Prefab Inflatable Home + 3D Printed Shell by Hassell, Mars

About Hassell
About Eckersley O’Callaghan

Design TeamXavier De Kestelier, Jonathan Irawan, Shawn Wu, Xuanzhi Huang, Nikolaos Argyros, David Brown
Structural EngineeringEckersley O’Callaghan
Project Year2018

Hassell sets out to design the perfect habitat (prefab inflatable home under 3D printed shell ) for space explorers on the red planet as part of NASA’s international 3D Printed Habitat Challenge.

Hassell team, in collaboration with structural engineers Eckersley O’Callaghan (EOC), was shortlisted to design the world’s first human home on Mars. In Hassell design, an external shell made from local Martian regolith would be built in advance by autonomous robots before exploration teams arrived to construct the interior – a series of prefab inflatable ​‘pods’ containing everything for work and life on Mars.

Hassell aim was to bring a more human element to space design, typically all about maximum efficiency and performance. Hassell habitat - prefab inflatable home and 3D printed shell goes far beyond just ticking the boxes for safety and survival. It’s a home away from home where astronauts can carry out the most important work in the history of space exploration.

Hassell and EOC were shortlisted as a top 10 entry in the challenge.


$50.000 Elon Musk’s Small Prefab Home, Boca Chica, Texas

Floor Plan
About Boxabl

What do Elon Musk and prefab homes have in common? For now at least, a prefab house called Boxabl is Musk’s abode, which, rumor has it, he lives in near SpaceX ground zero in Boca Chica, Texas after selling off nearly all of his real estate holdings.

The 20x20 small prefab home might be commonly known as an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) or perhaps a guest house, but in the Boxabl world, it’s referred to as Casita. Unlike other small prefab houses, Boxabls have a unique, flat-pack design that allows them to break down to 8.5 feet in width and be delivered onsite via truck, train, air or ship.

The main materials in the prefab home are steel, concrete and EPS foam, specifically chosen for their durability. They don’t degrade like other building materials, so the structures are built to last a lifetime. Not only are Boxabls rated for hurricane-strength winds, but because there isn’t any wood or sheetrock that could be damaged by water, the prefab homes won’t grow mold or deteriorate due to moisture from floods.

In addition, the company said, “Nothing is fireproof. But Boxabl was engineered with fire resistance in mind. The interior and exterior of the structure is clad with non-combustible materials. We think this means flying embers that spread forest fires won’t ignite your Boxabl.”

There are several costs involved in getting a Boxabl set up, including the Casita itself, starting around $50,000. From there, you’ll need land, a foundation and utilities to plug into. You’ll also pay a delivery fee, but the company can hook you up with certified builders to unfold the Boxable for you in your desired location, which takes less than a day. However, the building will save you money in the long run, because it is extremely energy-efficient. Each tiny home relies on a small air conditioning system as needed and has high R value insulation, a tight building envelope and limited thermal bridging to keep the space fairly temperature controlled.

The small prefab home comes wired and plumbed, so it’s ready to accept solar power or any other energy source the buyer chooses. The prefabricated design, complete with nearly everything you need to open the door and move in (including a full-size refrigerator, stove, dishwasher and washer/dryer) is also seen as an option for temporary shelters that can be preloaded with supplies and delivered quickly for emergency response. Currently, there are no customization options, and the company is only taking orders while it completes a manufacturing plant.

You can order small prefab home like that on the Boxable website here

Prefab Modular Houses by A-cero, Spain

Prefabricated Material for Modular House

Prefabricated Material for Modular House

C Dharmawan1, M Alviano2*

1 Fakultas Desain, Universitas Komputer Indonesia,Indonesia
2 Fakultas Teknik dan Ilmu Komputer, Universitas Komputer Indonesia, Indonesia

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This research identifies prefabricated materials which aim to save time and cost of
making a modular house. The purpose of this study is to provide the best solution for the entire
Indonesian population especially to the government and entrepreneurs who have a project
about housing that there is an appropriate solution to reduce development costs, reduce
development time and reduce the inefficiency of a typical residential house which is certainly
more expensive than modular. Modular housing has a unique system and is certainly fast in the
development process, usually a technology that is paid at a high price, but innovation is not
always expensive. There are various types of modular home systems, but not all systems are
compatible or compatible with climate conditions in Indonesia, but most modular systems are
widely used in Indonesia. This research used descriptive analysis methods to explain the
people growth in Indonesia, that increasingly very fast, so they need more house very fast too,
and the next stage is to explain the prefabrication of materials that are appropriate to the
climate in Indonesia. Besides, this study aims to obtain information on the types of prefabricated
materials that can be used in the manufacture of modular houses and specifications
from pre-fabricated. The results of this study explain that there is a prefabricated material
module system in the form of single and double modules which are used in making modular
houses, depending on the size and type of house. Therefore, this research is useful for architect
and developer in choosing modular materials.

