Ready to activate backyards anywhere
Four modules, limitless possibilities.
Block House offers unlimited options on the size, arrangement, and style of your ADU - all using the same four modules. It can fit on any site, and allows for future expansion as families grow and needs change.
This sample configuration shows a one bedroom ADU in a compact layout with natural wood siding and corrogated metal siding around the core, an ADA-accessible ramp at the entrance, and solar panels.
This sample configuration shows a one bedroom ADU in a compact layout with natural wood siding and board and batten siding around the core, and an ADA-accessible ramp at the entrance.
This sample configuration shows a two-story, two bedroom ADU in a compact layout with natural wood and corrogated metal siding.
Designed to be sustainable from the start.
All materials have been carefully considered to ensure they are healthy and natural, have low embodied carbon, and contain recycled content or can be recycled. The Block House drawing set would include an extensive library of pre-approved materials and fixtures to give residents and contractors options while ensuring the project remains true to its core mission of sustainability.
The angled roofs and the tall solar stack are designed to provide passive ventilation throughout the home, and operable windows at different levels allow for the natural flow of air to keep the space cool during the summer, reducing the need for HVAC. Modules can be rotated in any direction so that their sloped roof and solar panels always face south for maximum sun exposure.
Each sloped roof features a concealed gutter that captures rainwater and diverts it into a large storage tank inside the central stack for reuse. Solar panels on the roof offset power consumption, and a heat pump system heats and cools the space efficiently, using up to 50% less energy than traditional heating systems. The Block House’s CLT panel wall assembly has multiple layers of insulation and the precise fabrication of mass-timber allows for an air-tight facade.
Bright and airy in every room.
The Block House’s signature element is a tall central core that serves as a solar chimney and light well, creating a dynamic and unique form that brings light and passive ventilation into the home’s interior spaces. It also contains a rainwater harvesting system that collects water runoff from the roof for reuse.
Live large in a small footprint.
Built-in millwork throughout the Block House provides ample storage, even in a small footprint. A small dining table and desk fold up against the wall to make room when you need it. The bedroom features two built-in side tables and wardrobes, and a murphy bed that folds into the wall to free up the room for other uses.
Bold and unique design and features.
High cathedral ceilings
Engineered hardwood floors
Interior walls with wood baseboard and exposed timber upper wall and ceiling
Bathroom with walk-in shower and floor to ceiling tile
Dimmable LED lighting fixtures throughout
Solid core interior doors
Custom kitchen cabinetry and millwork
Extensive built-in storage, shelving, fold-up dining table and bedroom desk, and built-in murphy bed
Premium all electric appliances, including washer and dryer
Concrete slab foundation
Cross-laminated timber wall cores - prefabricated and delivered on site
Wall assembly that supports a variety of cladding materials and systems
Standing seam metal roof with concealed gutters for harvesting rainwater for reuse
Roof pergola extensions with metal mesh for privacy
Wood casement windows
Front porch with options for ADA-compliant ramp
High efficiency heat-pump heating and cooling
Instant water heater
Rainwater harvesting, storage, and reuse
Option to add solar panels to the roof for supplemental electricity generation
2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Compact Arrangement
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Compact Arrangement
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Linear Arrangement