In a bid to capture the attention of city dwellers looking for a quick country escape, Hurley House, which will supplant the now-defunct Twin Lakes Resort in the Hudson Valley, is installing a series of Scandi-inspired prefabs meant to give guests the feel of a private retreat.
Designed by Moliving, each standalone, 400-square-foot unit is like a hotel suite. At the front is a deck, where an entry leads past a bathroom, into a living area with clerestory windows, and then to a wood-paneled bedroom fronted by a window and doors that open onto a patio with a lakefront view. Sleek interior finishes, like a blend of tile in the bathroom, and wood cladding around the mini bar, give it a refined feel. Rounding out the accommodation is a hot tub positioned to the side.
Compared to traditional building methods, Moliving’s designs make creating a resort like Hurley House a snap. The 400-square-foot units are framed with light-gauge steel, insulated with spray foam, clad in wood composite boards, and built on chassis with axles so they can be wheeled in and out of place. Hoteliers can presumably order up however many units they require—and do so on a seasonal basis—to build out retreats that cater to destination travelers.
“The strength of prefab and modular building is in scaling up production of units, and this fits hospitality development much better,” says architect Steven Chen, who worked with Moliving’s founder, Jordan Bem, to develop the prefab designs. In following national code and keeping the units at a certain size—they’re considered “park model” trailers by the U.S. Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA)—Moliving hopes to sell units to resorts across the country.
In addition to the accommodations provided by Moliving, Hurley House will be rounded out with a restaurant, bar, and swimming pool.
Built by Brooklyn-based SG Blocks—which manufactures prefab units for multifamily projects across the country out of its production facility in Durant, Oklahoma—the units at Hurley House can function on and off the grid. Black and gray water tanks allow them to function independently, but since Hurley’s will stay put, they’ve been connected to septic. Their roofs are also equipped with solar panels, which help to limit energy consumption, but the park model RVIA standard requires a 50-amp electrical connection. Situated outside the border of the nearest town of Kingston, NY, they will receive water from a well on site.
While Moliving has positioned itself as a sustainable alternative to resort building, environmental costs will always be inevitable. Still, it feels like a step in the right direction, especially when the real attraction is being surrounded by the outdoors.