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Family-Style Prefab: An Aspen, Colorado, Passive Solar Prefab

A sustainably built, passive solar prefab home in Aspen, Colorado, keeps the kids (and their friends) coming back for more.

The Grants' modern decor echoes the contemporary lines of the FlatPak architecture.
Photo By Michael Shopenn
Tony and Kathryn Grant and their three teenagers say their home's open floor plan fosters family togetherness, while an added wing encourages the kids to bring friends home to hang out.
Photo By Michael Shopenn
The Grants' sun-drenched patio provides sweeping views down the valley, and multiple windows offer passive heating on cold Aspen days.
Photo By Michael Shopenn
Assembled from mix-and-match 8-foot panels, FlatPak homes have a linear design.
Photo By Michael Shopenn
The efficient white metal roof reflects sunlight, providing R-42 roof insulation.
Photo By Michael Shopenn
Clean lines, warm wood and a natural stone shower floor balance design and nature.
Photo By Michael Shopenn
Multiple windows, built-in storage, polished concrete floors and a translucent panel make the bathroom bright, neat and private.
Photo By Michael Shopenn
The kitchen cabinetry is made from recycled pine.
Photo By Michael Shopenn
A translucent shade allows in natural light while reducing furniture fade.
Photo By Michael Shopenn
The extra wing houses a recreation area for the Grant teens.
Photo By Michael Shopenn
Th Grants' FlatPak home second floor plans
Illustration By Andrej Galins
The open design makes for abundant light and easy movement throughout the home.
Photo By Michael Shopenn
The Grants' FlatPak home main floor plans
Illustration by Andrej Galins

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