Meet the New Prefab
The Sunset Breezehouse’s casual indoor-outdoor living
The modern prefab is a hot commodity—again. But in this latest twist on the concept, popular assumptions about shelter are turned inside out. Walls fold away, corners dissolve, and rooms flow onto decks. The walk-in shower even has its own private pocket garden. Flexible spaces for work, rest, and play are illuminated by skylights and deftly placed windows. And on a beautiful day, there’s a gentle breeze nearly everywhere in the house.
The Sunset Breezehouse—a collaboration between Sunset magazine and architect Michelle Kaufmann of Oakland, California—is a warm, earth-friendly modular home that celebrates the West’s love of the outdoors. Part of the appeal lies in its factory construction, which significantly streamlines the building process. Select your design, choose your finish options (roof, siding, countertops, and flooring), and lay your foundation. The house arrives painted, with wiring, plumbing, cabinets, flooring, walls, and heating coils built in. Hook up your utilities and paint an accent wall or two. Four months after the factory takes your order, you can be sipping Prosecco in an herb garden off your kitchen.