Kullman Frame System Modular House, Michigan

Floor plans
About Garrison Architects

Architecture Garrison Architects
Project Koby Cottage
Year 2008

The modular house design is composed of two intersecting diagonal axes centered around social area - dining room as a meeting place. One axis incorporates the bedrooms, the other axis includes the living room and public entry hall. The design consists of two modules and uses new modular technology - Kullman Frame System (KFS), which allows build modular homes of prefabricated steel hollow tube frames. This prefabricated system has capacity to achieve 12 stories height and uses patented connection technology that speeds the overall construction process and minimizes field finishing.

Prefabricated courtyard home

This prefabricated courtyard home supports an indoor/outdoor lifestyle that extends the utility of the house beyond its interior space. The home combines modern, clean design with Cradle-to-Cradle CM inspired materials and LEED® Platinum environmental program. There are three different versions of this model that range from 2 bedrooms and 1 bath at 950 square feet to 3 bedrooms and 2 baths at 1232 square feet. Wood ceiling, cork floors, optional wood siding and natural wood millwork make the prefabricated courtyard home comfy and warm. Clerestory windows, floor-to-ceiling glass, transom windows and solar tubes bring light into almost all parts of the house, including the closets. Appropriate shading, ceiling fans and super insulation reduce cooling/heating needs and smart AC/heating reduces power bills. The Nest Learning Thermostat selflearns how inhabitants live and keeps the home at the prefered temperature. The living, dining, and kitchen space are all connected, it makes easy for all in the family to do their own thing – or share.

Design: LivingHomes

Custom prefab modular house with patinated metal facade, Austin, Texas

This custom prefab modular house (Austin, Texas) is green, efficient and modern, it consists of two modules, and it aims to offer an affordable package deal. With facade in a patinated metal, the custom prefab house has direct connections with the external space via glass sliding walls and a large covered deck with area up to 2,000 square feet.

This house has 3 bedroom and 2 bath, the total area is 1,400 square feet. The home features an open floor plan dining/kitchen/living area in one module and private rooms in the other. The combination of two modules form an L-shape structure, and the living spaces are contiguous with a covered backyard deck that expands the living area by 600 sf. The house features large sliders that bring daylight in, carefully placed windows, and ten-foot ceilings. Green features include Gerkin high-efficiency windows with thermally broken frames, 2x6 exterior walls, an Energy Star high-efficiency cooling/heating system and a Galvilum double-lock seam metal roof. This house came in at $192 per sf.

Design: Ma Modular

Modular housing project in Australia

This modular home is one of the first modular housing projects completed by Intermode. The prefab modular house system was conceived to create a modern and simple housing solution that, through modular building methods and innovative design, delivers contemporary and affordable design. The house, consisting of several modules, encompasses proprietary systems, standard building dimensions and prefab technologies to reduce the costs of a house construction, while maintaining the open spaces and clean simple lines conducive to modern living.

The house was designed and built as a series of pavilions, some freestanding and others connected by glazed links, integrated in the whole structure via extensive decking. The facades are darkly clad to look boldly in the stark landscaping.

Design: Intermode
Photography: Derek Swalwell

Prefab SIP Panel House

Built with Structural Insulated Panels (SIP), this prefab SIP panel house is conceived as an attempt to achieve a maximum optimization of dimensional and structural qualities of this construction material. This modular house was built in 10 days with 40 split-level panels (21 cm x 488 cm x 122 cm) and 71 wall panels (11.4 cm x 244 cm x 122 cm). The SIP panels exposed on the facade are fashioned as terraces on the third and second floors.

Design: Alejandro Soffia, Gabriel Rudolphy
Area: 139 sqm
Year: 2011
Location: Santo Domingo, Chile
Photography: Felipe Fontecilla

Prefab home made from pre-built modules, Maryland

About Kieran Timberlake Associates

Design: Kieran Timberlake Associates
Project: Loblolly House
Area: 2,200 square feet
Year: 2006
Location: Taylors Island, Maryland
Photography: Barry Halkin, Peter Aaron / Esto, Halkin Photography

This prefab home made from pre-built modules (Maryland) is composed entirely of ready-made components and off-site manufactured elements, assembled in less than six weeks. The install process begins with off-site manufactured ceiling and floor panels. They distribute cold and hot water, radiant heating, waste water, electricity and ventilation through the building. Fully integrated mechanical room and bathroom modules are lifted into planned position. Wall panels containing insulation, structure, windows, exterior rain screen and interior finishes complete the cladding.

