To people who are unfamiliar with the new home industry (including tiny homes), the word “prefab” has a negative, bargain-basement connotation. Modular, prefabricated homes have come a long way in the last decade and author Sheri Koones’ new book shows the best of “prefabulous” small homes.
Prefabulous Small Houses is the latest book by author Sheri Koones.
Prefabulous Small Houses by The Taunton Press features 32 modest sized cottages and homes ranging from 350 to 2,500 square feet. The readers of the Tiny House Blog will of course gravitate toward the smaller versions, but all the designs show what is now available in prefab architecture.
The weeZero by Alchemy is another beautiful weeHouse.
Photo by Alchemy Architects
The book also has a foreword by actor, director and environmental advocate, Robert Redford. He says that “…building smaller, along with building houses prefabricated…is the sanest and wisest recipe for home construction, for now and for the future.”
Koones mentions that prefab homes are beneficial for owners in that they are economical and eco-friendly as well as elegant. They can also be put up in a few weeks or even a few days.
Prefab cottages by Connect Homes are featured in the book.
Photo by Connect Homes
“Prefab houses can cost from 5 percent to 15 percent less than an on-site built house. And we know that building prefab saves time and energy both in the construction process and also in terms of maintenance,” Koones says in an AP interview. “You wouldn’t want someone to dump a bunch of car parts in your driveway and build a car there, so why would you want a home built that way? It’s so wasteful.”
The Little House on the Ferry by GO Logic is also featured in the book.
Photo by Trent Bell
Several of the smaller homes included in the book are the Casita de Invierno by David Bailey and Stephanie Harrison-Bailey, the homes by Connect Homes, and the WeeZero by Alchemy. Koones also mentions that most of the homes in Japan and Australia are now prefabricated.
By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]