5 Prefab Home Companies to Know in Illinois

5 Prefab Home Companies to Know in Illinois

By Kate Reggev
If you’re looking into prefab in Illinois, add these builders and designers to your Rolodex.

The legacy of prefabricated, modular, and kit homes in the Midwest goes back all the way to the Sears catalog and kit homes of the early 20th century. Today, architects, builders, and designers across the state continue to look to prefabrication methods to build new residences that take advantage of factory-built elements and minimized construction waste. Here, we’ve gathered five respected builders and designers that employ prefabrication techniques in their residences.

Square Root Architecture & Design

Square Root Architecture + Design is a Chicago- and Springfield-based architecture and design firm specializing in high-performance and sustainable building design. The firm's initial C3Prefab was one of the first prefabricated sustainable residences in the Windy City and was a prototype of how residential construction can be simultaneously affordable and eco-friendly within an urban context. Their designs use prefab modular components including structural insulated panels (SIPs). This type of flat-pack system is more of a hybrid of onsite and prefabricated construction that both minimizes transportation and erection costs of the prefab units.

Although they are based in Rochester, Indiana, Rochester Homes also serves nearby states including Illinois and has several model and sales centers throughout the state. The company was originally established in 1972 and designs and builds prefabricated custom homes that arrive on site 60% to 90% complete.

Established in 2006, Chicago-based Tom Bassett-Dilley Architects designs sustainable, contemporary buildings including several homes in the Chicago area that are constructed using prefabricated, modular methods—several of which are LEED, Passiv House, or Zero Energy Ready homes.

Based in the central Illinois town of Pana, Joe's House and Home is a dealer for a wide range of prefabricated homes from tiny homes to larger, more traditional-styled residences with customizable features.

Established in 1987, Custom Home Builders is based in Lanark, Illinois, and builds custom modular home as well as traditional-built homes. Working with Stratford Homes, Custom Home Builders takes the typical designs and modifies them to fit a client's needs.

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