When will house be available in Asheville?
I have owned 2 large real estate companies in the past. I have worked with hundreds of developers and sold in excess of 11 billion in closed Sales. We specialized predominatly in Condos, both Conversion and New. I worked dilligantlly with developers with floor and exterior plans as well as amenities, models, and the list goes on and on. Really,from concept to Closing. and then the crash.
Now with Sotheby's heading their HiRise Division. I, since an early age have been transfixed on the development of Mobile Homes that the typical demograph would not purchase. I have followed Clayton i-house since its announcement. I am enrolling in developer courses at Ga Tech, regarding public land reuse, affordable housing, Green Construction, ETC...
My dream is to build affordable green communities, possibly with Government grants and loans meeting the criteria that 25% must be leased as low income homes.
Practically, every developer I have met states that Development and creation is my best suit. I am just starting this new journey and would appreciate any help you could throw my way using i-house as the platform.
I see that I house will be an option in a green farm outside of Savannah. I have this obsession that I will hope will lead to large scale sustainable communities in S. Georgia close proximity to the coast for second homes or retirement home, as well as the pod concept for Student Housing
Again, if you know any experts I could network with and begin to devise my plan, I will be forever grateful.
Stand Alone Flex for sale?
Butterfly Roof - snow load
Is the assembly of the i-house included in the pricing quoted on line?
I recieved an online estimate for:
(I-house) $137620 + (Add ons) $38983 + (Delivery) $4635 = $181,238
Does this costs include assembly of the i-House on my concrete foundation?
3 Bedroom ihouse II
What Happened to the Dallas Model?
NetZero 24293 zip
I did the build and saved it (about 125$/sqft.). I'd be looking for a NetZero function from the house- so I checked all the options on a 1643sqft model.
I'd also want to collect rainwater with filtration and UV sanitizer- a well or biofiltered pond would be added later. The designs need a couple of greenhouses added to maximize solar heat gain- I'm assuming PV driven fans could be used to offset heating costs-100% electric of course for all utilities.
Can you send technical details for its approximation of NetZero energy useage?
Ideally all the electricity is provided by the panels (I am assuming it is based on grid connected smart metering to run the meter backwards (grid is battery)). In a remote setting I'd use a set of ponds and a pelton weel generator for electrical storage. Other than the greenhouse- I like the idea and process very much- exterior colors and materials I'm assuming are flexible like any premanufactured home.
My purchase plans are a few years off (I'm 51 and would like to retire to the mountains).
U-Factor, SHGC, and VT on Windows
Is this blog defunct?
Mt Vernon IL
Thinking about setting this up on a lot I have at the Oregon Coast (Waldport)....the butterfly roof, tho a great idea, would there be a problem with it possibly catching the wind, as the wind can be ferocious there...Has it been engineered with that in mind. Also, there is a 15' height restriction from the floor, would it meet that requirement...last but not least...in a flood plain so you get to build 3' above the average grade, to get lower FEMA insurance rates... so how is it set? Concrete pad, blocks, etc. problem settingit on sand....
Trims, Finishes, Shell
iHouse 2.o price projection?
First iHouse 2.0 in Ohio?
What about Louisiana?
First of all......coming across your i-house made my day today.....how "smart" is your vision!....Can you tell me if this would, or might be adapted to Michigan code...especially when it comes to snow loading?.....Secondly....what is the standard mode of transport to project site?.....tralie? is it does it have its own chasis?, etc. Lastly.....where are the homes actually manufacturered?......Thanks....you have a great product! Danny from Michigan
The little finishes
Any update on further availability?
Can I get just the Flex III
bath tub and garage ?
Really brilliant work
Adapt Flex as a garage?
I house in backyard in Los Angeles?
Any progress on Canada?
ihouse Washington DC
i-house II Solar Power/ Additional Flex Room
East Coast iHouse?
extra bath and w/d hook-up
South Florida Tours
My family has decided we would like to buy an I-House 2.0 when they come out. Will it be available to purchase in the Seattle area? We saw an i-house 1 when it was on display near Everett and we were really impressed.
Updates - 2.0 I-house?
Snow and wind loading?
I had a question about the ability for the ihouse and flex units to handle significant wind conditions and snow loading. Here in Colorado (outside Denver), we ocassionally get winds with gusts up to 50-60mph. With the butterly roof design, is that an issue? Has the ihouse been tested to a standard?
Similar question for snow loads on the ihouse and the flex units. Is there a snow load limit? Tested? In '03 Denver saw nearly 6' of heavy wet snow in an early Spring storm. Roofs were collapsing on commercial buildings or any structure without much pitch.
Love the design. Really looking forward to the further development of ihouse 2.0. Thanks!
Manufactured or Modular?
Any projects going on in norther California?
i own a house in indianapolis and would like to tear it down and place the i-house but have questions:
can it be placed on slab foundation?
is the foundation price included on the house builded on ur website or do i have to have my own contractor for this?
where is the info about water collection system?
how long it takes to be ready if i buy tomorrow?
is there any floor plan where a 2car garage can be attached? (in a 3bed2bath)
can the roof for the flex be made to have a garden on it?
can each room have ethernet cable connections installed from ur factory?
thank u and great house by the way!
? Size of the i-house 2.0
In all of the graphics I see the units are separated. Is there a way to have two units joined together so the kids bedrooms can be in the same building as the parents?
Alos, are these LEED certified?
Sketchup 3D Warehouse
New England approval
I -House 2010
I'd like to see some updates from today July,2010. I'd like to know if any changes have occured in design,features price,etc.I'm retired and ready for something simple and affordable.
I have not seen your product in person yet, but it has to be the most innovative concept to date in the manufactured home business. I really like the thought process that went into this design. I am not a young kid and have seen a lot of different things come and go, this is the way of the future. Clean and simple.
The blogs answered some of my questions but I have two that are of interest to me. As asked before and not completely answered : 1. Do the solar panels come with storage capabilities or at least connections for that purpose. 2. Can you get a flex unit with out the bathroom, but with electrical and heat /cool? In my case I might start with the larger i house, then add two flex units, one being just a useable space.
Thanks in advance for any info you could pass on, I am currently working on plans for a retirment home and would love to try and use your product.
A couple of questions
Hi - I am looking to hopefully put one of these on my Colorado land in the next couple of years. I went to your show home outside of Denver last Sunday (I know, you were closed) and had a good look around from the outside. I think the design and execution of this concept is quite extraordinary!! Great job!
Anyhow, my three main questions are as follows. While the main house section is great, is there any possibility of extending the living room area? I would be interested in - say - anothe 10 feet of room there. I know this may defeat the modular concept, but as there are differences in the length of what I imagine are the 'modules' of House I vs House II, I thought I would ask. The resultant slope of the roof (continuing higher on one end than the other) might also be an issue, but it would also look great, I think!
Second question: I have looked around and although there are various references to foundations, etc, I can't find any specific reference to what form of foundation you recommend. My site is dead level and very stable. I looked around on Sunday and couldn't really tell what sort of foundation you were using at the show-place outside of Denver, other than to note the metal sort of 'pilons'. Is this on a slab or not? What foundation do you recommend? (Again, my site is level and land is soil not rocky).
Finally, I am interested in how the Flex units are connected to the main house in terms of: 1. water supply, 2. heating/cooling, and 3. electricity. I assume the latter is easy, but I didn't see obvious connections for the first two. If these are indeed integrated (as I would hope and assume), are these achieved under the deck or underground? If either of these, can one configure the main house for later connection to one or 2 flex modules? This way one could potentially build a final dwelling over a longer (and more affordable) time-scale.
Thanks again for introducing this cencept home!!
Hood Canal View
We are set on the i-house II + Flex I. (Toured three times.) We own the property. We don't need financing. How do we get the certified i-house specialist to manage the entire process for us?
Are i-house options available in pdf format?
We need a fireplace option as where we envision the location of the i-house on our ranch, electricity may be an issue in the winter. Having a fireplace would help with the stand alone ability. Other than solar we know we can use propane, and we plan on utilizing wind, but would love the ability to have a fireplace. Any thoughts? ideas? Would you design that or should we engage an architect?
Fan from Arizona
Hi, I actually think I was one of the first to blog on your site and have been following you ever since. We have a property in Arizona and have been taking a wait and see approach to considering the i-house as a second home on our lot. We have 36 acres and no water as we are very close to the Grand Canyon (we would have a 5000 gal. water tank set-up). We have to have perc tests done to see if we will be able to install a standard septic system and that may be the deal breaker for us as an alternative system is not something we can afford. All our neighbors who have built in the area are on solar and/or wind power - we would opt for solar and have plenty of sunshine.
We just went to our annual POA meeting and found out that Coconino County has recently changed their building codes to the IBC - made some property owners a little upset. How would this effect an i-house project? Also, we had several feet of snow and 2 residents had trouble with their roofs this past year - what type of roof is standard and what is the warranty?
After we have our perc tests, do we contact you to get started on the planning and do you work with the county building department for us?
I drove out to Mesa to see the i-house in person and am pretty sure this is the direction we are going. What are some of the recent changes/upgrades/options you have implemented based on the first house in Kentucky and all the feedback you have received?
options for outside colors and kitchen cabinets
rain water storage
Is the cost of the foundation included?
Love this house! It is a really great concept and is executed in a thoughtful manner. I have land on the coast in northern Oregon and it gets mighty windy up there...140-150mph at times. The county of Tillamook rates my wind exposure as V4. The i-house can withstand this, right? Since I am on an estuary, the water table is very near the surface (12") so a slab is out of the question...can the i-house be placed on piers or posts and piers? To take advantage of the best views from my property, the floor plan will have to be flipped. Not a problem, right? I have read many reviews about this house and am mildly amused by the comments about the square foot costs. Once the controlled environment during the building process, the quality of materials used, the innovative approach to green design and the overall uniqueness of this home is factored in, a similar stick built product would cost as much if not moren. Not to mention the fact that the owner of an i-house is mercyfully spared the inherent hassles of the stick built process. Thanks for bringing this home to the market.
i-house vs. e-house
Really good, I like it.
Power storage for solar panels
Is there any limitation to how many units or configurations?
i-house in Florida
Is the i-house safe to build in Florida with the hurricanes?
IKEA, solar panels and model homes
How fast are the i-houses produced?
Do you have any plans to add garage options as part of the flexiblity of the ihouse?
Additionally, what are the R-values of the insulated walls and roof?
I have a Clayton Homes center in my area, but have never seen any advertisements about the ihouse in my area...I live in the Danville, VA area. I was wondering if the ihouse is offered in this area?
Avery County, NC
What type of insulation do you use in the ceiling, walls and floor, and what are the rated R values of each (ceiling, wall, floor)?
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ihouse in Japan
to know when your coming to the Lehigh Valley? There are great views and foiliage in my area.
