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.

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.
 - 2 years 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...
 - 2 years 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.
 - 2 years 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.
 - 2 years 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.
 - 2 years 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...
 - 2 years 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.
 - 2 years 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.
 - 2 years 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.
 - 2 years 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.
 - 2 years 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.
 - 2 years 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.
 - 9 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
Sum of Its Parts
Sum of Its Parts
Taking cues from traditional Swedish rooflines but rejecting the precedent of subpar prefab, Claesson Koivisto Rune bring light and style to their "site-generic" design.
 - 10 years ago
Take Me Home
Take Me Home
A “tree house” of clean lines, ample glass, and thoughtful ingenuity lets a Washington, DC–area family and a stream of weekend guests enjoy prefab living in an unlikely locale:...
 - 10 years ago
Offered at $674K, This Hybrid Prefab Is in Tune With the Californian Desert
Offered at $674K, This Hybrid Prefab Is in Tune With the Californian Desert
In the high desert landscape of Yucca Valley, California, the rectilinear Graham Residence cuts a striking figure against the monumental boulders, junipers, and piñon pines that...
 - 2 years ago
This Northern California Prefab Gets a Dose of Universal Design
This Northern California Prefab Gets a Dose of Universal Design
Thanks to a prefab in-law unit, an octogenarian modernist lives independently on a peaceful, verdant site in Northern California.
 - 5 years ago
28 Triangles Make Up This Hyper-Angular Family Home
28 Triangles Make Up This Hyper-Angular Family Home
Fresh geometries inform a modular residence in Portland, Oregon.
 - 4 years ago
This Futuristic Prefab in Spain Has All the High-Tech Gizmos of a Spaceship
This Futuristic Prefab in Spain Has All the High-Tech Gizmos of a Spaceship
A sci-fi-inspired prefab with an efficient edge is grounded in real-world technology.
 - 3 years ago
10 Beautiful Island-Style Shipping Container Homes
10 Beautiful Island-Style Shipping Container Homes
As more and more people choose alternative ways to live, homes fashioned from old shipping containers are mushrooming up all over the world.
 - 2 years ago
Make Your Dome Dreams Come True With These 12 Kit Home Companies
Make Your Dome Dreams Come True With These 12 Kit Home Companies
Buckminster Fuller is credited with inventing the geodesic dome, and designing over 3,000 of the structures the American Institute of Architects signifies as “the strongest,...
 - 2 years ago
5 Hot Tips to Remember When Planning Your Desert Prefab
5 Hot Tips to Remember When Planning Your Desert Prefab
Building a successful home in the desert means being conscious of the region's elements and understanding both the challenges and opportunities.
 - 2 years ago
16 Prefab Shipping Container Home Companies in the United States
16 Prefab Shipping Container Home Companies in the United States
Gone are the days when shipping containers were used solely for transportation and storage. Today, shipping containers are used for many things, including home building.
 - 2 years ago
Small, Green, and Mighty: Hurricane-Proof Prefab
Small, Green, and Mighty: Hurricane-Proof Prefab
A new prefab company represents the future of low-impact affordable housing.
 - 4 years ago
The Best Prefab Homes in Australia
The Best Prefab Homes in Australia
Australia is home to many beautiful beaches, koalas and kangaroos, and most importantly, incredible prefab houses.
 - 2 years ago
8 Companies That Are Revolutionizing Kit Homes
8 Companies That Are Revolutionizing Kit Homes
With seemingly limitless plans, styles, and sizes, kit homes are an intriguing alternative for homebuyers.
 - 4 years ago
19 Modern Prefab Companies Perfect for Mountain Living
19 Modern Prefab Companies Perfect for Mountain Living
Prefabs are taking over the design world, one sustainable home at a time.
 - 2 years ago
A Hybrid Prefab Home in Upstate New York
A Hybrid Prefab Home in Upstate New York
For a vintage design dealer seeking a respite from the city, architect William Massie conceptualized a mostly prefab home around a carefully curated furniture collection in...
 - 6 years ago