Description from architects

How can we holistically transform the way we make architecture, compressing the construction timespan and making use of technology to create a truly sustainable, aesthetically moving shelter?

Loblolly House was inspired by the childhood urge to build tree houses. An effort to bring back the magic of a house in the trees — one that requires climbing up to gain a view — Loblolly House appeals to a primal instinct about how we inhabit space. It also represents a home that is uniquely integrated with its setting among the tall loblolly pines from which it takes its name.


Positioned between a dense grove of pines and a lush foreground of saltmeadow cordgrass leading to the bay, the prefab home made from pre-built modules is formed about and within the elements of trees, tall grasses, the sea, the horizon, the sky, and the western sun. The skewed piles upon which the foundation rests mimic the form of the forest, fusing the natural elements of this barrier island to architectural form.

Loblolly House also reflects an environmental ethic; by lifting it off the ground, we ensure that it touches the site very lightly. Our desire in conceiving this home was to reimagine what was possible in the realm of building — with the intention to improve the productivity of design and construction, enhance affordability and quality, and do so in an ethical and aesthetically moving manner.


Most houses are built from thousands of parts, which are transported separately to the construction site and pieced together by hand — a process of extraordinary duration, cost, and environmental impact. With the prefab home made from pre-built modules, by contrast, we wanted to use integrated assemblies of those parts, fabricated off site, to build a house in an entirely different way. Specification was no longer structured around the 50 divisions of the Construction Specifications Institute traditionally used to organize the multitude of parts. Instead, the conception and detailing were formed about four new elements of architecture: scaffold, cartridge, block, and equipment. The connections between elements were designed to be made using only simple hand tools.

Each element — and its junctures with other elements — was first digitally modeled to an exquisite level of detail. At the time, in 2004, parametric modeling software was in its nascent stages and required significant effort, but its use ensured that elements fabricated simultaneously would fit together perfectly. The assemblies were then fabricated off site, anticipating their attachment to the aluminum scaffold system that would eventually support and connect them. Unlike a traditional building process, in which construction must happen sequentially from the ground up, with the prefab home made from pre-built modules, the various elements could be prepared at the same time, shifting 70 percent of the effort to the factory. All of the prefab home's systems were pre-integrated into the floor and ceiling panels, termed smart cartridges, to distribute radiant heating, hot and cold water, waste water, ventilation, and electricity throughout the house.


At the Taylors Island site, the building began with traditional, site-based preparation of the foundation. However, once the aluminum frame was in place, the assembly process could continue apace. Floor and ceiling cartridges and pre-built modules — including entire bathrooms and mechanical blocks — were lifted and fitted into place. Exterior wall panels containing structure, insulation, windows, interior finishes, and a wood rain screen of western red cedar completed the cladding. From the platform up, the prefab home made from pre-built modules was assembled in less than six weeks.

As you approach Loblolly House from the 800-foot-long drive in the afternoon, when the sun shifts to the west, you can see a mysterious glow at its center: the orange glass of the footbridge connecting the main house to the guest quarters. Like its perch amidst the trees, this is one of the elements of magic to the structure, accentuating the daily ritual of the passing of the sun. With this project, we wanted not only to envision anew the process of design and construction, embedding within it an environmental ethic, but also to create a house that evokes the extraordinary natural world that is its home.

Modern white prefabricated home design, Italy

Modern prefabricated home design, Italy

This modern white refabricated home design (Italy) born from the notion that the house should be a manifestation of function, environmental responsibility, fashion, elegance and poetry in life. This open, modern concept house features futuristic edge with a minimalist interiors, because everyday living should never be boring, but simple.

