Pre-fab continues to get better and better, with Details Homes claiming construction costs between $110 and $200 per square foot. The houses, like this one from the Cottage Collection, are a bit different than the modernist pre-fabs we've been seeing: perhaps that's a better fit with a market that seems to strongly prefer (some might say hell-bent on) traditional styles. No matter what the style, you get the advantages of factory construction:
- Less wastebetter quality control (which means less air infiltration, which means higher energy efficiency)
- faster, lower-risk construction
Will Details Homes take off? It's hard to say—we've seen too many prefab companies founder, and now is not the best time to be starting a new homebuilder in adjustable-mortgage-riddled California. But perhaps the combination of high quality, low energy use, and lower cost is just what's needed in the market right now.
Here's another elevation from the Timberline Collection:
Houses are also available in neo-Traditional, Craftsman, or Monterey/Spanish styles, and designs can be custom, so a rowhouse development or duplex with granny flat is not out of the question.
Can you see a development of homes like these near you?