Real world utility costs.
Livin the dream on the Cape!
ok, now that I have an account, how can I get an Ihouse?! We love it!! We have a 40 year old dinasour - in the midst of a lengthy reno. We'd love to pull it & put in an Ihouse! Please - any info?
Stairs to basement
I am considering the i-house II with a basement under it. Local building codes will not allow a staircase to be extended outside the dimensions of the house. So my question is . . . where inside the i-house would be the best place for a staircase to the basement? Thanks in advance. I love the house.
Twiking it up
Adding Flex units
Does the estimated price of your home on your Build My i-house link include permits, excavation, utility setup, concrete foundation and driveway and any of the other contracting costs ?
Does each flex unit purchased need it's own heating and cooling source ?
ie: heat pump, hot water heater, and air conditioning unit
Why cant I add multiple flex units on the i-house configuration tool on the build my i-house link inorder to figure out my total home price?
Cost Effective ?
How do you figure out pricing on your homes ? Is it by square footage ?
I live in Charlotte NC area and purchased a home two years ago and paid $ 270,000 for a 3500 square foot home with some high end upgrades like granite counter tops. I used the build my i-house link on the site and built the i-house II + Flex III for a total of 1,643 square feet and added every option offered. My estimate was $ 191,884. The average cost for land in my area, 1acre or less is $ 80,000 -$ 100,00, putting my total at around $ 300,000 for a 1,643 square foot home. With the state of the economy these days and the decline in the housing market I'm not convinced if your home is cost effective.
Hurricane and Tornado
More square footage in i-house
The 1023 square feet in the i-house is not enough to accommodate a large modern day family. Is it possible to double the square footage of the i-house or connect two units to make one.
Finding land and financing
I love this concept, just don't know if I can afford it.
flexability of design Kitchen Bathrooms
Available outside the US
roofline and durability of roof, cost of i-cachment
When snow accumulates in the valley of the roofline, will that cause expansion/ contraction problems?
What is the price for the i cachment for rainwater?
Is this home considered modular or manufactured
Sustainable and non-toxic building materials
It is my goal to improve indoor air quality, eliminate toxic chemicals and create a healthier home. I am interested in purchasing the ihouse and I am hopeful that, to some degree, the ihouse is built with natural and non-toxic building materials — that are certified, safe, environmentally friendly and sustainable.
I can not locate any detailed information on your website and am hopeful that you can point me in the right direction. I would like to know about cabinets, floors, paint and any other pertinent products in the ihome with regard to sustainability and toxicity.
Are there any erected yet?
How much energy can I save?
Flex Room converted to a Garage?
I am just curious so I thought I'd ask a few questions being I have never had a prefabricated home before:
I am considering a relocation to Arizona, will the decking, and other materials, stand the desert heat for the long-term?
Does Clayton also work with the buyer to secure land and prepare the building site?
Is there customization ability in the size and placement of windows?
Would the deck above the flex room handle something like a hot tub or would that been too much for the structure to handle weight-wise?
Is there a matching "iGarage" plan?
Can a buyer work on the design of the home in one location (such as here in Texas) and build in another location (such as the proposed move to Arizona) or would the entire process need to be completed with the office nearest the building site?
Handicapped Master bath
I am wanting to purchase a new home for my elderly parents. My husband and myself would co-own. We need to have a large master bedroom and an bathroom with Handicapped shower,toilet, grab bars, etc.
We need the home to be affordable, low maintenance and easy to clean for them to live in it full time.
Also, what is the differance between this I-house and the E-house that Clayton offers? Which would be best for them and us?
2nd bathroom & LEED Silver Certification
i house w/ a view
i-house as addition
When will the i-house be available in michigan?
Visited the model in Knoxville in July 2009, and really love the i-house!
I would like to put one on some property in Michigan. Even just the Flex unit as a studio, as a starting point would do! What is the timeline for making this available? Is there any alternative option for delivering the unit, to that region, in the meantime?
High tech bathrooms
This is a video of what I'm talking about: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ag0Qpq_kim8
on demand electric water heater for main unit?
Saw that the Flex has an on-demand 'electric' water heater. We expect to have an all electric situation - can we have on-demand electric water heater(s) in the main two bedroom unit we anticipate purchasing (instead of gas)?
We visited the VA model. Fantastic! Only wish we were ready this winter to make the purchase. Have land that is fully paid, utilities to the site, high credit score, but am assuming a 20% downpayment is needed...I suppose this is a question...is there someone I might email to discuss typical financing?
I will, however, require several specific modifications as follows:
For each i-house I will need 2 sleep-rooms and 2 bath-rooms. Questions:  can you build a bathroom in place of the kitchen, and  are you able to eliminate the tub/shower leaving toilet and sink in the bath-rooms, and  in place of several long-side glass doors, are you able to install the high half-window units?
If so, for each location, I will order a total of #4 i-house and #2 pods. My opening order would be for 2-3 cities in Texas. Thank you for your assistance.
house Saturday. I can't find the room dimensions on the
floorplans; are these available on the website?
My visit to the I-House & Using 2 flex buildings
We visited the one in Little Rock and it took our breath away. We were both so ready for it to be super small but it's not nearly as little as we thought! The rooms are a great size. If you're going from an apartment or a trailor you are going to be amazed at the space. Everything was so well thought out. So we filled out an application and we are in the process of buying.
We are going to use 2 flex buildings (a Flex 1 and a Flex 3) to extend our living space and include an office/craft room and a "hang out" pool table room. In total the square feet are about the same as my brother's $320,000 house that is very outdated and he is having to constantly fix something that is broken or leaking. We are amazed at how nice of a home the I-House is going to be and the price is great!
Is anyone else using 2 flex spaces? We are thinking about setting them up in a U shape. We are wondering how the deck setup will work, but I"m sure they will help us with that when we sit down to pick all the options.
Clayton, GREAT JOB with this house!! It's everything we wanted in a modern loft but able to be put out on our property out of the city. Two thumbs up!! If anyone is going back and forth about this house: Go visit one ASAP, I'll bet that you'll fall in love.
Nothing for New England yet?
Hi Wes and Andy:
My Plan A focus is beginning to refine. I am interested in a Charlottesville, Virginia vicinity lot with available natural gas line for a natural gas electric generator to power everything and a net-meter to sell Virginia Power excess power. I want the solar panels to draw elec. first with extra supply sold to the grid. I do not want gas heat or gas hot water as everything is running on elec. Radiant baseboard heat would work well. (No need for air handler or ductwork.) If electricity produced by natural gas generator is a far better price than is charged by Virginia Power then I would probably want a larger elec. generator and not have the solar panels. This could be the case if coal is replaced by natural gas at Virginia Power. I could add solar and wind generators later to either lower the natural gas cost or to sell more poweer to the grid or both as the gas generated elec.capacity maxes out. I would like to place the I-House over a basement and have the larger great room without bedroom two. What are your thoughts on this or a similar plan?
House in Houston Area
My husband found this site and we are interested in building an i-house in Nacogdoches (Piney Woods of East Texas!) We are currently living in Houston. Is there a house in the area we can drive by and see on the property.
Also, is the dirt work and foundation work included in the price of the house? If not, since your site says you work with the contractors, do you have an idea of how much additional cost that would be? (Just an estimate or range if possible....sure the costs fluctuate across the country!
Floorplan Changes add/save Costs?
Flex Unit Later?
Some questions regarding the Flex II unit;
1. What is the standard inside ceiling height and outside (without the roof deck option) overall height of this unit?
2. Can this be increase a bit? If so, do the studs still be 2X6 or 2X8?
3. Can we have higher performance insulation, like soy base spray insulation to achieve R40-45 (roof) and R30-35 (walls & floor)?
4. Can these unit be order with a slope roof (looking on the 15.5' side of the unit)? If so, what would be the maximum slope rate and the maximum height of the outside walls (transport issue)?
5. What are the options for outside finish other than painted metal sheets, can we get cement fiber finish or other option upon demand? Where can I see the option list? Can we just ask for something specific and you price it accordinghly (assuming weight issue, i.e: no bricks!)?
Living in SW Florida
I noticed from another post that the Mesa, AZ iHouse is ready for viewing. It does not indicate that on the website. Is there a chance the Mt. Vernon, IL house is ready also? I am very anxious to see it and get started!
Love the i-house
Hello Wes and Andy,
My husband and I are thinking relocating to Florida or Texas. Can you tell me if the i-house holds up to hurricanes and/or strong storms. We are concerned about flooding and/or the roof being blown off the top of the house.
Also, I would like to know does the i-home come with a standard floor plan or can we redesign what we would like? Such as adding another bathroom and extending the kitchen?
Hey W & A,
I have property in Flagler Co. Fl. west of I-95. Are these I-houses rated for these windloads? Also on the I-House 2 with the Flex unit, can the flex unit be positioned on the master bed room end of the I house instead of the living room end? One more thing, can I obtain plans that I could present to my county and obtain a permit before I order my I-house?
Love your design
How secure is the house?
Still waiting in AZ.......
Back on Aug 31st you responded to Natasha's inquiry about the Mesa, AZ i-house arriving "well before December". Still don't see any progress - has the economy stalled this installation or am I "in the dark"? Like everyone else interested in this concept - we are anxious to actually see something in person. Thanks for your time in responding to my question.
I've seen the i-house and Flex models and it is better than even the photos and videos make it look...!!!
The house seems much more spacious when you are inside it than the square footage would make you think. The finishes are just great, the amount of natural light in the house is all one could ask for. Both models are just fantastic!!!
I have been looking for a pre-fab house for a long time to put on my Oregon property and, while I've visited some great houses, nothing beats the i-house for style, sustainability AND price!!!
Lack of an "entry"...
solar storage and door
How many solar panels will fit on that side of the roof? How about wiring them into storage batteries and where could those be installed?
I'd like to walk into the kitchen from the car with groceries, etc. Would you make that tall window across from bar a door?
When to begin?
i-house model in Southern CA/Southern NV?
I would like to tour the i-house, but I live in Southern NV; will there be a model built in the Southern CA/Southern NV area?
When will the I-House be avaliable in NC
SD & 2 Story
I'm looking forward to finally seeing one in person. 2 questions, though:
1) What's the status of getting seismic approval for Southern California. Is that still in the works?
2) I remember reading about the possibility of a 2 story version. Is that still a possibility? Any idea about a timeline?
Wes and Andy,
I am very interested in the i-House but I know I will have to convince my wife that it is a real house and not a mobile home. I saw in an earlier post that all wall studs are 2"x6" @ 16" o.c. is that correct? What is the deal with long term maintenance? Is this the type of construction where any plumber, electrician, carpenter, etc can come in and fix things like holes in the walls or replace flooring, lighting, water and sewer lines? What are the interior wall surfaces made of, drywall? Are the interior doors metal, they look that way from the pictures? Is a soaker tub/jetted jacuzzi tub available in the main home portion? Thanks for the information.
