4 Companies to Consider When Building a Prefab Home in Minnesota

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By Michele Koh Morollo
These four Minnesota–based companies are raising the bar with their prefab home designs and systems.

If you're seeking to build a prefab or modular home in the great state of Minnesota, these four firms are eagerly waiting to assist.

1. Hive Modular

Headquartered in Stillwater, Hive Modular builds beautiful, economical prefabs, and are known for their efficient speed and high quality designs. The company was established in 2004, and has built more than 25 residential prefabs across the U.S. and Canada. 

This two-level home has a bright and airy interior and features a tuck-under garage, a central living room with a two-story fireplace, a guest suite, and a mudroom.

This two-level home has a bright and airy interior and features a tuck-under garage, a central living room with a two-story fireplace, a guest suite, and a mudroom.

2. HGA Architects and Engineers

If you haven’t committed to building your prefab home yet, why not try living in one of these three cabins set in the 456-acre Whitetail Woods Regional Park in the Twin Cities area? 

Designed by HGA Architects and Engineers—a firm with offices in eight cities across the country, including Minneapolis—the prefab cabins were designed off-site before being transported to the park and set atop a series of concrete piers.

The three cabins were built by high school students enrolled in a vocational training program.

The three cabins were built by high school students enrolled in a vocational training program.

3. Alchemy Architects

Best known for their weeHouse modular prefabricated housing system, which optimizes aspects of the traditional design-build process, Alchemy Architects is another great company to consider. 

The Saint Paul–based team has applied their weeHouse process to a number of impressive customized projects—including this 756-square-foot house in Twin Harbors. The two-bedroom home features red stained pine "Corncrib" siding, an IKEA kitchen, and a rooftop deck that connects to a guest room.

The McGlasson weeHouse in Two Harbors, Minnesota.

The McGlasson weeHouse in Two Harbors, Minnesota.

4. Lazor / Office

Experienced architect Charlie Lazor developed FlatPak, the prefabricated house system that consists of only three basic components: concrete wall panels; wood-framed panels with wood, metal, or cement-board siding; and a wood frame infilled with large expanses of glass. His goal was to provide "architecture for the ordinary pocketbook." 

Lazor’s first FlatPak project, which he built in 2005, was his very own family home in Minneapolis.

A FlatPack prefabricated home by Charlie Lazor.

A FlatPack prefabricated home by Charlie Lazor.