Michael and Nikki Fischer's Blu prefab home was built in a factory and shipped to their property outside Breckenridge, Colorado, in boxes. It was to be raised like a barn, with one 300-square-foot loft of the 2,000-square-foot house destined to be a yoga and meditation room. But unlike a barn, the Fischer home features walls that are threaded with wiring and filled with eco-friendly insulation, and a roof that has built-in solar panels. Being gentle on the earth and building a healthful home is part of prefab's appeal, says Steve Glenn, owner of the prefab company Living Homes and a decades-long yogi. "Many people who do yoga value homes built in a healthy and sustainable way," he says. "And one of the ways to do that is prefab."
Modern prefabricated homes, designed by just a handful of architects, are built in factories and shipped to the building site either in partially constructed sections or in panels that fit together like a puzzle. They're designed to be minimalist, energy efficient, and light on the landscape, and yogis like Michael Fischer say they encourage mindfulness and respect for the earth.
Unlike purchasing an existing house, Fischer says, building a prefab home gave him the opportunity to see how its construction affected the planet. The Fischers toured the factory where the walls were made, and they observed that each scrap of wood was reused. Buying a prefab home also allowed Fischer to be mindful of the impact the structure would have on the land where it was built. He plans to turn the trees that were cleared to make room for the house into furniture for the inside.
"The reason I do yoga is to put myself in a frame of mind and an environment that encourage spirituality," says Fischer, who has practiced hatha yoga for a decade. "Building this home did that for me. I don't feel like I'm taking something away from the earth. I feel like I'm putting myself in a space where I can feel at one with my home and the environment all at once."