Will the I-house be coming to Michigan?
heating system options
Hi Wes and Andy,
I live in an area where air cooling is unnecessary, and forced air heating is undesirable. Is it possible to eliminate the air-handling unit and instead provide either radiant floor heat (tubes attached under the subfloor, above the floor insulation) or some other type of radiant heat (base board or room panels like Myson)?
Thanks! Sharon, again
Hello Andy & Wes,
I just discovered the i-house by accident (on the Internet) and I LOVE it! Congratulations on coming up with this great concept and design.
I'm wondering if the i-house will be available to build outside of the USA? I have a piece of property in Roatan, Honduras (Central America) and I would love to build an i-house there. Please advise.
Hi Wes and Andy,
I saw on one of your blog posts that the standard home is designed for a 65psf ground snow load. Can the home be customized to accommodate heavier snow loads....since we live in the Colorado mountains?
Also, does the entire roof have an Ice-and-Water shield membrane? I am concerned about snow piling up at the low point of the butterfly valley.
Thanks, Sharon (another architect)
Denver I-house & I-House build time
Construction and Insulation
Any status update on Texas?
Model in Colorado
Earthquake certified reinfored?
Can the entire house run on electricity or does it need a gas hook-up as well?
Melinda and Bob
i-house to existing homes?
Great product, garage options?
Need ihouse in Upstate NY PLEASE!!
Does the home come with Frig, Range, Dishwasher, as standard, or do we pay extra? Appliance Package?
Also; Does the entire home including the flex, come with the Bamboo flooring? or is that extra?
The accessories list is confusing.
question about PEX for solar applications
hello - thanks for creating an innovative design for prefab housing - i have been researching for a while - but i'm new to the technical part of the research. i have been trying to get as much info as possible on the solar applications. do the solar panels in the i-house power the electrical system, the heating system, or the hot water system? in looking over the blog history, i saw that plumbing for the i-house is PEX. to familiarize myself on that, i googled, and found a question - is PEX used only for the plumbing in a solar i-house? if you can go to the page below and click on the FAQS, it shows that PEX tubing is not applicable for radiant heating. http://www.pexsupply.com/PEX-Tubing-223000
i also have another question - where can i see the i-house models in both 1 and 2 bedroom layouts?
thank you for your help. miim
When will the Florida location be open for Tours?
What are the hours of the location in Atlanta and do I need an appt.
IN flex 1 layout B can the flex room be a little bigger?
I am wondering if you had drawn inspiration from Rocio Romero's 'LV Home', a kit home manufactured in Missouri. (?) The i-home has definite appeal as we were considering the LV Home but were concerned about the construction and loan conversion situation (construction to mortgage).
Also, when the home arrives and is situated on the foundation, what services are included? Hook up to sewer/septic, electrical, phone, water, etc? And are the solar panels already to go? That is are they wired and fed in to the grid attached power hookup? Would we be able to do batteries if we wish to go off-grid or to have emergency backup? Can that be designed in and delivered?
without the kitche
I am interested in an I house for housing at a wilderness retreat center. Is it possible to replace the kitchen with another bedroom, and if so, can you give me an idea of the change in cost?
Also, the road into the retreat center is a winding, down hill, one lane affair. Can the delivery truck negotiate such? The local drivers have gotten a 18 wheeler down it every years.
Very exciting, thanks.
hi. is the texas location open for viewing? i noticed in earlier blogs you stated it would be available in austin in mid september. also. are there any plans for an i-house model site in arkansas.
I have been studying the iHouse for a while now since I think it is a reasonably priced lower impact housing option.
One aspect I would like to discuss would be the orientation and room layout. To me it seems that the living room window with the overhang or the living room window on the long side of the building are meant to face south.
With that said that leaves the bedroom facing North or West; neither of which are ideal. Facing North will contribute to heat loss in colder months due to the large windows (and no chance for passive solar gains). Facing West will heat the room in the evening which is usually not preferred since most people like sleeping in a cool environment.
Have you considered swapping the living room and bedroom orientations so that the bedroom receives either East sun (sunlight in the morning) or South (which the overhang can help from overheating in the summer but allow solar gains in the winter with the lower sun angle).
Of course I am referring to the Northern Hemisphere.
Thanks for your time,
What a concept!
Pricing and availability
Have you guys considered taking the more traditional housing development approach: establishing an i-house neighborhood by selling lots to buyers and building the buyer's desired layout on their lot? That could make the i-house more accessible to buyers in more metropolitan areas where open residential lots are at a premium.
I-house in Spfld, MO
Garage for i-house?
Any news on Western NC?
Roof and Midwestern Winter/Mt. Vernon, IL
I am interested in purchasing the iHouse II. When will the Mt. Vernon model be ready for viewing? Also, with the inward pitch of the roof, will it stand up to a Midwestern winter with wet and heavy snow?
Modification to i-house II
More on space needs
I am particularly interested in i-house I with the following modification: add a combination walk-in closet/washer-dryer room between the bedroom and the bath. This would help to deal with the problem of storage space limitations: (1) a closet area would be provided, and (2) the washer-dryer would be moved out of the kitchen pantry.
Note this concept is the same as i-house II with bedroom 2 removed. Those of us with need for additional bedroom(s) could add flex 1, 2 or 3.
Is anybody else interested in this modification? Please respond. And thanks for reading this.
I finally was able to see the iHouse in Sacramento! Looks fantastic!!!
I forgot to look under the sinks though, is there copper plumbing installed with iHouse?
Mt. Vernon, IL & Springfield, MO I House
When will the MT. Vernon, IL and Springfield, MO I Homes be ready to tour?
Are they staffed showrooms?
Triangular Awning On Flex House
Is it available and what is the cost for awning and posts it's attached to on the Flex House?
Arizona look see
I understand that there will be an i-house available in Arizona soon. Any idea when that would occur?
I plan to visit my family in Mesa mid December to early January and that would be a perfect time for me to tour the house. I'm really interested in this house, as I'll be relocating maybe next year and don't want to settle for the ordinary Southwest building look.
New Orleans/Gulf Coast Region- Katrina
Flex ceiling heights
2nd bathroom inside the ihouse?
Passive Water Heater + Other Questions
B. Do they have a warrantee?
C. What is the current "Turn Around Time for an order?"
D. What sort of foundation is required?
even more in love with the i-house
Okay, I visited the i-house model in Fredericksburg, VA this weekend and was very well pleased with it--and so was my mother, who went with me. Seeing the floorplans and renderings online is one thing, but being able to walk around the actual model gave me a much firmer appreciation for the concept, the choices the architects made, and the options available. The Clayton representative who showed us around was very knowledgeable and helpful (shout-out to Monroe in Fredericksburg!) and also very excited about the i-house himself.
And to top off the experience, I went home and visited the website to design my own i-house and price the options, and once again was blown away by how affordable it all is. This is a fantastic concept and I can't wait to hear about i-houses actually purchased and installed!
i-house wanted in Vermont
I love the i-house and am considering building one in Gulf Co. Florida, beach front, in a X flood zone (no federal flood insurance required). Is it as strudy as a stick-built house so far as wind issues go? It would need to go on pilings. Any other concerns I need to consider before I go any further (other insurance concerns, building codes issues, coastal line construction set-backs). Who actually does the assembly when it is delivered--Clayton Homes, or my own contractor? Thanks!
Built or Shipped
Coastal Wind Load Ratings
Layout & Configuration Questions
Still love this house and the "Flex".
How are things moving along in bringing the i-house to New England, more importantly Rhode Island. I am scouting some beautiful parcels of land and hope you will be arriving soon.
Would love to be the first i-house in RI.
Where is the mfg plant in New Mexico?
I am planning a driving trip through NM from south Texas and would like to visit the facility which I understand is in NM.
Heating/Air Conditioning Options?
We are interested in the I-House and would like own one in Taiwan, would it be possible if we are to take care of the transportation costs and exporting process.
i-house in Louisiana + 1 more question
Are there any plans of setting up a model home in Louisiana? Particularly at the Monroe area.
Are there any plans of integrating Local Area Network (LAN) Technology in the future? I work as a sr. security analyst and this is integral for me to have access to the Internet. It would be a wonderful option to add, particularly in the Flex Room :)
Prefab or Manufactured?
I saw the i-house in Everett, WA and pulled a u-turn to go see it! I've been interested in manufactured homes for a long time and am thrilled to see this new edgy design. I am wondering if the i-house is considered a "manufactured" home or a prefab. I am considering purchasing a lot in Renton and have looked at their building codes which say that on an R4-zoned you can only place a "designated" manufactured home; that is, a double-wide 24' by 36' minimum, and with a minimum roof pitch of 3:12. I imagine many or most cities would have similar requirements. The i-house would not meet these standards if it's considered a manufactured home.
san diego showing
The "Flex" unit
Wondering if there will be a nothern cal show room and will there be a future planned community of I-houses around the US. This could be a great fumctional and economically efficient home for retired couples who intend to maximize every retirement dollars as much as they can.
Front Entry Location
Any Idea on when an I-House may be in TX?
I've been waiting for an I-House to be available for viewing somewhere in TX with great anticipation. But while it seems that other states are popping up with regularity--the cities in TX continue to be listed as Coming Soon (or something simular). I'm sure the hold-up in TX is probably not your fault-as Austin was listed for a while--then de-listed. Whats holding things up, any idea of a possible date, and what can we do to help get an I-House in the Lone Star State?
Southern California Seismic Ratings
I House Availability in the U.S Virgin Islands
My husband and I are really interested in the I-House and would like to know if it will be available in the U.S Virgin Islands anytime soon. If so, when? Please let us know ASAP!
Very serious inquiry.
Jimille and Sencelia Reynolds
Question on color
Interior wall construction
so. cal & IRC
What has happened to Dover, DE on your list of sites to view the i-house? It was there a few days ago, albeit no longer scheduled to open in July/August as originally planned. Please do not tell me you are no longer going ahead with it! I have been anxiously awaiting news of the opening. VA is too far away!
Liz of Eastern Shore, MD
Is the i-home available in British Columbia, specifically Vancouver Island?
Availability in NJ
Flex Unit and Permit Questions
I noticed the flex unit appears to have a flat roof. Flat roofs are notorious for collecting water and causing damage to the roof/subroofing later on. What have you guys done to prevent this from happening?
Also, would you have to get an additional dwelling permit for the flex unit?
Do these homes qualify under new construction homes only or can they go under FHA, USDA etc if placed in the correct area?
Also, my mortgage broker tells me that not one bank he knows of will wait for the $8,000 Obama tax credit to use as my down payment. Have you had any luck with any of your customers being able to use the program and what it was intended for?
