Prefab homes selling out on Amazon

Buying a prefabricated home isn’t a new phenomenon in the United States. Since 2013, the industry has seen solid growth of 8.6% to reach nearly US$ 10.5 billion by 2018. But what is new is Amazon.

One home, a 172-square-foot, $7,250 prefabricated tiny cabin, went viral, reportedly selling out quickly after manufacturer Allwood placed it on the site. It home ships free on Amazon, and the company claims it can be built in as little as 8 hours.

Others currently on the site include a 292-square-foot wooden cabin from Lillevilla for $18,800, a 1,000-square-foot Ecohousemart Timber Home for $40,000, and a $5,000 113-square-foot structure also from Lillevilla.

Homag, one of the largest woodworking machinery manufacturers in the world, announced at Ligna that it would be increasing its focus on the North American prefabricated wooden home market, where it sees huge potential. The company announced a partnership with Hundegger, a German leader in machines and systems for timber log processing. The aim is to map the complete process chain in timber and prefabricated house construction.

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