Prefab Airbnb in Pioneertown - 2 Bedroom Prefab Home, California

2 Bedroom Prefab Home Floor plan
About Cover

LocationPioneertown, California

Thoughtfully inserted into the desert landscape, a low-impact, 2 bedroom prefab home in California embraces the outdoors in minimalist style.

It was love at first sight for Los Angeles – based writer Leslie Longworth when a friend introduced her to a five-acre lot for sale in Pioneertown, a tiny historic community in Southern California. Surrounded by mountains and otherworldly views of Joshua Tree National Park — and with only a dirt road for access — the remote property was the perfect place for a writer’s retreat.

Intent on preserving the pristine environment as much as possible, Leslie turned away from traditional site building and started researching prefabricated housing as a low-impact alternative. She came across the Los Angeles prefab startup Cover, and although the company had yet to complete their first build at the time, "everything clicked" from the moment she spoke to founder Alexis Rivas.

Spurred by her enthusiasm and vision, the startup made a special exception for Leslie—it usually focuses solely on accessory structures in Los Angeles—and designed and built a two-bedroom, two-bath house in the desert two-and-a-half hours away from the city.

"Once Alexis agreed to come to the desert, I felt confident the land would captivate him…and it did," says Leslie. "The Mojave has a magnetism unlike anywhere I’ve ever been, and our land—which we feel wildly blessed to be the stewards of—has its own powerful vibration and magic. I think he said yes in the first five minutes of being there."

The happy partnership also gave Cover the opportunity to prove the capabilities of their fully integrated panelized building system in a standalone primary house—as well as their system’s performance in a harsh desert landscape.

As a provider of turnkey designs, Cover created a completely custom 2 bedroom prefab house and took care of the permitting, manufacturing, site work, and installation. The 2 bedroom prefab home was delivered complete with fixtures, finishes, Wolf Sub-Zero appliances, and a state-of-the-art radiant heating and cooling system.

The project took about two years to complete, with the majority of the time spent preparing the foundation and utility work—which included connecting the home to the power grid with a new underground service line, drilling a new well for water, and installing a waste management system with a septic tank and leech fields. The manufacture of the panels, which were built in Cover’s factory, and on-site assembly took only six months to complete.

"Designing around the endangered Joshua trees, boulders, and the view was extremely difficult," says Thomas Heyer, lead designer at Cover. "We were able to overcome it through a combination of more rigorous 3D mapping using drone imagery and handheld photos, and by leveraging our panelized building system to modify the design of the home to integrate with the property."

Floor-to-ceiling, low-e windows with automatic integrated shades blur the line between indoors and out and "maximize the potential for awe" of the landscape, per Longworth’s request. In addition to the use of hydronic heating and cooling, the home further reduces its energy footprint with low-e windows, low-flow fixtures, and passive solar orientation that shields the interiors from the harsh desert sun. Longworth plans to add solar panels to her home in the future.

"We are particularly happy with how the floor-to-ceiling windows frame the boulders, especially in the master bathroom," adds Heyer. "The goal of the project was always to use the proximity of the large rocks and elicit a sense of continuity by framing them in the various rooms." - Dwell

Description from Airbnb

Sol to Soul is a luminous, all-white, architectural 2 bedroom prefab home, California, on five-acres in the Gamma Gulch of Pioneertown, fifteen minutes from the famous Pappy + Harriet’s. It’s a seven-minute drive off the pavement of Pipes Canyon Road down a private, well-maintained dirt road. You will pass fields of Joshua Trees -- far as the eye can see -- as well as some of the more beautiful architectural houses in the desert.

Sol to Soul 2 bedroom prefab home, California is high design in the wild desert, a retreat with every amenity for your heart, soul and comfort, surrounded by boulders that are millions of years old, all in harmony with the hawks, lizards, birds and bunnies, as well as the sun, stars and the Milky Way which appears over the house every night.

