5 Marvelous Prefab Homes in Michigan

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By Kate Reggev
These homes in the Great Lakes State will have you reconsidering the possibilities of prefab design.

Prefabricated and modular homes, known for their time- and cost-efficiency, are becoming increasingly popular across the U.S. Today, we turn the lens on modern prefab homes in the great state of Michigan, from urban environments to small, lakeside towns. Check out five of our favorites below.

Koby Cottage in Albion, Michigan by Garrison Architects

Architect Jim Garrison of Brooklyn-based Garrison Architects was asked to design a retreat for visiting families on an idyllic lakeside expanse of land at a boarding school for troubled teens, Star Commonwealth in Albion, Michigan. To drastically reduce academic interruption and cut site noise, Garrison decided early on to create an 1,100-square-foot modular building dubbed Koby, with two bedrooms on opposite sides of the structure and a common dining area in the middle "as a therapeutic space for families to gather and eat together."

Architect Jim Garrison of Brooklyn-based Garrison Architects was asked to design a retreat for visiting families on an idyllic lakeside expanse of land at a boarding school for troubled teens, Star Commonwealth in Albion, Michigan. To drastically reduce academic interruption and cut site noise, Garrison decided early on to create an 1,100-square-foot modular building dubbed Koby, with two bedrooms on opposite sides of the structure and a common dining area in the middle "as a therapeutic space for families to gather and eat together."

Designed by the Los Angeles–based design firm EC3, True North Detroit is a half-acre, live/work community comprising nine lightweight, prefabricated homes. Located about two and a half miles northwest of Detroit's downtown, the homes are made of modified Quonset huts with elongated and heightened wall space, polycarbonate kitchens, bathrooms, and utilities, and radiant concrete floors. Apartments range from 475 square feet to 1,600 square feet.

Designed by the Los Angeles–based design firm EC3, True North Detroit is a half-acre, live/work community comprising nine lightweight, prefabricated homes. Located about two and a half miles northwest of Detroit's downtown, the homes are made of modified Quonset huts with elongated and heightened wall space, polycarbonate kitchens, bathrooms, and utilities, and radiant concrete floors. Apartments range from 475 square feet to 1,600 square feet.

Traverse City–based MF Architect designed this modern, modular prefabricated cottage based on a 14-foot-square module, which can be assembled in several combinations. The home was built in a shop in Northern Michigan, and then assembled on-site in just five hours; its design employs local materials and energy-saving design principles.

Traverse City–based MF Architect designed this modern, modular prefabricated cottage based on a 14-foot-square module, which can be assembled in several combinations. The home was built in a shop in Northern Michigan, and then assembled on-site in just five hours; its design employs local materials and energy-saving design principles.

This two-bedroom, two-bathroom standard Hygge Supply model was built on a corner lot in Traverse City, Michigan. Paired with the one-car garage, the structures are made of structurally insulated panels encased in powder-coated metal and lined with floor-to-ceiling Sierra Pacific windows. The concrete floors encase radiant heating, adding to the overall energy efficiency of the home, and custom cabinets built into the design streamline organization from the kitchen to the bedrooms.

This two-bedroom, two-bathroom standard Hygge Supply model was built on a corner lot in Traverse City, Michigan. Paired with the one-car garage, the structures are made of structurally insulated panels encased in powder-coated metal and lined with floor-to-ceiling Sierra Pacific windows. The concrete floors encase radiant heating, adding to the overall energy efficiency of the home, and custom cabinets built into the design streamline organization from the kitchen to the bedrooms.

Located on the northwest coast of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, the home overlooks cherry orchards and Lake Michigan. The vertical, 1,600-square-foot residence features a prefabricated steel construction sheathed in a skirting wall of recycled translucent polyethylene slats that protrude two feet from the galvanized sheet metal that clads the walls. The result is a glowing, almost ghostly house that dissolves into the landscape.

Located on the northwest coast of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, the home overlooks cherry orchards and Lake Michigan. The vertical, 1,600-square-foot residence features a prefabricated steel construction sheathed in a skirting wall of recycled translucent polyethylene slats that protrude two feet from the galvanized sheet metal that clads the walls. The result is a glowing, almost ghostly house that dissolves into the landscape.