Marmol Radziner Prefab, a division of the Los Angeles-based architecture and construction firm Marmol Radziner, is adding an affordable line of modular houses to its high-end offerings. 

Billed as a “more affordable new green prefab model,” Locomo will be priced from between $200 to $250 per square foot, which is about half of the typical $400 per square foot. With home sizes running from 800 square feet to 2,200 square feet, the firm says prices could range from $200,000 to $700,000, depending on the model and location of the project.

“We’re excited about making affordable green prefab homes more available to individuals and small families,” says Leo Marmol, managing principal of the firm. “The launch of the Locomo series aims to bring a shift in the modern prefab housing market, allowing more potential homeowners to participate in the movement with more affordable options now available.”

Locomo homes are available as one-, two-, and three-bedroom single-story units or as a four-bedroom two-level model. Unlike the firm’s other two high-end units, Custom and Skyline, Locomo will feature more streamlined design, less complicated structures, and wood framing. The other units use steel.

Materials specification will also be different, featuring more affordable products such as laminate kitchen countertops and cabinetry. Other options include engineered bamboo flooring throughout the living and bedroom areas, Marmoleum flooring in the bathrooms, and Corian or Caesarstone options. Prefinished maple kitchen cabinetry also is optional. Dual-glazing low-E windows are utilized throughout, as well as energy-efficient kitchen appliances.

The Locomo homes are manufactured with several factory partners around the country, transported as complete modules, and installed on site, greatly reducing the unpredictability of the construction schedule and cost.

Nigel Maynard is senior editor, products, at BUILDER magazine.