Hygge Supply is chic minimalism born of utility, craftsmanship and supreme comfort. Founder of Hygge Supply and designer of its kit homes, Kelly Sean Karcher, often shies away from the term prefab, which he worries tends to conjure up images of a soulless modern box. He prefers the more distinct “kit home” description — like the incredibly prolific catalogue homes by Sears from the early 20th century (more than 70,000 Sears homes were ordered from a catalogue and built between 1908-30). Karcher wants to reinvent this clever order and build approach — essentially, pre-selected materials and finishes that are all shipped to a build site for simple construction and unmatched craftsmanship — while forging new ground with an updated modernist aesthetic and customizable design choices.
After perfecting the process with several models in the beautiful landscape of Northern Michigan where he grew up, including this showstopper featured in The New York Times, he has expanded his reach nationwide, offering a refined selection of sustainable materials and a streamlined customization and ordering process. “My goal is to make ordering a home kit online as easy, seamless and affordable as possible,” says Karcher. “but with the customer service and upscale design options of a luxury operation.”
Derived from a Danish word meaning “cozy,” Hygge Supply imparts a sense of calm in every home, even with clean lines, daring floor-to-ceiling windows and a minimalist interior. Every floor plan is conceived with the Hygge ethos as a top priority, and materials and fixtures are selected from a stylish Hygge collection that Karcher put together to invoke high comfort. Models, which range from a tiny 350-square-foot home to a more spacious three-bedroom, can be applied individually or ordered in combinations to create a perfect custom dwelling space based on your needs.
Hygge Supply kit homes were created with sustainability in mind, integrating those principles of design and development which incorporate environmentally viable methods and materials. Here are a few ways we are working toward keeping our kit homes sustainable and environmentally sound:
Thermory – Thermory wood floors and exterior cladding are made from responsibly sourced wood which is treated without the use of chemicals. The wood is enhanced using cutting edge heat and steam technology.
Powder Coating – Powder coatings are made without solvents, therefore emitting zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs) when applied to our cabinet fronts and exterior panels. The coatings are also extremely durable and resistant to chips and scratches.
Cara Green – we work with the sustainable architectural material distributor to offer Durat solid surface countertops (made from 30-50% recycled hard plastics and is 100% recyclable) and PaperStone shadow lines (made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper and a proprietary, petroleum-free resin). All countertops are cut-to-spec at the factory and shipped to the job site resulting in zero waste on-site.
Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) – the SIPs panels used in the system are cut to length at the factory, leaving little waste on the job site. The design of the panels allow for rapid construction time due to “tongue and groove” with a spline design, and are secured and sealed, which reduces thermal bridging (heat loss). The metal SIPs are recyclable and made from recycled materials, and the foam cores provide the highest R values of any SIP on the market and won’t deteriorate over time.
Steel Framing – steel framing is pre-assembled and pre-cut to length at factory, leaving zero waste on the job-site. Unlike traditional wood framing which is susceptible to termites, rot, and mold, steel framing is durable and will not warp, split, or creep. Additionally, steel frames are recyclable, and all steel frames contain recycled material.
Radiant Floor Heating – Radiant floor heating or hydronic floor heating is an extremely efficient, cost-effective source of heating. Radiant systems supply heat via water-filled tubes directly to the floors and radiate heat through the flooring. More efficient than baseboard or forced air heating, radiant (hydronic) floor heating also uses very little electricity, relying almost entirely on the compact, economical boiler to power the system. Radiant systems are also preferred by those affected by allergies since they do not distribute allergens like many forced air systems.
Fisher & Paykel – Fisher & Paykel appliances are sustainably manufactured, and the water use of the dish drawers themselves have been reduced by 55%. Fisher & Paykel products have achieved top ranking results with Energy Star and WELs water ratings. They also have an appliance recycling program which saves about 25,000 appliances per year from landfills and enable the re-use of bulk materials.
Pier Foundations – Pier foundations overall have minimal impact on the land requiring less excavation. Piers paired with our steel framed flooring also prevents foundations from sinking and settling over time, especially in areas with unstable soils or high yearly rainfall.
We are continually researching ways we can make our homes more sustainable and will continue to partner with companies who share our commitment to leaving minimal impact on the environment.