How We Design & Build

In an effort to make designing and building a home easier for our clients, Unity has developed a streamlined prefabrication process that takes advantages of best practices gathered from around the globe. The many advantages for homeowners include fixed costs, predictable quality and short construction schedules.


Design System

Unity has developed a proprietary design system that streamlines the design-build process for our clients, and helps to ensure predictable quality, schedules and costs. The design system is based on five “platforms,” or starting points, and a library of pre-designed, pre-engineered components such as master bedroom additions, porches, garages and connectors.

By using components from the system, home designs are configured to fit the site, the needs and the budgets of our clients. We think of the design system as being like a Lego kit: many different outcomes are possible from the same kit of parts.


Off-Site Construction

Unity homes are built using innovative off-site methods that offer distinct advantages to our clients. We believe that these methods represent the future of prefab homebuilding — and a growing cadre of industry professionals agrees.

In conventional construction, each of the thousands of parts and pieces of a home are cut and fastened together on site. The process has been compared to having the parts and pieces of a car dropped off and assembled in a driveway. At Unity, we do this work in the controlled conditions of our state-of-the-art production facility, and then assemble the resulting large prefabricated components quickly on site.


On-Site Assembly

Most homebuilding involves workers on site cutting and attaching tens of thousands of parts over the course of many months, in the midst of highly variable conditions. This unpredictable process is subject to delays due to weather, the delivery of materials and the availability of subcontractors.

In comparison, a typical Unity Home is delivered to the job site as approximately 50 precision components that have been prefabricated with high-tech equipment under controlled conditions, carefully protected for shipping, delivered on site in the exact order in which they are needed, and assembled to precise tolerances in a matter of days.


Post Assembly

Once the shell of the home has been assembled on site, it can be finished outside and in. 

Typically the shell will be finished by a local general contractor. If the owner has opted for a Tempo package from Unity, then we’ll supply many of the finishes and fixtures for the local builder to install. In some limited cases, Unity may be able to provide Whole House service to the project, overseeing the construction from start to finish.