We heard NPR's report on prefab homes and were wondering how AT readers feel about prefab building. NPR notes that the increasing popularity of mid-century modern furniture and design (something we've seen at AT) has encouraged designers and consumers to reconsider prefab homes. According to NPR, "prefab has become downright hip." Do you agree? Survey and more info below the jump...
NPR describes the first documented pre-fab home built in the 1830s by London carpenter H. Manning for his son who was immigrating to Australia. Manning wanted his son to have a comfortable home but was concerned about house materials in Australia. Manning's solution was to make a house that could be stored in pieces in a ship's hull and then assembled upon arrival. The "Manning Portable Cottage" worked so well that Manning later shipped dozens from England to Australia.
You can read or listen to the NPR story "Prefab: From Utilitarian Home To Design Icon
[Photos from NPR.]