Prefabricated home in California with magnificent indoor-outdoor living


Marmol Radziner designed this prefabricated home used as a weekend retreat, nestled on a 160-acre oak-speckled woodland property in Ukiah, a city of Mendocino County, California. The goal of this project was to preserve and enhance the natural beauty surrounding this retreat. Taking three months to construct, this home consists of ten prefabricated steel modules, forming an L-shaped plan that frames views of a canopy of mature oak trees.

The building process for this home, which was completed in Marmol Radziner’s dedicated factory, includes: installation of all cabinetry, plumbing, fixtures and drywall. The modules are packed onto a truck where they are shipped to the site. They are craned into place, set atop concrete block piers — taking just a few hours to put together. Six weeks later, the finish work is complete. This includes patching together where the modules meet, and the addition of an 18-foot kitchen island.

FYI: This home is $200/square foot.


This home offers its inhabitants 2,200 square feet of living space, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms and an additional 1,440 square feet of covered decks. The architects sited the open concept main volume east to west, while the master bedroom branches out to the north. A living room, kitchen and dining room opens to the south, while a covered patio features an outdoor fireplace and pool area.


The homeowners reside in Solana Beach, California, requesting a vacation home with simple construction that is low-maintenance. This prefab home fit the bill, using simple, replaceable materials such as concrete flooring and metal panel siding. There is a strong indoor-outdoor connection to enjoy this home’s idyllic setting.


Deep overhangs provides shelter from the elements so doors can remain open throughout the year. This also enables the homeowners to enjoy hanging out on their 70-foot long deck even during inclement weather. They spend time in this home every month, typically for a week at a time. The couple plans to one day retire here, turning this tranquil retreat into a full-time nest.


Above: The Float bean bag chairs and poufs are sourced from Paola Lenti. There is a 9.5-foot-tall shade cloth curtain that seals off the entire length of this home while the couple are away. This keeps out the heat, while also preventing birds from crashing into the floor-to-ceiling glass walls.


What We Love: The design and construction of this prefabricated home is simplistic yet stunning. A beautiful indoor-outdoor connection offers the quintessential California lifestyle. With clean lines and tranquil surroundings, we can see why these homeowners would eventually wish to reside here full-time!

Tell Us: What do you think of the overall design of this home? Could you live in a prefabricated home? Let us know why or why not in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other popular home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of architecture studio Marmol Radziner: Striking modern residence piercing the deserts of Arizona and Captivating Vienna Way Residence in California.


Above: The homeowner’s have a strong passion for cooking. They had a Mugnaini wood-fired oven installed in their kitchen. There is also a custom Grillery fireplace-barbecue integrated into the concrete block wall of the deck. Underneath the grill is open storage for oak firewood collected from around the property.



Above: The kitchen island countertop is Caesarstone quartz.


Above: In the living room, the colorful sectional is the Mikado 2 sofa by Hans Hopfer for Roche Bobois. Grounding the space while adding texture and warmth to the concrete flooring is a Photon rug from Design Within Reach.


Above: The space above is used as a light-flooded reading nook and as a guest room. A convertible futon is from Ligne Roset, while the Paulistano leather armchairs are from Design Within Reach.





Above: Although the homeowner’s are landscape architects, they did little to add to their surrounding environment — part of the 1,800-acre Long Valley Ranch, a former cattle ranch. They did plant fifty olive trees and some native shrubs and grasses to add to the overall beauty.


Photos: Joe Fletcher




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