Tue. May 28th, 2024

Frank Lloyd Wright revolutionized America’s home design industry almost a century ago. Now, you, too, can build a Wright-inspired home.

Lindal Cedar Homes is now selling “kits” inspired by Wright’s designs. The company first announced it partnered with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to create the Lindal Imagine Series in June 2018, according to a press release.

“There’s been a surge of interest in midcentury modern homes for the middle class that are affordable and aesthetically pleasing,” Josefin Kannin, marketing director for Lindal Cedar Homes, said. “These homes will meet that demand; they are unique, are integrated with nature, and have the feel of a much larger home.”

The house kits are inspired by Wright’s 60 Usonian homes, which became a cultural and architectural phenomenon starting in the 1930s, according to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

The Maynard Buehler House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, in California via 2019.

The Maynard Buehler House, a design by Frank Lloyd Wright.

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The homes were built with the average American in mind, who at that time would have been navigating the Great Depression. The homes — typically made of natural materials and notable roof overhangs — were intended to be affordable and charming.

Lindal Cedar Homes now brings those revered design sensibilities to the modern homeowner.

The Maynard Buehler House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, in California via 2019.

The Maynard Buehler House’s living room.

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The Wright-inspired dwellings range in size from small homes measuring less than 900 square feet to larger 3,000-square-foot homes, the press release said. The company’s website offers nine options that embrace six of Wright’s design principles, like open-floor plans and integration with nature.

One home, dubbed The Madison, is a two-bedroom, two-bathroom house spanning 1,603 square feet. It drew inspiration from Jacobs 1, Wright’s first Usonian home.

The company told The Wall Street Journal that it has sold 10 Wright-inspired house kits so far, four of which have already been completed. The outlet reported that one house kit cost nearly $300,000 in 2019, but Lindal Cedar Homes said prices have risen by at least 40% in 2024.

One Usonian home in Wisconsin hit the market in September 2022 and sold for $1.025 million one month later. The homebuyers paid $300,000 above the initial asking price.

Representatives for Lindal Cedar Homes did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.

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