Prefab FabLab: Your Solar House


This self-sufficient prefab home is called the FabLab House (among other names like ‘forest zeppelin’ or ‘whale belly’). It was presented at the Solar Decathlon Europe 2010 competition in Madrid. Its goal? To design an integral solar house, which will generate maximum resources with minimum investment. Continue reading


Small Prefab Home: Sage Residence


Based on a prefabricated modular frame, the Sage Residence is a small yet comfortable family home, which was built in California in 2005. The house features 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, with an open kitchen, living/dining, family room space – all in all 1,400 sq. ft. which feel much larger than it actually is on paper. Continue reading


Allen Residence: Steel Prefab Home


Built in Maryland in a suburb of Washington DC, this prefab home uses EcoSteel’s unique steel building system. Certain building components, like corrugated steel siding and steel framing both inside and outside the house, have been left exposed, and made visually appealing by combining different materials, textures, and colors. Continue reading


Prefab JoT House: Sustainably Simple


Originally developed as an artist’s loft, the modular JoT House is minimal and flexible in its design; rooms are separated by movable partitions making it easy to convert the house from a one-bedroom loft to a three-bedroom home. The structure is a combination of a prefabricated core and SIP panel construction; this modern prefab can generally be fully enclosed within several days, and depending on location costs and options, the house can be built for as little as $100 per square foot. Continue reading


Floating Homes: Prefab On The Water


Check out this modern floating home in Hamburg’s City Sport Hafen, spanning a total space of 225 sq meters on two floors with beautiful views of the marina. It’s a B-type model, based on a prefabricated modular design, that allows for maximum flexibility and lifestyle adaptation. Continue reading


Prefab EcoStudio & Thinktank


Designed by Australian architect Craig Chatman, Arkit creates 1-3 bedroom small prefab homes and one bedroom prefabricated retreats. You can choose between the F Series (Factory Assembled) and the S Series (site Assembled) prototypes. Continue reading


Japanese Prefab: Narrow House


This modern prefab house is a three-story residential home in the Sumida area in Tokyo, Japan. It was built for a young couple in their mid 20’s who purchased a very narrow and deep plot facing the back of a forested park. Featuring a “tube” like form, this small house is constructed of steel with a compact living space of 27 sq. meters (approx. 3mW x 9mD). Continue reading


Cedar St. Residence: Prefab Sleeping Pods


Back in 2001 Matthew and Maria Salenger were looking for a way to run an art and architectural design studio out of their small 1950’s three-bedroom Tempe home. They could have chosen to extend their compact home and build an addition to create more space, but no, they’ve decided on a new way of living, working, sleeping, and building in suburbia, by constructing a pair of narrow, 30-foot-long steel pods in their backyard. Continue reading


Small Prefab: L41 Home For All


In Vancouver, Canada, architect Michael Katz and artist Janet Corne decided it was time to introduce their version for the small sustainable prefab home. The L41 is quite compact, 250 sq. ft. to be exact, and according to them it’s the ultimate solution to affordable housing. Continue reading


Prefab Homes: Danish ONV Houses

These modern prefabricated homes offer simple Scandinavian style with emphasis on functionality, light and high quality materials. Designed by ONV arkitekter for M2, this series of architect-designed houses feature a minimalist box-like form with clean lines, exterior cladding, large windows, and a lovely sheltered terrace linking between the house and the garden. Continue reading