Is Prefab For You? One Man's Quest to Find Out

Is Prefab For You? One Man's Quest to Find Out

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Cambria Bold
Jul 16, 2009

We came across an interesting article in Sunset Magazine about one man's journey to build his own prefab house. Aaron Jones had always been interested in prefab homes, and finally settled on a $22,050 625-square-foot eco-conscious modular home designed by Rocio Romero. The kit included plans, the exterior shell and walls of the home, along with siding and a suggested list of finishes from Lowe's and IKEA...

Over the next 12 weeks he built his own home. Apparently putting up the walls was the easy part. The hardest part was getting the permits for the home and completing all the interior decorating. Interested in doing a prefab home yourself? Three things to consider:

1. Do you love the design and layout of the prefab house you're considering, or are you just hoping to build something on the cheap?

2. Does prefab make sense for your building site?

3. When choosing a prefab company, make sure the people behind it have, in fact, built a house.

Read "Diary of a Prefab" over at Sunset.

Photos by Thomas J. Story, styling by Miranda Jones for Sunset Magazine

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