on here in Chicago, largely because of all the red tape. The trouble is, when a new building is constructed in Chicago, city inspectors like to have a look at every step of the process, but they don't have a good system for inspecting components that were produced out of state. That isn't getting in the way of the C3 modular home that's going up in the 1400 block of West Town. Square Root Architecture has been working on plans for the 2,000 square-foot house for about three years, according to the firm's blog, and they finally broke ground last week. The builders are looking to get LEED Silver certification for the house, and they'll be using reclaimed barnwood and metal siding on the exterior and natural hickory and cork flooring in the interior.
·Prefab housing seeks a home in the city [Trib]
·C3 Modular House [Square Root Architecture]