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.

Kanye West’s Star Wars-Inspired Prefab Home Prototypes May Get Torn Down
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.
- 10 months ago
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
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.
- 10 months ago
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.
Kanye West Is Building Affordable, Star Wars-Inspired Prefabs For the Homeless
Drawing inspiration from a galaxy far, far away, Yeezy is building affordable prefabs that emulate Luke Skywalker's childhood home.
This Prefab Home in New Zealand Makes the Most of Stunning Views While Sitting Lightly on the Land
A string of prefab pods helps a couple build an off-the-grid home on a remote, scenic site.
IKEA to Build Affordable Modular Homes in the UK
The UK’s Worthing Council partners with IKEA and BoKlok to bring 162 low-cost modular homes to the English seaside town.
A Shingle-Clad Prefab Anchors Itself on Patagonia’s Largest Lake
Prefab construction makes it possible for SAA Arquitectura + Territorio to build this impressive retreat in a remote region.
A Lustron Steel Prefab in Pristine Condition Lists For $350K
Built in 1949, this steel prefab in Minneapolis is a blast from the past—not to mention a rare midcentury gem.
A Hybrid Prefab in Ontario Drinks In its Lakeside Locale
A Hybrid Prefab in Ontario Drinks In its Lakeside Locale
A prefab core cuts down on construction time while site-built additions (like a screened porch) fine-tune the cottage for lakefront living.
- a year ago
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.
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
Hygge Supply founder Kelly Sean Karcher builds a sustainable kit home in Michigan’s Lake Leelanau community.
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
From an unlikely source comes a clever privacy solution for a pair of prefabbed town houses in Los Angeles.
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.