The Element 1 – A Small Prefab House by Method Homes

Called Element 1, and designed by Chris Pardo, this small prefab house is the latest edition to Method Home’s already extensive portfolio prefabricated houses. The one-bedroom retreat is set on Marrowstone Island in Washington.


Prefab House - Method Homes - Chris Pardo - Washington - Exterior - Humble Homes

The owner, Karen Kiest, works as a landscape architect and purchased the plot of land for its stunning views. However building a house on the plot was problematic, and Kiest decided that offsite prefabrication would minimize disruption to the immediate surroundings.


Prefab House - Method Homes - Chris Pardo - Washington - Living Room - Humble Homes

Kiest contacted Method Homes, and after speaking with Pardo, she determined that the Element 1 was the most appropriate for for her – and the sites – needs. The Element 1 features an 825 square foot (76.6 square meters) floor plan, with generous living spaces and plenty of glazing to take advantage of the views.


Prefab House - Method Homes - Chris Pardo - Washington - Kitchen - Humble Homes

The exterior of the house is clad in a mix of Corten steel, timber and floor-to-ceiling windows. The windows surround the main living area and the bedroom to the back of the house, providing views from every room. On the inside the living spaces are (of course) bright and filled with natural daylight.

Prefab House - Method Homes - Chris Pardo - Washington - Bedroom - Humble Homes

The walls and ceiling are finished in white-painted drywall, and the floor in a light wood. On the far right of the house you’ll find the living room, which features a small wood-burning stove. This is following by a simple dining area for four people, and the kitchen.

Prefab House - Method Homes - Chris Pardo - Washington - Bathroom - Humble Homes

The bathroom is sandwiched between the kitchen and the bedroom. The bedroom itself features two walls of glazing that look out on the surrounding forestry. The interior living space are extended by a large exterior deck that wraps around the front of the home.

For more prefab houses check out the Bioclimatic House 3.0 by Noem. Or, the Minimod, a tiny prefabricated house by Mapa architects. See all prefab.

Via Inhabitat
Photos: Method Homes

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

  1. this is perfect. I love it and could happily live here. I would add window coverings in my bedroom and eliminate the microwave over the stove. This is an arrangement that I strongly dislike, even toh it is widely used.

  2. Yes! This is The One! The right size, the correct layout, one floor, TUB, fully functional kitchen, lots of windows and a deck… Absolutely perfect. Element 1, will you marry me??

  3. OMG…this is it for me. Just need the land and I would live in this forever. Very nice job!!

  4. I like it but not thrill especially with the bedroom. No privacy and safety consciousness. Maybe bullet proof glass and possible paint or film on glass or darken to give more privacy so that no would break in either animal or human. Definitely like the open airiness.

  5. I absolutely adore this house just like Kiest had it completed! But, I’m wondering where the bedroom closet is and if there is a laundry room or laundry closet. Thanks!

    Oh! Would I be able to have one placed on a lot in Alabama?