These 7 Wisconsin Prefabs Take Modular Design to the Next Level

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By Michele Koh Morollo
These seven striking homes are proof of how well prefabs work within the bucolic settings of America's Dairyland.

With its lush forests, serene lakes, and iconic dairy farms, Wisconsin is packed to the brim with beautiful natural sites that are perfect for building a prefab residence or holiday retreat. Take a look at seven of our favorite designs below.

1. EDGE

Stevens Point–based Revelations Architects built this 325-square-foot cabin near Lake Superior’s Chequamegon Bay as a compact, modular home that allows for flexible furniture arrangements. 

Named Experimental Dwelling for a Greener Environment—or simply EDGE for short—the cabin has a minimal environmental footprint, and includes eco-friendly features such as passive solar windows, insulated shutter doors, and rainwater collection. 

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In September 2009, Bill and Daniel Yudchitz bought a 2.78-acre lot that had water access to Lake Superior’s Chequamegon Bay. Many of the properties they looked at required a larger minimum building footprint than they desired; their cabin needed to be small to reduce its environmental impact.

In September 2009, Bill and Daniel Yudchitz bought a 2.78-acre lot that had water access to Lake Superior’s Chequamegon Bay. Many of the properties they looked at required a larger minimum building footprint than they desired; their cabin needed to be small to reduce its environmental impact.

2. Aperture House

Milwaukee studio Vetter Denk Architects designed this eye-catching prefab on the banks of Moose Lake, Wisconsin, as a weekend retreat. 

The home was based on an idea presented by the home's owner, who was inspired by a screw-top jug of $9.99 red wine.

On the shores of Moose Lake, Wisconsin, the inspiration for Roger Scommegna’s Aperture House came from the $9.99 bottles of wine produced at his Signal Ridge Vineyard.

On the shores of Moose Lake, Wisconsin, the inspiration for Roger Scommegna’s Aperture House came from the $9.99 bottles of wine produced at his Signal Ridge Vineyard.

3. Madeline Island Modular

Designed by Minneapolis-based architect Charlie Lazor, this 1,600-square-foot summer house on Lake Superior’s Madeline Island is mounted on tubular steel posts. It features a screened porch, shed door, and traditional porcelain fixtures that imbue it with a rustic purity.

A corrugated metal roofing, pine walls stained a warm blonde hue, and an abundance of glass make this modern prefab feel much roomier than its 1,600-square-feet size. 

A corrugated metal roofing, pine walls stained a warm blonde hue, and an abundance of glass make this modern prefab feel much roomier than its 1,600-square-feet size. 

4. The Weekn’der

Another residence by Charlie Lazor—this time set within a field in the Wisconsin woods—is the Weekn’der, which consists of two prefab modules bookending a central stick-built home.

Nestled in a field of praire grass in the Wisconsin woods, the Weekn’der is a dynamic contrast of minimalist black and white. 

Nestled in a field of praire grass in the Wisconsin woods, the Weekn’der is a dynamic contrast of minimalist black and white. 

5. Tim Wright’s Prefab Near Taliesen

In Spring Green, Wisconsin—not far from Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed studio and architecture school Taliesen—Wright’s grandson, Tim Wright, and his wife, Karen Ellzey, hired Blu Homes to build their 2,984-square-foot prefab. The home was delivered on two semis and assembled in seven and a half weeks.

The house weathered a recent tornado that caused significant damage to much of the property. Ellzey sees the house as an outgrowth of Frank Lloyd Wright’s experiments with modular housing. "For me, it was in that spirit of, what can it mean for homebuilding?"

The house weathered a recent tornado that caused significant damage to much of the property. Ellzey sees the house as an outgrowth of Frank Lloyd Wright’s experiments with modular housing. "For me, it was in that spirit of, what can it mean for homebuilding?"

6. Vertical Works' Six-Module Home

In East Try, Vertical Works Inc. built this 2,190-square-foot home with six prefabricated modules. The dwelling consists of LP I-joists floor systems, Raycore wall panels with staggered studs, and a roof trussed with spray foam R-50. The team used special modular transporter trailers, as well as a crane, to deliver and set up the modules on site.

A six-module prefab by Wisconsin prefab home designer and builders Vertical Works Inc.

A six-module prefab by Wisconsin prefab home designer and builders Vertical Works Inc.

7. Blair Wisconsin Home

Using their innovative weeHouse prefab system, Minnesota–based Alchemy Architects built this 2,150-square-foot home in Blair, Wisconsin, which includes a geothermal heating system and a slatted sunlit porch.

At $167 per square foot, this high-design, low-cost barn in rural Wisconsin is an American idyll.

At $167 per square foot, this high-design, low-cost barn in rural Wisconsin is an American idyll.