Housing, Prefabrication, Modular Construction, Tiny Houses, ADU, Accessory Dwelling Units, Floating Homes, Mobile Homes
From stylish backyard dwellings to a sleek floating home
Whether itâ€™s Kanyeâ€™s dome prototypes or Ikeaâ€™s plan to design residences for people with dementia, prefab housing of all stripes continued to make headlines in 2019. For our year-end roundup of the best prefabs, however, weâ€™re highlighting the most impressive designs that are available to order.
Youâ€™ll notice that a few of these picks are intended as accessory dwelling units (ADUs), which have had quite a year, especially in California, where new laws are making it easier for single-family homes to add a backyard unit. As prefab construction is particularly well-suited for the job, weâ€™ll surely be looking out for more sophisticated, ADU-friendly prefabs heading into 2020 and beyond.
A city-approved modern ADU
In an effort to incentivize more housing stock, the city of San Jose, California, recently pre-approved a backyard dwelling from Bay Area housing startup Abodu so that residents can buy and install one in as little as two weeks. The 500-square-foot house, designed by U.K. studio Koto, costs $199,000 and offers Scandinavian modern style with stark white walls, pale wood floors, and the option to add a curated furniture package.
A full-size algorithm-designed backyard dwelling
LA startup Cover first unveiled its tiny box of a prefab studio/office in 2017 with algorithm-driven design as its claim to fame. This year, the company made its offering more ADU-friendly by unveiling a full-on one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment. The 436-square-foot, L-shaped design features an open-plan living and dining area, and a bedroom tucked into the back. The cost of design and build is $193,000.