Author Sheri Koones is on a mission to educate American homeowners about home building.
Her first three books focused on the basics on home construction, borne of her own experience as a frustrated homeowner trying to remodel her Greenwich, Conn., house. At that time, she said in a recent interview, there was almost no information to help her make intelligent choices as she faced an endless number of decisions about this or that flooring material, plumbing fixture, roof shingle and on and on.
Koones’s last four books have zeroed in on prefabricated, factory-built housing. For more than 100 years, this type of housing has been promoted by designers and entrepreneurs who have touted its efficiency, speed and affordability, but with limited success. It remains a niche market, and most homeowners still equate prefabrication and modular housing with trailers, Koones said. She wants to set them straight.
With “Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid: Your Path to Building an Energy- Independent Home,” (Abrams, $25), Koones presents a wide variety of prefab houses. A “modular” prefab house is constructed in sections in a factory, transported on flatbed trucks and joined together at the building site.