Verticality and Building Efficiencies

Did you know it is less expensive and time-efficient to build a 2-story home than a ranch-style home with the same SQ/FT?    Building homes with verticality vs. a wide low profile and larger, more elongated footprints, minimize the need for extensive excavation, foundation work, and more on-site construction, which translates to cost and time savings!    […]

Custom Prefab Colorado

If you’ve been considering a prefab home for your dream home in the Colorado mountains, you may have some unanswered questions. Here at SmartPads, we want to educate and inform the community of the benefits of building a modular home (or prefab home) in Colorado.  Whether you’ve searched for “custom prefab Colorado” or “custom modular […]

The Fairview design by SmartPads

The Fairview design by SmartPads

SmartPads recently completed a brand new, “custom modular” home in Steamboat Springs, CO in just 3 months from the first shovel to move in by the new owners. Considering most custom homes take at least 12+ months, this achievement underscores the value of building modular. The Fairview, which would be considered a mountain modern design, […]

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Putting Luxury Touch on the Inside Design of Your SmartPads Home

At SmartPads, we are all about letting you customize both the inside and outside of your home to cater to your personal design preferences and living goals. For the inside, customization is available for all of the finishes including, cabinets and their handles, paint color, appliances, interior doors, countertops, flooring, sinks, faucets, bathroom tiles, kitchen […]

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Contemporary design for your modular homes by SmartPads

Did you know that you can completely custom design both the outside and the inside of your SmartPads home, choosing finishes for the siding, flooring, cabinets, and more? In this blog, we outline what can be customized on the outside of your SmartPads home, trends in design and the elements that best work together for […]

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Luxury Prefab Home built for Colorado Mountain Living

SmartPads provides the Colorado marketplace with luxury prefab homes and developments at a fixed-price. We create mountain-modern building solutions that are stylish, efficient, affordable and excellent for mountain living. We deliver the homes in shorter build times than what it would take for a traditional home to be built. Luxury prefab homes lead the way […]

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Why Custom Modular Homes are the Best Building Solution?

SmartPads builds custom modular homes (also known as manufactured homes) at a fixed price. Pure and simple, having a fixed price you can bank on is the prefab advantage you get with SmartPads. 

As modular home manufacturers, we provide the state of Colorado  with modern, stylish, efficient designs that are also cost-effective. We make the modern prefab home building process less stressful, providing peace-of-mind and cost savings to our clients.

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We’ve found that when our clients partner with the right local General Contractor (GC), there are real savings for the owner. On the back end, these homes can resale at a premium based on modern designs, quality construction and finishes, and energy efficiency, making them a great investment opportunity.

To learn more about modular home companies, take a look at our designs so you can see what makes us different from other home builders in Colorado. Did you know any building can be constructed using modular technology? We use modular building methods to provide the best quality product at the lowest possible cost. We build the home in our facility with the same technique and materials as a typical stick-built home, yet it is designed to be shipped in modules rather than being built on-site. Because we ship our homes to location, our custom modular homes are built stronger to withstand trucking and craning into place and it takes nearly half the time to build. 

Advantage of Smart Pad Homes- 

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Approximately half of your construction budget will be used for purchasing the SmartPads home design and selecting the finishes you want for your home. The other half will be the cost of GC to cover local site work and locally sourced builder’s materials (such as foundation, underground utilities, etc.), as well as preparation of the site (such as removal of trees or boulders, or adjusting the site work as needed if there is a steep slope).

Why consider a prebuilt home?

We bring a smart approach to building to manage risks, costs and time. Benefits include:

  • Higher quality. A prefab home is built to a higher degree of accuracy than site-built homes, is more energy efficient, and is built to withstand shipping so it is considerably stronger.
  • Faster build. Prefab modular homes are delivered and completed onsite much faster than stick-built homes, usually within 30 days or less.
  • Energy efficient. Your home is built with more exact tolerances reducing air infiltration, which accounts for up to 20% of the heating and cooling cost of a home.
  • Lower cost. Our construction methods reduce waste and expensive onsite labor, so we pass these savings on to you. 

Some people seem to have generalized and preconceived notions about prefab homes being cheaper and lower in quality. That’s an outdated view. Prefab homes come with many advantages as they can be built faster and for fewer costs than traditional home builds, and they are often of a higher quality as they are built in a facility with controlled conditions. 

Let’s start a conversation so you can learn more about the prefab advantage and find “prefab homes near me.” Please check out our designs at

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What To Look For When Hiring A General Contractor For Your SmartPads Build

When working with SmartPads in Colorado, we take care of building the physical home for you, however, a local General Contractor (GC) is required to complete the onsite portion of the build. The General Contractor is responsible for the oversight of setting the home. The GC will take care of hiring a crane and set […]

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What to look for when choosing a lot to build a SmartPads home on

This is a frequent question we receive here at SmartPads. Choosing the right lot can be a tricky process when looking for the ideal site for your SmartPads home. We have three simple tips we’d like to share to help make this process as streamlined as possible, as well as cost-effective, before you get too far ahead.   1) Land […]

Financing Your SmartPads Home Is Easy, Seamless, and Less Expensive

As far as banks, lenders, and appraisers are concerned, financing your SmartPads prefab home is the same as any site-built home. Firstly, you’ll obtain a construction loan, which will require you to “put down” approximately 20% of the total estimated construction costs which includes the SmartPads home in addition to all other on-site work and permits required to complete the build. Then once approved you start to pay monthly interest on the outstanding balance of the loan as it increases. Unlike home mortgages, construction […]

How much does it cost to build a prefab home from start to finish?

