Santa Monica-based LivingHomes has launched the C6.2, an affordable prefab house that is certified LEED platinum. The company had recently introduced the C6, a three bedroom home, but rolled out this smaller version for homeowners who wanted a smaller and more energy efficient option. The two bedroom, two bathroom home is a fit for smaller infill lots common in cities or for eco-conscious homeowners who want to save costs on the house’s construction and installation.

The 1100 square feet modular home retails for $159,500, or about $145 a square foot. Depending on location, the installation of a C6.2 on a flat site will add approximately $30,000 to $40,000 for transportation, foundation work and final installation, keeping the  total costs under $200,000. LivingHomes and Cavco, the C6.2’s builder, can be assembled in the factory in less than two months and only takes one day to install once the house’s foundation is ready. Modular homes are a great way to build with reduced impact, and it would be great to see what was the trend a century ago return.

Learn more about the home, which I featured on Inhabitat.

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009 his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). During 2013 and 2014, he lived and worked in Abu Dhabi, UAE, as an associate director with a leading public relations firm within Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.