Design: Subissati

Small one bedroom modular building

Small one bedroom modular building

This complete small modular building offers a living room, a kitchen room, a bedroom and a separate bathroom. The house fits on semi truck trailer and can be transported just about anywhere. The 280 SF modular unit come with all the essentials appliances. It is pre-plumbed, pre-wired and ready to plug in.

Design: Modular Dwellings

Modern Prefab Home, Texas

Prefab house, Texas

About Alchemy Architects

Design and manufacture: Alchemy
Location: Texas, United States
Area: 440 sq ft
Year: 2007
Photos: Scott Ervin

This 440 sq ft prefab home serves as a simple retreat space on the beautiful remote area outside an arts colony in Texas. It is the first of three prefab modules that are planned to install for the site. The module installed complete with an outdoor shed and a fully finished exterior and interior, leaving only sun-shielding canopies, decks and utility hookups to be assembled on-site.

Steel Frame Transportable Prefab Home by Bachbox, New Zealand

Steel frame transportable prefab home, New Zealand

About Bachbox

Design and manufacture: Bachbox
Location: New Zealand

The steel frame transportable prefab home (New Zealand) specifically designed for simple transportation and crainage when fully assembled. The low maintenance powder coated steel shell can be made entirely secure by four folding decks which enclose the building and the system can be operated by remote controlled electric winches. The prefab building is designed suitable for extreme environments and to be cyclone and earthquake resistant. Can be combined or customised to fit any need: holiday cabin/bach, permanent home, rental, office or temporary accommodation.

Pre assembled house, Denmark

Pre assembled house, Denmark

This pre assembled house (Denmark) was created with the ambition of designing a quality building at an affordable price. The prefab house is in several different variations which have the basic floor plan design to reduce costs. The building has a kitchen with installed furniture, utility room, bathroom and large room which can be divided into two spaces, and in addition a large living room and roof terrace.

Design: ONV arkitekter (Denmark)

Factory-Built Modular House, New York

Factory-built modular house, New York

About Resolution 4 Architecture

Design: Resolution 4 Architecture
Manufacturer: Apex Homes
Area: 1800 square foot
Location: New York
Photography: Phloto & Warner

This 1800 square foot factory-built modular house is located on a 5-acre rocky outcrop. The owner, who loves rock climbing and mountain biking, had camped out on the hilltop during the siting of the new house to determine the best orientation, spot and angle for his new escape. The house has three sides of transparent glass walls and wrap-around outdoor decks with a loft-like social space upstairs that contains living room, dining room and kitchen.

Round prefab Energy Star home, Canada

Round prefab ENERGY STAR home, Canada

This round prefab Energy Star home is the first Energy Star efficiency program qualified house in British Columbia, Canada. Energy Star homes are more comfortable: cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter; save money on energy bills compared to structures built to standard code; are better for the surrounding environment, generating fewer greenhouse gases and using less energy; are 25% more efficient than those erected to minimum building standards. It’s similar getting 3 months of free energy use every maintenance year.

Design: Mandala Homes

Minimalist Prefab Modular House, California

Minimalist prefab modular house, California

Design: Marmol Radziner
Area: 185 sqm
Location: California

Rising at 1,5 meters above the ground, this 185 sq.m. minimalist prefab modular house in California capturing the beautiful views of the surrounding desert landscape and Mount San Jacinto. The main living space is designed facing west with the view of the local open landscape. The structure was built using prefab modules and also consists of a metal frame which can be clad in glass, wood or metal. The architects used three different types of basic building modules: external modules for outdoor area of decks, modules that contain indoor living areas and modules to provide sun protection.

Prefab Geodesic Dome Home Design, Denmark

Prefab geodesic dome home

About Easy Domes

Design: Easy Domes (Denmark)

Domes and polyhedron shaped buildings and designs are seen all around the world. Old and ancient examples are mostly churches, minarets, the arctic igloo. Today we have high-tech examples of geodesics from added super-domes in different sizes and materials, to simplified and nature orientated and sustainable buildings.

