Urban Terrace a prefab home in Houston TX by Intexure, wins national NAHB Building Systems Council Design Award

Darren Kincaid - Monday, October 01, 2018

Urban Terrace an urban infill prefab home in Houston TX, wins national NAHB Building Systems Council Design Award. This innovative prefab home designed by Intexure for Context Homes and build by Evolution Building Systems is located in the Houston Museum District. The NAHB award recognizes this projects contribution to creating attainable, sustainable urban infill housing and innovation through prefabrication At 2,600sf 3-bedroom, 2.5- bath home represents a smart solution for urban living.

The clean lines and modern volumes exercise restraint while lap siding allows the home to blend into traditional neighborhoods. The open plan for today’s lifestyle is achieved by an exposed steel beam allowing spaces to flow together yet have individual presence. This home represents architect-led design and factory integration. Built on a unique precast concrete foundation system, slabs were cast at the factory by Evolution Building Systems, built as modules and transported to the site. Detailing of how the modules come together was expressed though a steel joint flush to the slab. Design elements such as this were coordinated by Intexure and Context Homes were closely coordinated with Evolution Building Systems.

Through the off-site construction process, waste was eliminated and site disruption minimized as modules are brought on site. Additional sustainable features include low flow plumbing, low VOC paint, Energy Star appliances, high performance spray foam insulation, and thermally broken aluminum windows with low-e insulated glazing. Landscaping includes permeable surfaces, drought tolerant plants and a solar ready roof terrace. Built as both a custom prefab home and urban infill prototype at the same time, this project serves to address critical issues in housing today through architect led solutions setting an example in the heart of Houston of what factory built can be.