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The 5 most impressive prefab homes of 2019
Publisher:
Curbed
New York, New York, USA
Media, Real Estate Blog
Author: 
Jenny Xie
Date Published: 
2019-12-30
Keywords: 
Housing, Prefabrication, Modular Construction, Tiny Houses, ADU, Accessory Dwelling Units, Floating Homes, Mobile Homes
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Updated: 
2020-01-02 03:29:17
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Image:
Koto
Excerpt:
From stylish backyard dwellings to a sleek floating home

Whether it’s Kanye’s dome prototypes or Ikea’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, we’re highlighting the most impressive designs that are available to order.

You’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, we’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.



Organizations Mentioned: (2)
Abodu
Redwood City, California, USA
Architecture, Construction, Accessory Dwelling Units, Backyard Homes
Cover
Gardena, California, USA
Architecture, Construction, Accessory Dwelling Units, Backyard Homes