The structural behavior of Platonic polyhedra - from first experiments and full scale buildings made by Buckminster Fuller, architect and engineer, to other experiments showing the fact, that plate structures are not a type of lattice structure, but a independent type of structure with dual properties to the lattice structures. This was confirmed when the basic equation of stability for plate structures was found.

Plates and lattices are duals like axial and shear forces, like the closed and the open, and in the same way as yin and yang are incompatible, but yet form some interesting combinations.

Conditions of stability to convex singular coherent polyhedra, as combinations of these form the basis for nearly all buildings considered with characteristics of pi-free three dimensional geometry. Topology, stability and geometry are similar seen in quite different levels: The carbon molecule structure with 60 atoms on each vertice - similar to the geometry of the truncated icosahedron. Resent NASA´s Spitzer Space Telescope discovered small "buckeyballs" in space 6.500 light-years away stacked together in enormous structures hundred of millions of miles wide. In the biological world Radiolaria and Foramifera as high frequency plate polyhedra. The structural concept of honeycomb, and maybe a good example of pure plate structure, the sea Urchin.

Introducing the Easy Domes concept, the word easy can be regarded as a key word. The Easy Domes building kits are manufactured as high quality wooden sections ready for mounting at building site. The prefab dome construction is easy to assemble with only steel bolts and nuts. Small prefab domes can be erected by manpower while bigger prefab geodesic domes need a crane. The structure is suitable for all kind of terrain and implementable to any climate condition.

This page will highlight news and developments from around the world - in light of polyhedra to sinus related trans-formations - updated to new concepts, ideas as full scale examples.

The prefab geodesic dome home design offers an easy and quick assembling of the structure. On a timber or concrete basic it takes only one day to raise the building which is made of quality materials: 3x6" and 3x4” timber in pinewood and plywood. All sections are pre manufactured and ready to assemble with nuts and bolts and the sealing with rubber or asphaltpaper. This prefab geodesic dome homes are certified and with quality and precision installation, meet international building standards and rules. Delivery is easy in container and lifting crane is not needed to build structures until 50 SF. The prefab domes are proposed as passive or low-energy solutions with eco friendly energy efficient technology in heating and electricity.

Each prefab dome home is designed and manufactured for personal wishes on room arrangements, windows, in- and out- side building materials,  flooring, water- and energy supply a.m.

One prefab geodesic dome-building kit  includes the 21 wooden sections, the load construction, and two wall sections for main door. Fittings for mounting the sections are included a delivery.

Special designed windows in hard-wood or aluminum are to each delivery. Here aluminum-skylight are offered too. The needed aluminum flashing for  secure against rain, is the third manufactured product.

Eco Friendly Modular Home, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Eco friendly modular home

About Architecton Kanau Uyeyama Arch

Design: Architecton Kanau Uyeyama Arch
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Year: 2008

This eco friendly modular home was selected as Feature Home by Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association for the 2008 Home & Garden Show. Energy-efficient windows and appliances, recycled materials and smart wiring mitigate the effect of the building's eco-footprint. The bedroom wing and living/kitchen room wing, linked at the main entry door and by the courtyard outdoor deck, provide multiple possible accesses to the deck - an integration of outdoor/indoor living spaces, including kitchen area, a spa with a canopy and potential for various seating configurations.

Beautiful Prefabricated Home, Portland, Oregon

Prefabricated home, Portland, Oregon

Design and manufacture: Stillwater Dwellings (Seattle, WA)

Completed in 2010, this 2,300 sq.f. prefabricated home (Portland, Oregon) was assembled over an remodeled daylight garage/workout/office space below. The largest room in the prefab home is over 12'6" tall, 17' deep, and 42' wide, with no interior walls.

Inside, the prefab home is finished with custom porcelain and glass tile bathrooms, museum-quality lighting, teak hardwood flooring, super-insulated roof and walls construction and hybrid high-efficiency hot water heating.

Small Modular House / Prefab Sauna, Sweden


Add a Room focuses on sustainability in terms of design, functionality, quality and environmental awareness. Scandinavian houses that last forever by one of Denmark’s top architects.


