6 stunning pre-fab homes across North America

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The eHab house in Seattle, Washington.
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Michael Cole

Many people are increasingly opting for houses that are pre-fabricated, in which the majority of the construction happens off-site. Some see pre-fab as the future of home-building, because the process takes less time, money, and resources that traditional on-site home construction.

A new book by Sheri Koones, “Prefabulous Small Houses,” showcases dozens of beautiful homes with pre-fab construction. She shared her favorite houses in the book with Business Insider, which range in size from 350 to 2,300 square feet.

Check them out below.


Measuring 352 square feet, the Casita Invierno (little winter house) sits in Ybor City, near Tampa Florida. A New York City-based couple of architects uses it as a vacation home, Koones tells BI.

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Designed by David J. Bailey and Stephanie Harrison Bailey
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Jeremy Scott

Since it’s in a hurricane zone, the cottage was built with a sturdy foundation (featuring helical screws) that helps it withstand strong winds and heavy rains.

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Designed by David J. Bailey and Stephanie Harrison Bailey
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Jeremy Scott

To save space in the kitchen, the table can fold up, and chairs can hang on the wall.

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Designed by David J. Bailey and Stephanie Harrison Bailey
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Jeremy Scott

Located in San Diego, California, the 720-square-foot Lakeside Container Cottage is made out of three connected shipping containers.

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Designed by Christopher Bittner and obrARCHITECTURE
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Kevin Walsh

A garage door was replaced with windows, which slide up and maximize air flow through the common area, Koones says.

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Designed by Christopher Bittner and obrARCHITECTURE
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Kevin Walsh

Also made of steel shipping containers, the eHab house sits next to a lake in Seattle Washington. The galvanized exteriors were sprayed with a coating that protects against weathering and rust.

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Designed by E. Cobb Architects
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Michael Cole

Residing on a small patch of land, the 450-square-foot house would’ve been too difficult to build on-site, so it was delivered by crane, Koones says.

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Designed by E. Cobb Architects
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Michael Cole

An elderly person with limited mobility lives in the Sonoma Residence, a one-story, 1,600-square-foot rancher in a wooded area in Sonoma, California. A flat-bed truck delivered the house, already built.

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Designed by Jared Levy, Gordon Stott Connect Homes, and Meredith Rebolledo
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Joe Fletcher

The home’s designer incorporated universal design elements. For example, there are no steps in the entrance, and the dishwasher opens like a drawer for easy access.

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Designed by Jared Levy, Gordon Stott Connect Homes, and Meredith Rebolledo
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Joe Fletcher

The Halcyon Hill House in British Columbia, Canada features expansive windows, which were pre-cut in the home designer’s factory in Washington, and then sent to a local home builder that assembled the 2,100-square-foot home.

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Designed by Lindal Cedar Homes
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Patrick Barta

The double-pane windows provide extra insulation, and the foundation is made from a combination of wooden panels, concrete, and steel, which protects the home against hurricanes and earthquakes.

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Designed by Lindal Cedar Homes
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Patrick Barta

The 2,300-square-foot Westport Beach House was built after Hurricane Sandy destroyed the owner’s previous house located on the same lot in Westport, Connecticut. Most of its pieces were constructed at a local factory, and then assembled by crane on-site.

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Designed by Sellers Lathrop Architects
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Michael Biondo

“Although it was built with very efficient panel components and modern technology, the house looks like it has always been there, fitting in perfectly with the community,” Koones says.

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Designed by Sellers Lathrop Architects
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Michael Biondo