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Monday, September 28, 2015

Modern Passive Solar Prefab House: New Project On The West Coast From Green Modern Kits

Modern Passive Solar Prefab House In The Bay Area Has Planning Approval! Onward!

My own off grid prefab house from Green Modern Kits.
The modern passive solar prefab house in the northwest / the Bay Area has Planning approval! Onward we go to the building department!

Now that this project is a go, go, GO, I am going to give it a tag so that people can follow this prefab house kit project's story.

We will be busy rustling together the client, architect of the modern prefab house, The R1 Residential, and the distributor these weeks, following up with the engineer and contractor, bringing the whole team together.

The next step for us would be to get the project into the final Shop Drawing phase and prepared for panel production...

For those of you interested in this West Coast modern prefab house project, here's a rendering the architect, Morgan Pierce, of 3North, based in Richmond, DC, and San Francisco, generously shared of The Modified R1 Residential modern prefab house:

Because the design documents had been continued to be modified until the final approval by Planning and Zoning by the architect, it was only once they were approved did we pass on the final modified version to the SIP (structural insulated panels) dealer close to the client within our network to get the final, final quote for this project and move on to converting them, via an engineer, into SIP shop drawings and construction documents, as nothing can be changed or modified after Planning's approval.

They are in the process of doing that now, and we expect to submit those documents to Permitting in the next few weeks.

Thanks for your interest in Green Modern Kits, and our passive solar SIP prefab house kit projects!

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Green Modern Kits News On A New Modern Prefab Built In Northeast!

I am so thrilled to begin sharing with you the progress of the passive solar modern prefab from our Green Cabin Kits modern prefab line being built in the northeast! This client is incredibly creative with impeccable modern taste, is passionate about the environment, and thoughtful in every aspect of her home so I am very excited to share with you her modern prefab house as it is constructed, as she sends updates.

Note: This client is a *very* busy woman who is involved with environmental advocacy. Because of her schedule, she tells me her missives will be sporadic, but I hope not- I can't wait to see what she does!

To follow and view this modern prefab home in the upper northeast project, click here!

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Prefab Modern Green Homes From Green Modern Kits: Spring Has Sprung!

Happy spring from Green Modern Kits!
We were thrilled to be included in the latest issue of Virginia Living, on stands now, and chuckled that we are in their renowned Forever Prep Issue (huh?). : ) Here's a glimpse!

I am currently preparing for my annual trip to New York, for ICFF, where we will be announcing the latest on our joint venture with Akemi Tanaka: a line of affordable modern furniture that does multiple things designed specifically for our prefab house kits!

If you have followed my own prefab house kit construction blog, you know that although the house kit went up in a week, finishing it was another matter. We decided to frugally walk through the economic uncertainty, which is my philosophy regardless, hence our completion was in even longer stages as it is not yet our primary residence, and that our contractor, plumber and electrician are all working on it part time themselves.

Hence, no Spring Open House will be held, but look ahead to fall when I will be throwing a MY PREFAB HOUSE KIT IS COMPLETED party! We are finishing up, adding the final pieces (rainwater cistern, finishing the interior of the SIP) now, so I will be happy to show it off to the public this summer / fall.

Sincerely yours,
Copeland Casati

copeland casati
6902 park ave / rva 23226

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Our Green Prefab House Kits Win A MUSE Award And Are Featured In Grow And Make!

Because of our passive solar prefab house kits that bring affordable energy efficiency to consumers, Green Modern Kits was nominated for a Muse Award, which recognizes creative businesses in Virginia...
...and... Green Modern Kits won a Muse Award!!!

You can read my personal account of the day, here... I somehow tied it into fashion and chickens.
Shocking. ; )
Here's an excerpt:

"We believe your prefab green home should not just be gorgeous but should function, and reduce your systems demands.

I think energy efficiency can be encouraged not with more regulation and certification, but with fashionable education, honeychiles. If people stop viewing cul-de-sacs along four lane highways as a pretty way to live, if people view smart growth and walkability as fashionable vs. bloated subdivisions eating up countryside... then maybe fashion can have a great impact on raising the gorgeous smart growth consciousness of many, quickly.

Sustainability does not just incorporate architectural efficiency; a home's design must be something with which people are in love, so that they commit to it, and pass on that structure to future generations.

Often people fall in love with our prefab house kits before they understand their intent to function; they love first and learn later.

But sustainability does not just encompass LEED certification.

Sustainability should question why ChemLawn drenched lawns are legal and allowed next to neighboring natural, food producing yards.

Sustainability should question why multiple barking Mastiffs are ok per zoning vs. a few laying hens that can provide a family with nourishment, connection to their food, and reduce waste and strain on our community's municipal services."

...Back in the office, I had a nice conversation with Will Johnston of the online sustainable product retailer, Grow And Make.  

He turned it into an interview, where I explain how our prefab house kit company Green Modern Kits got started.  You can read it here:

And where are we going this year? Well, as you know we have house kits underway in New York, West Virginia (from our prefab cottage line, Green Cottage Kits), Colorado and more.  As I mentioned in the Grow And Make interview, I need to make sure those prefab projects are blogging!

