The Best Prefab Homes in Australia

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Australia is home to many beautiful beaches, koalas and kangaroos, and most importantly, incredible prefab houses. These homes from the land down under respond to challenging locations and climate change with modular solutions.

Check out some of our favorite prefab homes in Australia. 

The Best Prefab Homes in Australia - Photo 1 of 10 - Upon his first visit to Tasmania, an island south of the Australian mainland, resident David Burns was immediately smitten with its varied, pristine landscape. Working with architecture firm Misho+Associates, he built a self-sustaining, 818-square-foot retreat that would allow him to completely unplug from urban life.

Upon his first visit to Tasmania, an island south of the Australian mainland, resident David Burns was immediately smitten with its varied, pristine landscape. Working with architecture firm Misho+Associates, he built a self-sustaining, 818-square-foot retreat that would allow him to completely unplug from urban life.

The Best Prefab Homes in Australia - Photo 2 of 10 - The two building skins form a veranda in-between, where Burns and his partner, Tania Soghomonian, often entertain guests.

The two building skins form a veranda in-between, where Burns and his partner, Tania Soghomonian, often entertain guests.

The Best Prefab Homes in Australia - Photo 3 of 10 - A prefab house designed by ArchiBlox on the northern beaches of Sydney sustains high winds and spray from the surf, so the firm wrapped the exterior in marine-grade Colorbond Ultra steel. Panels of Queensland blue gum, a native Australian hardwood, clad the street-side facade, which is protected from the harsh climate.

A prefab house designed by ArchiBlox on the northern beaches of Sydney sustains high winds and spray from the surf, so the firm wrapped the exterior in marine-grade Colorbond Ultra steel. Panels of Queensland blue gum, a native Australian hardwood, clad the street-side facade, which is protected from the harsh climate.

The Best Prefab Homes in Australia - Photo 4 of 10 - The residents, who previously lived in Japan, asked that the bathroom be modeled after a Japanese-style bathhouse. Wood-effect porcelain tiles from Ariostea line the shower and tub area.

The residents, who previously lived in Japan, asked that the bathroom be modeled after a Japanese-style bathhouse. Wood-effect porcelain tiles from Ariostea line the shower and tub area.

The Best Prefab Homes in Australia - Photo 5 of 10 - For her family’s house near Melbourne, Anna Horne created a series of prefab wood modules using a design from the company Prebuilt. She found the old industrial letter at a factory; it stands for Somerset, the name of the house.

For her family’s house near Melbourne, Anna Horne created a series of prefab wood modules using a design from the company Prebuilt. She found the old industrial letter at a factory; it stands for Somerset, the name of the house.

The Best Prefab Homes in Australia - Photo 6 of 10 - "In the colder months we snuggle up in front of the wood stove and look out to the adjoining farms," <br><br>says Horne. As exemplified by the floor plan, the modules were designed "to keep some flexibility <br><br>in how the house was used and were also a response to the site itself," she says.

"In the colder months we snuggle up in front of the wood stove and look out to the adjoining farms,"

says Horne. As exemplified by the floor plan, the modules were designed "to keep some flexibility

in how the house was used and were also a response to the site itself," she says.

The Best Prefab Homes in Australia - Photo 7 of 10 - The cozy "rumpus room," a kids playroom that functions as a second living room, looks out onto the courtyard. The space was designed to encourage kids’ creativity, while complementing adult tastes. With the addition of a movable wall, the space can be sectioned off so children can be seen but not heard. Functional and durable white cork flooring completes the child-friendly space.

The cozy "rumpus room," a kids playroom that functions as a second living room, looks out onto the courtyard. The space was designed to encourage kids’ creativity, while complementing adult tastes. With the addition of a movable wall, the space can be sectioned off so children can be seen but not heard. Functional and durable white cork flooring completes the child-friendly space.

The Best Prefab Homes in Australia - Photo 8 of 10 - The house's large, double-glazed windows are used to bring sunlight and warmth into the structure in the winter. Sliding walls of vertical planters act as shading devices in the summer.

The house's large, double-glazed windows are used to bring sunlight and warmth into the structure in the winter. Sliding walls of vertical planters act as shading devices in the summer.

The Best Prefab Homes in Australia - Photo 9 of 10 - Central to the design of the home from day one was the "Dunny Block", an Australian toilet historically found outside the home. The Dunny Block from the yard of the original home was incorporated into the interior program of the new home, now housing the new main floor bathroom. The block is clad in recycled messmate timber, and is a bold focal point of the living space.

Central to the design of the home from day one was the "Dunny Block", an Australian toilet historically found outside the home. The Dunny Block from the yard of the original home was incorporated into the interior program of the new home, now housing the new main floor bathroom. The block is clad in recycled messmate timber, and is a bold focal point of the living space.

The Best Prefab Homes in Australia - Photo 10 of 10 - There are two zones in the house. One side, which the architects refer to as the "buffer zone," faces north, capturing the sunlight in the winter and pulling it into the house. In the summer, it traps the harsh sun so less gets into the living space. Edible planters adorn the wall.

There are two zones in the house. One side, which the architects refer to as the "buffer zone," faces north, capturing the sunlight in the winter and pulling it into the house. In the summer, it traps the harsh sun so less gets into the living space. Edible planters adorn the wall.

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