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.

A Prefab Texas Boathouse Gets Delivered to Lake Austin
A Prefab Texas Boathouse Gets Delivered to Lake Austin
Designed as a prefabricated monolithic steel grid, the boathouse’s orthogonal frame was delivered from Houston by truck and then transported by barge to the site.
 - 5 years ago
7 Hawaiian Prefabs and Kit Homes
7 Hawaiian Prefabs and Kit Homes
If you enjoy breathtaking landscapes and sunny beaches, then Hawaii is the perfect destination for you. Carve out your own slice of paradise with these seven prefabs and kit homes.
 - a year ago
A Modular Beach Home in Australia Allows One Family to Keep an Eye on the Surf
A Modular Beach Home in Australia Allows One Family to Keep an Eye on the Surf
An L-shaped prefab in New South Wales draws in light from the north and captures views of the surf.
 - a year ago
The L.A. Prefab Company That’s Aiming to Make Good Design Available to Everyone
The L.A. Prefab Company That’s Aiming to Make Good Design Available to Everyone
Specializing in customized modular units for residential backyard use, the Los Angeles-based startup Cover is out to transform the market with their high-quality prefabs.
 - a year ago
8 Inspirational Island Prefabs
8 Inspirational Island Prefabs
The idea of island living is as aspirational as it gets.
 - a year ago
A New Concept For Modular, Affordable Housing Is Coming to London's Vacant Buildings
A New Concept For Modular, Affordable Housing Is Coming to London's Vacant Buildings
A forward-thinking architectural practice partners with a premier property guardian to create a concept for high-quality housing that's environmentally-friendly and affordable.
 - a year ago
7 Resources For Prefab Sunrooms and Easy-to-Install Sun Parlors
7 Resources For Prefab Sunrooms and Easy-to-Install Sun Parlors
What better way to take advantage of the season's long days and balmy nights than to tack on a sunroom in your home?
 - a year ago
Explore a Prefabricated House For Sale in England That's Clad With Cor-Ten Steel
Explore a Prefabricated House For Sale in England That's Clad With Cor-Ten Steel
Perched along the banks of the River Ouse near the historic English town of Lewes is a Cor-Ten steel house with a "carved-away" ridge that's geometrically striking.
 - a year ago
10 Coastal Prefabs That Bring Modular Housing to the Beach
10 Coastal Prefabs That Bring Modular Housing to the Beach
When an efficient prefab can become a coastal retreat with a spectacular view to boot—it makes a very compelling case for not being landlocked.
 - a year ago
10 Prefabricated Homes That Will Catch Your Eye
10 Prefabricated Homes That Will Catch Your Eye
Prefabricated homes continue to steal the spotlight with their affordability, energy efficiency, and swift construction.
 - a year ago
GO Home Takes the Passive House Approach to Prefab
GO Home Takes the Passive House Approach to Prefab
It can take as little as two weeks to build one.
 - a year ago
10 Prefab Log Home Companies
10 Prefab Log Home Companies
Although log homes have traditionally been associated with Abraham Lincoln or a bucolic existence, they can actually be turned into warm, inviting, and surprisingly modern...
 - a year ago
A Rare Midcentury Prefab Looks Just Like it Did in 1958—Down to the Knoll and Paul McCobb Interiors
A Rare Midcentury Prefab Looks Just Like it Did in 1958—Down to the Knoll and Paul McCobb Interiors
The new homeowners of the Frost House investigate the history of their modular home and its contributions to the prefab movement.
 - a year ago
A Southern Californian Prefab Is Paradise For the Whole Family
A Southern Californian Prefab Is Paradise For the Whole Family
A pair of Icelandic prefab pioneers deliver an efficient family home in Culver City.
 - a year ago
An Angled Cabin in British Columbia Makes an Ideal Island Retreat
An Angled Cabin in British Columbia Makes an Ideal Island Retreat
Vancouver-based Hinterland Design assembles a small team of craftsmen to build and finish this modern Valdes Island hideaway in just five weeks.
 - a year ago
10 Outstanding Prefabs in the Pacific Northwest
10 Outstanding Prefabs in the Pacific Northwest
Peruse these 10 inspiring examples of how prefabricated dwellings can challenge typical assumptions of customization and quality.
 - a year ago
10 Sunny Poolside Prefabs
10 Sunny Poolside Prefabs
With the official start of summer just a couple weeks away, the idea of relaxing poolside or jumping in for a quick dip is pretty enticing—especially if the body of water is...
 - a year ago
9 Modern Prefabs in the Desert
9 Modern Prefabs in the Desert
The barren beauty of a desert landscape can be a source of inspiration for off-the-grid prefab living.
 - a year ago
This Zero-Energy Passive Mobile Prefab Was Partially 3D Printed
This Zero-Energy Passive Mobile Prefab Was Partially 3D Printed
A Ukranian company has recently launched the world's first autonomous mobile prefabricated homes.
 - a year ago
A Green, Lean, and Customizable Cardboard Prefab
A Green, Lean, and Customizable Cardboard Prefab
Live, work, or vacation in an eco-friendly, mobile cardboard prefab.
 - a year ago
Eco-Friendly Prefabs and the Modern Mobile Home: Spotlight on Jennifer Siegal
Eco-Friendly Prefabs and the Modern Mobile Home: Spotlight on Jennifer Siegal
Los Angeles-based designer Jennifer Siegal proudly embraces prefabricated design—and is on a mission to remove negative assumptions associated with mobile homes, while reimagining...
 - a year ago
7 Glorious Golden State Prefabs
7 Glorious Golden State Prefabs
Many architects in California regularly take on the challenge of experimenting with alternative construction methods.
 - a year ago
10 Steel Prefabs That Are Both Modern and Practical
10 Steel Prefabs That Are Both Modern and Practical
The advantages that come with building a steel prefab go far beyond just the aesthetic choices.
 - a year ago
10 Prefabs Found on the East Coast
10 Prefabs Found on the East Coast
While some people may think "West Coast" when they think of prefab homes, the following 10 examples challenge that assumption.
 - a year ago
Sourcing Guide for Modern Prefab Companies in Europe
Sourcing Guide for Modern Prefab Companies in Europe
119 prefab builders made Dwell's annual list; now, check out some of their European counterparts in our roundup of prefab homes from Germany to Finland.
 - 2 years ago
10 Kit Home Companies to Watch
10 Kit Home Companies to Watch
In the past, talk of a kit-built house would sometimes conjure images of a tumble-down, rustic timber cabin.
 - 2 years ago
10 Prefab Shipping Container Companies in Europe
10 Prefab Shipping Container Companies in Europe
From start-to-finish, prefabricated shipping container homes are revolutionizing the homebuilding process for the better.
 - a year ago
A Round Pennsylvania Prefab Offers 360-Degree Solutions in Sustainability
A Round Pennsylvania Prefab Offers 360-Degree Solutions in Sustainability
An environmental engineer looks to Deltec Homes to build a round prefab that provides views of a forested Pennsylvania landscape while minimizing its environmental impact.
 - a year ago
Kid Tested, Mothers Approved
Kid Tested, Mothers Approved
A long house on Long Island, this prefab could get to its site peaceably only by traveling in pieces.
 - 8 years ago
Locally-Sourced Prefab Prototype in Scotland
Locally-Sourced Prefab Prototype in Scotland
A new prefab prototype on a Scottish island demonstrates a smart—and superlocal—approach to building in far-flung locations.
 - 6 years ago