At IBS 2016, Professional Builder's long-running showcase marks the return of the Ultimate Kitchen and features two state-of-the-art modular homes.
January 15, 2016
By Susan Bady, Senior Contributing Editor
The Modern Home
ark.la and KRDB/ma modular are designing and fabricating modules for the Modern Home, a contemporary residence with open interiors, walls of glass, and a variety of outdoor spaces (Illustration: KDRB.ma Modular).
ark.la, with KRDB/ma modular, is designing and building the Modern Home. The model is part of a four-home development in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, located on a hill above Dodger Stadium, overlooking downtown Los Angeles. ark.la's Noah Ornstein says the development will serve as a paragon of design, efficiency, and value while targeting an Emerald green certification rating from the NAHB.
Chris Krager, AIA, principal of KRDB/ma modular, says, "Our mission is to make modern design accessible to the broadest cross-section of the population." The home offers flowing interior spaces with glass walls that capture light and views. Outdoor spaces extend the living area beyond interior walls.
The home will be assembled in the factory in five modules. It has 2-by-6 exterior walls and a mix of siding, including fiber cement, integral color stucco, and cedar. Interior finishes include bamboo flooring and low-VOC paints. Kitchens and bathrooms have European-style maple cabinets with full overlay doors.
Model name: The Modern Home
Developer and investment partner: ark.la
Architect and modular manufacturer: KRDB/ma modular
Builder: Palm Harbor Homes
Size: 1,950 sf
Dimensions: 22 feet deep; 39 feet long