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EcoEthic Lakehouse

This prefabricated Intermodal Steel Building Unit (ISBU) home emerged from a unique program by a fictitious owner.The owner is an eclectic couple planning to build the lakeside retreat they have dreamed about throughout their 26 year marriage. The husband is a tenured English professor at the local University, and his wife teaches a high school art class. They are lovers of the arts, nature, and entertaining guests.  The economy has provided them a limited budget and hopes for design elements which are sustainable and durable.


  • Location: Paso Robles, CA
  • Project Size: 1840 sq. ft.
  • Project Construction Cost: Estimated at $200,000.00


This design placed 29th out of 400 in the FreeGreen Who’s Next 2.0 Competition. Operable walls, sustainable features, and prefabricated design components made this a great competitor for flexible, inexpensive homes.