The design and materials are predefined making it easy for customers to purchase confidently. The modular houses are built indoors in Scandinavia and transported by truck directly to your plot, eliminating messy building work and delays due to weather conditions.


Prefab modules are like playing with building blocks! They can be linked together with other modules, added and removed to create your perfect living space. Don't over consume – buy little at a time :)


Think big live small! It’s all about enjoying life, simplifying and optimising your living space, merging the inside and out whilst reducing maintenance and your ecological footprint. We call it “compact smart living”.

About Add a Room

Design and manufacture: Add a Room
Photography: Addaroom, Matti Marttinen

This small modular house is a concept from cooperation between Sweden and Denmark. The various modules can be connected in different ways to meet different needs and assemble a variety of designs, kind of lego structure blocks for adults. The house includes pergola and deck as well as possibility to link other facilities such as outdoor shower, prefab sauna and outdoor kitchen.

Interview with Owners and Designers

Would you like a holiday home but don't have the money for a big one? Well, why not start small, and then let the house grow by adding rooms?

It is in all its brilliant simplicity, the idea behind the Swedish company, Addaroom. Their modular house concept based on adding a room and that is exactly what the concept is all about.

Lots of design magazines have already spotted the Addaroom, and have written about the concept. So far, sales have not quite met the interest; But hopefully this will come now, states Susanne Aarup, who is the woman behind the Addaroom idea with her Swedish husband, Sven Hansson.

She has also found a company that will produce the cozy little house modules, namely Hansen & Larsen. And that it became the Dejbjerg company, is not entirely coincidental, says economist-educated Susanne Aarup.

She is from Højmark, Denmark, but has lived in Sweden for many years. When she and her husband were in searching of a producer and partner closer to the markets down in Europe than their hometown, Stockholm, she asked her siblings if there was a West Jutland company they could recommend. There was!

Production in Skjern

Hansen & Larsen were immediately on the idea. Karsten Larsen and his sister and brother-in-law, Dorte and Brian Meldgaard, who own the company together with Meta Larsen and Flemming Nissen, would like to spread the activities a bit more.

"We thought it was a good idea. Some times of the year there is not as much to look at as others, and we saw that in this way we could fill in some gaps", says Karsten Larsen.

"We started production last April. It's something completely new to us, so it took a little more time than we had imagined, but now we're running it in", says Dorthe Meldgaard.

"However, conditions in Dejbjerg are not entirely optimal, so we are considering moving production to Skjern. One of the advantages of building such small modular houses is that production can take place inside, and thus does not depend on the weather", says Karsten Larsen.

Karsten Larsen and Dorte and Brian Meldgaard believe so much that this type of modular house can face something of a breakthrough that today they are co-owners of Addaroom with Susanne and Svenne Hansson.

"The trend is towards these types of houses that are both simple and compact, and where outside and inside are merging. We are early in the trend and the crisis has left its mark; interest has been there but people have kept buying again. Hopefully that will change now", says Susanne Aarup.

Architectural Prefab Modular Design

"My husband and I got the idea when we saw that many Swedish holiday homes were in a bad condition. But replacing an entire house is a big step, so we thought, why not start small with something much more compact, and then add or subtract modules as needed", she continues.

She adds that the prefab house modules can also be used for other than leisure accommodation. She and her husband - who are carpenters - agreed that design and quality should not be given anywhere. The prefab houses are for year-round use in the North Europe climate and therefore they can easily be used for, for example, student or youth housing or in connection with holiday centers, or - why not? - on top of high-rise buildings!

Susanne Aarup also sees great opportunities in so-called business to busines, i.e. trading with other business companies.

The fact that Addaroom has aroused such high regard in design circles is not strange. Susanne Aarup and Sven Hansson have allied themselves with well-known architect, Lars Frank Nielsen, co-founder of the architectural firm 3xN; she came into contact with him through the furniture company OneCollection in Ringkøbing, their furniture she has in Sweden.

