Author Sheri Koones believes that prefab houses are the homes of the future, or “prefabulous,” as she calls them. She’s written five books about them. In the new “Prefabulous Small Houses” (The Taunton Press), Koones focuses on modestly sized homes and cottages, between 350 and 2,500 square feet. “It is definitely possible to live large but on a small footprint without cramping your style or budget,” she said in an Associated Press interview. Compared to the basic modular homes of a decade ago, Koones says, these prefab residences are more elegant, eco-friendly and economical. Unlike traditional, on-site home building, they can be put up in a matter of days or weeks. The book profiles 32 homes across the country, including two in Sonoma County — a 1,600-square-foot house commissioned by a Sonoma woman for her elderly mother and a 1,670-square-foot factory constructed home in Cloverdale for a pair of avid cyclists who wanted to get out of the fog and downsize from their longtime home in San Francisco.
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