Prefab Homes: Modular and Manufactured Factory Built Homes

A prefabricated home is manufactured away from the home’s lot in a factory. These homes are typically sold as kits, or built in sections (modules), shipped, and then assembled on site; with some manufactured homes, the completely assembled home is shipped.

Prefab homes offer a variety of choices ranging from inexpensive “trailer-like” homes to more expensive high-quality homes that involve creative architecture and high efficiency materials. There are homes that meet the needs of empty nesters and houses that can accomodate large families. Prefab homes are commonly also called factory built, modular and manufactured homes.

Prefab homes have been around for centuries; in America, they’ve been sold since the early 1900s when Aladdin and Sears, Roebuck and Co. sold thousands. The homes were popular among middle-class Americans and returning World War II veterans; prefab housing is making a comeback today because innovations have introduced new features that cater to up-scale individuals and environmentally conscious buyers. Prefabricated homes today are high quality inexpensive alternatives to stick-built homes, manufactured houses cost 10-25% less than homes built by builders on-site.

Manufactured Home Powered for $1/day

Clayton Homes - I-House - Powered $1/day

Clayton Homes – I-House – Powered $1/day

Clayton Homes in Tennessee manufactures an energy efficient home that can be powered for as little as a dollar a day. The Clayton I-House features low-E windows, solar augmentation, premium insulation and high efficiency appliances. This home represents a new era of prefab housing and the innovations learned when building the I-house have strengthened the entire Clayton Home product line.

Prefab House Definition:
Prefab is an abbreviation for prefabricated. The word prefab is often used to describe any type of house that is made from easy-to-assemble building parts that were manufactured off-site. Manufactured homes and modular homes are both types of prefab housing.

Prehab Homes for Sale

BC L1 - Bamboo

BC L1 is a single-story prefab home from the Bamboo Living Commons Collection. This home is an internationally code certified home made with the most renewable building material on earth. This house offers three bedrooms, two bathrooms, 1,440 square feet of living space and a covered porch with an area of 287 square feet.

Architect – David Sands


The LV home is a single-story home from the Rocio Romero LV series of homes. This home offers 1,150 square feet of living space, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The home is expected to cost $30 per square foot and expected to withstand hurricane conditions of up to 150 mph. The home is sold as a kit, which includes complete plans, framing, roof structure, wall panels and exterior siding. Architect -

Architect – Rocio Romero

Configuration 3 is a two-story home offered at The home features a 301 sq. ft. porch, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and 1,570 square feet of living space. The configuration 3 uses snap-lock connections so that homeowners can change their home to meet their needs. This home is sold as a kit and has an estimated finished price of $35 – $55 per square foot.

Architect – Patrick Freet

ECubeJenesys Buildings

E Cube 1398 is a two-story high-efficiency manufactured house with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a covered deck and 1,398 square feet of living space. This prefab home is constructed from super insulated structural insulated panels. The estimated finished price for this home is $100 – $120+ per square foot.

Architect – Carsten Jensten

List of Prefab Home Builders – Modular & Manufactured Homes

Clayton Homes

Champion Homes

Clever Homes

Fleetwood Homes

Oakwood Homes

Palm Harbor Homes

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Modular Home Floor Plans


History of Prefab Houses
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