Want to build your dream home from scratch? Don't want to wait forever and drain your savings? A prefabricated—or prefab—home is the way to go. They're built in a factory and transported section-by-section to be assembled almost wherever you please—almost like the IKEA furniture of homes. There are many pro and cons to buying prefab homes, and many ways to go about it. But if you think one of these trendy, durable homes sounds right up your alley, there are many construction companies on the market today that offer prefab options that will suit your needs. Here, some of the best:
Turkel Design is one of the leading names in prefab homes and with good reason. They're known for unique, elegant homes made from natural materials. In three easy steps, you'll choose the design, modify it to your needs, and finally build your custom home. Turkel Design offers fixed-fee services and an interactive design process, so you'll be able to build your dream contemporary home right before your eyes, affordably and quickly. Contact Turkel Design for pricing estimates.
Ideabox's motto? Make homes that are affordable, modern, and fun. Each home has an urban feel to it, but essentially looks like a chic box with plenty of room for everything that you would want and need in a home. If you're not sure where to start, you can choose from one of their models and build from there. Ideabox requests a $5,000 deposit to begin the design and a 30% deposit to begin building. You'll have to live in the Western U.S., though, as Ideabox only ships to California, Colorado, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming for now. Models start at $111,800.
Inexpensive, durable, and sustainable, steel-framed homes are becoming the darlings of many prefab companies. Connect-Homes's modules closely resemble shipping containers, but their steel frame makes them much more reliable and safe than a renovated container. Ninety percent of their homes are built right at the factory. Since they're modular, you can choose one of their basic models and add-on for your needs: Choose a simple one-bed, one-bath, add on a garage or a deck, or go all-out with a two-story home with up to four bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms. Models start at $247,080.
Whether you're a real estate agent, architect, or in the market for a home, Plant Prefab makes it easy to create a sustainable and healthy dream home. Plant Prefab prides itself on being eco-friendly, from using upcycled materials and paints with minimal off-gassing to recycling their own waste. The company also works on pre-fixed costs on their contracts to keep their homes affordable. If that wasn't enough for their community-conscious reputation, they've also started to provide expedited and discounted services to people who lost their homes in last year's California wildfires. Models start at $269,000.00.
The method behind Method Homes? Designing a prefab home that takes into account the environment. Not only do they offer models that fit into the landscape—be it the woods, the ocean, or even the suburbs—they also emphasize using sustainable, environmentally-friendly materials. Each home is a zero-energy building, meaning it creates as much energy as it consumed. Method Homes is based in Washington state, but they deliver to several surrounding states, including shipments as far as Hawaii. Models start at $154,160.