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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.
Scott Stafne exterior night finished

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

Originally appeared in Space Race
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it house exterior back view

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

Originally appeared in 5 Prefab Desert Homes
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Into the woods gambier island house

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
Originally appeared in Best in Glass
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Modern prefab shed in Finland

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

Photo by 
Originally appeared in Shedded Bliss
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Modern wooden prefab home in Müsko Island, Sweden

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
Originally appeared in An Asymmetrical Prefab Home in Sweden
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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.

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Scott Stafne exterior night finished

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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