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.

Top 9 Prefabs of 2020
Top 9 Prefabs of 2020
These best-in-class prefabricated homes are vying for your vote in the Dwell Design Awards.
A Designer’s $210K Prefab ADU Captures the Allure of California Living
Oni Lazarus of AO Studio commissions Cover to add a svelte prefab rental unit to the backyard of her Los Angeles home.
Extreme Skier Lexi duPont’s New Base Camp Is a Passive House in British Columbia
Stark Architecture uses prefabricated panels of cross-laminated timber to build an elevated ski retreat for the world champ.
Asking $10.5M, This Desert Prefab by Marmol Radziner Doesn’t Want for “Wow” Factor
Asking $10.5M, This Desert Prefab by Marmol Radziner Doesn’t Want for “Wow” Factor
Assembled from 36 steel-frame modules, the Las Vegas residence even has its own James Turrell installation.
Spend the Night With Lions, Tigers, and Bears in These Prefab Glamping Pods
At a wildlife rehabilitation center in Denmark, rentable cabins by Iglucraft allow guests to catch glimpses of endangered species.
A Coastal Prefab Cabin in Uruguay Rose in Just Six Hours
Compact and light on the earth, this 840-square-foot home subtly camouflages into its forested surroundings.
Choose Your Own Adventure With a Finnish Prefab Pod That Can Pop Up Anywhere
Less than 100 square feet, Studio Puisto’s new modular cabin can be configured as a home office, gym, or forest retreat.
This 250-Square-Foot Prefab Cabin Fits a Queen Bed and a Fireplace
The newest model from Wheelhaus challenges small-space clichés with high ceilings and oversize windows.
These $6.6K Prefab Office Pods Can Pop Up in Less Than a Day
My Room in the Garden is a modular work-from-home solution that’s affordable and stylish.
A Rare FUTURO Flying Saucer House Seeks an Earthling Buyer
Fewer than 100 of the prefabricated, plastic homes were reportedly manufactured—and this one remains in stellar condition.
This Ultra-Versatile Prefab Cabin Can Shed Its Layers of Wood and Glass
This Ultra-Versatile Prefab Cabin Can Shed Its Layers of Wood and Glass
Now available for less than $99,000, ANNA is a flat-pack retreat whose inner and outer shells glide along tracks.
A Ruddy Shipping Container House Is Installed in New York in Only Two Days
With a prefab structure near Hudson, LOT-EK—the pioneers of shipping container architecture—make a new case for the genre.
This New A-Frame Cabin Kit Can Be Built in a Weekend for $21K
Den’s new easy-to-assemble, flat-packed cabin is disrupting the prefab scene.
Whatever Happened to the Ecohouse?
First profiled a decade ago, we checked back in with the adventurous architect of Biosphere 2 and his plans for his massive, sustainable prefab.
This $22K Mirrored Home Office Is Launching Soon on Amazon
ÖÖD House’s tiny glass cabin makes the perfect home office or backyard guesthouse.
Kodasema Launches Prefab Tiny Homes in the U.S. Starting at $95K
Kodasema is now accepting orders for their prefabricated micro homes in North and South America.
Three Shipping Containers Form a Tiny, Eco-Friendly Home in Australia
A designer couple convert three shipping containers into a 530-square-foot, solar-powered dwelling on their family’s farm.
A Timber-Clad Prefab Cabin Offers Respite in the Canadian Wilderness
A rotating fireplace, a glazed facade, and a cozy sauna complete this wonderful woodland retreat.
These Prefab Cabins Offer the Ultimate Eco Escape in the Heart of the Swiss Alps
A new suite of prefab timber cabins welcomes guests at the Whitepod Eco-Luxury Hotel.
These New $49K Prefabs Can Snap Together Like LEGO Bricks
Boxabl’s flat-pack Casita ADUs are designed to combine for (virtually) infinite square footage.
Prefab Pods Create a Super-Efficient Floating Apartment That Shape-Shifts at Sea
Michael K. Chen Architecture channels Le Corbusier vibes into a modular and multifunctional holiday home aboard the world’s largest residential yacht.
A Midcentury Jean Prouvé Prefab on the French Riviera Asks $7.5M
Designated a historic monument in 1991, this midcentury masterpiece on the coast of France marries indoor/outdoor living with avant-garde prefabrication techniques.
This $12K Flat-Pack Cabin Makes the Perfect Weekend Retreat or Backyard Office
Hungarian design studio Hello Wood unveils Kabinka, an affordable, compact cabin that can fit a kitchenette, bed, desk, and couch.
These New Prefab ADUs Promise Affordable Housing for Years to Come
If you provide OBY Cooperative with a 99-year backyard lease, they’ll build an ADU—at no cost to you—that will pay out dividends over time.
7 ADUs You Can Buy Right Now for Less Than $100,000
Whether you need a guesthouse for Grandma or additional rental income, these ADUs starting at $26,000 provide extra space and flexibility.
An Off-Grid Prefab Home Slides Wide Open to the Australian Bush
The self-sufficient Courtyard House embraces the bush landscape in all directions.
Budget Breakdown: This Modular Cabin in Chile Cost Just $51 Per Square Foot
Modular design defines a lakeside holiday home that was built for less than $160K.
Mighty Buildings Makes Stylish, 3D-Printed Prefabs Starting at $115K
An Oakland startup combines prefab design and 3D printing to create cost-saving backyard homes.
A Los Angeles Nonprofit’s Call for Homeless Housing Solutions Draws 40 Shelter Ideas—and Counting
The Rapid Shelter Innovation Showcase crowdsources rapidly deployable shelters to curb growing homelessness amid the pandemic.
The Futuristic “Studypod” Is a Prefab Home Office Designed for the Backyard
From Norwegian prefab makers Livit, the Studypod features a tinted glass front that allows you to work in nature.