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This collaboration aims to make dream homes for the 99%

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17.09.2021

What could be better than a custom-designed home? It can be shaped precisely based on any whim or wish, with an architect standing by to turn visions into bespoke built form. It can also be incredibly expensive.

OpenHome, a new joint venture between the architecture firms KieranTimberlake and Lake|Flato and the prefabricated-home builder Bensonwood, seeks to create a more accessible custom-home option. By combining prefabricated elements with architect-guided custom design treatments, the system brings wishful dream home design into the hands (and budgets) of the less than rich.

[Image: KieranTimberlake]“Not everybody has the time or the resources to do a custom-built home, which might spend a year or two in design and a year or two in construction,” says KieranTimberlake’s Matt Krissel, project lead for OpenHome. The design system can halve the time it would take to build a fully custom home, and bring down the cost significantly.

“In order to make this process move faster and be more accessible to more people, it was really finding that balance of how much is custom and how much is part of the system,” Krissel says.

KieranTimberlake, Lake|Flato, and Bensonwood came together in........

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