Prefab Net Zero Passive Solar Open House!!! Coming Up In September!!!

That'z Right, We're Throwing Open Our Modern Net Zero Prefab For You!

Come inspect the SIP prefab off grid house up close and personal-like before we finish up the inside and you can no longer see the SIP (structural insulated panels). If you follow our blog, you know we are about to start the "finishing" phase of the interior- solar and rainwater systems, interior walls, and (finally!) furnishing. So this is a good time to give you all a last look of "construction" before we finish.

So, write it down: September 26th, we are opening our off grid zero energy prefab passive solar casa ti from Green Modern Kits. Here's what's going on:

September 26th from 1-4: PREFAB NET ZERO OPEN HOUSE!!!!
The green building architect of the casa ti, David Day of David Day Design, will be available on site. Our fabulous contractor, Ron Bernaldo, will also be there so you can ask him allllllllllllllll your building questions.

To attend, you will need to send me your 1. name, 2. email and 3. phone number so I can send you directions and information as it shapes up. If this interests you, shoot me an email here:

For those that attend, I know y'all have gone out of your way to get to the prefab, so I'm making sure to list all the things going on in the area so you can make it a fun day/weekend fun-filled trip:

September 26th:

Ride In The Heartland: Saturday AND Sunday there is also a wonderful bike tour going on:

Ride In The Heartland is a fun bike event that goes all weekend long through a gorgeous, historic area of Virginia. **Make sure you contact Nancy Carwile on that site to let her know you're coming / register so she can prepare for you.**

Obviously if the bike tour ends at four and you are participating just let me know and I will arrange for you to stop on by and see the house kit afterward!!! Just make sure to mention it in your email and we will plan accordingly. Check out all the neat things Ride In The Heartland has lined up!

The Town of Charlotte Courthouse: All day: Walking Tours of Charlotte Court House. Museum is open.

Mrs. Esh's Amish Store will be open just down the road from us. If you would like directions I am happy to give them to you but you need to know you may NOT take pictures of the Amish. She has *delicious* bread, relishes, jams, cookies, fruit, vegetables, quilts for sale, as well as handmade toys and chests.

Fishwood Farm Alpacas:

Pacafest, Saturday, 10AM-4PM, Fishwood Farm
It's time again for our annual festival featuring alpaca craft demonstrations and just plain fun!
Come out and bring the family to pet the PR boys, lead an alpaca, shop in our store, attend a free Alpaca Q & A Seminar and enjoy the day!
More details to follow!

Clayton Bryant Barrel Horses Exhibition:

Sunday, September 27th:

We are currently not planning an Open House on Sunday but if you stay in the area overnight there are wonderful things to do. If enough people sign up, I might consider extending the Open House so email me now if this interests you!!! However I do know David Day and Ron Bernaldo will not be available on Sunday...

Gene and Evelyn McCluney own Springfield Creek Wine Cellar, and know people will be stopping by, (they are open that Sunday, not Saturday, as they will be at a wine festival that day) but if you're a largish group you might want to give them a call:

Our hours of operation are from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Groups by appointment.

To find us take Route 460 to Pamplin City. Take Rt. 47 South (Thomas Jefferson Highway) approximately 2.5 miles and turn left onto Rt. 663 (Baker Mountain Road). The winery entrance is one half mile on the left. Tasting Room is located in the back. We can be reached at (434) 248-6981. E-mail

Frog Bottom Farm Potluck: Visit a farm supported by Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Bring something to eat and drink, to share, and create a feast with new friends! The potluck begins at 1 p.m., and directions (and to please rsvp) can be sought here:

Fishwood Farm Alpacas:

National Alpaca Farm Day, Sunday, 12PM - 4PM, Fishwood Farm
A bit more laid back than Pacafest, Farm Day is part of a national open house at alpaca farms around the Nation. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of wandering the farm, leading and petting an alpaca, attend a free Alpaca Q & A seminar and shop in our store.

Accomodations and More Information:

For accommodations, see here (camping at the Heartland Bike Tour), here (Charlotte Courthouse bed & breakfasts), here (Appomattox bed and breakfasts), and here (Farmville lodging); and also be sure to visit Miss Emily's, where Necia and her husband will show you great English hospitality.

Also, don't forget to check out the following area sites for all kinds of information / neat things to see:
  1. Tour APPOMATTOX! I mean, what the heck, the nation *did* reunite there, ya might as well visit it, no?
  2. Charlotte Courthouse:
  3. Here's a walking tour of Charlotte Courthouse:
  4. Holliday State Park:
  5. Farmville:
  6. Visit Farmville:
  7. Cub Creek Foundation:


Prefab Modern House Kit Covered By NBC 12 & Charlottesville's C-ville

Well... While we were off at the beach... the net zero prefab modern house kit was being talked about! NBC 12 covered the off grid prefab house on Tuesday:

See the prefab video here!

Charlottesville's C-ville also wrote about the modern prefab house:

"Little houses that could

Green Modern Kits offers prefab, energy-efficient houses through its website.

Hankering for an energy-efficient, maybe even off-the-grid house that won’t carry an upper-middle-class price tag? Check out Green Modern Kits, a Virginia-based company that offers affordable prefab kit homes through its website,

Founder Copeland Casati tapped Charlottesville architect David Day as part of the design team for the houses, which are built of SIPs (structural insulated panels) and designed to work as passive solar homes if oriented correctly. That adds up to savings on the front and back ends. And if your aesthetic is more traditional, try Casati’s other site,—E.H."

...And that's our Prefab Update!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Sincerely yours,
Copeland Casati

copeland casati
6902 park ave / rva 23226

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