Method Factory Built Shelter Modules

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Method Factory Built Shelter Modules

Method Homes + grouparchitect

Built in a factory north of Seattle, Washington using sustainable, eco-friendly materials, designed to be durable, efficient, portable, smart wired for flood, CO2 and fire monitoring.

Built Prototype Only


4 residents / 2 bedrooms

$23,750 / resident

Long-Term/Permanent (15+ years)

50 days offsite 3 days onsite

Method has designing transitional housing units designed to be durable, efficient and well designed. They can easily be relocated, are smart wired for flood, CO2 and fire monitoring and feature studio and 1 bedroom options. Designed by Method partner architect grouparchitect.

  • Quoted Total Cost: $80,000
  • Planned Occupancy (1 person/bed): 4 beds (1-4 beds/module)
  • Estimated Cost Per Bed: $20,000
  • Quote’s Total Interior Square Footage: 448sqft
  • Quote Includes # Units: 2 units
  • Used for Shelter Before: Not used as shelter yet
  • Readiness: Built Prototype Only
  • In Stock / Ready to Ship Today: No
  • Manufacturer Identified and Available: N/A
  • Setup Speed: 53 days
  • Setup Difficulty: Moderate (prefab assembly)
  • % Built Onsite: <10% – Arrives Ready, Almost All Built/Assembled Off-Site
  • Portability: Semi-Mobile (detachable, minor disassembly)
  • Intended Use of Shelter: Long Term/Permanent (15+ years) years


Used for shelter before? No
Manufacturer: Method Homes
If so, list examples
Prior use comments
Building experience comments Method Homes is a Seattle-based construction company focused on building precision-engineered, beautiful, healthy, and sustainable prefab homes and commercial structures. Method Homes was founded with a mission of sustainability, taking thoughtful, sustainable design as a core value. Prefabrication allows Method to reduce construction time lines and control costs while building custom projects in a controlled environment, minimizing exposure and waste.Since its inception, Method has launched eight lines of home designs with 5 architect partners, has built numerous custom projects with additional architecture firms and has a built vast portfolio of complex, architectural prefabricated projects throughout the US and Canada, including structures that meet LEED Platinum and other stringent environmental certifications. Method has been recognized as a leader and innovator in the prefab building industry.

Some of Method’s notable work includes House of the Immediate Future, a Habitat for Humanity project that debuted at Seattle’s Next Fifty (recipient of ENERGY STAR® effienct home of the year) designed by the Miller Hull Partnership, Cascade, one of Seattle’s first LEED Platinum accredited homes (Winner of Green Builder Magazine’s green prefab projects of the year), the residential prototype for HOMB (featured in author Sheri Koones upcoming Prefabulous and International book), Taproot Theatre Annex, a 21 module theatre building certified LEED Siler., builder of the SEED classroom, a Living Building certified classroom and modular builder of 20 LEED Platinum affordable homes in the Ft Peck Sustainable Village for the Make it Right! Foundation.

Intended use cases Method has a medical option and also transitional housing options.
R-value (insulation) 21-30
Risk Category IV
Roof Load (PSF) 40
Indoor Clearance Height (ft) 8
Waterproof? Yes
Professional Engineer Stamp? yes
Conforms to ICC’s Temporary Structure and Uses Code yes
Other Structural/Safety Comments
Sustainability/Green Building Certifications?
Materials Used/Made of: wood frame construction
Disassembly/Assembly Comments: These units are designed to be easily setup, taken down and repeatedly moved.
Ideal Mounting Surfaces Soil (Dirt/Grass), Asphalt / Parking Lot, Other
Anchoring Process Options for diamond piers, anchors, or ballasted.


Item Cost ($) Notes
Materials $80,000
Labor $
Delivery $15,000
Budget Total $95,000
Total Per Bed $23,750
Total Per Unit $47,500
Add-on Items
Check all items that are not included in your quote (i.e. would need to be quoted by outside party) Flooring, Interior walls, Foundation work, Lighting, Windows, Doors, Electrical distribution, HVAC, Toilet / Washrooms, Basic Kitchen
List outside vendors needed to execute (including any architects and engineers) Modular set crew
Possible Delivery Method(s) Over-sized trailer
Design (days) 10
Production (days) 40
Site Prep (days) 1
Delivery (days) 2
Total (days) 53
Amount in Inventory (#) 0
Production Capacity 100 units per quarter
Production Location WA

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