Prefab is on the rise down under. With tremendous climatic variation and a relatively slow housing market, homebuilders in Australia have more than one challenge to surmount. In these conditions, prefab designers may have the greatest advantage, due to their highly accommodating manufacturing process. One of the leading new Australian designers, Andrew Maynard, puts it simply: “How can the housing industry make exciting, well designed and cheap housing? Easy, mimic the car industry.”

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  1. oliver perkins December 4, 2007 at 9:06 am

    wonderful designs. can you give me some ideas of costs for the smaller “box “projects



  2. gill albert January 15, 2007 at 1:27 pm

    dear sirs,
    i found and lost a very good article on an hydraulic foot that is manufactured in Australia for supporting a prefab building.
    desperate to get the contact details and site address again.
    hoping you may be able to help.
    love the site – with thanks,
    gill albert

  3. Inhabitat » Blog ... June 24, 2006 at 4:42 pm

    […] From the earliest inceptions of prefab housing, such as the Lustron, to recent prefab designers like Andrew Maynard, a fundamental idea behind prefab manufacturing has been to use the auto industry as a model for the mass-production of houses (which may be the only viable rationale for this being a logical transition for Toyota). Though scoring a little below par on sexiness, the Toyota prefab designs – much like the Prius – earn their cred from high marks on sturdy quality for affordable prices, and specialized high-tech offerings. […]

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