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'Glidehouse' seen as affordable housing alternative

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MENLO PARK, Calif.–Steven Quinones wanted an environmentally friendly, modern house that he could afford. He talked with architects about designing one and was startled to learn it would cost about $300 per square foot. Instead, he opted for a three-bedroom, two-bathroom Glidehouse for a fraction of the cost. He'll place the modern prefabricated house on land in Crockett, Calif. View Glidehouse slideshow. "This is a little overwhelming, this is excellent," said Quinones, as he toured a Glidehouse on display at Sunset magazine's Celebration Weekend. "It is just what I was hoping for." The Glidehouse is being marketed as a way to expand home ownership possibilities, especially for first-time home buyers and those who seek a "green" house. Glidehouse owners must still pay for land and foundation work, but the base cost for the house begins at $110 per square foot. Designed by architect Michelle Kaufmann, the Glidehouse was born of Kaufmann's own "painful search for hou...