Lindal Cedar Homes has noticed a growing interest in modern design among Generation-X home buyers. The venerable Seattle-based, kit homes company hopes to capitalize on this trend by introducing the Lindal Architects Collaborative. Eight standout firms from across the country have designed a total of 32 for-sale homes, all compatible with Lindal’s post-and-beam building system.
The impressive list includes Altius Architecture of Toronto; Bates Masi + Architects of Sag Harbor, N.Y.; Carney Logan Burke Architects of Jackson, Wyo.; David Vandervort Architects of Seattle; Dowling Studios of San Francisco and Princeton, N.J.; the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Spring Green, Wis.; Marmol Radziner of Los Angeles; and ZeroEnergy Design of Boston. (The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture’s homes were designed by a faculty member and a mentored graduate student.) “We looked for architects who work primarily in wood and did green design—and did good design, of course,” says Michael Harris, the Lindal consultant who created the program.
The company has sold 15 of the homes since the soft launch of the collaborative in mid-2012. Sizes range from 470 square feet for an accessory dwelling unit to 4,000 square feet, with an average of 2,300 square feet. Prices are projected to run between $200 and $300 per square foot, not including land costs.