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.

Here’s How We Fix the Hole in the Middle of the Housing Market
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Soaring real estate prices and shrinking housing options are leaving families in urban centers with fewer pathways to homeownership—but these architects, designers, and developers...
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These Prefab Tiny Homes Can Be Linked to Create Entire Apartment Complexes
PolyRoom by French design studio Cutwork is a compact, flexible living space designed for endless applications.
With Natural Materials and an Unfussy Attitude, a Latvian Prefab Embraces the Countryside
A couple and their son opted for a compact model by Manta North as a family retreat from their hectic life in Riga.
Koto Just Unveiled a New Backyard Prefab Cabin for $75K
Koto Just Unveiled a New Backyard Prefab Cabin for $75K
In collaboration with Garden Club London, Koto has created a carbon-neutral retreat that syncs with a garden setting.
An Off-Grid Shipping Container Home Perches at the Foothills of the Victorian Alps
Melbourne designer Robbie Walker reconfigures two containers with plywood paneling, a hydraulic deck, and steel screens to create a rugged, all-weather escape.
Jens Risom’s Legacy Lives On at His Son’s Block Island Prefab
Built to Passive House standards, the New England home of Tom Risom and Pamela Austen is a trove of modernist design.
A Prefab Retreat in Iceland Is Positioned for Jaw-Dropping Views
The Scandinavian-inspired design by Manta North is tucked neatly between an extinct volcano and the Atlantic, where exceptional scenery is in no short supply.
Two Shipping Containers Form a Cozy Live/Work Cabin in Poland
The prefab design by Wiercinski Studio looks right at home tucked into its lush surrounds, but it was born to roam.
This Tiny Home’s Furniture Folds Into a Wall to Save Space
Designed by Trias, the 215-square-foot Minima prefab packs the versatility of a Swiss army knife.
A Pair of Mirrored Cabins Vanish Into the Woods of Quebec
Reflective facades camouflage these prefabs in their forested setting, giving visitors a new way to escape.
Koto’s Latest Prefab Cabin Is Stacked to Capture Views
Koto’s Latest Prefab Cabin Is Stacked to Capture Views
The UK builder’s sleek two-story design places an emphasis on connecting to the surrounding landscape.
This Flat-Pack Prefab Is Designed With Remote Living in Mind
In Australia, a manufacturer and an architecture firm create an off-grid home that can be broken down and shipped across the world.
A Prefab Tiny Home Is Pieced Together in a Brazilian Forest
The compact, modular design was originally showcased at an exhibition before finding a permanent location in the village of Lapinha da Serra.
These Minimalist Prefab Homes Maximize Indoor/Outdoor Living
Two prefabs—one a Japanese-inspired ADU, the other a young family’s spare and serene headquarters—take root in Los Angeles.
This Prefab Tree House Was Inspired by a Young Girl’s Sketch
Ryan Street Architects uses Douglas fir and prefabricated panels to build a lofty guesthouse in five days flat.
A Tiny Glass Cabin Perches for Wilderness Views in Remote Finland
A glass-and-steel retreat in Finnish Lapland is designed to bring its owner as close to nature as possible.
A New Prefab Company Is Offering a Cluster of Scandinavian-Inspired Cabins Starting at $70K
Latvia’s My Cabin has created three prefab structures—a sauna, an office space, and a home—that can be purchased à la carte, or as one turnkey retreat.
Ask an Expert: How Can I Make My Home More Energy-Independent?
When you can’t connect to the grid, rely on natural gas, or store enough solar energy, propane can be a dependable way to power your home.
This Prefab Shed Allows an Indigenous Community in Australia to Double Down on Food Production
SJB Architects collaborated with members of the Nyul Nyul Community to create an on-site harvesting facility that works with the elements.
ICON Just Unveiled Plans for a Massive Neighborhood of 3D-Printed Homes in Austin, Texas
The 3D-printing company ICON has partnered with Bjarke Ingels Group and homebuilder Lennar for their most ambitious project to date.
A Prefab in Santa Ynez Provides a Retired Couple With the Perfect California Retreat
On a remote hillside in wine country, a Los Angeles couple build an energy-efficient prefab with stunning views.
This Floating Sauna in Switzerland Lets You Steam, Plunge, and Repeat
A prefab sauna built atop a floating deck promises wellness with a view.
This Energy-Efficient Prefab in Brazil Can Be Easily Expanded for More Space
In a one-size-fits-all home design concept, Bernardes Arquitetura has developed modular glulam-beam structures that can be added onto ad infinitum.
This Energy-Efficient Prefab Is One Family’s Weekend Retreat by the Beach
In designing a getaway for her own family, architect Hannah Tribe created a sustainable kit home that’s as breezy as it looks.
A Tubular Steel Cabin Cantilevers Above a Lush Hillside in Russia
Chief architect of Moscow Sergey Kuznetsov creates an alluring hideaway in Nikola-Lenivets Art Park.
A New $98K Prefab Tiny Home Sports a Space-Age Aesthetic
Nestron’s Cube Two X is a scaled-up version of their original offering.
This Off-Grid Prefab Is All About Location, Location, Location
The sleek design from Stockholm-based iOhouse doesn’t rely on utility hookups, allowing you to live in luxury wherever you want.
This Timber Prefab by Manta North Is What Dreams Are Made Of
The Scandinavian-inspired prefab—a minimalist design that starts at $179K—is one family’s happy place by the sea.
A Trailblazing Aluminum Prefab Will Soon Woo U.S. Buyers
Mexico City’s Taller Aragonés debuts the Pi Home, an energy-efficient modular home that can be assembled in just 45 days.
This Island Retreat in the Netherlands Flexes the Power of Prefab
Designed by Orange Architects, the compact, energy-efficient home features open and airy interiors that can instantly be adjusted for privacy.
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