Gallery: PREFAB FRIDAY: Method Homes’ Modular Cabin

Method Home's proposed interior
Method Home's proposed interior

This month we’re welcoming a brand new builder to the prefab scene as Method Homes launches its first house! The wood clad wonder is currently nearing completion in Seattle, Washington and boasts an array of customizable features backed by a steadfast commitment to sustainable materials and building practices. The “down to earth” prefab’s sleek modern lines and LEED gold aspirations make it the latest modular cabin to catch our eye.

It’s always exciting to see a new prefab break real ground after materializing from the theoretical realm. The Method Cabin was designed by Balance Associates Architects to be modular and completely customizable, easily scaling from a studio to a three bedroom home. Method states: “Our goal was to create an adaptable prefab home that could be configured multiple ways and would work well as a vacation home.”

Method’s cabin boasts a bevy of green features that should clear it for LEED Homes 2.0 gold or higher. The prefab is constructed of FSC-certified lumber and features radiant heating and low-flow fixtures. Energy efficiency is accounted for with excellent insulation (the homes are engineered for heavy snow loads), energy star appliances, and optional solar arrays. Polishing off the prefab are recycled tiles, bamboo flooring and cabinets and zero-VOC finishes.

Method employs a team of expert craftsmen to factory construct their homes, which cuts waste to less than 10% of materials used. It takes about 3 months to build a home after permits are approved, and costs are estimated to be between $150 and $250 per square foot.

Method’s prefab prototype is currently in the final stages of construction – check out Method’s blog for more pics and updates. We can’t wait to see the finished product!

+ Method Homes



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  1. Theo September 24, 2009 at 12:13 am

    Its a very nice house, but it doesnt quite fit my needs. Why cant someone come up with modern design, less than 1000 sq ft and easy to build.

    Ive framed some houses in my time; now the kids are gone and my wife and I would like to build on some land we have in the mountains. Our needs are simple-rectangle, flat roof with overhang, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, on piles or slab, lots of glass and wood and less than 1000 sq ft with a cost of around 75$ a square! Ricco and Wee houses are nice as well but I want to build it!!

  2. eraidesigns July 15, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    This is the antithesis of what this site supposedly stands for. The mere notion of having a huge expensive VACATION home is the epitome of environmental destruction -not to mention financial decadence.

  3. archi May 26, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    I am the web designer for and came came across the above comment. Indeed there was a mistake for less than 1 day between the blog and the portfolio website – it was fixed and is again viable! You can view the floorplans as well as track the construction of the first prefab home on the blog and we hope you find it informative.

  4. davet1man May 20, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    I would be much more optimistic if they had a viable website. I get 404 errors on most every link.

  5. remarkd May 18, 2008 at 4:03 am

    having lost our home in the 2003 san diego firestorm, would like to know if any desirable prefabs exist with consideration to fire-resistance. the photos look beautiful, yet i do pause when seeing such abundance of exposed wood.

  6. jcinaz May 17, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    I like the designs. I live in Arizona, so the mud room would be better as a small bedroom or den. I’m sure that could be changed if needed.

  7. learethak May 17, 2008 at 12:56 am


    I like. Not a big fan of MoCo, but I like the clean lines and synthesis blending between it and sorta craftsman style cabin.

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