4 Stunning Modular Homes That Don’t Belong in a Trailer Park

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Image: Marmol Radziner Prefab

I’ll admit it. I’m one of those folks who still tends to wonder “single-wide or double-wide?” when I hear the term “prefabricated home” being used. But these days prefabricated – or modular – homes have left the confines of trailer parks and gone upscale; way upscale, with some reaching cost heights of over a million dollars. Thanks to modern manufacturing techniques and a trend of bringing high-end design with a low environmental impact to the masses, we have the modern prefabricated home. Here are a few of my favorite examples.

Masterful Design

Stunning Modular Home Deck on the Interior CollectiveImage: Izumi Tanaka on Dwell

House modules and deck modules are combined with a stunning effect to create a 4,000 square foot modern masterpiece in the desert, as shown above. It is created in a factory – the very essence of manufactured housing – and shipped to then be assembled on site. With design and finishes this refined, you’d never equate this home with a trailer house.

Environmentally Friendly

Stunning Modular Home Dining Area on the Interior CollectiveImage: Stillwater Dwellings

Another hallmark of the modern prefabricated home is its mindfulness of environmental impact. The above example uses formaldehyde-free millwork and has a LEED platinum rating. All with style and a remarkably affordable price tag.

Suit Your Style

Stunning Modular Home Kitchen on the Interior CollectiveImage: Design Shimmer

This example shows a dining area and kitchen that lean toward present day styling. Don’t assume you have to go with whatever the prefabricated home company has chosen as the standard décor. Many if not most providers of these modern modular abodes are happy to customize interior styling to meet your preferences.

Home Economics

One of the best things about these modern marvels is that since they are created in a factory and then transported to the site, there are few limits regarding where they can be built. This can allow you to have a terrific new modern home when there may not be resources in your particular area to provide one. The example shown above was created in Estonia, shipped, and then assembled in Norway!

Are you re-thinking your conceptions about prefabricated homes?

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Dave Hime, founder/curator of JapaneseTrash.com, has been an interior design addict for as long as he can remember. In 2005, he bought a house-in-progress and missed several opportunities to have an influence on his own home decor–leaving him wanting more. With design heroes such as Blake Dollahite (ruraltheory.com) and Robert & Cortney Novogratz (thenovogratz.com), Dave began seeking out online resources that would exemplify the interior design practices he's most drawn to: using color, texture and simple materials well. Bringing all of this together, along with his specific focus on providing interior design inspiration from a man's point of view, is Dave's mission: masculine design.