Interest in green, modern prefab runs high

Sunset  – November 17, 2004

Visitors to Sunset’s Celebration Weekend May 15–16, 2004, were among the first to walk through the sleek rooms of a finished Glidehouse, a modular eco-friendly prefab designed for healthy living.

Sausalito architect Michelle Kaufmann named her design after the sliding wood doors that hide its interior storage system and for the sliding screens and glass doors leading to the deck. But what you really notice when you step inside is its modern elegance.

Window walls and clerestories flood the interior with natural light; every major room opens to the outdoors. It’s an updated version of the Eichler, featuring an open plan for living, dining, and cooking. Details―like the aluminum-alloy siding and the exterior wood screens that slide on barn door tracks―add a Japanese quality. It’s a ranch house reborn for the eco-sensitive 21st century. Read more about it »

The building process uses sustainable materials, minimizes mold and allows the home to recycle energy for both heating and cooling. It can be built to state and local codes for any climate.

For more information and inquiries, go to Michelle Kaufmann Designs.




Glidehouse supervising contractor is CRG (Construction Resource Group) of Redmond, Washington. The house was manufactured by Britco Stuctures in Agassiz, British Columbia.

Michelle Kaufmann Designs