The advantages of factory-built housing are many: faster build time, less waste, and an indoor construction environment that provides superior quality control. But despite its appeal, many U.S. home buyers and builders remain skeptical that a prefab home can look as good as its site-built counterpart. These four homes show that you can have construction efficiency in a well-designed package.

From a Texas Hill Country contemporary to a stunning Canadian beauty, these skillfully designed homes were built in factories and shipped to their sites. They include distinctive design elements not usually associated with modular housing such as cantilevered ceilings, rustic stonework, open staircases, and walls of glass.

Click through to see how factory design and engineering are giving traditional builders a run for their money.

Texas Contemporary Has Its Roots in the Factory
The thoughtfully detailed, 6,000-square-foot home went from framework to finished in a mere 12 months.

Stunning Modern House is Made of Seven Prefab Modules
The 4,350-square-foot Canadian dwelling was built in a factory and shipped to the jobsite.

Boston Custom Home Constructed in Four Months
This nine-module dwelling arrived on site complete with wiring, plumbing, lighting, insulation, and trim.

California Prefab Doesn't Skimp on Style
Blu Homes is changing consumers' perception of what a factory-built house looks like.