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If you're trying to decide whether the prefab route is right for you, check out the National Association of Home Builders Web site at www.nahb.org. There, you'll find a section dedicated to modular homes that includes a step-by-step photo gallery illustrating how a modular home is built in the factory, as well as information on trends in prefab construction. The Modular Building Systems Association (www.modularhousing.com) provides a rundown of common questions including how to finance a modular home and basic legal definitions that all potential prefab home buyers should be aware of.

Those who are further along in the process and have signed a contract with a builder should prep themselves for the on-site build. The National Modular Housing Council (www.modularcouncil.org), a professional organization for modular home manufacturers, suppliers and builders, provides key information to help buyers ask their builders the right questions before the on-site building begins. This includes how to avoid pitfalls when delivering the home to the build site, what you should know about on-site preparation and tips for properly laying the home's foundation.

Read more at http://www.kiplinger.com/article/real-estate/T010-C000-S001-what-you-should-know-about-buying-a-prefab-home.html#2vgMiTE890mWtj4u.99

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Transforming the way you live: Clarum builds energy-efficient homes and passive houses that are gorgeously designed, healthy for occupants, and amazingly comfortable.

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My search started with Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid, which includes lots of beautiful examples and plenty of references. Combined with my own research, I’ve put together a list of the prefab/modular home builders in the United States. I’ve included the location and year founded, when it was easy to find.

All of these are “affordable” to some extent. All of them have floor plans of at least 1,200+ square feet and I’m not including cabin kits or anything else that’s too small to be livable for a family of three.

LivingHomes, Santa Monica, CA, 2004
Method Homes, Seattle, WA,  2007
Connect Homes, Los Angeles, CA, 2011
Stillwater Dwellings, Seattle, WA, 2008
GO Logic, Belfast, Maine, 2008
Cutting Edge Homes, San Diego, CA, 2004
Blu Homes, Vallejo, CA, 2008
TLC Manufactured, Poway, CA
Unity Homes, Walpole, NH, 2012
mnmmod, Los Angeles, CA
Clarum Homes, Palo Alto, CA, 1994
Clever Homes, Oakland, CA, 2004
Deltec Homes, Asheville, NC, 1985
Alchemy, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 2003
OMD, Venice, CA, 1998
Greenfab, Seattle, WA, 2009
ideabox, Salem OR
evoDomus, Cleveland, OH
Jet PreFab, Kingston, NY
Hive Modular, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Smarthomze, Vermont
This is a pretty exhaustive list, but if there are any I’m missing, please let me know. I plan to investigate these further, starting with their price per square foot and which options that have available.

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YC-backed zero-energy homes.

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The Palo Alto prefab is located on a small lot near Stanford University and replaces an older home. Primarily constructed off site in the Irontown Homes prefab factory in Utah, the modules were then transported to Palo Alto and installed on the lot. During the home’s fabrication, contractors built a full basement with a guest unit in it. The final home is 2,200 sq ft with a modern open floor plan on the ground floor and an efficient design that incorporates lots of natural light.

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