Prefabricated House - Upcher by Bates Masi

Prefabricated House – Upcher by Bates Masi

The desing of the Upcher House by Bates Masi is a project for a writer and was a study in adaptability and re-use. The house was designed to be both spatially and economically efficient by coordinating the assembly of pre-manufactured components researched over the internet. It is essentially one large room with ancillary spaces that feed off it. The structure is an adjustable cantilevering rock system used in lumberyards. It is comprised of standard steel sizes with an assortment of brackets and arms that can be specified for any type of load or application. Bolted connections secure the steel arms and brackets to the steel columns.

From these appendoges cabinetry is hung, a fireplace mantel is suspended and handrails are applied. They also support the mahogany bookshelves walkway around the perimeter of the library. Prefabricated concrete foundation walls, formaldehyde free water-resistant fiber board, rough sawn akoume wood, aluminium windows, dyed concrete wall panels, pre-assembled wood screens, cabinets from IKEA and gabion retaining walls are the other elements that come together to form the house. The houses’s ability to be adapted and retrofitted, expanded or reduced allows for a mutiplicity of uses and to do so without waste is implicit in the design.


  • Narender Jain September 15, 2007 at 01:59 AMLogin to Reply →

    It’s a great concept ,economical,environment friendly,very relevant in India, especially hill area where there’s no building material or Labour.

  • Deepak Kashyap October 26, 2007 at 04:56 AMLogin to Reply →

    Please furnish us with your quotations for prefabricated rooms. We are stationed at Agra and would like to erect these rooms on the second floor.

  • igor Morski February 4, 2008 at 12:32 PMLogin to Reply →

    What is total price of this house?
    Igor Morski

  • Burgess July 4, 2008 at 11:02 AMLogin to Reply →

    Very keen on building a prefabricated house near a lake plot in Mumbai, please call on 09820018740

    Burgess Cooper

  • James August 9, 2008 at 03:35 AMLogin to Reply →

    This is an incredible concept. How much does this unit cost.
    Can it pass all California Building Codes , so it could be put on an acre of land ?

  • ankit September 27, 2008 at 10:20 AMLogin to Reply →

    Respected sir/madam
    I am an architecture student. I am planning to use prefabricated material in my design. But I am not able to get construction details of it. So, could you help me with it.
    thanking you.
    yours sincerely

  • komal October 17, 2008 at 07:37 AMLogin to Reply →

    I am an architecture student. I am planning to do my thesis on prefabrication industry in housing. wanted ur inputs as to how much relevant does these concepts hold good in indian context and some details about the prefab construction.

  • Casa prefabricada por Bates Masi July 24, 2009 at 15:01 PMLogin to Reply →

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  • hafiz August 30, 2009 at 18:20 PMLogin to Reply →

    i would like to know the details and the rates/sqft for this kind of construction and can it be regarded as a permanant house..?

  • Prefabrik September 14, 2010 at 07:31 AMLogin to Reply →

    Great projects.We making too this prefabricated products.


  • Don Farney October 2, 2010 at 23:44 PMLogin to Reply →

    Can I get more information on the homes

  • STARCHY March 25, 2011 at 22:03 PMLogin to Reply →

    uhmmmm I think its a cantilevered RACK system?

  • Taşımacılık January 29, 2013 at 14:08 PMLogin to Reply →

    so it is very easy to carry prefabricated buildings ideal home with the choice of combinations