Build a Factory-Made or Prefabricated Home
Learn about the various types of prefab housing, from early Sears houses to modern factory-made houses.
Kit homes, or catalog homes, are often built on site, but a manufactured home is constructed mostly in a factory. Find out how to distinguish manufactured homes.
An introduction to modular housing with links and resources.
Made of porcelain-enameled steel panels, Lustron Homes were manufactured like cars and transported to far corners of the USA. Learn about Lustron homes and find resources.
Katrina Cottage Factory-Made Homes
After Hurricane Katrina destroyed homes and communities along America's Gulf Coast, architects and designers developed cheerful, inexpensive, energy-efficient pre-fab housing known as "Katrina Cottages." Find facts, photos, and ordering information.
Students and faculty from the University of Virginia worked with Habitat for Humanity to build a panelized prefabricated house in Katrina-devastated Gautier, Mississippi. Attractive, energy-efficient, and storm-ready, the "preHAB" house is constructed economically from steel and foam panels.
According to Real Estate Journal, one of the biggest debates in architecture is whether prefabricated homes are the cutting edge of design. Are prefab homes high art, or flimsy knock-offs?
Prefab Housing Gains Popularity
Modern prefab housing has been popular in Europe for decades. Now, builders are using modular materials to build trendy, upscale homes in the United States, says this article from Real Estate News.