Flatpak is a modern prefab system that can be customized to create a variety of homes. They work with a base 8' wall that is one story high and then build using those modular walls, eight feet at a time. It's been a great system for people building prefab homes but what will become of them (and others) in the current housing market?
Although no one can know for sure, in an interview with the founder of the Flatpak System on MocoLoco Charlie Lazor he has this to say on the subject of prefabs and the current economic climate:
We sell a product that is a good value. We don't sell silver bullets. So like all good values, your market might shift in a severe downturn and you would expect to do less, but frankly, it's too early to tell. I can say we have clients looking to capitalize on hungry builders; savvy homeowners, university and resort property people. Worst case scenario, we can ride this out because we have low capital inputs and overhead and we'll be ready to rock when things getting moving again.
Will all prefabs be this lucky or are we going to start seeing the industry thinned out? Will a tightened up economy force prefab makers to find wider distribution and cheaper costs?
Image from Flatpack Flickr