At this time, I am not interested in calling a salemen for more info. Could you just post the info? Thanks!
I was wondering where the closest model of i-House is to Arizona?
Can i-House be built to state codes rather than HUD?
Great job, at pricepoint what about solarium
Guys, I have to congratulate you on a great job. Finally a house that makes sense at a pricepoint most can afford. I was blown away when I opened my email from Karsten this morning, and took a first look at the plan. One thought, and question. I imagine the window side of the house is made to face south for passive solar....how are the overhangs designed since these need to be dfferent for different latitudes...also, on the 2 bedroom there is a long narrow window to the immediate side of the kitchen. Would there, or could there be an option for a narrow door (instead of the window) so one can have a greenhouse or solarium off that room, which would be then be fantistically convenient to the kitchen. Also as an option, a mechanical design or system to vent in additional heat from such a structure. And just think, the plants could use up the carbon dioxide we humans vent! I'd like to know your thoughts.
I am planning to see one of these asap. It would be nice if there were a center in Oregon, as I am sure it would really go over here! Also what is the footprint of both main units. If it was on the site I must have missed it!
Must say I love the idea of the washer dryer in the walk in closet...It makes a lot of sense!
Suggestions for a long and narrow lot?
Outstanding work, especially the price. Wondering if you have any plans for a 2 story. I have a 100+ house I'm ready to tear down, but my lot is long and narrow. I know I could turn the ihouse, but I'd like to have some backyard for my dogs.
Thanks for your time,
Looks like a wonderful studio
I've been looking for a combination home and studio and love the Flex B layout! (The flex building reminds me of Diego Rivera's studio, in miniature of course - was the building at all based on that?) My timeframe is probably early Spring but I would like to get pricing information to start budgeting. Do I need to call for that? My local Clayton home dealer referred me to this site. Many thanks!
Can the flex unit be purchased by itself?
Wind Resistance Requirements
We are hoping that you can tell us the interior ceiling heights for both the flex unit and the i house. Also, what is the heighth of the tallest point of the roof on the exterior decks?
Thanks a bunch,
Do you have any plans for a double-wide? Can these units be placed upon a poured basement foundation - if so, where do you recommend the stairwell to be? Do you have to have the rear door off the main bedroom? What alterations can be made to specific plans?
Typical cost/ Closest to NY
I just discovered the Clayton i house which by the way *Kicks butt !! =) *
I'm planning to Leave NY in the near future but, Im wondering Where's the Closest module to New York I could visit? and Whats a typical Cost with the Flex Room ?
Can Flex I with 12' Deck be purchased and delivered to Sarasota, FL?
Model Home in Washington State?
I live in Woodland, WA 30 miles north of Portland, OR.
Can you tell where the closest I-House Model is.
How could a person in WNC actually have this product?
Composting Toilets (?)
Aside from the solar panels is this house capable of also having wind turbine as a possible energy source, and is the rain collection system able to be hooked into a cistern for recycling to use in the household?
Thanks Christina in MN
I would like to know if the wall unit and other funishing can be purchased with the home?
Urban home, safety & design
Visiting a model
How can I find out where i-house models are going to be set up from the schedule of showings on the homepage? For example, I'd like to visit the model when it goes to Fredericksburg, VA, in August, but I can't tell from clicking on the location whether the link is taking me to the exact location where the model will be, or whether that's just a general "this is where Fredericksburg is" link.
Can you help? I'd love to bring my parents to see the i-house, since they want to retire in a green home. Thanks!
Exterior Color Options
I seem to remember reading in your literature that there will be exterior color options for the i-house and/or flex units. I cannot find any information about this on the website. My local Clayton dealers don't have any information about the i-house at all. I wouldn't have considered buying a mobile/modular home before the i-house. This is a revolutionary product.... the right housing product for changing times. You may be creating an entirely new market.
I found land (haven't bought it) in Los Angeles where a house once existed.....but burned down. The foundation is still there, is it possible to use that existing foundation or would you guys want to start from stratch??
North Carolina Regulations
Is it true that the Flexhouse cannot be moved on NC highways due to regulations regarding width?
Our agency manages roughly 5000 acres of gov't property for endangered species. My agency is interested in using the i-house as a manager's facility. It's primary purpose would be to accomodate the Reserve Manager and Ranger, however as a public facility it would need to meet commerical standards and be ADA compliant. Is this possible? We would love to be able to showcase our commitment to green and sustainable living in a one stop shop, rather than piecemeal our facility together from several vendors.
What size lot will comfortably hold an ihouseII with a double Flex bldg option? bldg.) We would prefer to live in an established community and wondering if a standard lot (i.e. .22 acre) would suffice. Thanks for your advice!
Solar Panels, etc.
Sorry so many questions....When will you have a model at your Austin TX site?
Model in Sacramento
First let me say how happy I am to have found the i-house product. I have been wondering for years when the manufactured home industry was going to apply their technical expertice toward a more hip and innovative home. I think you guys nailed it!
I live in snow country so we have region specific snow and wind loads we have to meet. Can the i-house be built to meet 100# or even 120# snow loads? If so, are there compromises to the design (such as fewer windows or reduced window size) for the greater load capacity?
heating and cooling
How is the house heated/cooled?
Trying to buy land....
Well, I'm trying to get the ball rolling by looking at land but the ones I can afford are sloped. Most of them are sloped up but some I have spotted are sloped down. Some are extreme and scary but some don't look terrible.....maybe 20-30 degrees. I know you guys would like flat land but is it possible to build the ihouse on a slope? Would you have a person come out and take a look at the land before the ihouse is built?
Very interested in the I-House. When will we be able to see them in Raleigh, NC.
How flexible is interior wall space? (larger kitchen)
Wind Speed Rating of the iHouse
i-House in Hawaii
This is a very interesting concept
Winterization of Flex
question about solar panels...
I am so in love with this "i house"....
Little Rock and/or Denver?
I live in Denver and will be traveling to Little Rock soon. Do you have an estimate on when either ihouse might be complete so that I can see them?
CAN'T WAIT TO HAVE MY OWN iHOUSE!!!!
i-house rental for potential buyers?
Obviously it would be on a nice quiet lot (and not next to the freeway). Undecided people could pay to rent out a furnished i-house for a day or two to give it a "test-ride". I know this might sound like a lot of extra work, but it might be the thing to sway some people on the fence.
2 more questions..
First of all - my husband and I both LOVE the i-house!!! We really want one, We are just trying to figure out to achieve that goal.
I was wondering if there will be different prices for the i-house around the country? I know in some areas these prices would be considered very cheap, however, here in central Missouri, the base price of $74,900 for the smaller one bedroom i-house is considered high......add $40,000 to that for a lot, foundation, Delivery, water, sewage, electrical hook-up, etc. and the cost of the one bedroom i-house is as much as a brand new stick built 3 bedroom, 2 bath house with a garage & basement. Even though I already own my own lot, I'm thinking of resale value???
Also, who manufactures the kitchen cabinets?
Thanks so much for your time,
basement & 'mirror image' question
I read in a previous blog that the i-house can be put on a foundation, but, I'm wondering how to access the basement? Where would the stairs be located?
Also, wondering if I can purchase a 'mirror image' of the i-house to take advantage of the views for a lot that we already own.
Frequently asked questions
Is there a plan for an "i-garage?"
Lou, Clarksville, TN
connecting the ihouse and the flex house
althought, i love the ihouse, my only dislike is the fact that there are 2 seperate buildings. can the i house and flex be connected in some way to make as one. also are the counter tops granite, and if so, is it standard or an option.
One more question for this evening!
1.) How thick are the walls?
2.) What type of joints are used for corners?
3.) How is the ceiling constructed?
These are questions from my boyfriend who is more savvy in the realms of construction than I am so feel free to get as technical as you like. Looking forward to the answers! :)
Where in Florida?
are i-houses in production NOW?
Dover DE Site
When will the Dover DE site be open?
Can an i-house II be built on a basement?
Have you built these with multiple flex units?
Are there people living in i-houses now in other areas?
Why no garage design? It is a must in the Dover area with our weather.
How many of the windows open? Are window screen panels available and included for the windows that open? Is there a way to add screen doors or European style insect barriers to the doors?
Anyone know if these homes are appropriate for places where snow falls. At most, 4 feet sticking for several months.
Thanks for your time.
What would be the best orientation for the ihouse to take full advantage of the solar panels and heat loss/gain in central CA? Would you put the living room windows facing south?
Snow load, wind and fitting into a traditional neighborhood
We are in an area (NW Washington state), where we can get winter wind storms that approach 80 MPH. Would this house stand up to that?
Have you had any experience with an i-house that has been placed in a traditional neighborhood, (e.g. Craftsman style), such as on an infill lot? Have there been objections or permitting problems?
Fredericksburg VA Model
Can you tell us which iHouse and Flex models will be on display in Fredericksburg?
Shade Canopy for Flex
I remember reading somewhere that you were having a hard time sourcing the shade canopy for the flex sundeck. Check out www.coolaroousa.com and I think you will find them to be a good and very reasonably priced source.
How is home shipped?
It would be nice if there were a map of the continental USA that was highlighted to show the areas where the iHouse is available. States (or sections of states) where the iHouse is not available could be linked to a simple statement explaining why (e.g. distance from manufacturer; state laws about transporting; etc.) If you are working on obstacles in particular areas you could also mention it there.
That makes it easy to see if it is a realistic option for potential customers.
I have noticed on the web site virtual tour, there seems to be VERY limited ENCLOSED closet space to hang your clothes in.
I really would NOT like everyone to be able to SEE my clothes hanging on hangers in the open, which is what I am seeing on the virtual tour.
Any chances of making changes?
Square-footage of rooms in i-house I
I stopped by the show house in Seattle today - very nice - and they were able to give me a layout sheet for i-house II with specific square-footage of each room. They didn't have the same for the model I house, and I was hoping you could help me out. The numbers for the living room/kitchen area and the bedroom are the two I'm most interested in. Thanks for any help!
size of house
Does the I-house come Funrished?
A slew of questions!
I would REALLY like to buy a house through you guys but there are few questions I have before I go any further, please answer them either here on the comments section or e-mail me.
1.) What should I look for when buying land for an i-house? When I do get a piece of land do you guys have any contractors that will inspect the lot? Does this individual also determine the limitations placed by local governing agencies?
2.) Who will be the General Contractor? Will this person be familiar and trained in i-house construction?
3.) Where are the i-houses fabricated?
4.) Can I get a conventional home loan to buy an i-house? Do you have your own financing company?
5.) If I ordered a house today how long will it take to build?
6.) What kind of warranty is offered on these homes?
7.) Does i-house sell home plans?
8.) Do you have a garage option?
albuquerque open i house
Virtual tour of Flex Rooms
Western New York
Perris and ceiling ht.
