8 Inspirational Island Prefabs

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By Byron Loker / Published by Dwell
The idea of island living is as aspirational as it gets. After all, how many people wouldn't want to live within sight and sound of an ocean, a beach, and palm trees swaying in the wind at night?

Whether you're thinking of building your dream island home in such a clime, or are already living on an island but are considering prefab construction, these prefabricated homes on islands around the world will give you the inspiration you need.

Tiny Pacific House in Hawaii

8 Inspirational Island Prefabs - Photo 1 of 8 - Tiny Pacific Houses is the brainchild of Hawaii-born Brandon Hardin, who saw the trend gaining popularity in the Pacific Northwest.

Tiny Pacific Houses is the brainchild of Hawaii-born Brandon Hardin, who saw the trend gaining popularity in the Pacific Northwest.

8 Inspirational Island Prefabs - Photo 2 of 8 - This "local prefab" home on the Isle of Skye is made mostly from materials sourced in northern Scotland. The timber-framed model, meant to evoke the simple agrarian barns of the area, can be constructed on-site in as little as a day and is designed for affordability.

This "local prefab" home on the Isle of Skye is made mostly from materials sourced in northern Scotland. The timber-framed model, meant to evoke the simple agrarian barns of the area, can be constructed on-site in as little as a day and is designed for affordability.

8 Inspirational Island Prefabs - Photo 3 of 8 - Resolution: 4 Architecture designed this prefab home on Fishers Island with warm cedar siding and white windows as a nod to the regional New England vernacular.

Resolution: 4 Architecture designed this prefab home on Fishers Island with warm cedar siding and white windows as a nod to the regional New England vernacular.

8 Inspirational Island Prefabs - Photo 4 of 8 - The late, renowned designer and architect Jens Risom sourced parts from a catalog for his custom A-frame and had them delivered in pieces to his remote island site off Rhode Island.

The late, renowned designer and architect Jens Risom sourced parts from a catalog for his custom A-frame and had them delivered in pieces to his remote island site off Rhode Island.

8 Inspirational Island Prefabs - Photo 5 of 8 - A compact prefab vacation home in the seaside community of Onemana Beach is clad in plywood and vertical timber battens finished in Resene’s Lumbersider paint.

A compact prefab vacation home in the seaside community of Onemana Beach is clad in plywood and vertical timber battens finished in Resene’s Lumbersider paint.

8 Inspirational Island Prefabs - Photo 6 of 8 - "Designed in collaboration with Box 9 Design, Bert’s Boxes combine functionality with aesthetics, creating innovative and stylish modular living spaces that are thoughtfully designed. Prefab no longer signifies compromise on any level" - Bert & May.

"Designed in collaboration with Box 9 Design, Bert’s Boxes combine functionality with aesthetics, creating innovative and stylish modular living spaces that are thoughtfully designed. Prefab no longer signifies compromise on any level" - Bert & May.

8 Inspirational Island Prefabs - Photo 7 of 8 - The resident, a Tokyo transplant, commissioned architect Tadashi Murai to create a fully-equipped structure that comes with its own power, heating, cooling, water, and waste-disposal systems.

The resident, a Tokyo transplant, commissioned architect Tadashi Murai to create a fully-equipped structure that comes with its own power, heating, cooling, water, and waste-disposal systems.

8 Inspirational Island Prefabs - Photo 8 of 8 - "Who wants to live on a construction site?" said owner Lin, a trained architect. "Being on an island, do you really want to endure being in construction for a year? I figured out the cost would be quite more than buying a Modern-Shed." 

"Who wants to live on a construction site?" said owner Lin, a trained architect. "Being on an island, do you really want to endure being in construction for a year? I figured out the cost would be quite more than buying a Modern-Shed."