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 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.
 - 4 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.
 - 3 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.
 - 9 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
Prefab Spotlight: Turkel Design
Prefab Spotlight: Turkel Design
Turkel Design is a leading manufacturer of prefab homes.
 - 4 years ago
An Introduction to Prefab
An Introduction to Prefab
The basic principle of prefab, whereby a home is fabricated in one location and then delivered to another, has been around for at least a few hundred years.
 - 10 years ago
Prefab, Proven
Prefab, Proven
In January 2003, we issued a challenge to 16 architects: Design a modern prefab home for $200,000.
 - 9 years ago
Pod Space Prefab Garden Sheds
Pod Space Prefab Garden Sheds
A few years ago, Ben Lord surveyed the garden sheds on the market in his native England and didn’t like what he saw.
 - 9 years ago
A Desert Prefab Hits the Jackpot in Sin City
A Desert Prefab Hits the Jackpot in Sin City
An art-filled retreat fits right into the landscape.
 - 3 years ago
A Sonoma Prefab That Celebrates a Family’s Passion for Cooking
A Sonoma Prefab That Celebrates a Family’s Passion for Cooking
Nestled in an apple grove in Sebastopol, California, the Orchard House is a rural idyll for the modern cook.
 - 3 years ago
An Asymmetrical Prefab Home in Sweden
An Asymmetrical Prefab Home in Sweden
It took a mere six months—three in the factory and three on-site—for this prefab to come to fruition on the shore of Sweden’s Müsko Island.
 - 7 years ago
A Modern Mobile Home Dropped in Place by Crane
A Modern Mobile Home Dropped in Place by Crane
On the edge of a historic park in an English shire, a prefabricated home sets a new design standard.
 - 3 years ago
A Dramatic Cliffside Prefab Steps from the Beach in Australia
A Dramatic Cliffside Prefab Steps from the Beach in Australia
With little time to waste, an Australian firm erects an efficient prefab overlooking the ocean.
 - 3 years ago
Photo of the Week: Tiny Prefab on the Banks of the Oregon River
Photo of the Week: Tiny Prefab on the Banks of the Oregon River
Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most viral design and architecture shots of the week.
 - 3 years ago
An Off-the-Grid Prefab that Combines Open Plan Living with Rugged Durability
An Off-the-Grid Prefab that Combines Open Plan Living with Rugged Durability
In Tasmania, an eco-conscious architect builds a vacation home that can stand up to an untamed island.
 - 3 years ago
Editor's Picks: 5 Groundbreaking Prefab and Modular Homes
Editor's Picks: 5 Groundbreaking Prefab and Modular Homes
Dwell editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron talks us through Dwell's December/January 2016 issue.
 - 3 years ago
Dwell x Turkel Design: Breaking Ground in Palm Springs
Dwell x Turkel Design: Breaking Ground in Palm Springs
Drawing from the city’s heritage of midcentury modernism, the Dwell Prefab Palm Springs by Turkel Design embodies California’s indoor/outdoor lifestyle.
 - 2 years ago
The Prefab Issue
The Prefab Issue
The allure of prefab is really about control.
 - 2 years ago
Park Place
Park Place
Tucked away on the edge of a nature preserve, a customized home breaks the prefab mold.
 - 2 years ago