Lars Frank Nielsen also liked the idea. Together with Susanne Aarup and Sven Hansson, he designed an almost minimalist house that could easily be stand alone small prefab house, but which could also be assembled with several units.

Multiple Modules

The basic module is 15 or 20 square meters, i.e. 3x5 m or 3x6.6 m, and a porch of 3x2.4 m with pergola 3x1.5 m in extension of the small modular house.

These prefab modules can be connected directly to each other, or they can be connected with outdoor or indoor modules, so that you can create outdoor environments with atrium, outdoor kitchen and outside shower or, for example, get two separate sleeping areas with a shared bathroom and kitchen in the middle.

It has been a goal to blur boundaries between outside and inside as much as possible, so of course there is also a sauna module!

Prefab Sauna Module

"It's a year-round home we're building", states Susanne Aarup, and continues: "We have made every effort to make the houses so simple and to build them in such solid materials that only minimal maintenance is required. When you are in a holiday home, you do not want to spend the time on maintenance".

2000 sqft LEED Platinum Sustainable Prefab Home, Vancouver, BC, Canada

LEED Platinum sustainable prefab home

Design: Pb Elemental (Seattle, USA)
Construction: InHaus Development
Area: 2000 sqft
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Photos: SeeVirtual

Designed for “smart” active lifestyle, this ultra modern 3 bedroom, 4 bathroom 2000 sqft LEED Platinum sustainable prefab home includes a large separate studio/office space and bright stunning principle spaces.

The home has been verified through every stage of design and construction to ensure that it meets the stringent standards of the Canadian Green Building Council’s LEED program. The house is located 200 meters from Semiahmoo Bay in White Rock’s East Beach community, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Small Prefab Home, BC, Canada

Small prefab home, Canada

Design: Birmingham and Wood
Manufacture: Smallworks
Photos: Keith Henderson

The small prefab home (Canada) is 624 square foot and is designed to be modern and open with large window and door openings to allow for outdoor/indoor living and a sense of spaciousness and lightness.

1000 sq ft Modular Prefab House in Desert, California

Prefab desert house, California

Design: o2architecture
Photos: Nuvueinteractive

This prefab desert house (California) is 1000 sq ft and situated in the arid region Yucca Valley. The main principles of the prefab desert house design are sustainability, adaptability, economy and durability. Emphasis was given to ensure minimal plot disruption while retaining privacy and maximizing views. Solar technologies provide space heating, hot water and electricity. The house was completed with an 8 week construction in 2009, at $270/SF.

Off-Grid Prefab Home with Solar Panels, California

Off-grid green prefab home, California mountains

About OMD

Design: OMD
Area: 2150 sq ft
Location: California

The off-grid prefab home with solar panels in California is designed to be self-sufficient, independent and closely connected to the nature, this prefab home is a pioneer for off-grid green housing in the region. The 2-story 2150 sq ft home is built with structural insulated panels. The off-grid prefab home introduces faster construction time, less material waste, tighter building envelope, higher insulating properties and green finishes resulting in a lower life-cycle cost of the home.

The first floor design emphasizes the strong relationship between the outdoor garden and patio with the indoor living/dining/kitchen/reading space. The 12 ft second floor plan includes two bedrooms connected by an office/studio and a bathroom.

20 x 50 ft Prefab Home Prototype - Canuhome

Prefab green home prototype Canuhome

Design: IwB
Project: Canuhome
Area: 1000 sq ft

The prefab home prototype is a 50 by 20 ft. prefab home, including a living room, dining and kitchen room, bedroom and bathroom. The features include reduced ecological footprint through resource and water efficiency; improved indoor environment and air quality; adaptable, accessible and universal design to meet changing needs; inherent affordability – eligible for green financing, less costly to operate, lasts longer.

Narrow Lot Prefab Modular Home, Santa Monica, CA

Narrow lot prefab house, Santa Monica, CA

Design: OMD

This four-module two-story narrow lot prefab house (Santa Monica) is 16 ft. wide and situated in 100 ft. by 25 ft. lot. In the first floor there is an open kitchen-dining-living space facing a courtyard with sliding glass door. The second floor contains an open office space, two bedrooms and a terrace over the courtyard. Due to narrow lot conditions there is tandem parking in the garage.

