Prefab Is the Future of Shelters and Housing

During the last few years, we’ve seen more and more prefab houses and shelters emerging. The sanitary crisis has helped to propel these types of shelters to the forefront, as they were needed in various locations around the world to rapidly put-up extensions to hospitals or places to stay for the homeless. But the housing market for the prefab has also risen and developed into a flourishing market. Are we living in the prefab years?

New Variety of Prefab Shelters Appearing Regularly

It seems like there is a new kind of prefab shelters developed and brought to market almost every month, and sometimes in even less time. The latest to appear in the UK is the weather shelters to protect people waiting in social-distanced queues. This quick-to-deploy, semi-permanent modular weather shelter system requires no planning permission. They can cover any length and are meant to protect from the rain and bad weather.

Prefab Shelters have improved so much that they can be delivered in a kit, ready to be put together with all the necessary additions to them. For example, the insulated containers prefab shelters are specially created to support many technical spaces such as telecommunication centers, military command, IT and others. They come pre-equipped with a complete electricity circuit and its accessories. It’s also possible to select how many doors and windows should be included. Such advances explain in part why prefab has become so popular these days.

Ecological Factor

Taking care of the environment has become an important part of life for citizens in most advanced countries. Building anything without first taking in account its impact on the environment has become a no-no. That is also a reason why prefab shelters have become so popular. As fast as they are to put together, they can also be taken down just as easily without leaving any trace (or almost) of their previous existence. Its impact on the environment is therefore minimal, which is what people and governments are looking for today.

In some parts of the world, tourism is also moving towards the prefab, while aiming to be environmentally friendly as well. A company in Italy is specializing in short stay cabins that can be positioned in different natural locations. The prefabricated room with glass walls can be put-up in the middle of a vineyard, close to a lake or facing mountains, so that its occupants can spend a night in the middle of nature, feeling as if they were a part of it. It is taken down as soon as the guests leave to be rebuilt somewhere else, for a new experience.


If prefab housing has grown in popularity, it is mostly because the number of models and the quality of them has increased exponentially over the years. Today, you can buy a prefab house that looks like a palace. They arrive fully completed, which includes water and electricity, and they are even painted. They are also better for the environment as there is less waste, since each piece is cut to precision and built in the factory before being sent to the location.


Helen is a multi-published, award-winning author of over 30 books, including the delightful Ivy & Bean series. She has written novels for young adults, including YA romantic comedies, and has written BBC drama.

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