If ever there was a place tap into what you’re needing or desiring, it’s here. Do as little or as much as you feel moved to… even if you never leave the 5-acre grounds, you will leave recharged with the magic of this very special place. You are surrounded by thousands of boulders, some so large they will fill you with awe.

At Sol to Soul, you can easily spend the entire day just being – watching the sun rise, the clouds drift and the sun set (we’ve done it, it’s awesome). The interior of this 2 bedroom prefab home, California, is warm and elegant. The artwork has been curated from my favorite local and Venice artists. The furniture is predominantly European-designed – from Moroso to Christian Liagre – and has the softest, vintage Moroccan rugs throughout the house. For privacy, there are no windows facing the “street”. But every room has a floor-to-ceiling slider with magical views of the boulders and sky, and a deck to transition you into the wild (except for the bathrooms).

The bedrooms feature king-sized beds with My Green Mattress brand pure Dunlop Latex mattresses and pillow tops (all-natural from trees, no chemicals or metal coils); Egyptian cotton and linen bedding; floor-to-ceiling sliders so that you may sleep with a view of the moon and stars – or black-out curtains if you prefer.

Tucked into the shelter of a giant boulder, there is a deck with a top-of-the-line Hot Springs saltwater hot tub, outdoor shower and cozy seating area with some of the most amazing views at Sol to Soul. There are sun loungers on the master bedroom deck.

On the deck off the kitchen/living room, there is an outdoor sofa, lounge chairs and fire pit, in addition to a teak-dining table with seating for six. There is another teak dining table inside, also with seating for six. These two tables could be combined to entertain larger parties.

This 2 bedroom prefab home in California is equipped with a state-of-the-art radiant heating and A/C system; Wifi; built-in fire sprinkler system; and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

During your stay you may see lizards, cottontail rabbits, jackrabbits, coyote, hawks, bobcats, crows, families of quail, chipmunks, and myriad bird species.

Whatever you are moved to do or not do, let go of or allow to come in while you are here, we wish you a beautiful, enlightening, joyful, magical, transformative and memorable stay at Sol to Soul… where we welcome you to dream, play, burn, be and love.

Modular Homes by Method Homes

About Method Homes

Sustainable design approach is a core value for a such company like Method Homes. Method Homes company believes every homeowner deserves to have ability to live, learn and work in quality and healthy prefab buildings and modular homes. Sustainable modular homes are more efficient, comfortable and better places created to live. Method Homes modular homes, prefab homes and prefab commercial structures are designed and built using only sustainable practices, systems and materials.

Method Homes prefab homes and modular commercial buildings can be built to obtain Passive House, ENERGY STAR, LEED, Living Building Challenge, and other modern environmental certification standards. State-of-the-art building off-site inside Method Homes custom facility minimizes construction waste compared to on-site building, to less than 10 percent and helps eliminate exposure to the elements. Reduced building time and any activity spent on the building site lightens significant environmental impact of the whole building process. Environmentally responsible, energy–efficient and elegant, Method Homes modular homes are available for transportation throughout most of Canada and United States.

Responsible Modular Design and Prefab Construction

Method Homes works with architecture design partners who share Method Homes' values, which means designing, engineering and constructing prefab modular homes and prefab modular commercial buildings that are using responsible, innovative and sustainable practices. Method Homes achieves their goals through focusing and concentrating on a tight modular building envelope, combining and integrating modern energy-efficient products and systems whenever possible, and significantly reducing material waste through building process in a centralized prefab factory location where building materials can be recycled and reused.

Quality Materials

Method Homes uses local products and the best quality materials whenever possible to ensure Method Homes modular homes are resilient, comfortable, and healthy. Method Homes gives customers the flexibility to select the energy and performance upgrades that are the best fit for their modular homes. Every Method home project comes standard with the following options:

  • Above-code insulation
  • Low or no VOC paints and adhesives, which means less chemical off gassing
  • No UA formaldehyde in any building materials
  • FSC Certified hardwood floors
  • Quiet and efficient ENERGY STAR rated vent fans
  • Locally harvested lumber within 500 miles
  • Low-flow fixtures
  • Dual flush toilets
  • Pre-wiring for solar

Leading Environmental Certifications

Method Homes is committed to innovation and quality in every modular home they build. Method Homes is experienced in prefab building process to meet leading environmental green certification standards and work closely with Method Homes' team of green environmental building consultants to ensure successful enrollment and execution in various environmental certification programs, including Living Building Challenge, Passive House, LEED, ENERGY STAR.

