Scalable accessory dwelling unit offers efficient housing solution and lasting value for property owners rebuilding from wildfires
RIALTO, California – November 2019: Plant Prefab, the first prefabricated residential design and construction company dedicated to sustainable building, materials, processes and operations, is pleased to announce the new Sunset BUD LivingHome, a flexible accessory dwelling unit (ADU) system designed by Burdge Architects, and presented in partnership with Sunset magazine.
Although it conforms to ADU standards state-wide and can be installed anywhere, the Sunset BUD LivingHome (SBL) was conceived as a response to a special program created by the City of Malibu allowing victims of the 2018 Woolsey Fire to install ADUs as a temporary housing solution. A year later, and in the midst of an ever-threatening wildfire season, the units come not only as a timely solution to those who want reinhabit their property while their primary home is rebuilt, but also as a way to add lasting property value, as impeccably-designed permanent structures that can be later used as a guest house or office.
As leading design entities with strong roots in California, Plant Prefab and Malibu-based practice Burdge Architects are well positioned to address the problem of building sustainable housing following the destruction of the Woolsey Fire. In fact, Plant Prefab has already begun working in the region, and currently has twelve homes in development for victims of the Woolsey Fire.
The SBL offers an efficient and flexible housing solution for any ADU-compliant property, in or outside of Malibu. SBL’s modular units can be configured to offer a range of housing sizes from studio (445 square feet), one bedroom plus studio (620 square feet), two bedroom plus studio (900 square feet), or two bedroom plus studio and garage (1200 square feet). The innovative system is now available for sale online, with pricing starting at $315,000, at plantprefab.com.
Known for partnering with vanguard architects and designers from Ray Kappe to Yves Béhar, this marks the first collaboration for Plant Prefab with Burdge Architects. The full-service design studio is now an official Plant Prefab Design Partner, expanding the ever-evolving portfolio of standard LivingHomes.
“This project gets to the heart of what our company stands for,” states Plant Prefab Founder and CEO Steve Glenn. “Not only does it provide immediate relief for local fire victims but it’s a pure reflection of Plant Prefab’s mission to provide well-designed, high-quality homes that are time and cost efficient to build, as well as healthy and sustainable. Burdge Architects were the perfect partner for this, not only because they are the leading architecture practice in Malibu, but because they are a member of the community, and have a keen understanding of the environment of the surrounding region.”
"The BUD unit is uniquely scalable in size allowing customers to select the square footage that works for their needs in addition to being able to personalize the unit with their choice of finishes. By using modules you can piece together the perfect prefab home for you and your family," states Douglas W. Burdge, AIA. “Drawing from our extensive experience in the Malibu landscape, we conceptualized the SBL to be as fire-resistant as possible while at the same time exceptionally well designed.”
Central to the design of the SBL units is a combination of functionality and superior craftsmanship. Aluminum siding, doors and roofing create a fire-resilient exterior with a modern form. The interior design incorporates engineered European oak floors from Northern Wide Plank and custom cabinetry as well as an Italian Murphy Bed to allow for ample sleeping space in each unit. The bathroom is outfitted with Italian porcelain and German plumbing fixtures and the main living space has a unique pocket door opening which gives way to easy indoor-outdoor access.
Every Plant Prefab home is built in the company’s own 62,000 square foot purpose-built, custom homebuilding factory to exacting quality standards, following a rigorous sustainability program that minimizes the negative impact on energy, water, indoor air quality and material resources.
Starting in February 2020, the Sunset BUD LivingHome showhome will be available for daily tours at Burdge Architects’ offices in Malibu.
About Plant Prefab:
With a mission to make it faster and more cost-effective to build custom, high quality, healthy, single-family and multi-family homes, Plant Prefab is the first prefabricated residential design and construction company dedicated to sustainable building, materials, processes, and operations. All Plant projects are prefabricated in the company's 62,000-square-foot home factory in Rialto, CA, with a patented building system that reduces build time by at least 50% over traditional construction while minimizing construction's negative impact on energy, water, and resources. Clients can work with any architect they choose, or they can use Plant's award-winning, in-house design studio.
Plant is defining a new standard in residential home design and construction, helping individuals, architects and developers alike efficiently design and build high-quality, cost-efficient, healthy homes. Plant was funded by Amazon, Obvious Ventures, and others.
About Burdge Architects:
Douglas W. Burdge is an architect and entrepreneur based in Malibu, CA. His work in Malibu spans over 30 years with more than 300 projects in Malibu alone. In 2019, the Woolsey Fire harmed several of his clients’ homes. The devastation was a catalyst in a partnership with Plant Prefab to create a LivingHome.
Burdge’s design has evolved during the course of his practice. He’s as comfortable designing a Mediterranean-style home as he is a modern hotel. He has created breathtaking ocean-front retreats with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open to reveal Malibus’ sweeping vistas. Coined by Malibu Magazine as “Malibus’ Architect,” the name couldn’t be more true for another.
In addition to residential projects, Burdge and his team have designed award-winning boutique hotels, restaurants, shopping centers and private clubs. Projects have been featured in publications such as Architectural Digest, The Wall Street Journal, Veranda, Robb Report, Luxe and Traditional Home. In addition to receiving several "Home of the Year" PCBC Golden Nugget awards, his residential work in Sun Valley has consistently landed his firm on Mountain Living Magazine’s annual Top Mountain Architects & Interior Designers list.
Burdge graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California. He is currently a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. The proud father of twin sons, Burdge currently resides in Malibu with his wife Laura, where they also own a popular home decor store, Malibu Beach House.
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