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Tennessee has a long tradition of prefabricated building that’s still alive and well today. Back in the 1930s, the Tennessee Valley Authority (a federally owned corporation that addresses flood control, electricity generation, and other development projects) began experimenting with prefabricated and demountable trailer housing. From the Norris House of the 1930s to the Flat Top homes of the 1940s, prefab architecture has evolved over time in the Volunteer State—and today it incorporates advanced materials and eco-friendly technologies. Read on for five exemplary Tennessee prefabs.

An Off-Grid Lakeside Cabin by Sanders Pace Architecture

For the Knoxville-based CEO of environmentally-focused marketing firm the Shelton Group, building an off-the-grid lakefront pavilion in Sharps Chapel, Tennessee, wasn’t so simple. With the help of architect Brandon Pace, she built a small prefabricated cabin on a

The Knoxville-based CEO of the Shelton Group commissioned Brandon Pace of Sanders Pace Architecture to construct this small prefab on a “funky piece of property” on Norris Lake, a man-made reservoir in Sharps Chapel, Tennessee. The prefabricated cedar panels arrived on-site with insect screens that attached to the steel structure, and the frame assembly was completed in just three days.

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A Tiny Home and Writing Studio by David Latimer

The Cornelia Tiny House

This custom 250-square-foot home was designed by Nashville-based David Latimer to serve as an off-grid tiny home for children’s author Cornelia Funke. Although the house was ultimately installed on an old avocado farm near Zuma Beach in Malibu, California, it was designed and constructed in Latimer’s factory in Nashville before being shipped (read: driven) over to California.

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A Custom Prefab in Eastern Tennessee by Deltec

After visiting one of Deltec's model homes in 2016, a couple moving from Washington, DC to Eastern Tennessee realized that a customized version of Deltec's prefab 2500 model would be the ideal solution for them. The home's circular layout allows for panoramic views of the mountains beyond, and the prefabrication methods made the home particularly eco-friendly in its reduced construction waste.

A couple moving from Washington, DC, to Eastern Tennessee decided to build a customized version of one of Deltec’s 2500 model prefabs. The home’s circular layout allows for panoramic views of the mountains beyond, and its prefab design helped significantly reduce construction waste.

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