Until you’ve actually lived your day-to-day life in one, it’s hard to know whether a prefabricated home will stand the test of time or implode once the first of wind rolls through.
One group you can count on for the real deal: Moscow-based BIO Architects. In 2015, a young couple commissioned a 430-square-foot home from them, survived a long Russian winter in it, and then came back for more.
Their new cabin, on Pirogovo Lake, went up in only 10 days. A commendable feat for most, if much longer than the one-day assembly time BIO strives for with its DublDom line of eco-friendly, glazing-heavy prefab homes. That said, this structure was a custom build made to fit a wooded area — as opposed to their wide array of standard options — leading to the “long” installation time.
DublDom Cabin (7 images)
The DublDom 2.110, as they’re calling it, comes in at a little under 2,000 square feet, with a main entrance stocked with firewood, open living room with fireplace, office and multiple bedrooms. Made in Kazan, it was shipped to the suburban site with interior trim, utilities, furniture and electrical equipment already installed. So if you ever get the urge to escape society (hypothetically, of course), you can plop down your fully furnished hideaway with no more than a week and a half’s notice.
And while this prefab firm is based in Russia, they are taking orders in the U.S. Maybe this newfound friendship isn’t so bad.