L J. and Janet Migliore
Architect Michelle Kaufmann, meeting a demand for affordable, well-designed, and green-built homes, designed prefabricated houses like the one owned by L. J. and Janet Migliore. In order to produce these homes most efficiently, they are put together on an assembly line. The Migliore home was purchased in 2006 from a company in Bend, Oregon. The exterior is constructed of Cor-Ten steel, a group of alloys which were developed to eliminate the need for painting. Instead, the steel forms a stable rust-like appearance after exposure to the weather to form a protective coating.
The home consists of two modules, each 48 feet long. The environmentally friendly materials and products featured in the house include bamboo flooring, slate counters and tiles, indirect lighting and other energy-efficient attributes. All the kitchen and bath fixtures, the counters and storage units came with the house from the factory. The design makes use of an open floor plan which means that the kitchen, living room and dining room are all part of the same space. These rooms are situated in one half of the building with a long redwood deck across the back.
The two-bedroom, one bath home comprises 1.350 square feet of space. Initially, the interior was painted white but Janet opted for a soft sage green in the module containing the living areas. Tangerine is prominent in the bedroom module. Much of the art consists of Janet’s quilt collection, most of which she executed herself. L.J.’s musical influences are seen in his collection of guitars and the organ he plays with the local band Double Take.
The bedroom-bath module is entered just beyond the kitchen and includes the laundry facilities. The design called for two bathrooms but the owners decided to make one large room instead. A second 20×20-foot redwood deck can be accessed directly from the master bedroom. The home sits on 10 acres of natural landscaping encircled by numerous walking paths.