When Johnny Bellas set out to construct his dream home on British Columbia’s Gambier Island, he knew that building prefab would clear the logistic hurdles his plot of land posed. The qualities that made it desirable—a steep slope draped in trees overlooking a waterfront panorama of Howe Sound—are also a builder’s nightmare. Turkel Design built a modern prefab that rose to the challenge—complete with a great room with soaring 18-foot-high ceilings, ample natural light, and rustic facade that blends in with its surroundings.
To build a home on a remote plot of land in Washington State, former Angelenos Amy Staupe and Christopher Roy commissioned Method Homes to construct a highly personalized prefab structure. "We added large windows, transom windows for maximum airflow, two skylights and they even widened my closet a little and reconfigured the bathroom to fulfill my dream of a freestanding tub inside the shower," Staupe says.
Architect Jesse Garlick’s off-the-grid Washington vacation home references its rugged surroundings. The site’s location near the tiny town of Oroville, Washington, made prefab construction a logical choice. The 820-square-foot, two-story home was built from solid cross-laminated timber panels and sheets of unfinished raw steel, all manufactured offsite.
Architect Chris Pardo designed the Element 1 model for prefab builder Method Homes, cladding it in Cor-Ten steel and cedar. The 800-square-foot home was the perfect fit for Karen Kiest’s plot of land on Marrowstone Island, Washington.
For a family in Bend, Oregon, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson developed a modular home made up of a standard, repeatable, four-foot-wide bay. The components—open-web steel trusses, full sheets of plywood, laminated veneer lumber, and an insulated aluminum window system from Milgard—were shipped directly to the property and installed by a crew of contractors onsite.