Ready in Asheville, NC, are you?
Kitchen in Flex
Thanks so much for your reply! I have looked into finding a position at a manufacturing facility, but unfortunately there are not any located near Auburn. Thanks for your advice, and if you ever need any help with some grunt work or are going to be in the area with the i-house let me know!
bit of advice
Wes and Andy,
I am so excited to finally see your design! I am an architecture student at Auburn University in Auburn, AL and an aspiring architect for homes like the i-house. I am not sure if you are aware of the work at the Rural Studio at Auburn University, but the designs are similar to your's with the i-house. I have always wanted to "redesign" a trailer (after living in one for a while now), while my peers hope to one day design sky scrapers. I was wondering what type of advice you would give me in getting involved in this type of architecture while I am still in school. I am eager to begin learning and getting involved with this exciting new type of work!
Thank you for your time,
Building in Maryland
I have a few questions.
1. My county is requiring residential fire sprinklers in all new homes built. Can the i-house and flexes be built with a fire sprinkler system incorporated?
2. How do I get copies of the plans (i-house I Flex II Layout D)? I need two copies of complete architectural/structural plans to apply for building permits.
3. When might the Fredricksburg, VA site be open to tour?
4. Which layouts (i-house I/II, Flexes) are available for touring at the Knoxville site, and what are the hours?
Kitchen & Utility sink
roof catchment area
What about compliment Garage spaces similar to the Flex??
Concrete foundation would be prepoured/assembled by others.. the top 'walls'roof' would be modular to match.
Is it possible to buy the Flex only, say as a mother-in-law unit for behind my existing property/home?
Reversing the floor plan
i-house in Austin, Tx
Were will the i-house be at on display at in Austin, Tx. In July?
Compatibility, Merging I-House w/ Flex Units, & New Models
Land for the i-house
What about basements
In Minnesota it gets bitterly cold for months at a time. Most construction requires heated basements so utilities (water and gas lines) are safe from freezing. Can i-houses be placed on basements. Also can the "detached" bonus room be attached, so you don't have to go out in the cold to use the room? Are you coming to Rochester, Minnesota?
I know someone has asked if interior room dimensions can be posted but I have not seen them. I am interested in the dimensions of the Flex II and iHouse II. I have printed the floorplans and used a ruler to estimate them but it's imprecise to say the least.
Can you post a floorplan(s) with some of the major dimensions? Thanks.
Nebraska Model Home
Can the i-house be two levels high?
ihouse - Ann Arbor, MI
At the risk of repeating so many questions, I was wondering if the Ihouse is available in Ann Arbor, MI. I believe that it is because I can see the "Build My i-house", but figured it would not hurt to check.
Another questions I have is how long does the process from ordering to living in the ihouse take currently? Is there a waiting list to get these homes?
Thank you for your time!
Shelves and storage
Additions at a later time
Is there an I-house to view in Washington State?
Is replacing the fiberglass shower with tile an optional upgrade just like the kitchen backsplash? I think that would give the bathrooms a substantial upgraded look without a lot of additional cost. The shower doors should also be upgradable to a higher end look. Again, it's make a huge difference at a minimum upgrade cost.
Snow Load Factor?
If for instance I decided to place a unit in Maple Falls, Wa 98266;
I would want to be sure it could handle the anticipated snow load for this
area. . .thanks ahead for your response.
Fellow architect here- interested in modular/prefab options.
Very interesting product, looking forward to a local look, Dover, DE?
My basic question- how can you transport a 15' wide module on the road?
I was under the impression 12" was max width. Thanks
Bridging from a Flex II to an iHouse II
Someone else basically asked this question but I was thinking of doing a different layout than an L-shape.
I was thinking of putting a Flex II next to the iHouse II on the side but about 10' away from it and building a 2-story structure that bridges between the two of them. The entrance from the iHouse would be where the single-wide window is by the refrigerator. The Flex II entrance would be its designed entrance.
The 2-story structure would be about 10'x10' or 12'x12' square and would be similar to Rocio Romero's 1.5-story LVT except that I would have an interior circular staircase for roof access to the top of the Flex II instead of relying on an exterior staircase.
People would access the house through this 2-story structure instead of directly into the living room of the iHouse. This would be a much more visually appealing entryway. Also, it would allow for a coat closet (probably two, one on either side of the entrance for symmetry.) It would allow the two kids' bedrooms in the Flex II to be separated from the master bedroom and study in the main iHouse II. I could go with a stained concrete floor or slate tiles and then use passive solar to warm it.
Fiberglass insulaiton in an eco-friendly i-house?
Somewhere to view in NJ?
2) How does the butterfly roof stand up to the heavy wet snow that NJ tends to see?
3) What is the minimum land requirement?
4) Does Clayton deal with hookups or would I need to find contractors to take care of it?
5) Are the interior doors hollow core, or solid? If hollow core, are they standard size so that solid doors can be installed?
Dwell home Convention LA, CA
Closed in Deck Option
land to build on
I have selected iHouse II Flex II Layout E. Would like to build in or near Charlotte, NC. Do I need to acquire the land first or do you have plans to expand to other parts of the country?
Dimensions, Flex II Room
Is there any way we can see a layout sheet with dimensions of the individual rooms? That would be very helpful.
Are there any photos of a Flex II unit anywhere. I have yet to see one.
Also, what is the white thing on the wall inside the flex units? It's on the wall above the couch.
Video on my website?
While I live in an urban area presently where an i-house is not a possibility, I am very interested in potentially building a vacation home at some point and this could be a perfect solution. Great job!
Auxillary Generator Plug
Rear Master Bedroom Deck
Recently Viewed Knox Model
I was finally able to view the Knox model in person on Saturday. I must say that overall I was pleased with what I found. The design and overall appearance was very pleasing to the eye. I was not impressed by the master bath. The shower though nice in size was very generic using only a fiberglass surround. I would be much happier using a contemporary tile or stone for the shower. The doors throughout the interior were very cheap hollow luan plywood and louvers that I thought dissappeared in the 70's. It would be great if they could incorporate a small wood or gas fireplace in the livingroom area but space is very limited. The Flex unit was awsome and the rooftop deck was breathtaking. My 2 younger daughters were hopeing I could load it in the truck and bring it home.
If you plan to visit the Knox Model it would be best to simply spend an additional hour driving and go to Bean Station Tn. where they have the 2 bedroom model set up and the factory is onsite. The sales person in Knox. was great but was unable to answer many of my questions but did provide me with contacts to answer my questions. I wish they had provided more access to the underbelly, it was so low to the ground it was impossible to view and access to plumbing or other repairs underneath would be a difficult task to access. I plan to visit Bean Station soon in hopes of getting my other questions answered. Knox was a great tour but leaves much to the be discovered. I'm very very interested in this concept and plan to continue working with Clayton Homes to bring my idea's and my I-House into reality.
Great concept guy's, Thanks for all your efforts, Future I-House Family
Bahamas Building Site
Two additional questions
1. Would it be possible to put a small kitchenette in the auxiliary model. Nothing big--but maybe a small sink, microwave, 2 burner hot plate and mini-fridge? Could that possibly be offered as an option--or could the electric service in the unit at least support that--as well as regular uses like lighting, a computer and a stereo at the same time (making it a self-supporting guest-room or mother-in-law unit)?
2. Have you considered offering a Murphy bed option for the auxiliary unit--thereby allowing it to be used for a multitude of purposes?
Questions on a couple optional features
A few questions for you:
1. Is it possible to add more than the 2 sets of solar panels to make the homes come closer to electric self-sufficiency?
2. What is the expected average electric usage per unit--broken down by unit type?
3. Is the tankless hot water heater gas or electric?
3a. If it's gas--is there an option for an electric model?
4. It doesn't mention a tankless water heater for the smaller auxiliary unit. How do you expect to heat the water for that unit? If it can have it's own tankless water heater--what is the cost?
5. How configurable are the interiors? You speak of modular units allowing you to have any configuration you desire--but can we change the size of a room--say making the master bedroom larger, or the walk in closet smaller--as long as the over-all interior fits within the shell?
6. You talk about a rainwater collection system--but no mention is made on the optional cost check-list. Is it included in the cost of the main building? If not--how much more is it?
6a. What about the rain water collection system for the auxiliary building? Is it possible, and if so, at what additional cost?
6b. If the rain water collection system IS available on the auxiliary unit as well--can it be used under the optional roof system that allows you to turn the rooftop into a patio?
7. What storm stresses are the buildings engineered to with-stand? (winds, snow weight, etc)
8. How are the buildings wired? Are they set up to allow for easy addition of extra wire pairs if you wanted to add extra electric circuits or video cables?
MOD Vs. HUD code
Privately Owned? Gallery? Forum?
The Chosen One
Wes & Andy
I have chosen the i-house II Flex I Layout B, but can't seem to pull up a price. The only extras that we would want are the Stacable Washer and Dryer. Provided the i house features list are the standard items.
We will probably pay cash for the home, so we need to figure in the cost for permits, and incidentals for San Diego.
Stainless Steel Refrigerator model #?
Projected Useful Life, Roof & Siding
i-house in heavy snow country
legal primary house sq ft
Smaller i-house models
I have a samll lot and building area the max lenght for the cabin would be around 38ft. Will there be new smaller 1 bedroom models in the future? 900 sq ft and less? Lofts?
Great design work....
availability in New York State
Bed & Bath Layout
I really like the i-House II bedroom layout: Master, walk-in closet, bath, 2nd bedroom. Can the floor plan of the Flex II be changed so it has the same layout? And can the size of the deck between the i-House and Flex be adjusted? I think I'll need one a little smaller in order to fit on my lot.
I'm a big fan of the i-house II Flex II layout D configuration. My only hestitation is the open deck between the i-house and Flex. I don't want my guests in the Flex braving 40 degree temps and snow in order to make it to the kitchen for breakfast.
1) Are there enclosure options for the deck? A glassed in sunroom would be nice.
2) Is if feasible to remove the deck join the i-house and Flex directly?
When is my Brochure going to come in the mail?
Wiring for TV, Security, Speakers, Internet
Does Clayton have plans to wire the i-houses for built-in surround sound systems, stereo throughout and exterior speakers, internet and home security......?
Hopefully there will come a day when a central computer operated by a remote control will be part of these homes and allow the homeowner to control all the functions of the house from HVAC, lighting, security, etc...
Financing for ihouse
This is a quote from a lender in my area offering 100% financing " The CHIP loan is for permanent financing only. It cannot be used for construction financing. Also, it cannot be used for mobile home financing. It can be used for modular financing, however, the builder must agree not to receive any funds until the structure is up and the CO (certificate of occupancy) has been issued by the city. So, the builder can't receive funds until closing."
is this financing suitable for the ihouse?
