Prefab Homes

Compared to conventional construction methods, modern prefab homes are built faster and have a smaller environmental impact. As these stories show, prefabricated and modular homes range widely in size, material, and style. From cozy cottages to large family homes, prefab continues to redefine the future of construction, building, and design.

A Breezy Modular Home Keeps Cool in Austin, Texas
A Breezy Modular Home Keeps Cool in Austin, Texas
Inspired by local residential typology, this 850-square-foot modular home has high ceilings, light-filled rooms, and a central breezeway.
By Kate Reggev - 14 days ago
Robots Built This Futuristic House That Generates More Energy Than it Needs
The DFAB House is the world’s first home designed, planned, and built with mainly digital processes—and it's entirely powered by the sun.
This Solar-Powered Prefab in Seattle Raises the Bar for Sustainability
A NODE prefab, Solar Studio in West Seattle produces 100 percent of its own energy—and rental income for its eco-conscious owner.
The Ultimate Guide to Prefab: 65 Resources by Location, Construction, and Price
The Ultimate Guide to Prefab: 65 Resources by Location, Construction, and Price
Prefab is part of Dwell’s DNA—build a better future with our veritable tome of all things prefab.
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Kodasema Launches Four Tiny Prefab Homes—Including One That Floats
The Estonian prefab company is bringing stylish, modern tiny homes to urban and rural areas alike.
A Dutch Sculptor’s Prefab Cabin Has Curved Pinewood Walls
Built as a live/work space for a sculptor, Indigo by Dutch practice Woonpioniers is an eco-friendly, prefabricated cabin with bent wooden walls.
Steel-Clad Prefab Modules Perch Lightly in Northern California
Two architects collaborate on a modular compound that celebrates an unspoiled Sonoma landscape.
11 Modular Home Floor Plans That Suit a Range of Needs
These modern modular homes and accompanying floor plans showcase the layouts, variations, and opportunities that prefab builds present.
Small "Hybrid Prefab" Home in the Desert
The Blue Sky prototype home tiptoes gracefully across the desert landscape just north of Joshua Tree National Park.
Fertile Grounds
Nestled in an apple grove in Sebastopol, California, the Orchard House is a rural idyll.
Vintage Furniture-Filled Prefab Living Room in Upstate New York
Built by architect William Massie nearly a decade ago for vintage retailer Greg Wooten, this hybrid prefab home in upstate New York (from our Interiors issue) is a furniture...
You'll Yearn For Summer After You See This Prefab Bar
Nicknamed the Green Lantern, this portable bar in Buenos Aires saves the day (and the night).
10 Prefab Barn Companies That Bring DIY to Home Building
No longer restricted to the habitation of cows, sheep, tractors, or potatoes, a prefabricated barn can be a useful and versatile addition to any property.
5 Strong Prefab Concrete Home Companies
When researching the benefits of building with a prefab concrete system, one of the outstanding elements that comes up repeatedly, naturally, is the ability of the material to...
10 Prefab Garage Solutions For Auto Enthusiasts
No longer just a container for your car, washer/dryer, and forgotten belongings, the garage can be transformed into a functional, comfortable, and versatile space that reflects...
A Prefab Shed that Provides Refuge for Work and Play
When Marco V. Morelli’s home office became his daughter’s bedroom, he found an ideal workspace in an unexpected place—his backyard.
Floating Prefab Concept Rethinks the Houseboat
Czech architects unveil a floating, modular living concept.
This Prefab Garden Shed Doubles as a Serene Summer Home
A prefabricated shed sited on a Finnish island provides a perfect summer getaway.
This Economical Modular Prefab Fits Right in With the Woods
An easy-to-build modular system is the perfect solution for a family in Bend, Oregon.
A Prefab Cabin in Norway
A small prefab cabin in Norway is offering an alternative view on the concept of luxury.
Compact, Light-Filled Prefab
Method Homes’ compact Element 1 prefab model rises to the challenge of a difficult building site.
Progressive Prefabs of Jean Prouvé
The pioneering designer’s metal homes set a model for future construction.
This Super Smart, Super Green Prefab May Be the Future of Suburban Living
The architecture firm superkül and home builder Great Gulf create a prefab with a self-regulating indoor climate.
This Prefab Ski School in the Alps Took 10 Days to Assemble
Made of recyclable and other eco-friendly materials, LEAPfactory’s modular ski school has an incredibly light environmental touch.
7 Affordable Prefab Homes and Other Alternative, Inexpensive Home Options
Nowadays, innovators in the world of prefab and kit home design have continued to push the boundaries on what they can do—their ideas offering alternative ways of living in terms...
A Family’s Cramped Bungalow Is Replaced With an Accessible and Affordable Prefab
In Santa Monica, a couple go all in on a prefab home that’s flexible and accessible and unabashedly part of their neighborhood.
Philippe Starck Dreams Up Super Green Prefab System
The famed designer on how his modular living system offers a new, greener take on housing.
Kit Home Companies in All Seven Continents
Fast assembly, affordability, and energy efficiency make kit homes a desirable option for homeowners. Modern attributes do not have to be absent from their design.
This Curving Prefab Building in Copenhagen Contains 66 Affordable Apartments
Danish architecture practice Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) creates a prefab, low-income apartment building in Copenhagen that’s refreshingly bright, spacious, and beautiful.
The Site Shack Is a Tiny Prefab Cabin That Sets Up Anywhere in a Snap
At under 100 square feet, the 8' x 12' Site Shack includes just the essentials: a wood-burning stove, a desk, and storage.