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.

These Genre-Busting Tree Houses From Germany Start at $6K
These Genre-Busting Tree Houses From Germany Start at $6K
German firm Baumraum has built over 50 prefabricated tree houses around the world, with designs available from $6,000.
By Kathryn McLamb - 12 days ago
This Prefab Tree House Took Just 8 Days to Assemble
On the outskirts of a small Swiss town, Baumhaus Halden is a gable-roof tree house built for two close friends.
A LEGO-Like Home Powered Entirely by the Sun Pops Up in Times Square
Prefabricated, solar-powered, and filled with cutting-edge technology, the FutureHAUS is the smart, sustainable home of tomorrow.
A Kit Home Purveyor Starts by Designing His Own Danish-Inspired Prefab in Michigan
A Kit Home Purveyor Starts by Designing His Own Danish-Inspired Prefab in Michigan
Hygge Supply founder Kelly Sean Karcher builds a sustainable kit home in Michigan’s Lake Leelanau community.
- a month ago
A Corrugated Steel Prefab in Australia Throws a Curve
Transported in a single shipping container and raised in two weeks, this clam-shaped cabin nestles against a rocky outcrop outside Sydney.
This Solar-Powered Prefab in Portland Was Set Up in Four Hours
A software developer adds a prefabricated shed by Drop Structures to his Oregon campground.
A Brazilian Couple’s Prefab Cabin Is the Perfect Outpost For Forest Bathing
A green-roofed retreat slots gently into a wooded dell in southern Brazil.
Thinking About Building a Prefab Home? Here’s What You Need to Know
The appeal of a prefab house is clear, but the process of getting one is not.
Buyer Beware: 9 Questions to Ask When Considering Prefab
We ask Bay Area–based architect and prefab pioneer Michelle Kaufmann to share her expertise on the questions every consumer should ask when considering prefab.
This Modern Matte Black Cabin Is a Dreamy Weekend Retreat
Tucked away in Basque Country, Heva is a tiny prefab cabin that opens up to the landscape.
A Clever Window Treatment: Bus Graphics
A Clever Window Treatment: Bus Graphics
From an unlikely source comes a clever privacy solution for a pair of prefabbed town houses in Los Angeles.
- 6 years ago
An Innovative Modular Building System in Ecuador
Seeking a way to blend architecture into the natural environment, a pair of Ecuador-based designers invents a new modular building system.
A Modern Prefab Addition to a Mid-Century California Classic
A 1950s Joseph Esherick home in Berkeley, California, inspires an addition that pays homage to the past yet is poised to host the next generation.
This Modular Home Company Designs Prefabs Inspired by Joseph Eichler
With a sleek prototype in Emeryville, California, under its belt, Simpatico Homes sets out to redefine prefab's cost –and footprint.
The New Zealand Native Who Can't Get Enough of the Garden State
A prefabricated lakeside New Jersey retreat is one woman's outdoorsy counterpoint to city life.
Middle Ground
Adding less than $100,000 of improvements to an off-the-shelf prefab model resulted in a clean-cut structure at the eastern base of the Sierra Nevada.
Prefab for Humanity
In inner-city Baltimore, Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake paves a path to affordable prefab.
Tiny Homes in This Palm Springs Community Start at $155K
Palm Canyon Mobile Club is a community of prefabricated tiny homes that takes the headache out of zoning and utility hookups for good.
A Modern Bungalow in Venice Beach
A house designed to be part of the landscape is at home among the trees in Venice, California.
A Look at Richard Meier's Iconic Lambert House
Constructed in 1961, Richard Meier’s first residential project is a nascent example of the modern prefab typology.
Claesson Koivisto Rune's Scandinavian Prefab Prototype
Claesson Koivisto Rune introduces its second iteration of the prefab home, combining time-honored Scandinavian touches with the studio’s signature polished aesthetic.
A Modern Multiunit Prefab Prototype in Vancouver
A Vancouver architect maxes out a commercial lot to create a multiunit prefab tower that takes smart urban planning as seriously as good design.
A Picturesque Desert Prefab
Jim Murren’s prefab house in Sin City, designed by Marmol Radziner, is as artful as it is art-filled, thanks to an asymmetrical arrangement of solids and voids.
A Luminous Palm Springs Kitchen Fosters Easy Indoor/Outdoor Living
A manifestation of exquisite, thoughtful design, the kitchen in the prefabricated Axiom Desert House embodies rich indoor/outdoor connections, enabling a superb setting for...
Step Inside Palm Springs’ Latest Indoor/Outdoor Prefab Home
Inspired by midcentury-modern architecture and an easy, breezy, open-air lifestyle, the Axiom Desert House embodies the beauty of prefab living to the core.
Learn How to Connect with Nature from This Off-the-Grid Prefab
A prefabricated off-the-grid vacation home in eastern Washington is one with the land.
A Modern Tiny House Reinvents the Finnish Barbecue Hut
St. Petersburg–based SA Lab draws inspiration from Finnish grill houses to create a modular tiny home that can be adapted for a variety of uses.
Stillwater Dwellings’ Modern Prefab Homes Match Style With Sustainability
This Seattle–based firm specializing in modern prefab homes is committed to sustainability from conception through construction.
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.
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.