2 questions> 1) Where is the Austin model being built? 2) Can they be built as a 2 story? Thanks!
I live in the Caribbean
Are i-houses are suitable for a hot tropical climate? Factors to consider would be the heat of the day (85-90 degrees F), humidity, ventilation and sometimes heavy rainfall.
Also, what about hurricane proofing?
Would you be prepared to ship overseas and could this be done by regular shipping containers or would it take customised packing?
What materials are used (thinking about any repairs that might come up).
Would it be relatively easy to erect a house without necessitating an expert from your company?
The houses look very interesting and attractive and we are looking forward to your response.
roof draining system
Heating....and other stuff
Can you integrate geothermal?
Is there purification systems for the rain catcher?
Can you add additional decking?
Here is an idea, subfloor storage for long term / seasonal items..
Sorry, new to blogging
If so, would your company be able to make the foundation a basement? Do you have an estimate of what that would cost for the larger model? I just need an idea.
Set up fees ?
total cost and other questions
How about the following?
would like to include a wood burning or other stand alone energy efficient stove - where in the living room?
flex room - kitchenette as an option?
how about a garage - stripped down flex with a door on the end?
how about a metal roof - know its expensive but how much
when is the Dover house going to be done - I'm in PA but would drive to see it
once again love the house
for mobile home parks?
i-house in Chicago ?
i-huose in Atlanta.
Is it possible to put a basement underneath the I-house for additional room and water retention (rain cistern) as well as a garage?
Can the room and window placements be made to optimize the sun on the particular lot?
Lastly, is this suitable for cold weather climats (upper pen. of Michigan)?
San Diego July 15th
Can you retro-fit an i-house with additional spaces
"Aging in Place" telehealth enabled i-houses
I am personally interested in the efficient, green, and economical benefits of your i-house system, however, my greatest interest is in collaboration and integration of your housing systems with our "aging in place" health care technologies and partners.
The need to provide the baby boomers the means to "Age in place" is critical. Health and nursing home experts report that the U.S. can not build enough nursing homes to provide for the needs of the ever increasing aged population. Your i-house is a solution for the needs of the industry that is growing up around this need.
I am a physician, consultant, and entrepreneur owner of CatalystMD (Catalyst Medical Developments). CatalystMD is connecting best of breed technologies from companies like Intel, Microsoft, and companies like yours. We are also developing technologies built around intelligent living systems, wireless medical devices and sensors, and telehealth enabled care environments.
I would love to talk with you about the possibilities of combining our ideas and providing a solution that allows our mothers and fathers to age with safety, economy, and dignity.
Jim Meehan, Jr., MD
I-House in chicago's western suburbs.
I am very much intrested in buying one unit of I-House II and two units of
flex II attached to I-House II to have 4 bed rooms.This could be yours model
house in mid west.Also as per current situation try to keep price as low as
possible. That way i am sure your company will attract middle class folks who
are looking for affordable but modern kind of living.
Module Size and...
Modifications within the structure
Just a quick question for you. I am a person who loves to entertain and really would want a large area for dining in the main part of the house. Therefore is it possible in the larger i-house to adapt the interior structure, for instance eliminating the second bedroom and moving the kitchen against the bathroom wall thereby expanding the living area? I would add on a Flex building to provide more bedrooms etc.Or perhaps you guys have a better idea. I would love to hear what you come up with!
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passive and active solar
From the drawings, it looks like the house would have to be oriented north and south to utilize the solar panel, which would not be the best from a passive solar gain perspective. Could the house be oriented east-west and the panel put on a tracker?
I am re-locating from the UK to Florida in the New Year and the i-house looks ideal. Is it more or less a similar size to a regular static home so could be sited on most static home parks? Also would the flex be able to support a hot tub on the roof?
Thanks in advance.
do you need a distributor/contractor in hawaii?
I'm interested in a floorplan with dual master bedroom suites. Is it possible to join two of the I-house IIs side by side making a "double wide" i-house? I would like to form one single structure that would have mirrored master suites, and remove the extra kitchen to have a larger living area an a full dinning room.
Also, is there an estimate on when the next generation of i-houses will be premiered?
Would you consider having 1 i-house I & one Flex II (or 2-3 Flex II reorganised) available to export to Canada (South shore of Montreal, Québec province), just north of NY state border.
I should go on with buying an afordable high style house within 6-8 months. This project would be erected roughly half way between Montreal and the border (35 minutes drive each way).
Can Clayton corporation evaluate this possibility. In this concept, my house could become a showcase platform for the Eastern Canada potential (Greater Montreal only have 2.5 millions people).
Hoping from you, please accept my best regards from the north.
PS: Sorry for my english, mostly french..
IS OKLAHOMA A POSSIBLE LOCATION FOR THE IHOUSE?
Since Oklahoma is notorius for tornados, would the ihouse withstand a F5 tornado? Is it built on a concrete slab? Do you guys plan to put a ihouse in Oklahoma for tours? Myself and my boyfriend are very interested in owning an I-house, this would fit our lifestyle tremendously, and our budget.
What makes the i-house different in structure from a trailer?
I love the concept, but I am wondering how the i-house feels...I had friends in college that lived in some off-campus trailer parks during school...I wasn't impressed with the overall feel of them (flimsy, noise transmitted easily from one area to the other, when the HVAC kicked in you definitely knew when it was running...noise level went up)....What sets the ihouse apart in terms of the way it's built, noise transmission, etc...that will give it more the feel of a solidly built house and less of a feel of a mobile home?
I like the idea but I want something very very solid and quiet.....Not sure how much noise a metal roof above would transmit noise through the unit during rain, etc..
i-House in Texas
is this a mobile home?
I have a lot in a subdivision. Is this considered a mobile home or a modular home when it comes to restrictions on mobile homes in counties, cities, and subdivisions?
My lot is outside Asheville. Can these be delivered from to WNC?
I-house Community in the Bahamas
I-House in NJ
Is the i-house available in NJ? If not, will it soon be in the near future? Wondering if you have a time frame on this...
I HOUSE IN CHICAGO?
Update on transporation issue?
ihouse in Maryland
I work at a high school that is creating an environmental education program that will be integrated in all of our subjects. This house would be an incredible opportunity for our students to learn first-hand about living green.
Has the ihouse been used as an office space yet? I would love to have it put on our school property as our environmental education office. I'm not sure how feasible that is with septic management, etc. We have temporary classroom buildings, but they don't have bathrooms.
Do you think there might be a way to use the ihouse in this fashion?
Michelle Kaufmann Designs
I-House in Dover, DE
wind turbines instead of solar panels
One suggestion for the website. Add a section with a map of all the different showrooms with an actual iHouse accross america. A link to a map with the best areas for solar power would be great as well.
I haven't been this excited about a pre-fab house before, you guys did a wonderful job.
State Sales Tax
SINGLE FAMILY 4 PLUS BED ROOMS
I like i house conscept and its desighn.
My question is, I want to built i house with 4 plus bedrooms and 2 plus baths with approximately 2000sft area.I want to have i house in chicago area .Also please let me know if i can also have basement below this i house.
Manufactured vs modular
Hi, Great work you guys. Very cool. Sorry if already discussed but is the ihouse a manufactured HUD home or modular / prefab? I own a trailer park and understand there is a big difference particulalry when it comes to lenders.
Spray foam insulation?
Hi....Love the fact that Clayton is heading in this direction.
Is spray foam insulation going to be an option (Icynene, etc..)?
It is good to get to talk to architects besides some of my college buddies now. I have an architectural degree from Oklahoma University, but am now retired.
To cut to the chase, I have been extremely intrigued by the " i house " design, and my wife and I plan to buy next August when we have the needed money for the build. I have been mesmerized by the i house and it's bonus room "L configuration" mostly, and noticed on the "beginning" tour of that plan that the bonus room "just for a flash" showed a very elegant tarp type covering over the bonus room covered upper deck? Do I have to figure out how to get the canopy on my own, or can you guys "arrange" for us to also have that? We really, really want the canopy...
Landscaping, Driveway, Solar Panels, Garages and Attaching Flex I to i-House
Ready to take a tour...
Also, what is the waiting time from ordering a design and delivery?
Very Interested in concept
We are looking to relocate to northern Wisconsin. What I don't understand is what it cannot be transported to the area of Eagle Rivier. Is building codes, transportation issues, or no distributorship?
Also, is this concept conducive to residential turbine energy?
As many we would entertain this concept if it was available with basement and garage units.
In the I-House II,
a) Can the internal wall configuration be changed so that the ~9 foot wide second bedroom is eliminated and used first to add ~3 feet to the existing bathroom (in order to fit a 2nd sink and allow more bathroom storage) and second to use the remaining ~6 feet as the new laundry room with a work sink and the re-located washer dryer (in order to free up the walk-in closet off the main bedroom for more clothes storage)?
b) Can the external wall configuration be changed so that the flex units can be joined to and accessed directly off the main unit instead of being separated by an exposed deck?
Any chance that the construction could be changed to meet Multi-family requirements? ie Fire Walls, Sprinklers...
Adding walk-in closet to i-house I plan.
Is the Flex 15'2" as well?
Can't get the i-House in NC due to transportation limits of 14' wide, but I could get 4 flex modules and attach them to a stick built kitchen/LR...
But, they're probably 15'2", right?
We love the design of the ihouse! We're wondering if there is a design for a carport or garage with space to put lawn equipment?
The iHouse is the only thing I have seen that is reasonably cost effective. I think the key will be to offer different variants so there are not 10,000 identical ones scattered across the country.
I also think you need to get a partner in the Caribbean or Hawaii because the whole green angle is more valuable in an island setting.
I've been looking at Michelle Kaufman's and Rocio Romero's designs for some time...but they have always seemed a little out of my reach ($) and/or unavailable in the Mid-Atlantic. At first your main house design was a little cramped to my eyes...but I've come around! I have fallen in love. The various flex units accomodate my other needs (guests, storage, etc.) My question is with regards to screening. According to the Andersen website, the windows have full screens available. However, I do not see them in your videos. Is that just for filming purposes, or do screens for the windows come with the package?
Are you guys working on a "green" garage to compliment the i-house family? Possibly with plug-ins for electric/hybrid cars?
Hi again guys ,
Two quick questions the 2 kw notation per solar panel is that sufficent to take the home off the grid? and is that number a potiential output or a guaranteed certified output for the pannels that everyone can expect?
A mirror home
First let me say that I love the Idea of the I home,
My question is can a mirrior of the home less the kitchen be built for future expansion so as the core has 4 bedrooms and 2 baths and encompass a large family room?
Can the windows be ordered with blinds between the panes?
DOWN IN TEXAS - RIO GRANDE VALLEY
You guys have come up with a fantastic idea!
I am looking for a bit bigger home (3 beds/2.5 baths). The current models are great for 2nd home owners / vacationers / starter homes.
