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.

Steel-Clad Prefab Modules Perch Lightly in Northern California
Steel-Clad Prefab Modules Perch Lightly in Northern California
Two architects collaborate on a modular compound that celebrates an unspoiled Sonoma landscape.
By Lydia Lee - 2 years ago
11 Modular Home Floor Plans That Suit a Range of Needs
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.
 - 9 days ago
Small "Hybrid Prefab" Home in the Desert
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.
 - 9 years ago
Fertile Grounds
Fertile Grounds
Nestled in an apple grove in Sebastopol, California, the Orchard House is a rural idyll.
 - 9 years ago
Vintage Furniture-Filled Prefab Living Room in Upstate New York
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...
 - 6 years ago
You'll Yearn For Summer After You See This Prefab Bar
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).
 - 3 years ago
10 Prefab Barn Companies That Bring DIY to Home Building
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.
 - 2 years ago
5 Strong Prefab Concrete Home Companies
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...
 - 2 years ago
10 Prefab Garage Solutions For Auto Enthusiasts
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...
 - 2 years ago
A Prefab Shed that Provides Refuge for Work and Play
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.
 - 3 years ago
Floating Prefab Concept Rethinks the Houseboat
Floating Prefab Concept Rethinks the Houseboat
Czech architects unveil a floating, modular living concept.
 - 5 years ago
This Prefab Garden Shed Doubles as a Serene Summer Home
This Prefab Garden Shed Doubles as a Serene Summer Home
A prefabricated shed sited on a Finnish island provides a perfect summer getaway.
 - 7 years ago
This Economical Modular Prefab Fits Right in With the Woods
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.
 - 5 years ago
A Prefab Cabin in Norway
A Prefab Cabin in Norway
A small prefab cabin in Norway is offering an alternative view on the concept of luxury.
 - 5 years ago
Compact, Light-Filled Prefab
Compact, Light-Filled Prefab
Method Homes’ compact Element 1 prefab model rises to the challenge of a difficult building site.
 - 4 years ago
Progressive Prefabs of Jean Prouvé
Progressive Prefabs of Jean Prouvé
The pioneering designer’s metal homes set a model for future construction.
 - 4 years ago
This Super Smart, Super Green Prefab May Be the Future of Suburban Living
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.
 - 4 years ago
This Prefab Ski School in the Alps Took 10 Days to Assemble
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.
 - 4 years ago
7 Affordable Prefab Homes and Other Alternative, Inexpensive Home Options
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...
 - 2 years ago
A Family’s Cramped Bungalow Is Replaced With an Accessible and Affordable Prefab
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.
 - 2 years ago
Philippe Starck Dreams Up Super Green Prefab System
Philippe Starck Dreams Up Super Green Prefab System
The famed designer on how his modular living system offers a new, greener take on housing.
 - 4 years ago
Kit Home Companies in All Seven Continents
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.
 - 2 years ago
This Curving Prefab Building in Copenhagen Contains 66 Affordable Apartments
This Curving Prefab Building in Copenhagen Contains 66 Affordable Apartments
Danish architecture practice Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has created a prefab, low-income apartment building in Copenhagen that’s refreshingly bright, spacious, and beautiful.
 - 24 days ago
The Site Shack Is a Tiny Prefab Cabin That Sets Up Anywhere in a Snap
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.
 - 25 days ago
This Dizzying Prefab Is Perched on the Edge of the Italian Alps
This Dizzying Prefab Is Perched on the Edge of the Italian Alps
Bivacco Luca Pasqualetti is a cliffside prefab shelter designed to inspire remote alpine explorations and honor a fallen mountaineer.
 - a month ago
Dwell’s Top 10 Prefabs of 2018
Dwell’s Top 10 Prefabs of 2018
From cozy cottages to contemporary family homes, here are this year’s most popular projects that will turn anyone into a prefab fanatic.
 - 2 months ago
One Couple’s Modular Retreat Supports Their Sustainable Lifestyle
One Couple’s Modular Retreat Supports Their Sustainable Lifestyle
In Australia, a steel prefab by Archiblox helps its residents reconnect with nature and be self-sufficient.
 - 2 months ago
Jens Risom's Block Island Family Retreat
Jens Risom's Block Island Family Retreat
Designer Jens Risom returns to his 1967 prefab off the coast of Rhode Island, readying it for his family's next generation.
 - 6 years ago
Modern Modular Homes For Sale From $10K to $200K
Modern Modular Homes For Sale From $10K to $200K
Whether your budget is $10,000 or $200,000, this roundup of modular home prices in your area puts prefab within reach.
 - 3 months ago
Mingle With Mother Nature in This Tiny Prefab Getaway
Mingle With Mother Nature in This Tiny Prefab Getaway
Tucked into an old-growth forest, this prefab home was assembled in just three days with minimal site impact.
 - 4 months ago