ABOUT THIS HOME
Building a flat pack home to prove a concept for better quality in a controlled environment
Building in Revelstoke has its fair share of challenges: a temperate inland rainforest where the majority of the precipitation happens during the winter. Building through the winter has long been a problem and has costly effects on budgets, quality, and time. To overcome these hurdles, we built Casita de Montaña in a shop. Timber elements were pre-arranged, and a dedicated crew created the assemblies, wall connections, and finishes. Each wall was built with insulation, fabrics, and strapping ready for finish. This ensured a quick and efficient delivery and setup on site. In the short span of one week, our team was able to have the structure fully in place and begin finishing. This simple foresight into prefabrication and planning meant far less site maintenance, snow removal, and unnecessary labour. This method of construction not only avoided the obstacles created by our volatile winters, but also led to a higher construction quality and lessened impact on the client’s budget, our staff, and the natural environment.
Learning from this flatpack home gave us the careful insight to assemble this low-energy home. Exterior insulation and correct orientation result in a utility bills cheaper than a normal cell phone bills, and a very comfortable year-round indoor temperature. We removed the fireplace during the design phase, which was a difficult decision to make. A fireplace is redundant when a house is built to passive standards; even during some of the coldest nights, a comfortable temperature of 22˚C is maintained within the home. Without the need to play with thermostats or expensive mechanical features, more time can be spent with family, entertaining, and playing outside.