I am considering a planned "green community" on a 5 acre tract of land with live resaca water. I would buy one for myself and possibly combine your current layouts with options for larger ones too.
This area is growing and booming, at least in this segment; and I can see a tremendous opportunity for developing your business.
Please let me know when you have a larger plan and if interested
Thanks so much and I sincerely look forward to working with you guys as this is what I have been looking for.
Does the heating/cooling system for the main i-house connect to the flex, or is a separate system necessary?
Any plans in the works for a subterranean/basement system, especially one that would connect the i-house to the flex unit?
How soon until these homes will be available in Northern Indiana?
customizing outdoor space
Hi, I am interested in adding the bonus room with rooftop patio as a perfect extra space on my property in Chelan, Wa.
First of all, do you just sell the bonus room?
Secondly, can I get it in Chelan, Wa?
Thirdly, is it strong enough for the annual 3-6 feet of snow that occurs?
I hope, yes to all as it is an absolutely perfect solution for my situation and space.
Zip codes ?
Living in Canada I find it frustrating that a zip code is required to register - or to request information. Is this exclusion deliberate ?
Inclusions/exclusions & Caribbean or other "off-shore" location
I got the impression from reading your reply to one of the other posts that your team is involved with the delivery and installation. I am assuming the posted price is FOB and that we have to pay for delivery and site preparation. Do we pay for mounting to the foundation or is that part of the price?
Can I have it delivered and installed in the Caribbean such as U.S.V.I. or Bahamas or Bermuda? If not, why?
Interior dimensions & Extra window?
Can you add more large windows
Does the iHouse meet Hurricane Standards?
Make 'Em Stackable
I am very interested in a larger version of the i-house. I need 3 BR/2BA in the main house and the 2 room Flex (big family and plenty of guests). Are there future plans for doing this? That would literally corner the market.
Availability in NY
I'm really excited about the iHouse and am wondering about their availability on Long Island and/or Upstate NY (Westchester County). Any plans to start building in these places soon?
2nd generation specs
Solar and/or wind option
Good morning from NE;
Do you offer the option to expand the sq. ft. of solar panel on the roof of the main unit? Also, could the roof of the Flex be utilized for solar. Is this offered as an option?
Are you considering offering wind chargers/generators as part of any package?
Site Access Considerations
Available in Oklahoma?
Are their model i-houses located in Florida or North Carolina?
Can the flex home be purchased by itself?
How close to the shorline can these homes be placed?
Looking at property in Galviston, how far from the shoreline does the home have to be placed. And is salt corrosion an issue?
Is the Ihome considered a modular home or mobile home?
Recycled Materials List
Do you have a list of all the materials used in the i-house that come from recycled products?
I sent an email a few weeks ago and have not heard back - I assume you are getting substantive response on your product. We have a 36 acre ranch in Arizona near the Grand Canyon and are looking for something just like this for our property. We currently have graded a road in and have a glorified campsite with our 30 ft. travel trailer that we use in the spring, summer, fall. It snows in the winter and temps get quite low, so we really want to have a dwelling on the property. We also would need to be off the grid - water tank, propane, solar, etc...
We have subscribed to Dwell magazine for 5 years and keep looking for something affordable. The most recent idea we entertained was the cargo container house, but if we can do this for a reasonable cost, we would definitely consider. The problem is we want something by next year - how feasible is that and who would I contact to discuss and get more information?
i house in Northern CA?
Home addition / in-law apt
My dream house - Thank you
Love the look of the homes. With the existing design in the roof, how do you prevent ice dams during the winter and then roof leakage? Also, are there options available to increase wind load and tornado reinforcement?
Finally, how do you determine if the i-house gets built on a slab or poles in the ground? Is that an owner choice or topography? Thanks! Chicago calling
Northern Snow Conditions
I know that this home is not currently being sold in northern MN. Are there any plans to make this house usable (feasible) in a northern, snowy climate? Are there plans available to close in the space between the house and the flex area to use as possible living space year round?
Also, can this house be built using in-floor radiant heat that can be used in conjunction with an outside wood burner? We live in an area that has an abundance of trees to use as fuel and many acres of scrap wood left behind by logging.
One last question, can this house be built utilizing wind power along with solar power?
Insulation/Building Material Options/PA?
Do you have the ability to use healthy insulation, ie recycled jeans/cotton? Also, where can we see an example of color/building material options? What are the "standard materials" included? We live in eastern PA and have a 3 acre wooded lot at present. Would you build the basement as well or would we need to hire someone to do that? We would also need to install the septic system and well. Some homes like this give the option to build to 150 mph wind standards. What is your standard wind mph measurement? I had a concern about the roof design and snow-has anyone built one and gone through a significant snow storm yet? I just want to make sure I'm understanding what is all included. Thanks!
Will there be a fireplace option, if not, can that be added latter safely? Have property overlooking Stecoah Gap in NC and MUST have a fireplace. Love the idea of being off the grid as much as possible and plan to visit Maryville in the fall.
Collaboration with Michelle Kaufmann?
Is the ihouse a mobile or modular house
Is the ihouse a mobile or modular house for zoning purposes and if it is a modular home does that mean you can get a better mortage interest rate?
Larger i-house plans?
Model in Maryland?
Model in the NW
Homes in Arizona
Hey guys! I have totally falled in love with your designs. I have a question about some of the interior stuff. When one makes a purchase of the home are there color choices and/or cabinet choices? I know the Ikea brand has a variety of designs and wasn't sure if all of the homes come with the same cabinetry and floor colors or if there were options when building.
Thanks for your time.
What kind of site preparation is required?
Do you have schematics of foundation requirements? Water, Sewer, and Electrical hookups?
building exterior and insulation material
Love the look and idea of homes you have
go green tax credits
first time homebuyer
Beutiful and thoughtful design :)
I followed the link from Huffington Post and am delighted by the design of your homes!
I especially love the Flex rooms! My partner and I both work from home, so I could see two side-by side Flex I's as being perfect for a home office and a music recording studio!
Some people dream of designing and building their own eco-dwelling but I would much prefer the i-house approach to creating the perfect eco-home. Just make some choices on floor plans and cabinet finishes and have the darn thing delivered!
Can your homes be shipped to Oregon?
Great work and best of luck!
Awesome looking house...
I am completely blown away by the layout and the 360 degree virtual tour. But then i'm not at all surprised... its what we have come to expect from a Berkshire Hathaway owned companies!
Couple of questions:
- Can the i-house be installed in NJ?
- would a i-house in NJ be able to provide same energy efficiency and utility cost savings as say a i-hous in a sunny place like Florida or Texas?
- how resistant is i-house to fire? does it meet fire safety standards of NJ?
- Also, how does your pricing work? Is it a standard price list that you can email me?
- one last question... do you have a model i-house installed and operational in NY or NJ area?
Once again, great job!
I saw the i-house concept today and I think the look and idea are great! I saw earlier blog posts regarding possible future garage ideas possible to come later.
I was looking at carports that could go with the look of the home. What I found is that an arch or a one-slope design did not detract from the look. I am eager to see what parking solutions that you would come up with.
Extra Room & Stability??
Do you have a California Show Room or Model
What sort of options are available regarding wiring the house for network connectivity in the rooms for computers, tvs, security systems, etc?
Can a Cat6 infrastructure be created during the build process so there are drops next to all the electrical outlets and all the wires run to a central "server" room location, like the utility closet or other room of choice?
If this isn't possible, is there crawl space in the attic or under the house that can be accessed to create your own home network infrastructure or if wanted speaker wires, av equipment, home security set-ups etc?
How open is this design for the home owner so it can be built into the home at the factory or afterward on site?
Building in Canada?
Where are you based?
I know this may be a stupid question, I am sure the answer is in your literature or articles about the i-house.
With Colorado poised to be one of the green centers, have you ever given thought to expanding and/or basing your operation in this state?
Are you in need of sales staff to promote and seel your product?
Where to see!
Permits & Loans & Homeowners Insurance, oh my!
ihouse flex as an addition?
Awsome: But reminds me of my first Apartment
Not to be horribly negative by my first comment, I love the idea and interior design but it's just so small. Is there any possibility of a Double Wide or Triple Wide in the future? I would buy one of these in a heart beat if it weren't for the fact that the thought of raising a family in one of these leaves me with images of sequestering myself in the Flex Unit and barricading the door. My thought with this kind of house is that it’s perfect for young families that can't afford a lot but would like something really nice as well. I just can't see two people a dog and a kid or two moving around one moderately sized Living Room/Dining Room combo and squeezing through the claustrophobic hallway.
Not trying to be negative, just passing on the opinions of a market you've yet to tap.
Closet space and additions
Can These Be Put in Existing Mobile Home Parks?
Ready-made population Booming
As well, what's the story with the I-House warranty?
I love the idea of a flex room with an extra bathroom and a second floor deck, but with NJ land prices, and home prices in general, does the i-house have the ability to expand in the future? Meaning, if the land that I buy permits, could I purchase upgrades like the flex room at a later date? Also, do the homes come with some kind of warranty?
Thanks again. Right now I can only dream.
Atlantic Highlands, NJ
e-Smart Home Energy Automation
I wanted to inquire about color options, both inside and outside the i-house. Are consumers able to choose wood finish, such as dark vs. light cabinetry? On the outside of the i-house are there different color options for the burnt orange i-flex and the neutral color palet of the main structure?
Wonderful job on these homes! I am really impressed!
Personally, I will be a first time home buyer and should qualify for the current $8,000 tax credit. I am unsure of all other possible tax credits with one of these homes. In my opinion I would advertise that information and post it as another sales incentive.
where is FAQS
Can a gas stove be hooked up to one of these?
Also, I saw in another blog that other sources of electricity can be attached the house. I'm assuming that includes a powerplant? Do you get hot water from the electric panels? I'm wondering what exactly you get from using the panels...i.e., hot water, heat, electricity for your outlets? --thanks.
where is FAQS
Snow Country Structural Issues
What are the floorplan measurements
Sq ft is nice, but doesn't tell the whole story.
Looks great so far!
When will we be able to order in Iowa?
Where to see??
Could you post a list of locations where the i-house can be seen? I love the idea of high-end manufactured homes, and these sound ideal for second homes.
Another quick question: can they be put on raised foundations, for waterfront locations? How sturdy are they, for areas that might experience hurricanes?
Universal design -- handicapped accessibility
Where in Oregon can I walk around in one?
I love the ideas at work here, and would like check out a model home. Where in Oregon (preferably Portland adjacent) can I do that?
building in phases?
I am loving these designs. The more I look the more I want one.
But I am wondering if it is possible to build in phases - starting with the main unit and adding the flex unit a few years later? My husband and I don't need that much space right now, but we will when we start adding children to our family.
