10 Prefabs Found on the East Coast

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By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo / Published by Dwell
While some people may think "West Coast" when they think of prefab homes, the following 10 examples challenge that assumption.

Paneled, modular, and kit residences are more affordable and eco-friendly than structures built with traditional techniques—and they're popping up from coast to coast. Take a look at these 10 examples of prefabricated homes on the East Coast. 

An Unconventional Prefab 

Architect: Resolution: 4 Architecture, Location: Fishers Island, New York

10 Prefabs Found on the East Coast - Photo 1 of 10 - This modular system created by the architects at Resolution: 4 allows them to customize a home’s floor plan by stacking, lining up, and joining factory-built, rectangular modules. This is the largest prefab house the firm has completed to date with eight modules amassing around 4,500 square feet.

This modular system created by the architects at Resolution: 4 allows them to customize a home’s floor plan by stacking, lining up, and joining factory-built, rectangular modules. This is the largest prefab house the firm has completed to date with eight modules amassing around 4,500 square feet.

Risom Residence

Architect: Jens Risom, Location: Block Island, Rhode Island

10 Prefabs Found on the East Coast - Photo 2 of 10 - Midcentury designer Jens Risom's A-framed prefab family retreat, located on the northern portion of Block island, is bordered by a low stone wall, an aesthetic element that appears throughout the land.

Midcentury designer Jens Risom's A-framed prefab family retreat, located on the northern portion of Block island, is bordered by a low stone wall, an aesthetic element that appears throughout the land.

Six Concrete Boxes

Architect: Peter Rose, Location: Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts 

10 Prefabs Found on the East Coast - Photo 3 of 10 - Six modular, concrete boxes comprise a five-bedroom home on Martha’s Vineyard, in Chilmark, Massachusetts. Designed with the sloping seaside site in mind, it was built to guard against potential erosion: Connected by interstitial wood paneling, each of the six units can be moved in just a week and fully installed in a few months.

Six modular, concrete boxes comprise a five-bedroom home on Martha’s Vineyard, in Chilmark, Massachusetts. Designed with the sloping seaside site in mind, it was built to guard against potential erosion: Connected by interstitial wood paneling, each of the six units can be moved in just a week and fully installed in a few months.

Green Sustainable Home in Montauk

Architect: Bates Masi + Architects, Landscape Design: Coen + Partners, Location: Montauk, New York

10 Prefabs Found on the East Coast - Photo 4 of 10 - The 3,200-square-foot structure was assembled with a prefabricated foundation, concrete panel siding, and efficient built-ins, minimizing construction debris and toxins such as concrete foundation tar on the site. Here, the family relaxes poolside with modular furniture from Richard Schultz's Swell Seating Collection and chaise lounges from his 1966 collection from Knoll.

The 3,200-square-foot structure was assembled with a prefabricated foundation, concrete panel siding, and efficient built-ins, minimizing construction debris and toxins such as concrete foundation tar on the site. Here, the family relaxes poolside with modular furniture from Richard Schultz's Swell Seating Collection and chaise lounges from his 1966 collection from Knoll.

Country Lane Prefab

Architect: Method Homes, Location: Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

10 Prefabs Found on the East Coast - Photo 5 of 10 - Located on a picturesque country lane in Pittsburgh, the modules of this 1,240-square-foot prefab from Method Homes are connected by a suspended glass-filled bridge.

Located on a picturesque country lane in Pittsburgh, the modules of this 1,240-square-foot prefab from Method Homes are connected by a suspended glass-filled bridge.

Modular One

Architect: Robert M. Gurney, Location: Bethesda, Maryland

10 Prefabs Found on the East Coast - Photo 6 of 10 - This award-winning contemporary prefab "Modular One" is located in the DC Suburbs. Designed by architect Robert M. Gurney, the energy-efficient, light-filled home was assembled on-site within two days.

This award-winning contemporary prefab "Modular One" is located in the DC Suburbs. Designed by architect Robert M. Gurney, the energy-efficient, light-filled home was assembled on-site within two days.

Breezehouse

Architect: Blu Homes, Location: Copake, New York

10 Prefabs Found on the East Coast - Photo 7 of 10 - The "Breezehouse" is a 2,420-square-foot prefab home by Blu Homes in the Hudson Valley.  The soaring ceilings and open floor plan allow for spacious, light-filled rooms. 

The "Breezehouse" is a 2,420-square-foot prefab home by Blu Homes in the Hudson Valley.  The soaring ceilings and open floor plan allow for spacious, light-filled rooms. 

Custom Prefab House 

Architect: Ruhl Walker Architects, Location: Lincoln, Massachusetts

10 Prefabs Found on the East Coast - Photo 8 of 10 - While the homeowners initially hoped to renovate and add on to their original home, a review of multiple renovation strategies revealed that it would be less expensive and less time-consuming to start from scratch and use a custom-designed prefab.

While the homeowners initially hoped to renovate and add on to their original home, a review of multiple renovation strategies revealed that it would be less expensive and less time-consuming to start from scratch and use a custom-designed prefab.

The Beach Box

Architect: SG Blocks, Location: The Hamptons, New York

10 Prefabs Found on the East Coast - Photo 9 of 10 - "We use highly-sustainable, maritime-grade shipping containers to build incredible shopping, working, and living environments. We work with architects, developers, builders, and commercial clients to help them build incredibly safe, strong, and green structures using code-engineered shipping containers. We work closely with our partners to source the right box for each project needed, then we use our unique experience and know-how to build out each one to exact specifications." -SG Blocks.

"We use highly-sustainable, maritime-grade shipping containers to build incredible shopping, working, and living environments. We work with architects, developers, builders, and commercial clients to help them build incredibly safe, strong, and green structures using code-engineered shipping containers. We work closely with our partners to source the right box for each project needed, then we use our unique experience and know-how to build out each one to exact specifications." -SG Blocks.

Lenzner Residence

Architect: Travis Price, Location: Washington, DC

10 Prefabs Found on the East Coast - Photo 10 of 10 - "Our work seeks an underlying theme that reflects our clients’ unique spirit of place in the 21st century. Each design always embodies an authentic modernist space that's informed by cultural heritage and nature. With our clients, we shape a soul for their architecture in pursuit of a "Metaphorical Modernism."  -Travis Price Architects

"Our work seeks an underlying theme that reflects our clients’ unique spirit of place in the 21st century. Each design always embodies an authentic modernist space that's informed by cultural heritage and nature. With our clients, we shape a soul for their architecture in pursuit of a "Metaphorical Modernism."  -Travis Price Architects