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5 Sexy and Affordable Prefab Starter Homes and Granny Pads


Durable and Beautiful Prefab Houses

If you are thinking about building a small house, all of these prefabs make great starter homes, granny pads and even vacation retreats.

At one time prefabricated houses weren’t considered a sound investment. While they made homeownership more affordable, they were essentially low-cost housing that wasn’t very good-looking or more importantly, as weather resistant as stick-built homes.

However, thanks to cutting edge building techniques, there are plenty of affordable, durable and customizable prefab options that not only look better but can also withstand wicked weather better than traditional abodes.

The following list features five sexy and affordable prefab starter homes and granny pads. We also included need-to-know facts about prefabricated dwellings.Many people believe Universal Design is all about boring household features that make aging in place easier. But it’s actually about creating an attractive and functional home that everyone can enjoy regardless of age or physical ability — like this timber-frame home.

It’s a 550 square foot prefab called TimberCab by FabCab, a Seattle company that specializes in building sustainable, healthy homes.

ome of the Universal Design features you will find in FabCab homes includes step-free entryways, wide doorways, and plenty of windows that fill the home with natural light.

Price: The house shown here starts at around $300,000

Prefab Facts: There are three types of prefab houses:

  • Flat-packed or panel homes arrive on site as kits with all the pieces like floors and walls pre-cut and ready to assemble on a permanent foundation.
  • Modular homes come partially built from the factory. They arrive on site as preassembled modules that a building crew will secure together and install on a permanent foundation.
  • Manufactured homes are similar to mobile homes. Both come entirely built from the factory. When the fully assembled homes arrive on site, they are not installed on a permanent foundation.
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