5 Prefab Houses in Far-Flung Locations

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July 1, 2013
We've corralled a collection of prefab homes located on precarious hillsides, atop mountains, in remote deserts, and next to pristine lakes to show the building method's versatility. Plus: a sneak peek of our upcoming special issue dedicated to prefab.
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  Looking like a jewel box at dusk, Scott Stafne’s Cantilever House rests easy in the middle of the Washington woods. The design is based on a 14-by-86-by-22-foot steel frame resting on a 14-by-31-foot concrete foundation bolted to an existing rock. “That rock is really what allowed this to be such a unique house,” says Anderson. “It’s what allowed us to cantilever the whole structure and take advantage of the site, pointing the house directly at the waterfalls, which are incredible.” Photo by: John Clark

    Looking like a jewel box at dusk, Scott Stafne’s Cantilever House rests easy in the middle of the Washington woods. The design is based on a 14-by-86-by-22-foot steel frame resting on a 14-by-31-foot concrete foundation bolted to an existing rock. “That rock is really what allowed this to be such a unique house,” says Anderson. “It’s what allowed us to cantilever the whole structure and take advantage of the site, pointing the house directly at the waterfalls, which are incredible.” Photo by: John Clark

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  In Pioneertown, the iT House brings together raw industrial aesthetics with the tactics of green design to forge a new home in the sunbaked wilds of California’s east. Photo by: Gregg Segal

    In Pioneertown, the iT House brings together raw industrial aesthetics with the tactics of green design to forge a new home in the sunbaked wilds of California’s east. Photo by: Gregg Segal

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  The efficiency and aesthetics of prefab proved appealing to the owner of this Dwell Home, built on a rugged island off Canada’s western coast.  Courtesy of: Patrick Barta

    The efficiency and aesthetics of prefab proved appealing to the owner of this Dwell Home, built on a rugged island off Canada’s western coast.

    Courtesy of: Patrick Barta

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  A prefabricated shed sited on a Finnish island provides a perfect summer getaway.  Photo by: Arsi Ikäheimonen

    A prefabricated shed sited on a Finnish island provides a perfect summer getaway.

    Photo by: Arsi Ikäheimonen

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  It took a mere six months—three in the factory and three on-site—for this prefab to come to fruition on the shore of Sweden’s Müsko Island.  Courtesy of: Louise Billgert

    It took a mere six months—three in the factory and three on-site—for this prefab to come to fruition on the shore of Sweden’s Müsko Island.

    Courtesy of: Louise Billgert

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  Our Prefab Sourcebook—the definitive collection of prefab houses pulled from our pages—hits newsstands July 9. In addition to favorite stories from our archives, discover new projects and a comprehensive resource guide of prefab home companies, architects and designers, shipping containers, sheds and standalone units, university programs, recommended reading, and much more.

    Our Prefab Sourcebook—the definitive collection of prefab houses pulled from our pages—hits newsstands July 9. In addition to favorite stories from our archives, discover new projects and a comprehensive resource guide of prefab home companies, architects and designers, shipping containers, sheds and standalone units, university programs, recommended reading, and much more.

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