When you hear that “Prefab Tiny Homes” are available to order online and in addition to that they are also surprisingly affordable, what comes to mind? You would probably visualize a crude structure made out of plywood, kind of an oversized chicken coop for humans, right?
C’mon people! This is not the American dream! We love discounts and good deals but we also need at least some elegance and sleek design!
If you don’t care about design, style, etc. jump to the container tiny prefabs post. For the rest of you, here is our growing collection of prefabricated houses designed by tiny home builders with style.
MADi extendable prefab tiny house
A-Frame Tiny Homes always look sharp especially when designed by skillful Italian architects such as Renato Vidal. His main task was to create a foldable prefab tiny house that is easy to erect in one day or so.
The resulting MADi tiny home model can be “unfolded” to provide an affordable and high-quality living space quickly and easily. It is also very durable, earthquake resistant, and aesthetically pleasing.
Besides being foldable, MADi house is modular as well. One single module of roughly 300 SQ FT can easily be extended to 600 SQ FT and beyond. Look how quickly it can be assembled! Simply genius!
Villa Sogno Container Home
Green Box also offers 160 and 320 sq ft units that can easily be moved to alternate locations.
Combining modern elements of an open floor plan with high ceilings and large windows ensures that you will never feel claustrophobic in this space.
Why Many Tiny Homeowners Prefer Shipping Container Homes?
Green Box points out that shipping containers are much more durable than traditional stick-built homes. They also make sure that insulation of each container is up to standard.
These containers are designed to carry up to 350 tons and stack up to 9 containers high. There is a comfort knowing that these homes will withstand even the toughest elements of nature.
We currently build and sell container homes in the Asheville area. If you have a parcel, no problem – we can create your dream home to your specifications. We are happy to build outside of the Asheville area as well… The most significant way to save on a new build is to figure out the design and build-out prior to construction.
Virtual Tour of Modern 800 Sq Ft Shipping Container Home
Lighthouse is a Mobile Office Space made with Structural Insulated Panels
Why would you need a mobile tiny office space? Those who work at home and have kids will tell you why…
The Lighthouse project by KnowHow Shop, an architectural company, was completed in 2017. The whole idea was to have a tiny office space that can be easily moved from its current location in Highland Park (Los Angeles) to another location, if necessary.
Two architects (Kagan Taylor and Justin Rice) built this oddly-shaped structure in their own backyard. The shape is actually very practical – it can handle numerous California earthquakes much better than most of the traditional homes. Another advantage is in its resistance to infamous Santa Ana winds and other possible elements.
The walls and are really well insulated for hot Los Angeles summers. The skylight (that looks awesome on the photos) can create a bit of an overheating problem during sunny days even in winter time.
What’s the solution? Double-pane glass and mini-split air conditioning/heating unit that can really help with creating a perfect workspace climate.
Lighthouse is a micro-building designed and built like a piece of furniture. We discarded typical details and assemblies in favor of new methods of construction from the ground up. – KnowHow Shop
The pod is built on industrial casters similar to the ones used for roll-out dumpsters. Although it doesn’t allow the structure to be towed, the office can be moved locally around tight urban areas where new traditional construction isn’t possible.
The cost of construction was around $50,000 – not exactly the cheapest option but reasonable for high-priced California real estate market. Lighthouse office is currently used by KnowHow Shop to showcase the design and functionality of the structure.
Not that tiny inside…
The abundance of natural light illuminates the interior, making it seem much larger than it really is. This can be noticed even from looking at the photos.
We were surprised by the difference in perceived space from the outside vs. the inside. From within our office feels much larger than it looks from outside, and it is something that most visitors comment on immediately.
Tiny Living in a Dream House
Avrames, as this Estonian Tiny House Builder calls them, can be assembled anywhere really fast and affordable. Going off-grid is not a problem – you will see plenty of solar panels options for energy-independence. What sets this company apart is the quality of everything. These prefabricated cottages are designed to be modular, efficient, beautiful, and elegantly modern.
Can you order Avrame prefab tiny homes to be shipped to the US?
