5 Awesome Houses You Won’t Believe Are Pre-Fab

Despite recent economic upheaval, owning a home is still a life goal for many people. In addition to finding a house in the right location that suits aesthetic desires, a growing number of consumers are concerned about impact of building materials and energy efficiency. There was a time when addressing these concerns meant a big uptick in cost, but increased availability of pre-fabricated eco-friendly home designs is changing that.

When some people hear pre-fab home, they instantly thing “double-wide” or a flimsy-looking cookie cutter house built from cheap materials. The reality is, pre-fabricated homes are becoming more sophisticated by the second. To help dispel any misconceptions, we’ve rounded up five amazing houses that you’d never guess were built in a factory.

1. Sidebreeze from Blu Homes

Sidebreeze

Image (c) Mariko Reed/Blu Homes

The largest and most luxurious of Blu Homes’ offerings, the Sidebreeze checks in at 2,600 square feet. The Breezespace features full glass walls on both sides of the home, allowing for maximized daylighting. The designincorporates a cantilevered second floor with master suite and private balcony, as well multiple bathrooms, clerestory windows, built-in cabinetry, and an optional fireplace. Like all Blu Homes, it’s solar-ready, and comes with radiant floor heating, high R-value walls, recycled steel framing, and the use of low/no-VOC paints and finishes throughout.

2. BoKlok Terraced House from Ikea

BoKlok Ikea Houses

Image via Ikea

Yes, you read that right. Home furnishings giant Ikea has teamed up with building firm Skanska to create a line of pre-fab houses that fit together much like its furniture. On the ground floor, the BoKlok terraced house design features a light and airy kitchen with space for cooking, home work and entertaining. The living room has large windows that make the whole home connect to the outside environment. The first floor is the private space, with 3 bedrooms a bathroom and a large closet. Each prefab home is energy efficient and is available in 84 or 102-square-meter sizes.

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Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog