Johnston's firm has won awards for traditionally built custom homes
and has recently designed and completed its first custom prefab
VB: What would you say are the main benefits of a prefab home?
HJ: Done right, a prefab home can be greener, it can be less expensive (although we as an industry haven't really figured out how to do this at the same level of quality as a custom home). However the main benefit is that it is less hassle. The construction time is shorter, you spend less time on the site, and there's less guesswork and mid-construction changing involved.
Above: The facade of a panelized prefab design by PLACE Architects, done in one of three models that the firm offers.