6 Modern Modular Homes We Love in Colorado

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By Kate Reggev
From repurposed shipping containers to cabin retreats, we look at a range of prefabricated, modular homes in Colorado.

Boasting a thrilling topography that ranges from deep canyons to alpine mountains, and arid plains to rolling dunes, the state of Colorado offers an equally broad variety of modern, weather-appropriate prefab homes. Here, we review some of our favorite modular homes in this outdoorsy destination.

TrailerWrap by University of Colorado Students & Michael Hughes

Michael Hughes and his University of Colorado collaborators transformed a 10-by-47-foot trailer destined for the landfill into the striking "rehab" prototype for TrailerWrap, a project that explores "alternative urbanism" in a standard-issue trailer park that survived Boulder’s million-dollar housing market.

Michael Hughes and his University of Colorado collaborators transformed a 10-by-47-foot trailer destined for the landfill into the striking "rehab" prototype for TrailerWrap, a project that explores "alternative urbanism" in a standard-issue trailer park that survived Boulder’s million-dollar housing market.

Colorado Modular Homes, along with their partner company, Rocky Mountain Home Builders, specializes in custom, high-quality modular homes in Colorado. By using several different off-site construction methods, the company is able to provide homeowners with a range of styles and finishes, depending on the level of customization.

Colorado Modular Homes, along with their partner company, Rocky Mountain Home Builders, specializes in custom, high-quality modular homes in Colorado. By using several different off-site construction methods, the company is able to provide homeowners with a range of styles and finishes, depending on the level of customization.

This mountain cabin by Liscott Custom Homes was designed as a three-bedroom, three-bath custom home for a family in Silverthorne, Colorado. Measuring 2,400 square feet, the home is clad in contrasting horizontal and board and batten siding coated in a dark, blue-gray finish.

This mountain cabin by Liscott Custom Homes was designed as a three-bedroom, three-bath custom home for a family in Silverthorne, Colorado. Measuring 2,400 square feet, the home is clad in contrasting horizontal and board and batten siding coated in a dark, blue-gray finish.

Within the 1500 square feet of this residence, the Denver, Colorado-based architecture firm Tomecek Studio implemented environmentally sensitive strategies including recycled materials, green roofs, and photovoltaics. The residence is anchored by an existing rock outcropping and takes full advantage of the distant ridge views to the south. The main floor includes two shipping containers that saddlebag a wedge-shaped space. The containers hold the function of bedrooms, bath, office, laundry, and kitchen, while the center space is used for entry, dining, and living. The upper floor is an open loft with a platform bed that slides on tracks outdoors as a reference to the quintessential camping experience.

Within the 1500 square feet of this residence, the Denver, Colorado-based architecture firm Tomecek Studio implemented environmentally sensitive strategies including recycled materials, green roofs, and photovoltaics. The residence is anchored by an existing rock outcropping and takes full advantage of the distant ridge views to the south. The main floor includes two shipping containers that saddlebag a wedge-shaped space. The containers hold the function of bedrooms, bath, office, laundry, and kitchen, while the center space is used for entry, dining, and living. The upper floor is an open loft with a platform bed that slides on tracks outdoors as a reference to the quintessential camping experience.

Siting closely within the surrounding pine forest, the Weehouse designed by Alchemy Architects and constructed by Irontown Homes rest only one half hour up the mountain from Boulder, Colorado. The tight driveway and secluded mountainside locale created an interesting delivery in which the modules were lifted by crane over the treetops and set into place. The pre-finished steel siding has been joined by a special fire-protective shell due to lying in a high-risk fire zone. The plethora of windows allow for natural sunlight to illuminate the warm, open interior.

Siting closely within the surrounding pine forest, the Weehouse designed by Alchemy Architects and constructed by Irontown Homes rest only one half hour up the mountain from Boulder, Colorado. The tight driveway and secluded mountainside locale created an interesting delivery in which the modules were lifted by crane over the treetops and set into place. The pre-finished steel siding has been joined by a special fire-protective shell due to lying in a high-risk fire zone. The plethora of windows allow for natural sunlight to illuminate the warm, open interior.

The Outward Bound cabins, designed by the University of Colorado Denver's design-build program, have steel frames that lift the structures above a three-foot snowpack while supporting corrugated-steel "snow roofs." The 14 cabins have prefabricated structures to reduce on-site build time.

The Outward Bound cabins, designed by the University of Colorado Denver's design-build program, have steel frames that lift the structures above a three-foot snowpack while supporting corrugated-steel "snow roofs." The 14 cabins have prefabricated structures to reduce on-site build time.

Based in Poncha Springs, Colorado, Great Western Homes designs and builds a range of homes that have a modern, rustic edge. By mixing materials—wood, weathered steel, and a standing seam metal roof—this residence is a modern take on a classic cabin, with steeply pitched roofs for shedding snow.

Based in Poncha Springs, Colorado, Great Western Homes designs and builds a range of homes that have a modern, rustic edge. By mixing materials—wood, weathered steel, and a standing seam metal roof—this residence is a modern take on a classic cabin, with steeply pitched roofs for shedding snow.