before we moved to little placerville, my husband and i started researching different home building options. easily the most exciting was a new breed of prefab homes designed by michelle kaufman out of the bay area. one look at these pictures and it pretty much turns your idea of a modular home upside down. they’re not only modern and beautiful, they’re built to be extremely energy efficient, saving money over time. above is my favorite, the mk glidehouse that appeared in sunset magazine a few years ago and made a huge scene when they set one up in parking lot in menlo park. it sells for about $300,000. a pretty little parcel with a view and one of these gorgeous modern houses perched on a hill. this is my idea of domestic paradise.