In the meantime, I hope you all have a great summer.  On my off time, I have been busy launching Pirates 2.0, i.e. our children, who can not only swim now but are sailing the Chesapeake Bay on their own!  Here's the first pirate they chased and successfully captured:

Ps.: Zoning: Our illicit chickens are now gone. But in city yards everywhere, in a residential neighborhood near you... they're baaaaaaack.

VMFA Muse Awards

Sincerely yours,
Copeland Casati

copeland casati
6902 park ave / rva 23226



Sunday, May 23, 2010

Prefab Modern House Kit Architect David Day In The Wall Street Journal!

David Day, green building architect of our prefab modern house kit, casa ti, was featured in an article in the Wall Street Journal this week on his longtime collaborations with a couple; thought you might enjoy the read:

My Favorite Architect
A couple's relationship with their architect spans 10 years and three projects, culminating in a Charlottesville estate

Make sure to see more pictures of this custom project, here. More project pictures of Broom Hollow are also on David Day's website.

Our lines of prefab house kits, Green Modern Kits, Green Cottage Kits, and Green Cabin Kits, were also mentioned in Virginia's Inform Architecture + Design, published by the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects.

Soon I will be updating readers with our other prefab house kits' progress; in the meantime, I hope you have  a great end to spring!

Sincerely yours,
Copeland Casati

copeland casati
6902 park ave / rva 23226

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Zero Energy Passive Solar Prefab House casa ti Featured In Cville's Abode

This week our prefab house kit Virginia, our own zero energy passive solar casa ti, is the cover story for Cville's Abode, and we couldn't have been more pleased with the writer and photographer who did a great job capturing our energy efficient, frugal philosophy.

You can read about our zero energy prefab house kit here.

If you are getting weary reading just the Virginia prefab construction blog, I have good news: there will be more prefab house kit voices being added this month: several in Colorado (including the one who resumes after the winter we mentioned in the past), one in New York, and more on the way to an energy efficient, passive design, smart growth luvin' neighborhood near you. : ) 

Sincerely yours,
Copeland Casati

copeland casati
6902 park ave / rva 23226

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Off Grid Net Zero Passive Solar Prefab Green Home...OPEN HOUSE April 10th!

Quick Reminder: We will have our second Net Zero Energy, Passive Solar Prefab Green  House Kit Open House coming up fast on Saturday, April 10th, from 1-3 p.m.
To see the latest on the Virginia off grid net zero project, click here.

To register for the Open House, send us an email with your name, email, and phone number so we can send you directions the week of the event. For planning purposes, know the prefab net zero modern house kit is located between Farmville and Appomattox, Virginia.

Like last time, we scheduled the prefab house kit open house to coincide with historic and fun events showcasing this rural, beautiful, and historic area of Virginia.

Here's what's going on during the weekend:

  • Visit Patrick Henry's Red Hill!
  • April 08, 2010 – April 12, 2010145th Anniversary of the Surrender
    Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
    Appomattox, VA 24522
    Special programs related to the surrender, including 1st person living history offered each day from April 8 to April 12.
  • April 09, 2010 – April 11, 2010
    Appomattox History Weekend

    Clover Hill Village
    Appomattox, VA 24522

    145th Anniversary of Lee's surrender to Grant to be held at Clover Hill Village. 1 mile from actual surrender site. Living historians will be portraying Generals Lee & Grant and their lieutenants will recreate historic moments of the final days leading up to and including the surrender. Activities include: Lee's last war counsel, General Gordon's attempted break-out, Lee-Grant meeting, stacking of arms and reduction of colors. Reenactors limited. Military host: Lee's Lieutenants, contact Al Stone at or (304) 466-2030. Civilian host: contact Ms. Carolyn Davis at Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12. 
  • April 8, 2010 – April 12, 2010
    Holiday Open House
    Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
    Appomattox, VA 24522
    Join the park staff for an festive afternoon of music, refreshments and holiday activiies with a historic flare! Check the calendar to see the many events going on this week.

We hope you use the opportunity to travel to the passive solar prefab house kit to explore and see more of historic Virginia. 

...Make a weekend of it!
(And hopefully it won't rain in torrents like last time!)

Pottery / Local Crafts:
  • Tray Eppes Pottery
  • Mrs. Esh's Store (ask directions from me): Amish jams, relishes, quilts, wood crafts.
    [Note: NO PICTURES please. If you would like to visit, I recommend you do so before the prefab open house as I don't know how late she is open in the late afternoons.]
  • Appomattox Art and Crafts Center, Main Street, Appomattox, VA 24522
    434-352-8991Hand crafted items reflecting the history and tradition of Appomattox, including quilts, ceramics, wooden toys, paintngs, flowers, dolls, and gifts for all occasions.
For accommodations and more history, see here:   

Because if you're a design geek, you're also a history geek.
Welcome to the crowd!)

See more details about the previous Virginia prefab house kit open house here.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Sincerely yours,
Copeland Casati

copeland casati
6902 park ave / rva 23226