Meet the home of the future

For most of us, the word prefab conjures up images of draughty, nondescript boxes that have served as temporary classrooms over the years. But a new generation of prefab houses and baches now sit on sections from one end of the country to the other.

The prefab - a building that is built or partly built in a factory and shifted either whole or in parts to a site - also forms a big part of our architectural history.

The first New Zealand prefab house was the Treaty House in Waitangi, built in 1833, and early immigrants were encouraged to bring the framework for their cottages with them in the 1800s. About 1600 railway cottages were built as kitsets in a Frankton factory between 1880 and 1929 for North Island railway workers and their families, with each one taking about two weeks to put together on-site…

Read the full story on the Stuff website here.