20 Prefab Homes You’d Never Know Were Prefab


Not all homes are built on the site they’re intended to occupy. Some homes are built in a factory and then brought to the site where they’ll be permanently planted. A prefab home, short for prefabricated, is one type of home built off-site. Another, similar type of home built in a warehouse is the modular home. Though these types of homes share the commonality of being constructed in a warehouse, the difference between them is how much of the homes are built off-site. Prefab homes are considered to be, in most part, sustainable homes, although they’re not always marketed this way.

The Pros and Cons of prefab homes

There are a lot of benefits to buying a prefab home as opposed to a stick home. If you’ve been wondering what some of the positive points of building a Prefab home are, we have the pros and cons for you to compare.


  • Save money on construction – When it comes to building a prefab home, you’ll likely see a pretty good savings compared to building a typical stick home. Why are prefab homes less expensive to build? For one, according to buildwithrise, having even a portion of the construction off-site can help save lots of money by prefab builders being able to determine the exact amount of materials needed, as opposed to onsite construction that tends to be more wasteful with materials. Prefabs also require less laborers to build the home since they are partially constructed in a factory as opposed to stick homes built onsite. Fewer laborers ultimately means less money out-of-pocket for the homeowner. Another cost-cutter comes from how materials are purchased. Prefab builders purchase materials in bulk, while retail builders spend money on materials as they need them, which can ultimately inflate the costs of materials.
  • More cost efficient homes – Not only are prefab homes more cost efficient to build, but they are typically more cost efficient to run. Many prefab homes built in today’s world include eco-friendly elements that help cut costs in your energy bill, such as, energy efficient appliances, lighting, among other design ideas that help to maximize the use of solar energy.
  • Customize your home – Many builders have a certain number of home design models they build on a regular basis. These are often referred to as “cookie cutter homes and can be monotonous and limited when it comes to design options and add-ons homeowners have to work with. This article explains how prefab homes are much easier to customize once a floor plan is chosen to create the perfect home for families.
  • More precise construction – Homes that have portions of it built in a factory will have more precise fittings for the major portions  of the construction, like the floors, walls, and the trusses. These portions are constructed with the use of jigs, giving the builders the ability to make them fit perfectly. Stick homes built onsite always deal with issues with getting major components, like walls, floor joints and other elements, to always fit or be properly squared-off. When this happens, according to dw-homes, contractors must just move on and work the materials around the imperfections.


  • Land purchase – Purchasing a home through a home building company in an established neighborhood typically includes the property the home will be built on. When choosing a prefab home, most often, the homeowner finds the piece of property he wants the home built on and purchases it separately. This means there may be added costs for a prefab home.
  • More upfront costs – The difference between buying an existing home and a prefab home in terms of upfront money is that pre-existing homes require a down payment, typically 20%, and the rest is paid monthly over a designated term, in installments, called mortgage payments. Prefab homes require the construction of the home to be paid off entirely before you move in. Typically there’s a down payment at the beginning of construction, followed by larger installments as the home moves forward in its construction progress. Buying prefab means you’ll need to be sure you’re able to afford the costs of the building upfront before signing any contracts.
  • Site details may be difficult – If your contract with your builder doesn’t state the builder is to be responsible for taking care of electricity hookups, ground leveling or other details regarding the site, this will mean it is your responsibility to make the site conducive for building, and not only can it be expensive, but difficult.

With the benefits of homes being constructed in factories today as opposed to the more traditional building procedures of erecting a home onsite, it’s no surprise that more and more homes we are seeing everywhere we go, fall under the category of a prefab, or modular home. Some of these homes are so amazing, most people would have no idea it was a factory-built home, and we have pictures of some pretty stunning prefab homes. So keep scrolling and take a look at the following 20 prefab homes you’d never know were prefab. It’s pretty amazing!

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