What are our options?
Models to view
Best Orientation for Passive Solar Benefits
In order to take advantage of passive solar heating benefits, the larger glass area should be facing South, correct? The front of my lot faces North. is it possible to relocate the orientation and layout of room to "flip" the floor plan?
FYI, I have been seacrhing for this new concept and I definetly will be investigating this further. I am very excited about this and congratulations for the excellent design and concept!
Where can I find the cost of the 3 bedroom, 2 bath lay-out? What would be the expected utility costs for such a lay-out and would these costs differ drastically in Arizona compared to say Michigan?
Thanks. Great stuff and excellent work.
Will you be available in Canada?
I live in Edmonton Alberta and am very interested in your designs. The Flex Room is perfect for as a work space for my wifes business. Are you able to ship to Canada?
Available in Canada? Please say yes!
Canada wants/ needs the i-home! Is it possible to get it here?
Absolutely love what you have done with the design (aesthetic and function) and the low impact elements.
After checking out the whole site, I'm now an i-house evangelist.
i-house available in MA
Great project! When will you have it available for Massachusetts area?
Rhode Island Availability
When will you be in Indiana
i House in MN
Innovation like this saves!
I have one idea especially I would like to shoot your way.
What a great design and value!
If available, please provide more information on the delivery process. Is the house shipped in pallets, or as modules? Estimated erection time and cost?
Please confirm if the i-house is available in NY State, since the zip code entry was not recognized by the Personal configuration tab (13788).
Where is laundry
Can the ihouse be put on a basement foundation?
Additional add ons and Questions
Sustainablity rating with LEED
I saw your display at the Berkshire event in Omaha this weekend where I was very impressed with the architectural design style of the house and the sustainablity approach to residentail architecture. As an architect myself, I give my cudo on the design, of a well designed floor plan!
As engery star rating system is good program. I question why not use the LEED rating system for residential? LEED (www.usgbc.org) which is becoming the benchmark system for the US, especialling in commerial design. Any thoughts of geothermal for mechanical, ( I may have missed this info). What about a wind turbine for off grid power? I would really like to see a what points your home would receive on a LEED checklist.
Transportation & great room costs
What would the cost be to have an ihouse delivered to the Baltimore area?Please include ALL costs (foundation, hook-ups, etc.)
What are the size dimensions for the great room? What are the costs associated with each size room? Can the additional great room be attached anywhere on the ihouse?
i-house debuts in Omaha at Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting
Maybe Options in I house future
Will I house ever have a 2 wide floor plan ?
Free standing garage?
Unfinished kitchen,water closets and bath ?
Pre wired for a/v and security?
Entrance on main house with foyer?
Extra windows ?
My Partner and I love the concept but need more room :-c.
Ian & Jeffrey
P.s Where in Florida can We touch , see and smell a I house?
topped by the model
We stopped by the model this morning. GREAT!!!!! Congratulations!!!! We want one
Is my family too large for an i-house here in southern Illinois
I would need a 4 bedroom and 2 bath ihouse here in Marion, IL. I wasn't sure if thats even possible but I would like some more information. Does the home depreciate in value like a regular Modular home? Thanks
Types of foundation
Wind Power & Texas
The i-house is an exciting new development! We currently have a 1998 Clayton mobil home on a remote, central Texas site. Any plans to expand into our great state? Will the i-house be capable of accepting a wind-powered generator similar to the Irresidence concept? http://www.irresidence.com/index.html
A very nice design. It lends itself to using SIPs(Sstructural Insulated Panels), have you considered them for the walls & roof? A super insulated shell makes this an even Greener unit.
Gary, builder of the NowHouse in San Francisco
Manufactured or Modular? It is not clear
Is this new I-home considered a manufactured home or a modular home? There are obvious differences related to permitting and as far as I know, Clayton produces mostly manufactured homes.
If the I-home is in fact a manufactured home, does that mean I would be restricted on where I could put one of these homes?
Availability in NYC and especially Long Island
I was curious to know if the ihouse might be available for New Yorkers especially those that reside on Long Island since land is available there? Also New Jersey?
I-house model in Albuquerque?
Can we see the house?
Expanded module possible?
will it be zoned for the gulf states?
I am from South Louisiana, I also work for Clayton Homes as a House Consultant (Sales) and I am very excited
about the I-House!!! I could not get much info about it though.
I was Hoping it was going to be zoned for our area?
uses of detached guest room structure
I was wondering about the flexibility of the guest room structure. I live in LA and many of the existing houses in the older, more central, subdivisions on the westside, southbay and eastside are very small (700 to 1100 SF). I noticed that the configuration of the guest house could be used as a cost effective master bedroom addition onto one of these small bunglalows. Would it be easy to convert the structure into an addition through a small 'corridor' connection (maybe even an outdoor covered walkway - this is LA). Also, the information Ive seen on the I-house says it can be on a pier foundation - is this cheaper to install than a poured foundation? Would the foundation need i-beams across it for lateral earthquake stability? Thanks - I'm very interested in using one of these guest room structures as a cost effective addition - the roof-top deck is an awesome design feature!
Very interesting concept
great alternative in high-priced markets
I'm very excited about the ihouse. We're about to make an offer on a lot and plan on putting an ihouse there if everything lines up (we're working with Freedom in Sunnyvale).
So I'm super motivated and would be happy to help test the website (I'm an IT professional) if you need anyone from outside your company to give it a spin.
BTW, the ihouse resonates with everyone I'm showing it to. Love the design and especially the green features.
Here in the San Francisco Bay Area where a not-so-special lot can cost anywhere from 200-700k and ordinary 1400sf ranchers on 5000sf lots in decent neighborhoods go for 600-800k the ihouse is a standout in all respects.
Delivery and build-out
How do you deliver product; in a container?
What tools/expertice for the building process?
Can you ship it to another country?
Kris Martinez (aka Clare Conner)
size of home
Is there an ability to make a larger version of this home?
An Interview with the Architects
We have a corporate culture that is sensitive to the environment and a strategy of delivering the highest value to homebuyers. An increased emphasis on being “green” and energy efficient in our processes and work environments led us to work with EPA to build energy efficiency as a standard into our homes. In 2003, the EPA designated Clayton as an Energy Star partner as we became the first homebuilder to become certified at every home building facility. Since then we have built thousands of Energy Star ready homes for our homeowners. As we became more aware of “green” building, Kevin Clayton (CEO) directed our team to build homes incorporating more green products. In 2008, Mr. Clayton asked us to design and specify a home radically different from anything available, incorporating as many green and energy efficient products as possible. He stepped back, gave a free hand and the ihouse was created.
What was your thinking in its development?
We started with a review of research, design and development on what others had developed in the way of green homes and their use of green and energy efficient components. This began to shape the design of the building envelope and how we wanted the home to look. We had to consider our home building facilities and how we could maximize the economies of scale allowing the ihouse to be affordable by all. We then considered component materials and continued our research into the manufacturer specification and material test results. We constantly compared our thinking with contemporaries to make sure we weren’t building something we couldn’t build and no one could afford. The home started to take shape.
Who influenced you?
Certainly, through the architectural education process and the act of practice, a designer forms stylistic tendencies that are based on the study of others’ work. To site one or more specific influences that helped shape the ihouse architecture, however, is difficult. Dwell magazine as well as other periodicals has been a source of information and inspiration specific to the ihouse.
Who did you partner with in the development?
Because of the pace of the design phase, design development collaboration was limited to team members including in-house engineering professionals and marketing specialists. However, upon completion of the first prototype we included the ihouse in our annual showcase of homes. It was then that we had the opportunity to get constructive feedback from consumers, local architects and design professionals, as well as our colleagues at the University of Tennessee School of Architecture. In fact, we hosted a lunch for some of the professors and students, which included the Dean of the School of Architecture, John McRae, as well as professors Ted Shelton, Tricia Stuth and James Rose. After the tour we held a Q&A session and received useful feedback that helped shape continued development of the product.
What were Kevin’s directions during the process?
We are delighted to say that the direction we received amounted to encouragement and reaction. He told us to let our imaginations loose and design something that may be built in a precision built process. The stimulating aspect of the development process is that he was adamant that we not be constrained by budget.
What challenges did you have?
Time. It is always a challenge to deliver on a project that involves so many within a timeframe to meet accelerated expectations. A CEO (even ours) tends to have a very short horizon for projects being concluded. While ours was encouraging our work, he was anxious to see the end product. We received wonderful help and cooperation from teammates. We were all anxious to see what a modern home, using green products and highly energy efficient products, built for everyone might look like. In fact, when a challenge arose, we had many knocking down the obstacles. Shipping constraints were also a challenge. We know the rules of shipping size limits and worked hard to maintain the desired form of the ihouse within these limits and maintain the desired outcome.
What was it like when you were told it was going to be a home produced for sale?
Few of us are given the opportunity to create something and then have it produced with little or no changes. Going from a prototype to a production model is like your 5th grader winning the spelling bee against all the high schoolers. It was exhilarating.
Who did you bring in to help refine your thinking?
Our engineering staff, led by Mark Ezzo, helped considerably in bringing the concept to reality. They were continually in the loop, making suggestions and helping with requirements necessary for home construction. As mentioned before, the University of Tennessee School of Architecture remained involved, which kept our ideas fresh and on point. In addition, there was a healthy dose of “real” people that gave reactions continually. It has been a group think project.
Why choose the items/components for inclusion that you did?
We looked for components that met our desire for green and/or energy efficiency. Product developers worldwide are increasingly focusing efforts to produce green and energy efficient products. If you look around, it is easy to see the green product lines in every company. We have seen even more products that are environmentally sensitive evolve since the ihouse introduction. We will incorporate many of these in the production models and allow the product to evolve as more components emerge in the market. We will look for proven technology, adopting tested components.
Where will the ihouse be best suited?
Standard roof snow loads will be for 20 lbs, with the option to increase this to 30 lbs. We recognize that this is a general discussion and snow load requirements may vary considerably, but this is where we are starting. We are already considering different roof plans for different areas of the country and will address those as the home buyers dictate. While the ihouse is built in a production environment, it will be very individualized.
What design modifications will have to be done for a wider audience?
We are not sure there will be a lot of design modifications. The ihouse will be a series of homes designed for a discriminating buyer. We hope the buyer will be conscious of the environment and want to be part of the solution and represent an example of what others can do. The genesis of the ihouse lies in the core elements of Clayton’s traditional homes. The ihouse takes it to a different level. However, many of the lessons learned with the ihouse are easily incorporated into the designs of the traditional Clayton line of homes. Any Clayton home buyer will be able to benefit from the lessons learned from the ihouse, and that home owner will be able to own a home with a more efficient energy system and components that are sustainable. It is the commitment our company makes and one our CEO will hold us all to. It is integral to who we are.