The future of homebuilding has arrived, and it’s raising the bar on speed, quality, and reliability.

Plant Prefab Home in Santa Monica
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Plant Prefab home in Santa Monica, CA designed by Ray Kappe, FAIA

If you’ve ever braved a home construction project, you know that traditional construction is unpredictable at best. From weather delays to change orders, building your dream home can quickly become your worst nightmare.

“There’s very little certainty on a conventional jobsite,” explains Amy Sims, VP of Design at prefabricated home builder Plant Prefab. “Any issue, like one subcontractor not showing up for work, causes a domino effect of setbacks with major implications for the project schedule and budget.”

Fueled by a desire to improve this unpredictable process and build homes more sustainably, Sims transitioned to offsite construction more than 15 years ago. She helped create Plant Prefab and its patented building system, which bridges the gap between design and construction to streamline project delivery.­­

Plant Design Studio Rendering for a Plant Prefab Home in Malibu
Plant Design Studio rendering for a Plant Prefab home in Malibu

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Plant Prefab CAD engineers work with project architects in the design phase, helping them understand how to optimize their design for prefabrication. Then, they create a complete virtual model of the project, and use it to determine the most efficient means of construction, delivery, assembly, and finish. This allows Plant Prefab to prefabricate almost any design, utilizing a combination of panelized and modular building methods as required to meet the needs of each unique project.

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Plant Prefab home in Olympic Valley, CA designed by The Brown Studio

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“The Plant Building System is truly the best of both worlds, since it gives clients and their architects the freedom of custom design with the quality and reliability of factory production,” explains Sims.

Construction at Plant Prefab is conducted in a controlled manufacturing setting, concurrent with site work, providing a drastically shorter timeline than site-built projects. Strict workmanship standards and rigorous quality assurance protocols ensure superior craftsmanship, and discerning material safety and sustainability requirements produce healthier homes with lower carbon footprints.

Plant Prefab Home in Palo Alto
Plant Prefab home in Palo Alto, CA designed by Toby Long, AIA

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“It’s just a better way to build,” says Sims. “The process is streamlined, the schedule is predictable, and the quality is consistent. Prefab is the future of home building.”

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