What's the Matter with Prefab?

What's the Matter with Prefab?

The New Republic article Stick Stuck, written by Sarah Williams Goldhagen, is a fascinating, in-depth look at prefabricated housing in the U.S. and why — even with all its possibilities and promises — it hasn't "stuck" yet. Since we seem to be reorganizing the way we do just about everything in this country, why not rethink housing? You know, that thing that played a significant role in getting us in this mess? Read the article and come take our survey...

While not a quick read, it is definitely worth the time. Working with the construction industry on a daily basis, we (Wes) can personally attest to the level of waste and inefficiency built into the current system. There is an overwhelming lack of true craftspeople and it really does feel like we need a new way to build.

The article draws a comparison to the car industry and it makes a lot of sense, especially with new technology such a CNC making automated building easier. The core message is that the mindset of home buyers needs to change. Although it is nearly 100% guaranteed you will get a better built home with a higher level of craft and efficiency going the prefab route, most people just can't imagine driving their new house off the lot...

Read the article here and tell us what you think.

Photos via Alchemy Architect Wee House

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