When you think “prefab cottage,” do you immediately think of trailer parks? Or wring your hands at the overwhelming idea of paying to haul a fully-assembled cottage across land and (possibly) water? Understandable—but there are benefits to going prefab, too.
Today’s prefabricated or modular homes, cottages, and bunkies can be a great way to make your cottaging more green, design-forward, and convenient. Just check out these fantastic examples.
Not sold on going prefab? For more info on the benefits and costs of a prefab cottage, check out this post.
Interhabs (Nova Scotia)
If you’ve got a location close to a ski hill (or if you wish you did), channel some chalet style into your design choice. This design lets the outside in with floor-to-ceiling windows so you can enjoy your surroundings—even when you’re not on the slopes.More info: Interhabs.ns.ca.
Canada Builds (Ontario)
Cathedral ceilings, a fieldstone fireplace, and a screened-in porch all add touches of luxury to this modular cottage. With three bedrooms and one bath, this 1325-square-foot cottage is sure to feel like home away from home. More info: Canadabuilds.ca.
Knotty Pine Cabins (Alberta)
If you’re feeling like an ambitious DIY project, why not build your own cabin? This one-bedroom beauty includes room for a living room and dining room as well as an optional porch for sunset-watching. More info: Knottypinecabins.ca.
Karoleena Homes (British Columbia)
This 755-square-foot beauty is perfect for a private getaway. Its simple design allows it to fit seamlessly on sites surrounded by nature, and an abundance of windows allows you to appreciate your surroundings every time you turn around. More info: Karoleena.com.
MiniHome (Toronto, Ontario)
Energy efficient, using locally sourced materials and sustainable building practices, these homes by Sustain Design Studio, a branch of Altius Architecture, have been internationally recognized as leaders in small-home design. Plus, they look incredible. Practically speaking, this model boasts an efficient and compact layout, without sacrificing room to stretch out and appreciate your surroundings. More info: Sustain.ca.
Winton Homes (British Columbia)
Got a view that needs a room? Gaze at the lake from this loft-style cabin that’s customizable with extra dormers and a wrap-around porch. Three bedrooms and two bathrooms mean you can entertain in style without having to give up privacy. More info: Wintonhomes.ca.