5 Unmissable prefab house design trends in 2018

by Genius Homes

We're kicking off 2018 with a look at the prefab home design trends that we're predicting will grow in popularity in the coming 12 months. Prefab homes in their own right are growing in popularity. More Kiwis are looking to build a brand new home without the hassle of managing an on-site build. But as market demands change and people want a home that's a little bit different, what does this mean for the designs in the coming year?

Country Living

We still anticipate a strong demand in rural areas for traditional cabin designs. A house with a central living and kitchen area forms the 'heart' of the house, where activity centres. Where more modern designs have looked to put the sleeping and living areas at different ends of the house, the traditional home placed living areas at the centre.

This has benefits if the main source of heating is in the living areas as the heat has less distance to travel to reach bedrooms. A traditional rural design is often graced with a generous full-length verandah. Check out our Farm Manager's Home to get a taste of four-bedroom rural living.

Farm Homes - Managers Home

Tiny Homes

There have been a bunch of articles on the growing popularity of tiny homes. Kiwis looking to down-size and de-clutter, or to get on the property ladder with a house that won't break the bank.

We can't see this trend going anywhere but up. House prices in some parts of the country are not on their way down at the moment, and some people don't want to spend a chunk of their income on rent. Grabbing a one or two-bedroom home at a fraction of the cost of your average house seems like the logical choice for some.

Add in the savings from a prefab home, and suddenly a brand new two-bedroom house seems well within reach. Take our two-bedroom Dunrobin cabin as an example. It has a good-sized master bedroom with built-in wardrobe, a single spare room (office or nursery), and a laundry-bathroom combination packs in the features by efficiently using the space available.

Accomodation - Dunrobin

Modern mansion

Big floor to ceiling glass windows, an alternative layout and a grand mono-pitch roof are just the start of the features your classic Kiwi dream home enjoys. Tick the box for a good-sized walk-in robe and ensuite, a few double guest bedrooms with built-in wardrobes, an open plan living and kitchen that is an entertainer's dream, and you've probably designed the dream home for almost any family you'll meet.

The modern prefab design shouldn't compromise that dream lifestyle. A massive deck and stunning views should all be part of the dream, and an enviable indoor-outdoor flow would be the icing on the cake.

The Hayes is not your average prefabricated home. Designed without compromise, it looks like it has been plucked straight from an episode of Grand Designs, yet is pre-built in a factory to your specifications and delivered in three pieces to your site.


3 Bed - Hayes

Practical living

Grand is good but when you're looking for a house that offers plenty of bedrooms in a practical package, then something with a smaller footprint might be better. Kiwi families are also looking at carports and garages in their prefab home builds, and even though they want a smaller, practical floor plan, they still want features like ensuite and walk-in wardrobes.

Practical living is exactly what we had in mind when designing the Wakatipu. It has a relatively compact floorplan (106.6 sqm not including deck), and a double carport/garage with internal access. With a door separating the hallway and living area it's easy to heat the main living areas in winter or keep the noise out of the sleeping area if you're entertaining during the summer.

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