How to Build a House in Vegas in 7 Days

A look inside the amazing modular homes built in the parking lot outside the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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Could there be a more effective way to market at the International Builders Show (IBS) than to actually build a home on site? Probably not, which is why the trade journal Professional Builder has organized just such a project for the last 17 years running. This year, the journal's "Show Village" featured not one but four homes, all assembled in a period of just seven days.

Each of the modular homes showcases a different style, from the one story Net-Zero and Ultimate Kitchen homes to the two-story, beach-bound Fire Island Home. But not all of this year's homes were created equal.

The Country House

The Country House basks in the Vegas sun, enjoying its all too brief existence. View Larger
First floor plan View Larger

The largest and most impressive home on display is the Country House—a large, open-concept design featuring exposed timber frames. Here are some of the key numbers on how this remarkable home was brought to life:

  • 4 trucks to deliver the house
  • 14 separate segments of the pre-constructed house
  • 10 construction workers to put it together
  • 1 crane
  • 7 days

The home was designed by Portland, Oregon-based Dezine Works. Owner and architect Ross Farland estimated that the house, as equipped, would run about $1.5 million. Of course, that excludes the cost of the necessary land.

A massive open-concept space greets you as you enter the front door. View Larger
The gorgeous timber beams slowed down construction, but proved worthwhile View Larger
Dine-in kitchen View Larger
Last minute preparations View Larger
An approving crowd of IBS conventioners tours the house View Larger
A kid's bedroom on the second floor View Larger
A conventioner takes a break from the bustle of IBS, while the Las Vegas monorail occasionally zips by in the background View Larger
A master bath with scenic view of North Hall. View Larger

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