Here are a few basic steps for getting your own Avrame tiny house:
- Contact Avrame to work on customizing your chosen model. Hire a local architect to complete the planning application. Sign contracts with both.
Estimated time: 2-6 weeks
- Your customized house kit will be produced by Avrame. Upon the completion, it will be shipped directly to the building site.
Estimated time: 6-8 weeks
- DIY time! If you want it done faster, then hire contractors to assemble the kit and hook up all the utilities.
Estimated time: 4-10 weeks
- Time for IKEA furniture to be delivered! Assemble all the pieces and have a housewarming party!!!
Estimated time: 1-2 weeks
SOLO 57 Tiny Prefab House
This picture looks perfect! This small house can serve as a guest house, retreat, she-shed, or even sauna.
DUO 57 Tiny House Model
The DUO57 is a durable structure that packs a ton of smart functionality into this tiny floorplan. Yes, it can be off-grid and well-hidden from all the civilization. A perfect modern cabin in the woods!
TRIO 57 Prefab Tiny House
Take a look at another Avrame model home for “off the grid” living anywhere on the planet. Just perfect for ski chalet, a writer’s retreat, or a digital nomad …
SlowCabins Tiny House Is a Secret Retreat with a Twist
Here is the promised twist – all the guests won’t find televisions, phones, or an Internet connection! Cruel? Yes, but how else would you show people what they are loosing by staring into the digital screens 24/7? When was the last time you were actually sitting with the beer bottle, glass of wine, or a cup of tea by the fire and listening to the birds?
Belgium-based Slow Cabins is trying hard to remind a portion of the human population how life was before computers and cell phones. The company’s secret cabins are rustic and pared down with only the essentials (beer, firewood, matches, and whatever else the guy on the picture has lined up on the deck).
The location of the cabin remains a secret and is revealed only when you are ready to travel to your destination.
In addition to that, upon arrival, guests will find spring water for drinking, a fully charged battery, and a full tank of rainwater (for cooking, cleaning up, and showering).
There is one thing that may bother a few purists that expect no electronic devices present inside.
In the spirit of true European modernity, there’s even a smart panel display that details guests’ energy usage to encourage minimal electricity consumption during their stay.
What? Smart panel display?
We thought that the whole idea was to get rid of all electronics with displays…
For super lazy and /or helpless customers the company can deliver “slow food delicacy” baskets for breakfast and dinner. No hunting for your own food is required. This should be encouraging a lot of city-raised people…
For now, cabins are located near major metropolitan areas, which isn’t surprising given the urban-based, cubicle-bound demographic. However, as technology continues to touch every aspect of our lives, it seems inevitable that this concept will spread much, much farther.
If you didn’t like the idea of electronic devices moratorium, check out this post about high-tech tiny houses (also prefabricated).
Vipp Shelter tiny prefab as a precise industrial-era appliance
VIPP, a Danish company that has been working with steel since 1939, came up with this captivation design. Have you ever seen these beautiful trash bins?
Now, imagine 50,000-pound container house built with glass and steel – and the same level of craftsmanship. It’s truly “a plug-and-play getaway.”
VIPP have chosen everything from the bedsheets to the toilet brush, and it is all included in the package. The specifications are top of the line, from the coolest kitchen, electric radiant concrete floors, and 10 inches of insulation. All sounds good but… Is it a house? Can this stunning appliance feel like home?
The designer Morten Bo Jensen, explains:
The biggest difference between this getaway compared to anything else on the market is the fact that I am not an architect. The shelter is conceived more like a product than a piece of architecture that melds seamlessly with its surrounding. We didn’t start with a piece of land on which we customized a house taking into consideration the natural surroundings.
There is plenty of amazing architectural details out there, but we wanted to conceive something different: an escape in the form of an object designed down to last detail, where the only choice left to the customer is where to put it.
You can see that there is a huge difference in VIPP’s design approach and all other companies that were listed above. Which one would you prefer? Make a note that VIPP ticket price of $US 585,000 is not that “tiny” at all.
Take a VIPP Tiny House-Appliance Tour