This Affordable Prefab in Spain Only Took 5 Hours to Assemble

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By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
Built for $148,500, Casa Montaña was manufactured in a Madrid factory before being assembled in a mountainous, coastal region in northwestern Spain.

When Madrid-based Baragaño Architects were engaged to build a second home for English clients—a landscaper and his family that had fallen in love with northwest Spain's remote Asturias region—they decided to take a more industrialized approach to construction. The result was a contemporary prefab retreat, actively developed together with the clients, with only a $148,500 budget. 

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The prefabricated modules—which were manufactured in a factory in Madrid—took four months to construct. 

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They were then shipped 600 miles across the Cantabrian mountain range to the site of an old stone granary complex. 

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Made of galvanized steel sheets, the modules were clad with thin vertical wood slats, and assembled on-site, with the black slate roof put in place by a local craftsman. The resulting 1,076-square-foot residence pays its respects to the surrounding historic structures—fitting perfectly into its remote, rural locale.

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The two-level home is centered around a suspended white metal staircase. An open-plan kitchen and living room occupy the ground floor. A wooden deck surrounds three sides of the house, and a large glass door and windows open out to the porch.

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The upper level contains the two bedrooms, separated by a light polycarbonate wall that allows light to pass through and illuminate the second floor. 

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The home is energy-efficient and constructed from sustainable materials. Eventually, should the owners' desire, the home can be dismantled and easily transported to a new location.


Project Credits:

Architect of Record: Baragaño Architects, Sergio Baragaño, Verónica Carreño, Fabio Trabanco 

General Construction: Neoblock Modular 

Landscape Design: James Braybrooke