From early-20th-century Sears Catalog Homes to housing experiments by French modernist Jean Prouvé, prefab construction—that is, assembling a structure from components produced off-site—has had a rich, long history. Today, architects and designers continue to explore how the concept can create cost-efficient and sustainable housing.
Some of these efforts have produced prefab designs that are easy for anyone to configure, customize, and call their own. Without further ado, here are five of the most prefabulous homes you can claim for yourself right now. They come in all shapes and sizes and show just how sophisticated the prefab house has become.
The estimated costs listed below typically do not include extra fees associated with land, site preparation, shipping, and other miscellaneous expenses involved in bringing the project to fruition. Want more? Here are our roundups of affordable, eco-friendly, and stormproof prefab homes, plus prefab backyard studios.
Solsken Collection by Ecocor
Size: 323 to 2,685 square feet
Cost: $116,914 to $621,508 (turnkey)
Key features: Air-tight passive house design with solar-optimized orientation and high performance windows, 11 models to choose from, variety of exterior finishes [More info]
Pre-fabricated Accessible Technology Home (P.A.T.H.) by Philippe Starck with Riko
Size: 1,855 to 4,530 square feet
Cost: Starting at $240 per square foot
Key features: Customizable façades, roof types, finishes, fixtures, lighting options; can integrate photovoltaic panels, wind turbines, rainwater collection, and heat pumps [More info]
Size: 352 square feet
Cost: Starting at $150,000
Key features: Integrated smart home devices (speakers, lights, thermostat, etc.), airy and minimal interior, built-in furnishings [More info]
Flex House by Shelter Dynamics
Size: 760 square feet
Cost: $125,000 to $150,000 (base)
Key features: Built-in seating and storage, smart home integrations, sustainability-minded features like a greywater recycling system, smart irrigation controller, and a EV charging station [More info]
Size: 269 square feet
Key features: Vacuum-insulated concrete construction, smart home integration, glass wall, open-plan layout, lofted sleeping area [More info]