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Interview with Method Homes Cofounder and CEO Brian Abramson

Method Homes cofounder and CEO Brian Abramson discusses prefab and modular building, common misconceptions in the prefab world, and the future of prefab.

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What makes Method Homes different?

"Method is focused on craftsmanship and quality in our manufacturing. We have a track record of executing complex builds with architectural detailing. We are working to adapt this craft approach to creating more design and detail standardization so we can execute the same complexity of projects with mass customization and at scale."


Method Homes exterior shot. Credit David Duncan Livingston Photography.

How do you think about the future of prefab?

"The labor shortage in construction is not going away and we have seen increased demand and needs for modular projects consistently through our 14 year history. As technology and innovation get increasingly implemented in offsite manufacturing, prefabrication will become a standard method for most construction projects in the US out of necessity."

What are some common misunderstandings about prefab, and how should people think about them instead?

"There is often not  a cost savings with going prefab. There should be a time savings which can sometimes translate to a cost savings but projects are using the same materials and delivering the same or often superior level of quality so once the transport and installation costs are factored in costs tend to be close to on par with site built construction except in very constrained markets.

Equally important as selecting a manufacturer is the selection of the local contractor for the site prep, foundation and onsite completion after install. It is important for execution that the whole team is aligned and has the same goals from preconstruction and onward. Also it is important that client's understand that our homes are designed and engineered to local building codes and conditions so once completed they are no different than site built homes for maintenance and resale."

Method Homes interior shot. Credit David Duncan Livingston Photography.

What should customers expect from Method Homes?

"Method services the western US. We are currently are taking projects for 2023 deliveries but the design, engineering and permitting generally takes 6+ months for most markets we work in and that process can starts once we're engaged. We are generally quoting $400-$600 per square foot all in for build costs including, soft costs,  onsite costs, modular costs and transport and install. There are some projects that come in below this cost. We offer six series of predesigned models with 5 architect partners but most of our work is custom."

Method Homes is a prefab home provider. They ship from their shop in Seattle to anywhere in In the western USA. Get in touch with their team at methodhomes.net

Method Home panel being lifted and installed

Method Homes exterior shot in the evening. Credit Wes Edenholm.


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