With a focus on efficiency and sustainability, Oaxaca Interests has announced its plans to open HiFAB, a manufacturing plant in Grand Prairie, Texas. The plant will be dedicated to creating modular homes with its first product being haciendas. The homes are designed by Lake|Flato Architects, who won the 2022 Builder’s Choice Project of the Year alongside ICON for their 3-D printed House Zero.
Exclusively available in Texas beginning early 2023, Oaxaca Interests will use interactive technology for customers to customize their homes and view the building process online from start to finish. “With HiFAB, we hope to lead the modular home sector in Texas. By collaborating with Lake|Flato again, we’ll be able to provide folks with highly designed yet functional homes that will be produced at our 7-acre facility,” says Oaxaca Interests and HiFAB founder Brent Jackson.
Available to both private clients and developers, clients will initially be able to choose from two different sizes—The Studio with two bedrooms and two bathrooms and The Standard with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The homes are available with three different layouts and customizable tile, paint colors and other finishes. Oaxaca shares that The Studio starts at $249,000 and The Standard at $375,000, including design, assembly, delivery, and setup.
Speaking on the haciendas, Jackson adds, “They're a clean and simple design that allows the owner to enjoy a lock-and-leave lifestyle. Low maintenance and beautiful; that's a very rare combination for a cleaner, more efficient way of living.”
Prior to the announcement, Oaxaca Interests and Lake|Flato tested the original haciendas in a residential development in Dallas. The development recently completed the third phase of their builds, which were designed to be built in a factory. HiFAB’s factory will mimic the haciendas in terms of sustainable design features and building practices.
“The efficiency and sustainability of prefabricated homes—up to 90% reduction in material waste compared to traditional building—allows us to further our mission to provide attainable homes that are high design,” Jackson says.
Aided by True Zero VOC paints and tile setting materials that are Greenguard Gold Certified, the haciendas are created with wellness in mind. Fresh air exchange filtration systems also help to eliminate source pollutants. The factory supports the wellness goal with a low carbon design and build process.
“Lake|Flato’s early house designs offered clients creative and economical ways to connect with the outdoors. They were inherently sustainable, taking cues from their surroundings by combining passive systems, natural materials, and local building traditions to create uniquely crafted residences,” says Ted Flato, FAIA, founding partner of Lake|Flato Architects and HiFAB board member.
“Close to 40 years later, we are excited to continue this tradition of thoughtful design and building by partnering with HiFAB on its initial product line, haciendas. With Oaxaca’s expansion into prefabrication with HiFAB, we are leveraging new technology to reach a broader audience through streamlined, scalable options that express those same enduring qualities of nature, place, and restraint.”