Archive for February, 2017

Whoever said you can’t be innovative and efficient has never been to Bryan Cranston’s beach house. The star of Breaking Bad has recently decided to go green with the construction of his beach house. When it comes to going green in the construction industry, modular construction is the only way to go.

In the 1950s, modular construction garnered the majority of its business from mobile homes or temporary housing and storage, glitz and glamour was far from the top of an architect’s mind. As time progressed so has the industry’s willingness to develop and do more with less. It comes down to dollars and sense, and being able to deliver a project in a shorter time-frame at a lower price without sacrificing quality is a no-brainer. Bryan Cranston wanted “both form and function” when designing his house, which is illustrated in the guest bedroom, which features a couch that can easily transform into a bed in seconds.

 

The house itself was constructed with recycled materials and includes solar panels on the roof, which has virtually cut the electricity bill in half each month. Most people think about going green as an alternative approach to building the house of their dream, but through careful planning and construction, innovation and efficiency can go hand-in-hand.

 

Bryan Cranston is one of the first celebrities to take advantage of modular construction, but with Hollywood’s desire to go green, he most certainly won’t be the last.

 

See more pictures of his house at: http://athomeinhollywood.com/2015/03/bryan-cranston-beach-house/Bryan-Cranstons-Eco-Friendly-Beach-House-in-California-1

 

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Modular construction is known for building with more efficiency and in a shorter time-frame. New York City, where the only thing higher than the skyscrapers is the price of rent, seems like the perfect place for modular construction.

Apartments can be built quickly and with such precision that utilizes the space in a manner that will produce the most efficient apartment complexes, so why is it failing?

The population of New York City is only going to increase, which leads to an increase in density. New construction will need to utilize the space available in the most efficient manner because there is only so much space and it is not cheap. When property becomes expensive, rent becomes expensive.

Modular construction is off-site, but it needs a factory and it’s become too expensive to pay for a factory in New York City. The solution was to build a factory overseas in order to minimize costs. Unfortunately. if the architect working on the project is in New York City and the factory is thousands of miles away in another country, key details can get lost in translation. Communication is not always convenient, especially if the time zones are different. These issues can be resolved, but time is money and a company cannot afford to stop work and think about what the best strategy should be moving forward. nmn

Will modular construction never work in New York City? Of course not, but for the time being, even modular construction can’t afford to pay rent in New York City.