Builders don’t necessarily want to hear it, but talk to some architects and they’ll tell you that prefabricated homes are the wave of the future. Not only do they make it possible to build unique, high end homes for a fraction of the price of their stick-built cousins, but they’re way more environmentally sustainable to boot, say these prefab aficionados.
That’s certainly the way Joseph Tanney, one the founding architects of New York City’s Resolution: 4 Architecture, sees it. He and his colleagues recently finished what they’re calling the Fishers Island House, the most recent in the firm’s “Modern Modular” line of homes. While each is completely unique, its design driven by the site and the homeowners’ needs, all of the houses are constructed using a series of long, factory-built Lego-like boxes that are connected and finished on the site.