What is a Prefab House, Exactly?
The word prefab (also spelled pre-fab) is often used to describe any type of home that is made from easy-to-assemble building parts that were manufactured off-site. Prefab is an abbreviation for prefabricated and may be stamped on plans as PREFAB. Many people consider manufactured homes and modular homes as types of prefab housing. The ornate facades of 19th century cast iron architecture was prefabricated, cast in molds offsite and transported to the building site to be hung onto a frame.
Definition of Prefabrication
“The manufacture of whole buildings or components in a factory or casting yard for transportation to the site.”— The Penguin Dictionary of Architecture, 1980, p. 253
Other Names Used for Prefab Houses
- mobile home
- industrialized building
Historic prefab structures include