Added benefits for homeowners in building to modern leading environmental certification standards are effect in maximizing water efficiency and energy efficiency, resulting in cost savings for homeowners on water, light, and energy bills. In addition, certain home's certifications may qualify homeowners for federal tax credits and/or tax benefits based on the homeowner location.

Prefab ADU - Accessory Dwelling Units, California

About Plant Prefab
About Sarah Rosenhaus Interior Design

2 Bedroom Metal/Wood Prefab Modular House, Chile

Drawings / Floor plans
About Dx arquitectos

Architecture: Dx arquitectos, Roberto Mercado and Diego Pitters
Bedrooms: 2
Area: 100 sqm (1076 sqft)
Collaborators: Laura Catra, Amalia Cabezas
Builder: Metalcop Ltda.
Materials: metal structure and wood
Photo credit: Pablo Blanco
Location: San José de Maipo, Chile
Project Year: 2017
Construction Year: 2018

Description by architects

This project responds to the need to build a 2 bedroom modular house for a couple in the town of San José de Maipo.

As key requirements, the need for flexible spatiality was established, which would enhance the views of the property and that the implementation of the modular house respond to a prefabricated system that minimized the work on site.

In response, a program with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a loggia and a living-dining room with an integrated kitchen is proposed. The program is developed in a volume that has its longitudinal faces with absolute transparency in the east-west direction.

As a construction method, 3 fully enabled modules are executed in Santiago, which were moved and assembled on the ground to shape the final volume.

The construction time in plant was 8 weeks and assembly, 3 weeks.

The approximate cost of the 2 bedroom prefab modular house is around 28 uf/sqm, VAT included.

High Horse Ranch Prefab Modular House, California

The living-dining-kitchen space and attached patio are the social center of the project and overlook the expansive southern view.

About KieranTimberlake
About Moderna Homes
About Bent Level Construction

Project: High Horse Ranch
Architect: KieranTimberlake
Main house area: 2,580 square feet
Two guest cabins area: 290 square feet
Year: 2016
Builder / General Contractor: Buckeye Construction, Moderna Homes
Location: Willits, California
Structural Engineer: CVM
Civil Engineer: Adobe Associates
Lighting Design: Sean O'Connor Lighting
MEP Engineering: Engineering 350


AIA California Council Merit Award
AIA Pennsylvania Honor Award
AIA Philadelphia Merit Award

Description by architects

How can we orchestrate an intimate experience of nature while treading lightly on wild terrain?

Accessible only by winding gravel roads, the site for High Horse Ranch in California's Mendocino County is full of steep slopes and open meadows. The owners were struck by the dramatic experience of approach and arrival, where the edge of a cliff falls away and reveals a panoramic view of the forested valley below. Accordingly, the design was driven by their early vision of the guest experience: a long, climbing drive; a short, shaded walk to a sheltered welcoming area; and then, upon entering the house and rounding a corner, taking in the view.

The design evolved from a concept of how guests would approach the site and experience nature first hand. The site features steep slopes and vegetated areas of open meadow, manzanita thickets, and forests of oak, Douglas fir, and madrone.

A main house overlooks the valley and two guest cabins are carefully perched on natural, undisturbed clearings in the woods. The two cabins are satellites tethered to the main house's center of gravity, sharing its material palette of reclaimed wood, cor-ten steel, and floor-to-ceiling glass. The cabins depend on the main house as a meal-time and social gathering place, but each offers guests unique vantage points and the privacy of a standalone bathroom, desk, covered porch, and fire pit.

The main house is organized around a central living-dining-kitchen pavilion used for socializing and a more private bedroom-study pavilion. These spaces are designed to keep residents immersed in nature, with rooms defined by natural clearings and trees instead of walls and windows.

Intrigued by the precision and innovative design of Loblolly House, the owners favored building techniques that would touch the site lightly and reduce construction waste. As a result, the design uses off-site modular construction throughout with varying degrees of fit-out. The main house is comprised of two primary and 11 secondary modules, while the guest cabins are made from single, mostly-completed modules craned into place and set onto concrete piers. The factory-built modules were carefully transported up winding roads and set in place without harming a single tree.

4 Benefits of Automating Property Management

The automation of processes seems to be quite the norm across varied industries nowadays, the real estate sector included. For owners of real estate properties, making use of property management software offers a promising advantage. Whether what you have is a commercial or residential property, the advantages are similar, nonetheless.