There's no shortage of impressive new prefab home designs out there these days. Some of them, however, (looking at you, Phillip Starck-designed eco-villa and ultra-luxe Vipp shelter) seem to defeat the romance of a cost-effective modern prefab, each asking upwards of half-a-million dollars for the basic model. To keep the prefab dream alive, here are some relatively affordable options that don't sacrifice style—one can even withstand a Category 5 hurricane, now that's priceless.
The models listed below, which all come furnished and mostly starting at below $150,000. Costs associated with land, permits, transport, foundation, installation, etc. are not included. Know any other great prefab options? Please share in the comments.
Size: Starting from 958 square feet (2 beds, 1 bath)
Cost: Starting from $139,000 (base)
Key features: Open floor plan, cork floors, wood ceiling and siding, sliding glass doors, low-e windows, efficient LED lights, environmental monitoring system
Size: 560 square feet (1 bed, 1 bath)
Key features: Galley kitchen, stainless steel appliances, painted fiber cement shingles
Size: 450 to 2,000 square feet
Cost: $80-125K for 450 square feet; $120-210K for 850 square feet; $180-330K for 1,350 square feet; $240-400K for 2,000 square feet
Key features: Steel or wooden siding, low-e glass, stainless steel appliances, in-floor hydronic heating, customizable
Size: 240 to 330 square feet (kitchenette and bath included)
Cost: Starting from $55,000
Key features: Structural insulated panels construction, white shiplap or birch plywood walls, bamboo or plywood, Ikea or similar quality furnishings and fixtures
Size: 1,025 square feet (2 beds, 2 baths)
Cost: Starting from $160,300
Key features: Impact-resistant windows and doors (can withstand winds up to 180 mph), cork exterior finishing, central air, upgrades for solar energy heating and rainwater harvesting systems available
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