This is the design that started it all. The Ray Kappe LivingHome 1 is based on our very first model home—the first home in the world to achieve LEED Platinum certification—setting a gold standard for all future LivingHomes.
Steel framing and minimalist facades on all elevations of the Ray Kappe LivingHome 1 lend an unmistakably mid-century aesthetic, while floor-to-ceiling glass infuses the home with warmth and light. The first floor’s central living area features a peaceful interior garden set amidst an open, easy layout, offering organic air purification and characteristic modernist style.
High clerestory windows along the side walls provide natural daylight while preserving privacy, while the upper floors offer full-height glass to make the most of sunlight and scenery. Three private second-floor decks provide outdoor access above, as well as shade for the first-floor areas below. Where zoning allows, an optional stair tower leads to a rooftop deck for unobstructed, 360-degree views.
The Ray Kappe LivingHome 1 also incorporates a first-floor guest suite with its own full bath, ideal for a parent, in-law, caretaker, or even—depending on zoning—a rental unit. Like every LivingHome, the Ray Kappe LivingHome 1 is designed to meet net-zero standards and ships complete with best-in-class smart home technology and energy monitoring.
3100 sq. ft.
Guest suite with full bath
Open-concept living and kitchen area
Alexa-enabled smart home technology
Designed to meet both LEED Platinum and net zero standards
The late Ray Kappe, FAIA, was Plant Prefab's first design partner, responsible for the company’s famous Santa Monica home (the first home in the world to achieve LEED Platinum certification), a number of remarkable custom projects, and several LivingHomes. His residential architecture is world-renown, characterized as 'the apotheosis of the California House.' Kappe’s designs evince a mastery of warm, modern spaces, clearly expressed construction systems, and environmental sensitivity.
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Anatomy of a LivingHome
Your well-being is at the heart of our environmental health and sustainability program, Z6. Every LivingHome features:
Zero VOC paints, stains, and sealants
Mold-resistant, noncombustible drywall
Vents that automatically expel mold-causing humidity
Ample natural daylight
Open floor plans for excellent cross-ventilation
Minimal ductwork to reduce dust and allergens
Spaces that bring the outdoors in
We adhere to a strict environmental health and sustainability program dubbed Z6, which we developed to help us create homes that respect both human and natural systems. And in 2019 we pledged to become fully carbon neutral in our operations by 2028.
We reuse or recycle 80-90% of our construction waste. Our factory uses energy-efficient lighting, cooling, and machinery.
Sensible building practices
We employ precision engineering to reduce construction waste. We utilize recycled building materials whenever possible. We create a tight building envelope and exceed Title 24 standard performance requirements.
Ultra-efficient heating and cooling systems
Energy Star appliances
Smart energy monitoring
Recycled, high-performance insulation
Drywall with the highest recycled content available (also mold-resistant and non combustible)
Low-flow water fixtures
Solar-ready or net-zero design
Our materials standards, patented building system, and rigorous quality control procedures result in extremely well-built, durable homes.
Our Plant Engineering System ensures design, structural, and manufacturing excellence from the first day of framing to the final walk-through.
Building is conducted in a controlled facility by full-time, highly-trained, and experienced tradespeople.
Materials are extensively researched and carefully vetted for durability and sustainability.
All homes are inspected and approved by state-certified inspectors.
Our standard homes are designed for the way you live, and they’re customizable to your tastes. LivingHomes incorporate functional details and a wide array of carefully-selected finishes, fixtures, appliances, and smart home technology for you to choose from.
Every LivingHome comes with best-in-class connectivity, virtual assistance, security, climate control, and energy monitoring, and you can personalize your smart home experience with your choice of upgrades, like Alexa voice-controlled entertainment streaming and appliances.
We’ll even teach you how to utilize all the benefits of your new smart home through a visit from an Amazon expert, who activates all devices and helps you set up personalized routines.