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.

5 Legendary Midcentury Homes That Pushed Prefab Building Forward
5 Legendary Midcentury Homes That Pushed Prefab Building Forward
From the Eames House to a progressive modular home by Jean Prouvé, these five midcentury prefabs were ahead of their time.
- 7 months ago
This Coastal Prefab Stands Tall Above Rising Sea Levels
RES4’s modular approach provides a Brooklyn family with a beautiful, weatherproof retreat on Long Island.
A Taiwanese Couple’s Retirement Home Conquers Tricky Terrain With Prefab Construction
Built on a tight budget of $120,000, a retirement home in the mountains delivers unexpected contemporary design to a rural township.
6 Striking Prefab Homes in Seattle
6 Striking Prefab Homes in Seattle
From a floating home to LEED Platinum-certified dwellings, the Emerald City is a stronghold for eco-conscious prefab housing.
- 8 months ago
This Tiny Modular Cabin Is Just for Kids—and We’re Totally Jealous
Koto’s first children’s cabin combines minimalist design and sustainable materials with flat-pack perfection.
This “No Footprint” Prefab Embraces Tropical Modernism and Sustainable Design
A 1,600-square-foot home in Costa Rica takes advantage of passive cooling techniques to tread lightly on the land it sits on.
This Chilean Home’s Folded Metal Roof Recalls the Art of Origami
A modular vacation home in the coastal region of Valparaíso lets in light and views with a pleated roof.
10 Nature-Forward Hotels That Take Advantage of Prefab Construction
Getting up close and personal with nature is easier than ever thanks to low-impact prefab construction.
9 of the Best Prefab Home Companies in Los Angeles
These nine Los Angeles–based prefab companies are pushing the boundaries of beautiful residential design.
Austin Is Getting a Village of 3D-Printed Affordable Homes—and They Look Incredible
A year ago, ICON proved it could 3D print a home you’d actually want to live in. Now, it’s building a cluster of 3D-printed homes for the homeless.
An Architect Builds an Elegant Modular Office in His Backyard Garden For $15K
An Architect Builds an Elegant Modular Office in His Backyard Garden For $15K
Proving beautiful design can be achieved in small spaces and on a small budget, an architect crafts a home office for his emerging practice in East London.
- 8 months ago
11 Prefab Woodland Cabins With Storybook Appeal
From traditional, gabled dwellings to rounded pods, these prefab cabins offer an idyllic retreat into the woods.
Top Dror
Industrial designer Dror Benshetrit’s new building system, QuaDror, can be applied to make just about anything from architecture to table bases.
Kanye West’s Prefab Dome Homes Have Been Demolished
The Star Wars–inspired structures have been torn down after Yeezy failed to adhere to permitting regulations and ignored a warning from Los Angeles County.
How Prefab Is Helping Fire Victims Rebuild After Disaster
In the wake of wildfires, prefab home builders have stepped up to provide speedy rebuilds at reduced costs to help fire victims get back on their feet.
A Breezy Prefab on Hawaii’s Big Island Lists For $379K
Once a prototype showcased at Dwell on Design, this Cali Solo modular structure by HMK Prefab Homes is now all about island living.
Going Deutsch
In a German town known more for its medieval castle than its modern architecture, the JustK Haus is a prefab home fit for a family of six.
4 Modern Prefab Home Companies in Colorado
These Colorado-based firms turn to prefabrication for precisely built, eco-conscious projects—from cozy timber-framed cabins to multifamily housing communities.
6 Modern Midwest Prefab Homes We Love
Don’t fly over these compact but cool prefabs in the American Heartland.
A Prefabricated Tiny House Sets Down Anchor Along the Vltava River in Prague
Tugged for 18 hours through four locks and underneath 14 bridges, including the famous Charles Bridge, this floating abode finally made it home.
Commune With Nature in This Enchanting Timber Cabin in Holland
Nestled near a forest in northern Holland, a tiny prefab cabin offers city dwellers respite in nature.
5 Stylish Prefab Homes in Austin, Texas
From a tiny smart dwelling to an off-grid boathouse, here are five Austin homes that showcase the power of prefab.
A New Start-Up Wants to Build a Tiny House in Your Backyard For Free
Rent the Backyard is building prefab homes in empty yards to provide affordable housing—and they'll split the profits with homeowners.
6 Big Names Who Are Unexpectedly Getting Into the Prefab Game
From Amazon to Kanye West, these six world-renowned individuals and brands are making big moves in prefabricated architecture.
Kanye West’s Star Wars-Inspired Prefab Home Prototypes May Get Torn Down
‘Ye’s vision of affordable dome homes for the masses hits a major road block.
6 Eco-Minded Prefab Companies in Seattle
As an environmental leader, Seattle is a hotspot for sustainable prefab home companies.
6 Off-Grid Prefab Homes For Self-Sufficient Living
Whether you’re looking to lower your carbon footprint, retreat into nature, or simply reduce your utility bills, get inspiration for your off-the-grid dreams with these modern...
This Hurricane-Resistant Prefab Is Made From More Than 600,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles
In Nova Scotia, a prefab beach house makes history as the first-ever home built with PET core foam technology.
This Exquisite Berkshires Prefab Was Assembled in Just 24 Hours
For Mount Washington Residence, McBride Architects use prefabrication to save on costs while going big on functionality and style.