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November 4, 2014
Cabins are modest by nature, a design quality that makes them conducive to prefabrication. Here are eight prefabs that tread lightly on the great outdoors.
compact prefab new zealand exterior

On a budget of $112 per square foot, architecture students at Auckland's Unitec Institute of Technology helped design a compact prefab for a couple who thought they'd never be able to afford a home at their favorite vacation spot.

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Originally appeared in Students Pass Their Class by Building a House in New Zealand
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norwegian prefab cabin interior

With an inconscpicuous 376-square-foot imprint on the landscape, the modular Woody35 cabin quietly bucks the trend toward larger vacation homes in Northern Europe. 

Originally appeared in A Prefab Cabin in Norway
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superior logic exterior open glass house

Prefab construction simplified the building process of this remote Wisconsin summer home, where all materials needed to be ferried across Lake Superior.

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Originally appeared in The Idyllic Midwest Getaway
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Tiny prefab cabin with black exterior and wood deck

The Mini House 2.0 from Swedish architect Jonas Wagell occupies a mere 160 square feet and takes as little as two days to assemble. 

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Jonas Wagell
Originally appeared in Tiny Prefabricated House Can Be Built in Two Days
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The Blue Sky prototype house leads a second life as desert getaway for David McAdam and his partner Scott Smith.

Inspired by the construction of modular steel barns, David McAdam was convinced he could use a similar framing system to build a beautiful vacation home. The result was the Blue Sky prototype, a sustainable desert getaway that McAdam and his partner call "the Prius of prefabs." 

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Originally appeared in Plan of Steel
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The Wedge modular cabin design in the California state parks

The Wedge, a low maintenance prefab cabin dreamt up by architecture students at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, will soon be a feature of the revamped camping experience at California State Parks. 

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Paul Vu
Originally appeared in Modern Prefab Cabins for California State Parks
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The Island House Prefab Cabin minimal interior

The Island House, a glass cabin that sits on a petite man-made island near Amsterdam, contains a fold-out wall that allows lake access from the living room.

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Originally appeared in Glass Prefab Cabin is Ultimate Outdoor Getaway
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The dramatic Strait of Juan de Fuca sets the stage for a Seattle couple's ideal getaway.

To minimize damage to its majestic Washington site, and honor the design philosophy of his mentor Louis Kahn, architect Anthony Pellecchia had much of his vacation home Villa Lucy fabricated off-site.

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Originally appeared in Setting the Stage
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compact prefab new zealand exterior

On a budget of $112 per square foot, architecture students at Auckland's Unitec Institute of Technology helped design a compact prefab for a couple who thought they'd never be able to afford a home at their favorite vacation spot.

Photo by Simon Devitt. Image courtesy of Simon Devitt .

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