Some may see the modular tiny home movement as a fad, but others are citing it as the only logical future of the housing industry, says writer Diana Budds in an article for Fast Company. In her new book Prefabulous Small Houses, prefab proponent Sheri Koones argues that prefab building is the most efficient, sustainable, and happiest way to build our homes.

Prefab used to have a low reputation when it first came about, but developers have taken to building prefab homes that are not only convenient and cost efficient, but beautiful as well.

But to Koones, building small using prefabrication methods—which can involve modules or kit of parts and SIP construction (short for structurally insulated panels, which are like Oreos, but the filling is insulation and the cookies are usually oriented strand board)—are destined to become the status quo for a slew of reasons, namely that they are more resource efficient to build and maintain, since they require fewer materials to construct and less energy to heat and cool.

"My books have evolved and [through my research] I’ve gotten to the point where I think this is the ideal method," she says. "People should aspire to having these houses as a goal now and in their future."

What do you think of the prefab building method? Is it really the future of housing as Koones argues?

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