Giving Prefab Homes a Better Reputation — These Texas Builders Change the Quick Construction World
The Power of PanelizationBY Courtney Dabney
With its panelized precision, Dario brings architectural fantasies to life years faster than a traditional hime build can.
This West Texas Treehouse is anything but pre-fab.
Dario completed this rural Colorado ranch in 2016, a first for its panelized process.
Driftwood Villas modern kitchen design with skylights and waterfall countertops.
Prefab homes have gotten a bad rap. But times have changed and the often cringe worthy styling of mobile homes, which are mass-produced off-site and driven to their destination, has given way to a better way to build.
Now Austin’s DARIO Panelized homes is attempting to streamline the process, allowing for custom architectural designs to be engineered to precision (panelized) and erected on-site. This effectively collapses the building process into a matter of days, and fully finished projects come to life within mere months. Not years.
The Escobedo Group behind DARIO is setting the stage for a new era of home building. The idea is to prove that high design, with limitless customization, can be achieved with minimal construction waste and environmental impact.
Escobedo’s DARIO Panelized homes are high-end, not prefab. At least not in any traditional sense.
With continued supply chain shortages, many construction timelines are stuck for months in a holding pattern. This option couldn’t have come at a better time. But it’s more than just a concept. DARIO is the first of its kind with actual projects installed and completed. The company’s already made more than 70 homes. And the results are impressive.
From a West Texas Treehouse to a Colorado ranch and much more.
DARIO just launched a new website featuring its most streamlined construction process of all ― the Villas. They make building a luxury retreat quick and easy. These Villas are perfect for adding more space to a ranch or lake house. Best yet? The new dwelling can be completed in just a few months.
Built in Escobedo’s facilities in Buda, Texas, each Villa is delivered to the site in panels and erected within hours including steel framing and a pier and beam foundation. Homeowners can pick between three different floor plans and sizes (from one to three bedrooms). After that, it’s time to select interior finishing options.
Prices start at $600,000 for a one bedroom home and range upwards of $1 million-plus for the larger options and upgraded finishes. You can learn more about DARIO’s panelized process here.
Prefab is yesterday’s news. The quick construction world of today is about panelized design.