Home Architecture Prefab

10+ Stylish Prefab Homes That Won’t Break The Bank

While we love seeing all the upscale prefabs marketed as sustainable and low-cost solutions, they often seem overpriced, which flies in the face of the sustainable values that guide their vision. These are ten of the most affordable and versatile prefab homes that prove you don’t need a deep bank account to get a stylish home.

1The Escape Cabin

This gorgeous RV model can be towed anywhere you want, and comes fully outfitted with all the modern finishes you could dream of. With roughly 500 square feet of space, and plenty of options, it’s a great choice. Starting at $79,000.

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2The Cocoyoc House

Two brothers in Mexico built this impressive open design on a piece of land they inherited. It includes a seriously nice kitchen and a media room for a meager $70/sf, making it one of the cheapest and most impressive in the list.

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3Muji’s Prefab Solution

This architect set out to address a problem with Japanese housing, where the average lifespan of a home is just 38 years (as opposed to 100+ in the US). He sells larger homes for around $200k that are meant to provide plenty of space for a family, and designed to last.

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4The Ideabox Mini RV

This company wants to re-imagine what modular homes mean, using high quality materials to build a long-lasting, functional little home that’s also environmentally friendly. Pricing for the non-wheel “Mini RV” model starts at $46,500.

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5Ecocottage Osprey

This stylish little prefab is actually the largest of their models, at a whopping 512 square feet. It only costs $59,500 which makes it a great bargain.

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6Bluhomes Balance

We include Bluhomes in this list because price is sometimes relative, and in this case you get a super high end prefab that easily rivals a custom designed architect-builder home at a price that’s much friendlier. Though, at $400k+ it’s not exactly “affordable” in every sense of the word.

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7The Caboose By Wheelhaus

One of several gorgeous designs by Wheelhaus, the Caboose packs a lot of luxury into a small park model RV package. The base package you see here costs $96,000.

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8Lake Flato Porch House

Designed by Lake|Flato Architects, this relatively new prefab aims to deliver quality and style at a friendly price of around $150/square foot.

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9Living Homes C6

A premier maker of sustainable prefabs, Living Homes just unveiled their recent C6 update, and it’s a beauty. They integrate the latest green technology and innovation in this home at a price of $145/square foot.

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10KRDM MaModular

This offshoot of KRDM aims to provide affordable, stylish, and thoughtful designs via their sister company Ma Modular, where the aim is to bring affordability to the modern prefab market. Prices for this beauty start at $150 square foot.


11Rocio Romeros

His LV series home fits into the modern/contemporary prefab style and comes in at a low base price of $21,000.

You’ve Never Seen A Pre-Fab Cabin Quite Like This

Pre-fabricated architecture has taken the world by storm in the last decade, and it’s easy to see why. Build a house in a factory and piece it together on a plot of land hundreds of miles away, all in a matter of weeks? Count me in. There are, however, limitations to this type of construction, forcing architects to adhere to a box that will fit neatly on the back of a flat bed truck.

The thing about Swedish designer Torsten Ottesjö? He isn’t really into limitations.

Ottesjö works for Cargo Collective, who aimed to take pre-fab to the a-typical limit. They ended up with an organic, curvilinear form that flies in the face of everything we’re used to seeing in factory-built structures. The cabin is inspired by an abundant native fish, and consists of a single open space that slithers its way through the landscape. Local wood species are draped inside and out, further tying this one-of-a-kind modular building into it’s final resting place.

A Good Home Is Made Great With An Up-Cycled Spartan Trailer

A well-designed home with large open spaces, contemporary materials, and plenty of natural light can be a very good thing. But sometimes, there needs to be something truly unique as a focus for the home to be considered great. This is the notion architect Andrew Hinman took to heart when he designed this Texas home around a re-used Spartan Trailer.

The shimmering silvery cladding of the now immobile recreational tube is presented prominently in the composition of the home. Functionally, it operates in much of the same way it always has, only now it acts as a focal appendage to the sleek glass and steel enclosure that engulfs it. The architect wanted to celebrate the use of a recycled component in the context of a well-crafted modern structure.

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Photos by Paul Bardigjy.