Category Archive: Small Prefab and Modular Houses

MEDCottage, a tiny house designed for the elderly

What to do with an aging parent or grandparent who can no longer live independently? That question will be asked more frequently as the population ages. For some families, having granny move into… Continue reading

The Waterhaus, a tiny sustainable prefab home | GreenPod

GreenPod Development is a prefab home builder in Port Townsend, Washington. As the name suggests, GreenPod places an emphasis on sustainable and healthy homes. Their houses are built from structural insulated panels, ensuring… Continue reading

ARCA, an arched retreat in the Brazilian rainforest | Atelier Marko Brajovic

The humid forest of Brazil’s Costa Verde is the setting for this unusual small house. Nicknamed “Arca” (“Ark”) by the locals for its resemblance to an overturned vessel, the arched house was built… Continue reading

DublDom Houseboat, a modular floating cabin | DublDom

DublDom is a line of wood-framed prefabricated dwellings produced near Moscow. Since its introduction several years ago, the DublDom system has been very successful within Russia. Its modular design and quick on-site installation… Continue reading

Solar Decathlon 2015: INhouse

Solar Decathlon 2015 just wrapped up in Orange County, California. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design and build a small house powered entirely by… Continue reading

The Wee House Company

The Wee House Company is a recent Scottish startup offering energy-efficient small houses designed to appeal to first-time homebuyers, downsizing empty-nesters and anyone wanting to add a rental cottage or “granny flat” to… Continue reading

A tiny cottage for country living | Kanga Room Systems

Kanga Room Systems designs and builds prefab structures including backyard studios, cabins and small houses. The cottage shown here was built for a client who wanted a simple dwelling for her property in… Continue reading

A compact prefab “Refugio” from Chile

Refugio (“Refuge”) is a tiny prefab dwelling produced by FabriHome in Chile. It is typically used as a vacation cabin but it could be a permanent residence for a single person or a… Continue reading

An eco-friendly kit house designed for the owner-builder | Noble Home

Noble Home sells efficient and modern kit homes with a floor plan custom designed for each buyer. The Noble Home building system is based on a 20′ interior width, 8′ tall sidewalls, and… Continue reading

DublDom, a modular tiny house from Russia | BIO Architects

Our first tiny house from Russia, DublDom (“double house”) is a modular dwelling designed by BIO Architects and fabricated not far from Moscow. There are two DublDom models, the 26 m2 (280 ft2) version shown… Continue reading

TimberCab, a prefab timber framed cabin | FabCab

This timber frame cabin with modern lines sits overlooking Lake Pend Oreille in Idaho. It is a TimberCab 550, the smallest in the line of the prefabricated homes by FabCab. FabCab produces a… Continue reading

Hivehaus, a modular dwelling with a honeycomb plan

A documentary on bees inspired builder Barry Jackson to create the Hivehaus, a modular housing system based on a standard-sized unit called a cell. Each hexagonal cell is a single room with 9.3 m2… Continue reading

A small family house in Copenhagen | Sigurd Larsen

Architect Sigurd Larsen designed this small family house to be economical to build. The floor plan is a simple rectangle and the gable roof has no dormers, hips or valleys to add complexity… Continue reading

The Milan, a prefab shipping container home | Nova Deko Modular

Australian firm Nova Deko Modular builds modular houses in a wide range of sizes, marketing the smaller ones as “granny flats“. Of those, one of the larger ones is the Milan, built to… Continue reading

6 prefab boxes make a passive house | Alventosa Morell Arquitectes

This small family house in Spain is composed of six wooden boxes joined together. Its design was the result of two significant challenges. As is often the case, the budget was very tight,… Continue reading

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