Prefab Modular Weekend House, California

Modular weekend house, California

Design: Marmol Radziner

This modular weekend house in California is a minimalist simply structure with easily replaceable and low-maintenance materials like metal siding and concrete floors. The covered porch offers entertaining area for outdoor activities and sun bathing. The minimalist interior space boast exquisite and chic atmosphere.

Small Cheap Prefab House with Oxidized Steel Facade

Small cheap prefab house

Design: Alchemy

The Arado weeHouse is a small cheap prefab house built of wood and steel framed with oxidized steel facade. The interior space is decorated fir. There is a wood burning stove in the house for heating and cosiness during cold winter evenings. Its cheap, cool and sturdy enough to withstand hurricanes, earthquakes, tundra or desert.

Prefab House Kit (+plans)

Prefab house kit

Design: Rocio Romero

The LV Home Series prefab house kit are affordable, highly customizable and easily built. The manufacturers provide buyers with a kit of house parts that makes up the facade shell of the prefab home and can be delivered anywhere in the United States. The designers focus on producing strait-forward, quality, comfortable and elegant design that maximizes customer visual connection to the surrounding landscape while minimizing the footprint of the home.

Modern Modular Prefab Cabin Design, Seattle, Washington

Modern prefab cabin

Design: Balance Associates Architects
Manufacture: Method Homes
Area: 1,811 sqft
Bedrooms: 2–3
Baths: 2
Modules: 4 or 5
Year: 2008

The modern prefab cabin is 1,811 square feet, manufactured by Method Homes, consists of several modules such as multiple bedroom configurations, living/kitchen, bridge and bunk house modules. The modules can be configured to meet client needs or site restraints. The modern prefab cabin features custom home architectural detailing and high quality materials.

Designed by Balance Associates Architects, the Cabin Series can sit on a low foundation with a crawl space below or include a site-built basement with garage. Model 1 is fully customizable, featuring several bridge options for extra sleeping or living space. Clients can choose options and features from any of the pricing scenarios to arrive at a custom home package and price point.

This 1,811-square foot retreat-in-the-woods is actually a fully outfitted model home that doubles as a rental cabin for potential buyers looking to experience a couple of nights in the same type of prefab home that they're considering buying. It’s also available to rent as a crash pad for outdoor enthusiasts “playing” in the area.

With three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and ample gear-stashing space, the Method Cabin is comprised of five factory-built-by-master-craftsmen modules including a bridge that connects the living and sleeping areas. Built to LEED Gold standards, green features of the cabin include low-flow fixtures, hydronic radiant heat, “enhanced” insulation, reclaimed cedar siding, low/zero-VOC paints and finishes, and a slag concrete foundation that includes recycled content. The base model of Method Cabin Model 1 starts at $271,650.

For those of you that might actually want to spend a night or two in this secluded eco-showhome, you’ll be glad to know that there’s a hot tub, ping pong table, BBQ grill, and 400 thread count organic cotton sheets. Weekly and monthly rates are available.

Two Bedroom Prefab Home, Ontario, Canada

Two bedroom prefab home

Design: SMPL Design Studio
Manufacture: SMPLy Mod Prefab Homes

SMPLy Mod Prefab Homes creates modern, affordable modular homes for buyers throughout North America. The two bedroom prefab home is 984 square feet and was assembled in a climate-controlled factory environment with four principles: Livable, Sustainable, Practical, Modern.

1000 sq ft Prebuilt Green Modular Home

The Clayton i-house incorporates numerous upscale design features and energy efficient construction practices at a starting price of $75,000.

Prebuilt green modular home

Design and construction: Clayton Homes
Project: I-House
Year: 2008

The basic prebuilt green modular home I-House is about 1000 square feet, though the design's blend of outdoor and indoor space makes it seem bigger. The main unit can be expanded by adding extra room modules in various configurations to suit the customer's needs and the topography of the lot — placing room units above one another to build, for example, on a hillside lot. The green features of the prebuilt green modular home are solar panels, Low-E windows, superior insulation, rainwater-collection cisterns, and high-efficiency appliances.

