The new Marmol Radziner pre-fab house is beautiful, which isn't surprising. D and I thoroughly enjoyed wandering through it, D making notes about the sliding door mechanisms and me ogling the collection of Heath ceramics on display. We toured the factory last year, but seeing the individual units is not at all the same thing as seeing an entire house put together.
Neither of us found the outside to be particularly striking, but that doesn't make any difference once you step into the house.
This particular house is 2800 square feet, which is palatial compared to our apartment, but relatively restrained in terms of Southern California architecture. It certainly makes the most of the square footage - it is brimming with storage. There are built in closets everywhere. It's an obsessive organizer's dream. The kitchen has open shelving (perfect for showcasing beloved pieces) but plenty of enclosed storage as well.
The detailing is lovely too. Check out this adorable bathroom, complete with mini subway tiles in a very sunny yellow.
One of my favorite parts? The amazing breezeway entertaining area, with a large table, a lounge area, and a fireplace. If I had this house, I would do nothing but throw summer evening dinner parties.
Sigh. The thing is, pre-fab isn't all that affordable yet. This house is 1.3 million, and that doesn't include the land to build it on. We're definitely apartment bound for the indefinite future.