Prefab homes have always been a part of the Dwell DNA. Here you will find prefab homes published in dwell magazine as well as great prefab home ideas. Prefabricated means either panelized, modular, or kit homes. Prefab architecture works for both remote sites and dense urban spaces. Modular homes are popular but can be the most expensive to customize. It is best to change as little as possible when buying prefab. Possible advantages of pre fab include lower cost, higher degree of precision, and less construction waste.

Low-maintenance, sustainable materials were favored throughout the house. Striking orange Pirelli studded rubber floors were chosen for the main bathroom. Clean white fixtures and black shower cladding complete the graphic space.
Keeping the original home intact, the team added to the existing structure to create a U-shaped layout that surrounds an open courtyard. The deteriorating old roof was replaced with a custom galvanized steel Orb roof by Lysaght, and the entire rear façade was wrapped with clean white BGC Durascape cement sheeting. A life-size plastic cow, found at the home when the couple bought it, became a permanent fixture in the yard.
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 original home is seen before the dramatic transformation. During the demolition, roof shingles were uncovered beneath the corrugated iron sheeting. It was theorized that the home could have originally been a general store, halfway house, or possibly even a brothel.
Along with the bedrooms, the home’s study features local Australian undyed wool carpets. The red cedar tabletop was repurposed from an old Queensland table that had been in Agata’s family. Brightgreen LED downlights illuminate the space. The orientation and functionality of the office is one of the couple’s favorite aspects of the home; they are able to work in a private area while keeping an eye on their son across the courtyard in the playroom.
The original rear façade can be seen, in stark contrast to the modern update. Agata and Chris Millington, an internal space planner and builder/developer, were eager to put their creative stamp on the home. Chris acted as project manager for the renovation, and the couple worked diligently with the architects to ensure the project was completed on time and under budget.
The colorful new front façade is clad in recycled sugar pine boards salvaged from the original house. The limited lot size meant that the team had to build boundary to boundary, almost directly up to the sidewalk. Like the rest of the home, the exterior balances history and restoration, offering a “controlled contrast” of color and texture. The result is a unique family home that is both bold and whimsical in design, and sensible in function.
The renovated master bedroom preserves the slope of the original vaulted ceiling. A tufted headboard and suspended Q-BEE steel pendant lights accent the simple and elegant space.
Black Electrolux induction cooktop and electric oven offer graphic contrast to the minimal white Corian counters and white cabinetry in the home’s kitchen.
The kitchen is positioned strategically in the middle section of the home’s U-shaped layout. Vintage Bentwood chairs of varying wood tones were chosen for the dining set. The expansive aluminum framed window openings are double glazed in bronze, an eye-catching exterior design note. Recycled messmate timber boards are again used for the kitchen wall and island cladding.
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 master bedroom is seen during partial demolition. As part of a kit home, the original 19th-century framing was marked with Roman numerals to enable on-site assembly, and relocation/reassembly (if necessary) during shipping and construction in the 1850s.
Mary Henning and Ann Wansbrough's renovation of a semidetached cottage enables them to use 75 percent less town water than the average two-person home.
Located in New Zealand, this compact prefab vacation home in the seaside community of Onemana Beach was a collaboration with architecture students from Auckland’s Unitec Institute of Technology.
“The house’s narrow footprint works for us in terms of maximum exposure to the lake,” says Gibbs (shown here with son Blake and dog Max on the shore of Lake Iosco). Glass walls and doors by Andersen also mean that Gibbs can keep a close eye on Blake when he’s playing in the yard. A plinth of reused bedrock found on the property has become an unintended place for active play.
Like the lone survivor of an airplane crash, hardwood mulch finds priority shifting energy in its new life.
LABhaus Floor Plan

A    Deck

B    Pool

C    Great Room

D    Kitchen

E    Laundry Room

F    Bathroom

G    Guest Room
Inspired by the sea and sand, Richard and Jackie Willcocks chose blue and orange joinery colors for their 1,140-square-foot prefab. The modular home is by New South Wales company ArchiBlox.
Principals Vo Trong Nghia, Masaaki Iwamoto, Kosuke Nishijima are already working on a third version of the S House, seeking to increase durability and reduce cost.
Have you ever tried moving a 1931 prefab across the country? This is the current plan for Aluminaire—designed by Albert Frey and A. Lawrence Kocher and built in ten days. The building currently resides in New York but could soon call Palm Springs home. Mayor Steve Pougnet invites visitors to celebrate the under-the-radar structure at a reception on Sunday, February 15.