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Blu Homes These hyper-modern prefabs are energy-efficient and made from eco-friendly materials such as sustainably forested wood and recycled steel. Bright, airy and oh so California cool.
Stillwater Dwellings Be still our hearts: These modular homes are dramatic and stunning but run less than $300 per square foot.
Stillwater homes feature Marmoleum floors, recycled-glass countertops and hookups for solar conversion.
Method Homes This company offers unlimited customization in terms of size and layout. You can also choose from sustainable building options, including a rainwater harvesting system.
Glog Home The Ikea of the prefab world, this Estonian company sells blueprints for wooden homes they swear anyone can build. We’re pretty good at assembling a Malm dresser, so who knows: Maybe we could build a house from an instruction manual?
Nijmegen Flatpack Homes OK, you have to live in the Netherlands to take advantage of this one (and if you do, dank je for reading PureWow), but we still think the concept is cool: These DIY houses include expansion packs so you can make your home bigger as your family grows--or as you acquire more shoes or whatever.
You may not be ready to move into a 100-square-foot trailer, but in this day and age, it’s not unheard of to seek out beautiful housing solutions that save space, energy, materials and, well, money.
In other words: prefab or modular abodes.
Whether you’re actually in the market or just buy-curious, here are a few things worth knowing about the suddenly popular dwelling trend that’s attracting some major architects and designers.
The basics Prefab homes are constructed from factory-built (prefabricated) panels that are made in accordance with U.S. building codes. That is to say it’s all on the straight and narrow.
The money Cheap. Entire prefab houses can be built for as little as $200,000 since you’re cutting down on both crew and material costs. That said, you’ll incur other expenses for stuff like installing utilities and a septic system.
The build time Fast. Prefabs can go up in a matter of days.
The durability Impressive. Because they adhere to the same regulations as traditional homes, prefabs have to be durable. Some people think they’re even stronger than “stick builts,” since they’re manufactured in a facility rather than on-site.
The aesthetic Gorgeous! Think on-trend looks, like sleek gas fireplaces and recycled-glass countertops. Check out this slideshow to see just how drool-worthy they can be.
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