Editor's Note: This post was originally published in June 2015 and has been updated with the most recent information.
There's no shortage of impressive new prefab home designs out there these days. Some of them, however, (looking at you, Phillip Starck-designed eco-villa and ultra-luxe Vipp shelter) seem to defeat the romance of a cost-effective modern prefab, each asking upwards of half-a-million dollars for the basic model. To keep the prefab dream alive, here are some relatively affordable options that don't sacrifice style—one can even withstand a Category 5 hurricane, now that's priceless.
The models listed below, which all come furnished and mostly starting at below $150,000. Costs associated with land, permits, transport, foundation, installation, etc. are not included. Know any other great prefab options? Please share in the comments.
Size: Starting from 958 square feet (2 beds, 1 bath)
Cost: Starting from $139,000 (base)
Key features: Open floor plan, cork floors, wood ceiling and siding, sliding glass doors, low-e windows, efficient LED lights, environmental monitoring system
Size: 560 square feet (1 bed, 1 bath)
Key features: Galley kitchen, stainless steel appliances, painted fiber cement shingles
Size: 450 to 2,000 square feet
Cost: $80-125K for 450 square feet; $120-210K for 850 square feet; $180-330K for 1,350 square feet; $240-400K for 2,000 square feet
Key features: Steel or wooden siding, low-e glass, stainless steel appliances, in-floor hydronic heating, customizable
Size: 240 to 330 square feet (kitchenette and bath included)
Cost: Starting from $55,000
Key features: Structural insulated panels construction, white shiplap or birch plywood walls, bamboo or plywood, Ikea or similar quality furnishings and fixtures
Size: 1,025 square feet (2 beds, 2 baths)
Cost: Starting from $160,300
Key features: Impact-resistant windows and doors (can withstand winds up to 180 mph), cork exterior finishing, central air, upgrades for solar energy heating and rainwater harvesting systems available
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