Founded in 2002 by Peter Strzebniok with a mission to explore the possibilities of prefab modular housing, nottoscale is a collaborative design firm wedded to the idea that prefab homes can be thoughtful, beautiful, sustainable and affordable. nottoscale developed its “Modulome,” a prefab modular home system designed to maximize the flexibility of modular construction while minimizing each home’s environmental footprint. nottoscale realizes this goal through an innovative prefab “building chassis” upon which its Modulome is set, as well as a highly efficient wood panel system based upon the principles of a 2-foot grid. This panel system enables each panel to be customized according to the fit, design and placement of windows, wall space and entryways. From here, the customizable panels create modules that form the body of each house.
Only two modules are needed to form the skeleton of a three-bedroom prefab home. The “T-Modulome” is a T-shaped model built from two intersecting modules that creates 1200 square feet of living space. Along with three bedrooms, it includes two bathrooms, an open kitchen and living space, an office and a long stretch of deck. The building chassis forms part of a concrete foundation that raises the T-Modulome slightly off the ground, thus mitigating the impact of changes in ground temperature and enabling the home’s hydronic heating and cooling systems to function efficiently. Also available is the “H-Modulome” model that arranges two modules in an “H-shape” with a covered courtyard running between them.
nottoscale extends its emphasis on customizing its modular system to fit a client’s needs by conducting a detailed evaluation of each potential building site prior to selecting the home’s model. Put another way, a Modulome is made to fit the site rather than fitting the site to the home. This enables each Modulome to become tangible evidence of nottoscale’s great effort: to maintain twin commitments to clean, thoughtful design and environmentally sound homebuilding.
Blueprints for nottoscale’s T-Modulome are now available through Hometta, the online, collaborative architectural space devoted to advancing the scope and potential of small home construction.