The Glidehouse, for example, produced by MKDesigns, a subsidiary of Blu Homes, Inc. is a high-end modular home with costs starting at $360,000. A modern style, the modular home design maximizes space with innovative storage systems and movable walls, capitalizes on cross ventilation and natural lighting, and utilizes water saving plumbing features, a mechanized ventilation system and radiant floor heating in colder climates. The Glidehouse model, previously available only on the west coast, is now available nationwide. More information is available at the MKDesigns website at www. mkd-arc.com.
Blu Homes, the parent company to MKDesigns, offers other, less expensive, but no less green, modular homes. Starting at $125,000, the Element model works well for empty nesters or as a vacation cottage. At around 1000 square feet, the model, like its more expansive colleague, takes advantage of natural light and cross ventilation, along with features such as solar ready roofing and rainwater collection systems.