Prefab is an increasingly popular choice for environment- and budget-conscious buyers. But when most people think prefab, they’re still stuck in the mindset of trailer homes. Fortunately, innovative builders and imaginative buyers are refining what it means to build prefab. These amazing prefabricated cottages incorporate clean energy and smart design to look stunning while respecting the earth around them.
1. Cute Muskoka Cabin
Plenty of prefab building embrace the modern look, but Royal Homes builds amazing prefabricated cottages that look exactly like traditional dwellings. This particular Muskoka cabin packs tons of charm into a small footprint, leaving ample room for the surrounding forest to flourish. The gorgeous masonry and emerald-green woodwork give the cottage a timeless appeal.
2. Mile-High Alpine Hideaway
When the Swiss Alpine Club needed to replace their 90-year old climbing base, they turned to an architect specializing in eco-friendly prefab work. The result is this incredible mountain hut that sits between a cliff and a glacier over 3,000 metres above the sea. Though the exterior looks cold and tough, the inside is brimming with warmth.
3. Ultramodern Forest Cottage
Danish Designer Vipp created this intensely-modern cottage to contrast the sleek and fabricated with the natural beauty of the forest. The structure comes fully furnished and outfitted for clients who want to build quickly with minimal intrusion on the earth. The giant bedroom skylight that opens to the forest canopy is definitely this home’s standout feature.
4. Secluded Desert Retreat
Contrasting with the harsh Mojave terrain, this cozy and laid-back cottage boasts tons of energy-efficient features. It was built to be as green as the desert is hot. The entire home is comprised of three separate units, each immaculately designed and beautifully furnished.
5. Stunning Lakefront Cottage
Another Royal Homes masterpiece, this sprawling Muskoka cottage has been built to blend right in with its incredible natural surroundings. The subtle green siding, extensive masonry and natural woodwork is flush with the forest around it. The entire back wall of the cottage is full of windows to maximize natural light and provide a panoramic view of the lakefront. The rock garden takes full advantage of the rugged Muskoka terrain, beautifying the backyard without taming nature.
And, like all Royal Homes, it looks nothing like what you’d think of as prefab. There’s not a trace of the factory floor in this home – at least not where you can see it. On the inside, this cottage is super energy-efficient thanks to precision building techniques and a superior seal.