5 Stylish Prefab Homes in Austin, Texas
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5 Stylish Prefab Homes in Austin, Texas

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By Lucy Wang
From a tiny smart dwelling to an off-grid boathouse, here are five Austin homes that showcase the power of prefab.

As a stronghold of startups and innovation, Austin, Texas, is no stranger to smart design—especially when it comes to prefab architecture. Whether it’s an entirely prefabricated home or a dwelling with a modular addition, these diverse houses exhibit a cross section of stylish prefab construction across the city.

Casita 850 by Ma Modular

The Casita 850 modular model emphasizes indoor/outdoor living with a flexible two-bedroom and one-bath layout.

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Modern, modular, and marvelously cool in the southern Texas heat, this single-level residence by Austin-based Ma Modular is a custom version of the firm’s Casita 850 model. Taking inspiration from the vernacular breezeway house known as the "Texas dogtrot," this passively cooled home is punctuated with large windows that let in ample amounts of natural light. The 850-square-foot dwelling comprises three modules: one for the private areas, another for the public areas, and a third module sandwiched in the middle that serves as a screened-in porch.

Modern Texas Prefab by Aamodt / Plumb

The Modern Texas Prefab features a mix of natural and reclaimed materials for a relaxed feel.

Faced with a tight construction schedule, Cambridge-based Aamodt / Plumb turned to prefabrication to create the Modern Texas Prefab, an energy-efficient ranch-style house for a young family looking for a "home away from home" in Austin. The architects teamed up with the builders at Bensonwood, who engineered the house and prefabricated the building panels in their facility in New Hampshire. Local Austin builder Risinger Home oversaw construction, which features super-insulated walls and meets passive house standards.

Lake House by Andersson-Wise

The large windows let in fresh breezes and provide an opportunity for the owners to jump out of the house and into the water.

Perched on a steeply sloped bank of Lake Austin, the Lake House is an elegant abode that was partially prefabricated off-site and sensitively anchored to minimize impact on the landscape. The steel-framed structure was transported to the site by truck and barge, while the remainder of the building was finished on-site. Clad in dark-stained wood and punctuated by windows, the Lake House operates completely off the grid.

Sige & Honey Container Addition by Mark Reynolds

Clad in white HardiePlank siding, the duplex was designed to mimic the industrial look of the shipping container extensions.

Austin’s Container Bar may be the city’s most famous example of cargotecture, but repurposed shipping containers can also be found in the city’s residential neighborhoods. One such example is this modern duplex that local architect Mark Reynolds designed for Sige & Honey founder Patrice Rios. The duplex was designed to mimic the modular containers, which feel surprisingly spacious, modern, and homey inside.

Kasita

Kasita prefabs started at $89,000, and they were marketed as tiny houses for those who wished to live simply.

Although the Austin-based tiny prefab home startup Kasita no longer exists, we felt the company deserved a shoutout for their influential and award-winning modular designs—and not least because at least one of the units is still available for sale. Created to address the affordable housing crisis, Kasita’s tech-enabled micro homes experienced an incredible media blitz right after the company’s founding in 2015. But, according to a statement on their rebranded website, the prefab company ceased operations after failing to secure enough consumer demand. The company—now under new leadership—will now seek to convert their prefab Kasita units into pop-up hotels.

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