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.

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.
 - 4 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.
 - a year 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,...
 - a year 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.
 - a year 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.
 - a year 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.
 - 3 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...
 - 5 years ago
A Prefab Housing Concept in South Africa
A Prefab Housing Concept in South Africa
It took 11 years of traversing through three different countries for Eric Bigot to develop his Zenkaya prefab housing concept.
 - 5 years ago
An Innovative Net-Zero Prefab in Los Angeles
An Innovative Net-Zero Prefab in Los Angeles
A net-zero prefab home design is set to reinvigorate a down-at-the-heels Los Angeles neighborhood.
 - 5 years ago
Into the Woods
Into the Woods
The efficiency and aesthetics of prefab proved appealing to the owner of this Dwell Home, built on a rugged island off Canada’s western coast.
 - 6 years ago
Prefab Made This Super Remote House in the Ontario Wilderness Possible
Prefab Made This Super Remote House in the Ontario Wilderness Possible
An isolated prefab in Ontario, Canada, demonstrates how factory-built housing can be as site sensitive as traditional construction.
 - 3 years ago
An Energy-Efficient Hybrid Prefab Keeps Cool in the Palm Springs Desert
An Energy-Efficient Hybrid Prefab Keeps Cool in the Palm Springs Desert
Drawing from the laws of nature, an architect devises a way to beat the heat in the California desert.
 - 3 years ago
22 Modern Prefab Companies That Every Homebuyer Can Rely On
22 Modern Prefab Companies That Every Homebuyer Can Rely On
To put it simply, prefab homes are fabulous. Quick to construct and easy to love, prefabs have historically been a favorite throughout the design community.
 - 2 years ago
Plugged-In Prefab Collects Weather Data to Conserve Energy
Plugged-In Prefab Collects Weather Data to Conserve Energy
Easy-to-assemble wooden modules and home automation systems make this Serra d'Espadà residence as sustainable as it is smart.
 - 3 years ago
The Soothing Sounds of Nature Fill Up This Island Prefab
The Soothing Sounds of Nature Fill Up This Island Prefab
A family’s remote island retreat becomes a more permanent home base, thanks to the efficiency of building modular.
 - 2 years ago
This Bright Green Prefab in Sweden Looks Just Like a Monopoly House
This Bright Green Prefab in Sweden Looks Just Like a Monopoly House
In Sweden, an architect finds an efficient building solution 260 miles from home.
 - 3 years ago
Prefab Builder Blu Homes to Disrupt the Construction Industry
Prefab Builder Blu Homes to Disrupt the Construction Industry
Prefab builder Blu Homes, helmed by CEO Bill Haney, aims to disrupt the construction industry supply chain by interacting directly with clients.
 - 5 years ago
A Look at Frank Lloyd Wright's Little-Known Prefabs
A Look at Frank Lloyd Wright's Little-Known Prefabs
From early modular construction to a portfolio of homes based in the Midwest, we take a look at the prefab residences designed by America's most famous architect.
 - 4 years ago
A Compact Prefab Vacation Home
A Compact Prefab Vacation Home
A New Zealand family taps into the creative capital of architecture students to make their dream home a reality.
 - 5 years ago
The Prefab Decade
The Prefab Decade
Founding Dwell editor-in-chief Karrie Jacobs visited MoMA's Home Delivery exhibition and finds that prefab might not change our homes, but it could change our architects.
 - 8 years ago
Prefab Treehouses
Prefab Treehouses
Who didn't want a tree house growing up? Well now you can either live vicariously through your kids or indulge in the greatest mid life crisis ever.
 - 10 years ago
An Unconventional Prefab on Fishers Island
An Unconventional Prefab on Fishers Island
A family’s remote island retreat becomes a more permanent home base, thanks to the efficiency of building modular.
 - 5 years ago