Anyone who has ever flipped through an issue of Dwell
knows that prefab homes can be quite attractive and deluxe these days. A new option in prefab comes from a New Orleans-based business owner, Shawn Burst, who is the founder of Jeriko House
. Burst met with a German engineer to develop an interlocking aluminum framing system that is the basis of his new housing system. Each section is manufactured with the electrical and plumbing infrastructures already incorporated for ease of setup. There are five major design models and they will have details like Asian teak finishes, coconut skin walls, marble and ceramics sourced from around the world. The first Jeriko House will go up on May 1 in New Orleans and there are tentative plans for a 100-house development in Utah.
Burst has also promised a portion of Jeriko's first $7 million in profits to help build a Community Outreach Center on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. He has also planned that for every 10th Jeriko House sold, those ten homeowners will form a committee that votes to give a Jeriko House to a family in need somewhere in the U.S.