4 Bedroom, 2 Floor Prefab Home, Germany

About Daniel Libeskind

Design: Daniel Libeskind
Project: The Villa
Area: 515 sq.m (Building Footprint: 26m x 22m, max height 11m)
Location: Datteln, Germany
Year: 2009
Photography: Libeskind, Frank Marburger

Features of this 4 bedroom, 2 floor prefab home are seamless transitions between spaces, strong geometries and drastic angles. That prefab house can be delivered anywhere in the world and assembled in a few weeks. The structure meets the highest standards in sustainability, craftsmanship and design. That prefab home is classified as a low-energy building as it successfully complies with the German energy-saving standards, which indicates less than 40 kWh/m²a heat consumption.

Description from architects

This four bedroom, two-floor prefab home while completed in Germany can be constructed and shipped to almost any location in the world within months and assembled by a team of experts within weeks.

Made of wood from renewable sources, zinc, and aluminum, the 5,000 square foot, German-made structure meets the highest standards of design and craftsmanship and complies with the highest energy-saving standards in the world.

The prefabricated structure is composed of three interlocking ribbons with striking angles, creating an asymmetrical, double height, and dynamic interior.  The Villa fills a niche in the residential market between the one-off custom home and the mass productions; the structure is customizable, made to order and delivered to the site in a fraction of the time of a ground-up construction.  Details include the elaborate metalwork of the balcony off the master bedroom, light wells directing daylight into a sauna and recessed wardrobes.

3 Bedroom Modern Prefab Home in Venice, Los Angeles, California

Prefab home, California

Design and construction: Marmol Radziner Prefab
Photography: Deasey Penner

This prefab home (California) is located on an urban, narrow lot in Venice, USA. The home incorporates small courtyard space and covered decks, giving the building a sense of privacy in spite of its location on an built-on site. The 2,800 sqf 3 bedrooms house comprises of 14 modules and includes a living room/dining room, 2.5 baths, an office, a double height kitchen with an operable skylight and 700 square feet of outdoor living space. Large glazing on the southern side of the building fill the prefab home with natural sunlight and connect the exterior and interior spaces.

Small Prefab Guest House, Sweden

Small prefab guest house

Design: Paan Architects (Greece)
Photography: Kyle Gudsell, Jens Klevje, Fabian Svensson

The small prefab guest house was positioned strategically so that it would separate and organize functions that are different by their nature (access to the beach, original building, car park) and handle the diversity of its surroundings (garden, beach, meadow). The 42 sqm small prefab guest house was constructed with a manufactured prefabricated wooden frame and assembled in one day.

Contemporary Prefab Home, Montana

Contemporary prefab home, Montana

About Medicine Hat Inc.

Design and construction: Medicine Hat Inc.
Project: Ruby Springs PREFAB
Interior: Shack Up Studio
Year: 2009
Photography: Will Brewster / Medicine Hat Inc.

Set against trees and mountains of the Montana landscape this contemporary prefab home connects to its picturesque surroundings both with porosity and materiality. The prefabricated modular nature of the building has left its natural beauty and landscape untouched. The humble structure is made up of 5 modular sections, then the modules were assembled and the new home established within the day. A system of hydraulic operable screens on the facade encloses porch spaces and outdoor patio.

Prefab Modular Home, Utah (+floorplans)

Modern modular home Utah

This modern modular home in Utah is a vacation home for an active couple. The prefab home consists of seven deck modules and five interior modules, which contain two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The design of the modular home blends outdoor and indoor living spaces, with an open plan, floor-to-ceiling windows and expansive decks. The modular home uses sustainable systems and materials to minimize the environmental impact prefab home, both in its function and in its creation. Solar panels on the roof draw energy to the modular home from the sun, while geothermal systems with heat pump use the earth to cool and heat the prefab home.

Design and manufacture: Marmol Radziner Prefab
Photography: Joe Fletcher