Plant Prefab just unveiled a new tiny home at Palm Springs Modernism Week—and it’s packed with smart technology. With a simple voice command, the LivingHome 10 can dim the lights, provide WiFi access, or tell you a joke. Usually smart tech features require aftermarket upgrades—but these extras will now be baked into all of Plant Prefab’s homes.
As before, buyers can head to the company’s website to tweak designs by a star-studded roster of architects—including Ray Kappe and Yves Béhar—or they can hire an architect to work with Plant’s in-house designers for a completely custom home.
From now on, every customizable prefab from Plant’s Rialto, California, factory will arrive with Alexa-friendly tech built in. The homes can be installed in a single day, and then an Amazon expert will stop by to guide new owners through the setup process.
Once setup is complete, owners can use voice commands to control the temperature via an Ecobee thermostat, ask their Ring video doorbell who’s at the front door, check the home’s Sense energy monitoring system, or ask Alexa to do what she does. Plant also offers security, entertainment, and appliance upgrade packages.
To make the home buying experience more interactive—and even fun—Plant has launched a new 3D web tool that renders design choices in real time as you select floor plans, finishes, and smart features.
Plant is also launching a brand new building system that rivals the level of customization found in traditional construction. By combining modular and panelized technologies, they’re offering buyers greater design flexibility, faster construction speeds, and more overall efficiency—in essence, better homes for less.
“I think there will be more work construction going off-site because of cost, because of labor shortages, because of companies like us who are making the process easier and more efficient,” says Steve Glenn, Plant Prefab’s chief executive.