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Texas Builder Unveils Sleek Prefab Luxury Homes Starting at $600,000

A Texas homebuilder has brought an upscale approach to a housing type that has often been lumped into the low-end category.

The Escobedo Group, based in Buda, a suburb of Austin, has introduced a “panel” construction system that allows a luxury home to be prefabricated and then installed on a residential site in about five months. So far, more than 70 of DARIO Villa houses were built.

Over the years, prefab construction has often been associated with inexpensive, mass-produced housing. After World War II, the British adopted prefabricated construction to deal with a severe housing shortage. In the midst of the California Gold Rush in the 19th century, prospectors relied on prefabricated houses to quickly provide shelter.

In recent years, prefabricated homes have gained fans as construction techniques have become more sophisticated.

“DARIO is a better way to build. The construction method we have devised is more efficient and significantly reduces construction waste while saving the client the most valuable asset – their time,” David Escobedo, co-owner of Escobedo Group, told CultureMap.

The Escobedo Group, founded in 1987, officially launched the DARIO brand in June.

DARIO boasts the ability to build and assemble a home in months rather than, in some cases, years.

A buyer can choose from three floor plans with one, two, or three bedrooms, and then select an interior package. A one-bedroom DARIO home starts at $600,000. Larger options cost $1 million or more.

A DARIO house measures between 800 and 20,000 square feet.

Escobedo builds the house panels in its 60,000 square foot factory, then delivers them to a residential site and assembles the new house within hours. Panels include all of the components needed for a home, such as plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems. Each house has a steel frame and a foundation of pillars and beams.

Optional add-ons include:

  • Roof Mounted Solar Power
  • Battery storage to provide electricity during power outages
  • Eco-friendly water collection, storage and filtration

The end product is sleek and modern, like any luxury home built from the ground up.

Escobedo’s DARIO homes are currently available in Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma. The company says they can be placed in just about any residential setting, from a rural ranch to a cliffside location.

“Whether you need a new guesthouse, resort or expanded living space, this is truly revolutionizing the way construction is done. The complications and mess of construction are a thing of the past,” says the home builder.