Prefab Homes (sometimes called Modular Homes) are gaining popularity. And with good reason, they are built off-site — usually in a shed or factory, so they can be built faster (no rain days), more efficiently (less waste) and more affordably (fewer unknowns for the builder).
In a matter of weeks, your fully complete home can roll down your driveway on the back of a truck in one or more modules ready to be put together. Or, if you're dealing with a tight urban site, you might get to enjoy(?) the drama of seeing your new living area teetering over your bedroom from the top of a crane! Those cables look strong until half your house is attached to one…
Prefab houses come in all shapes and sizes today, and any good prefab builder will work with you to develop a plan to suit your needs, style and budget. In fact, most prefab builders have architects in staff (it's worthwhile asking). You'll get the best results by having your home architecturally designed suit your needs.
Get some ideas for your new Prefab Homes before the crane is crushing your front lawn. Take a look around some of the Prefab Houses we've featured on Lunchbox Architect:
St Kilda Home by Modscape Featured Project
This Inner-city Modular Home Has a Few Tricks up Its Sleeves!
It's not what you expect when you think of a modular home, but this tricky house continues the surprises continue inside...
Project Kangaroobie by Featured Project
New Modular Home: If You've Got It (An Incredible View), Flaunt It!
This modular home was designed and built off-site and then transported to its remote location where it now takes in stunning views.
Albert Park Modular Extension by Modscape Featured Project
How Would You Like Your Extension Installed in a Day?
With modular, off-site construction you can remove the headaches of extending your home and still end up with a beautiful result.
Buxton House by Anchor Homes Featured Project
Can You Guess What Sets This Home Apart from the Rest?
Opening onto a huge deck, with incredible views from every room, you'll never guess what makes this country home so unique.
Project Franklinford by Modscape Featured Project
An Off-Grid, Sustainable House in the Victorian Central Highlands
Sitting sympathetically in an open paddock, this off-grid house captures views without compromising on environmental performance.
Prefab Staff Accommodation by Modscape Featured Project
Prefab-ulous Digs for a Couple of Jackaroos on This Malmsbury Farm
Staff quarters never looked so good. This prefab house is a modern and comfortable place to wind down after a long day on the farm.
Northcote Modular by Modscape Featured Project
A Dramatically Modern Modular Home in Northcote
In contrast to the neighbouring weatherboard houses, this crisp, modern modular home makes a huge statement in this Melbourne street.
Brunswick Extension by ArchiBlox Featured Project
A New Living Pod Creates a Central Courtyard at This Brunswick Home
Set well away from the original house, this new addition creates a central courtyard which all living areas wrap around.
New Farmhouse French Island by Lai Cheong Brown Featured Project
This Off-Grid Prefab House Is Perfect for Beautiful but Isolated Site
To construct this off-grid home on Victoria's French Island, prefabricated modules had to be transported by barge to the isolated site.
New Farmhouse French Island by Lai Cheong Brown
Brunswick Modular by Modscape Featured Project
A Black Modular Home Peeks Over the Fence in This Brunswick Backyard
A strikingly contemporary 'black-box' modular addition has popped up in this neighbourhood, adding to the eclectic mix of housing.
Blackburn House by ArchiBlox Featured Project
Home Among the Gum Trees Makes the Most of a Sloped Site
This family home is nestled amongst the gums, cantilevering over the sloped site so it feels more like a treehouse than a regular home.
Daylesford Prefab House by Prebuilt Featured Project
Striking Prefabricated Home Settles Into This Stunning Rural Site
Clad in COLORBOND® steel with a contemporary take on the traditional pitched roof, this prefab house looks right at home in the bush.
Daylesford Prefab House by Prebuilt
Avalon by ArchiBlox Featured Project
This Green Roofed Beach House Arrived on the Back of a Truck
With a green roof and other sustainable elements this beach-side residence touches the earth lightly physically and metaphorically.
Aireys Inlet Light House by ARKit Featured Project
This Prefab House Solves the Age-Old Problem of Open Plan Living
The curse of the modern open-plan home? Noise. With flexible social spaces, parents in this house can entertain separately to the kids.
Aireys Inlet Light House by ARKit
Aireys Inlet Light House by ARKit
Musk by Modscape
Musk by Modscape Featured Project
A Perfectly Proportioned Prefab Cabin Secluded in a Forest Clearing
Musk is a stylish modern prefab cabin designed as a secluded retreat to relax and enjoy 360 degree views of natural bushland.
Sandy Point Prefab by Ecoliv
Sandy Point Prefab by Ecoliv
Port-a-Bach by AtelierWorkshop
Port-a-Bach by AtelierWorkshop Featured Project
Port-a-Bach: A Portable Teeny Tiny Shipping Container Home
This 'Bach' - a New Zealand term for a small holiday shack - is built inside a shipping container. It's a self-contained, portable, and fun retreat for a family of four.
Salt River Rural Retreat by ARKit Featured Project
Salt Creek: Sustainable Prefabricated Rural Retreat the Perfect Getaway
Salt Creek Rural Retreat is a one bedroom, one bathroom sustainable accommodation. The tiny prefab building enjoys beautiful views over 20 acres.
Happy Haus by Donovan Hill Architects Featured Project
Happy Haus Arrives on a Truck Ready to Move Into
How exciting to unload an architecturally designed house off a truck, unwrap it (like a giant Christmas gift) and move straight in -- with Happy Haus, you can!
Shipping Container Guest House: by Studioarte Architecture Featured Project
Rusty Shipping Container Transformed into a Glamorous Guest House
For less than the price of a new car, a rusty old shipping container is transformed into a stunning guest house. What a bargain!
Sorrento House by ArchiBlox Featured Project
This Simple Modular Prefab Home Provides All the Essentials In One Neat Package
This small house is sustainable, low-maintenance, affordable and it's pre-fab so it arrives (practically) ready to move into.
Inverloch Passive Solar House by ArchiBlox Featured Project
Prefab-ulous Passive Solar Home Proves a De-light to Live In
A prefab home designed around passive solar design principles is warm, comfortable, energy efficient and looks prefab-ulous.
Modular Tower House by Modscape Featured Project
Modular Tower House's Lofty Design Makes a Statement in Sleepy Suburb
In a quiet corner of Melbourne's Inner-North, Modscape's modular, pre-fabricated and sustainable Tower House stands out from the crowd.
Prefab Hawthorn Studio by Third Skin Featured Project
A Prefab Detached Studio in Hawthorn Adds Limitless Flexibility
Parents' retreat, teen hideaway, granny flat or rental earner — the function of this self contained extension can change over time.