(5 of 5)Connect:Homes

Sleek and Sized for Seniors

While prefabs can be an excellent option for just about anyone, Connect:Homes believes they're particularly ideal for downsizing seniors. Low-cost, move-in-ready, attractive and sustainable, they can be delivered anywhere in the U.S. Connect:Homes run as small as 640 square feet for a one bedroom up to 2,500+ square feet with 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths.

How They Do It
Factory production cuts waste by 75 percent. Seventy percent of the elements in a Connect: Home are considered "environmentally preferable." Things like recycled glass counter tops, a cool roof system that reflects up to 90 percent of heat, and an efficient water heater that translates to a 40 percent energy savings.

Cost: $128,000 for 1 bedroom, 1 bath

Timeline: Under 2 months

To Prefab or Not to Prefab ...

  • By Leah Lerner

    The term prefabricated isn't just a euphemism for trailer homes anymore. (No offense, trailers). Prefabs -- homes that are made ahead in sections, then delivered to a site and put onto a foundation -- comprise only 2-3 percent of homes built in the U.S. But that's on the rise due to increasing housing costs and interest in sustainable, energy-efficient homes.

    Home buyers can save 10-25 percent by purchasing prefab over traditional construction. Manufacturers can buy supplies in bulk, and mass-produced items don't required specialized skills to install. Today's prefabs also look a lot cooler than their 1900s Sears & Roebuck ancestors.

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