While they are still built in a factory and delivered in sections to a homesite, today's prefabricated homes have come a long, long
way since the first component-built homes were introduced to America in 1908.
California-based builder Blu Homes
is one pioneer of the new prefabricated home. Following a two-year research study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Rhode Island School of Design, the founders of Blu designed a factory-built prefab home that felt more like a traditional home—with higher ceilings, more open living spaces, and a more efficient building envelope— and could be built in a fraction of the time.
This Old House
and Real Simple
have chosen Blu's Breezehouse as their 2014 Home of the Year
. Read on for more about the innovative and sustainable building process behind this home.