18 May, 2024 @ 08:00
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Pictured: The incredible pre-fabricated homes being built in Spain – but how much do they cost?

The 194-square-metre "Sicilia" model from Bi-Homes. The concrete design is optimal for allowing natural light to enter. Credit: Bi-Homes website.

PRE-FABRICATED homes seem to be having a moment in Spain. From sleek, wooden ‘tiny houses’ to luxe mansions, the concept is predicted to represent a growing percentage of new homes as housing costs soar. But are they truly economical? 

The answer to that question depends on where you want to build your ‘pre-fab’ home, your preferred degree of luxury, and how much help you’ll need, among other factors. 

Pre-fab homes are different from normal homes due to the nature of their construction: their component parts are manufactured in a factory and assembled at a separate location, usually a parcel of land purchased beforehand by the homeowner. 

They come in all shapes and sizes, though they all appeal to modern tastes. 

Sustainability, cost, freedom, speed of construction and a unique, ultra-contemporary style are all reasons someone might go pre-fab. 

The 194-square-metre “Sicilia” model from Bi-Homes. The concrete design is optimal for allowing natural light to enter. Credit: Bi-Homes website.

On the upper end of the pre-fab spectrum are companies like Madrid-based Bi-Homes, which offers a range of concrete homes in various styles and construction methods. 

Initially founded in 1971 as a construction firm, the company now sells a line of highly customizable ‘modular’ homes, as well as others which come pre-designed. 

The two-storey Sicilia model, for example, offers 194-square-metres, four bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and an open, spacious design optimised for natural light, according to the company’s website. 

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Sicilia’s interior space wraps around its natural surroundings so as to optimise spaciousness, light, and privacy. Credit: Bi-Homes website.

Pricing can be highly variable, as one of the advantages of pre-fab houses is that the homebuyer is able to control much of the construction process, such as material and location. 

But first, all pre-fab buyers must obtain the required building licences and permits, a process that requires them to carry out both topographical and geotechnical studies of the land they’d like to build on, which in total can cost more than €1,800, according to the Bi-Homes website

The company reiterates that costs per square-metre are estimates at best, but that for a typical concrete pre-fab house, prices range between €1,650 and €1,950 per square-metre.

Additionally, customers will have to get a handful of licences that vary depending on the community they’re building in.

Some of these include the building licence (2.5-4.5% of the total construction cost), and an urban planning licence (0.5-2% of the house’s cost). 

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A rendering of the two-storey, three-bedroom, three-bathroom “Rothko” model from Modular Home, which costs around €250,000. Credit: Modular Home website.

Beyond that, customers will also have to pay the Construction, Installation and Works Tax (ICIO), which is set by municipal governments and typically hovers around 4% of the project cost. 

There are additional municipal fees as well, which are usually around 1%. 

Some of these include first occupancy licences, certificate of occupancy, and property registration. 

All in all, depending on locale and chosen features, Bi-Homes’ “Sicilia” could cost as high as €400,000 or more with taxes and fees included. 

More budget-friendly options exist, such as the tiny wooden cabins from Spanish company American Building Systems, which measure just 36 square-metres and cost €67,350. 

Modular Home, another Madrid-based prefab company, offers a range of stunning designs, many with boxy, concrete layouts and lots of glass, as well as the possibility of custom-made designs. 


As with Bi-Homes, prices vary depending on location, options chosen and other factors, but according to the company’s website, the most popular model, called “Rothko” — a two-storey home with a “avant-garde” design — costs €243,071 plus tax with all services included.

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