i-House: Innovation, Inspiration, Intelligence, Integration, Sustainability
Clayton Homes has long been the leader in manufactured housing - the introduction of the solar powered, energy efficient i-House is placing Clayton at the top of sustainable housing production as well.
Based on the traditional, rectangular form of a mobile home, the i-House puts an entirely new twist on the classic trailer. It also introduces a new option for sustainable pre-fab living. Four of Clayton's home manufacturing plants are already set up to produce the innovative i-House - beginning with the 1,000 square-foot prototype displayed in Knoxville earlier this year.
Build Your i-House
With a layout unlike any other mobile home, the Clayton i-House prototype is designed to resemble an 'i' - featuring the traditional, rectangular 'core' house, plus a unique 'flex' room forming the dot above the 'i'. Owners can opt for an L-shaped layout instead. Both plans feature 2 ground-level decks, plus a rooftop deck above the optional 'flex' room.
The i-House went on sale nationwide in early May and can easily be custom-configured online. Choose between a 1-bed, 1-bath core house or a 2-bedroom model, then select the original 'i' layout or the L-shaped design with a larger porch space. The flex rooms are also customizable with either 1 or 2 bedrooms, depending on your space needs.
From the roof to the appliance options, the i-House has an array of eco-friendly options. The v-shaped metal roof promotes rainwater recycling while offering an ideal spot for the optional solar panels. With all the optional features, the i-House could be heated and powered for less than $1 a day in optimal conditions.
- Energy Star-rated design - 6-inch thick exterior walls, 'low-e' glazed windows, corrugated metal siding.
- Optional solar panels.
- Eco-friendly bamboo flooring.
- Tankless water heater.
- Dual-flush toilets.
- Energy Star kitchen appliance package.
- Energy Star washer and dryer.
The Future of the i-House
Clayton Homes projects widespread desire for their first attempt at sustainable manufactured housing, estimating that the i-House will account for 10% of their sales within the next year-and-a-half. According to an Associated Press report, three developers are already considering mini-developments and Clayton believes there is a great deal of potential for vacation i-Houses.
The intriguing design, along with the home's eco-friendliness, are probably enough to drive the success of the i-House. If not, the price will definitely boost sales. The i-House can be purchased for less than half the price of a similar stick-built home. A furnished, 2-bedroom model with 1,000 square feet was priced at $140,000.
Visit the i-House website for layout options and more information.
Source: The Clayton i-House
Images via Clayton Homes