6 Prefab Companies Building Sturdy, Resilient Homes in Florida
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6 Prefab Companies Building Sturdy, Resilient Homes in Florida

By Kate Reggev
These companies build stylish and strong prefab homes that make the most of Florida’s balmy weather and stand up to storms.

Homes in the Sunshine State often embrace the outdoors with generous porches and layouts that encourage passive cooling—but they also have to be strong enough to withstand hurricane-force winds. Here, we take a look at several prefab, modular, and kit homebuilders that are developing exemplary homes that fit into the humid, warm temperatures of the southeast. Take a look below!

Ablenook Modular Dwellings

Launched as an architecture school project and later patented through the University of South Florida, AbleNook is a flat-pack kit home made from aircraft-grade aluminum framing and SIPs. The hurricane-resistant design can withstand 180-mph gusts of wind, and adjustable leg jacks enable it to adjust to uneven terrain. The flexible structure can be expanded with additional modules to serve as a dwelling, emergency shelter, school, or office. No power tools are required to assemble the modular homes. A larger, bespoke dwelling with a Smeg kitchen and spacious, skylit bathroom costs $65,000, with proceeds going towards production design for disaster relief AbleNooks. Deliveries are expected in Q3 2019.

The Tulip model by Steelhomes is a 1-bedroom, 2-bathroom residence with just over 1,000 square feet of living space. Based in Miami, Steelhomes maintains a steel frame factory in Opa Locka and works throughout South Florida.

Based in Bartow, Florida, Homes of Merit was established in 1973 and builds modular and mobile homes throughout Florida. Their homes typically include front porches, expansive outdoor areas, and modern, technology-forward interiors.

Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Solaleya designs eco-friendly housing solutions that combine nature-inspired aesthetics, functionality, and energy efficiency. So far the company has designed two models that are made from natural and renewable materials such as FSC-certified wood, recycled steel, engineered compressed straw, and cork.

New Panel Homes is a Southwest Florida manufacturer of pre-engineered, energy-efficient green building kits. These ready-to-assemble kits of structural panels can be erected on-site to form airtight, insulated building shells. Each kit consists of wall, roof, and floor panels (if your design does not utilize a concrete slab). Most owners and builders are able to erect their building kit in about a week.

Pensacola, Florida–based Sanders Housing partners with Deer Valley Homebuilders and Mossy Oak to construct their nature-inspired series of four modular homes. This three-bedroom, two-bathroom home has exposed wood beams on the interior and exterior and rustic wood finishes throughout.

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