Prefab homes are gaining traction in the Colorado market. In 2019 alone, SmartPads has had sales closing in Leadville, Nathrop, Winter Park, Steamboat Springs, and Hayden. Prefab is a high-quality, faster building option that is suiting the needs of today’s homeowner. We pride ourselves on transparency and efficiency, so we wrote this blog to help […]

SmartPads Prefab Homes Gain Traction Throughout Colorado

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. – Oct. 29, 2019 – PRLog — Home-grown Steamboat-based prefab building company, SmartPads LLC, is gaining fast traction throughout Colorado since opening for business in 2018, with sales closing in Leadville, Nathrop, Winter Park, Steamboat Springs, and Hayden. The sales in Steamboat Springs, Hayden, and Leadville set new records for prices per square foot in those markets. SmartPads […]

8 Steps to Own a New Home

SmartPads prefab homes provide for smart living powered by smart thinking. Let’s get started! 1.FIND A SITE TO BUILD ON  We can deliver and set your SmartPads home anywhere you would build a regular house, although topography of the land is an important consideration for certain designs. Whether you want to live close to town […]

Prefab Homes Deliver Real Savings When Compared to Traditional Builds

Building a home comes with a lot of considerations and variables that can really impact your budget, timeline, and the number of sleepless nights received as a result of the experience. Have you considered minimizing these variables by building a prefab home? Prefab homes deliver sizeable savings when comparing to the cost of building a […]

Custom Prefab Home Interiors – Building the Home of Your Dreams

When you picture the home of your dreams, what comes to mind first? While some think of the exterior or the location, most people will agree a home really comes from the feeling you get from inside. You dream of the kitchen tiles and finishings, the layout of your living room, your floors, and the […]

Why Local Prefab Homes are better than Amazon’s Prefab Homes

Amazon Enters the Prefab Homes Industry Amazon has become a one-stop-shop for consumers all across the country. Whether you’re looking for everyday toiletries to the latest and greatest in tech or even a new rainbow cat sweatshirt, you can find it on Amazon. Now, Amazon is taking its never-ending list of inventory to new a […]


5 Reasons why Prefab Homes are More Sustainable

More people in Colorado are looking to prefab homes to live a greener, more sustainable life.


Are prefab homes the answer to Colorado’s housing shortage?

Steamboat Springs, Colorado-based company SmartPads is solving Colorado’s housing shortage with prefab homes solutions.

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Is it Really Possible to Build a Home in Less Than Four Months?

Once you’ve decided to build the home of your dreams, you want to move in as soon as possible. But in most situations, building a home takes a long time. From contractor delays to weather factors and changes in plans, there are a lot of issues that prolong the move-in date for your new home. However, […]

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Why Prefab Is Perfect for the Mountains

According to Zillow, Colorado home prices have been soaring for years, with today’s median mountain home price climbing close to $800,000. With the housing shortage in Colorado, all signs point to prices climbing even higher in the near future. Purchasing and building a Colorado mountain home is increasingly attractive for a new generation of adventure […]

SmartPads Used in Colorado Tiny Home Development

We are excited to utilize on of our smaller modular footprints for this innovative development concept in Hayden, Colorado. The proposal is to have a 10-unit tiny home neighborhood in the town of Hayden which is just 20 minutes West of Steamboat Springs, a well known ski mountain town. This coming January, the Routt County […]

Streamlining Designs for Prefab Modern Homes

Owning a mountain contemporary home can be more streamlined than you think. With architecture trends shifting in mountain communities, we are starting to see a new style of luxurious mountain contemporary homes. For those looking for a streamlined solution, while still having the ability to bring custom touches to their home, SmartPads is an option […]

The Mid-Range Housing Market Crisis in Steamboat Springs

This article published by the Steamboat Pilot newspaper touches the surface of the housing market crisis in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Many people migrate to our little ski town for a multitude of perks, but cheap housing is certainly not one of them. Very few affordable single family homes come on the market throughout the year […]


SmartPads Prefab Homes Gain Traction

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO: August 27, 2019 –  Home-grown, Steamboat-based building company, SmartPads, surpasses all expectations on price and quality of prefab homes with its sale of a single-family home in the new Sunlight subdivision for $874,000. Steamboat’s most recent single-family subdivision has seen 13 sales spanning over the last 15 months. The SmartPads prefab home […]

SmartPads Sells NW Colorado’s First Tiny Home Development in Hayden

Highest Priced Sale Per Square Foot in Hayden’s History STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO: September 12, 2019 – Home-grown Steamboat-based prefab building company, SmartPads, has sold 10 tiny homes in Hayden for $1.52million. The property, known as the Hayden Village Townhomes, closed four townhomes on July 1, 2019 and the remaining six are set to close next week. […]

SmartPads Prefab Homes Gain Traction Throughout Colorado

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO: October 29, 2019 – Home-grown Steamboat-based prefab building company, SmartPads LLC, is gaining fast traction throughout Colorado since opening for business in 2018, with sales closing in Leadville, Nathrop, Winter Park, Steamboat Springs, and Hayden. The sales in Steamboat Springs, Hayden, and Leadville set new records for prices per square foot in […]

SmartPads LLC Launches in Response to Routt County’s Housing Crunch

Pre-Built Homes Provide Cost-Effective Building Alternative Steamboat Springs, Colorado, August 9, 2018: SmartPads LLC, which provides efficient, more affordable prebuilt home solutions, has launched in Steamboat Springs in response to rising rents and the lack of affordable housing in Routt County. The company was founded by two broker associates with Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty – […]


From the first day I called SmartPads enquiring about how prefab construction works to the unveiling of my new home, I can’t praise Ryan, Darrin, Leif, and the team enough.  Their patience, professionalism, and in-depth knowledge in explaining the process and communicating with me every step of the way was truly remarkable.  They took what could be stressful life event – building a new home- and made it easy, fun, and affordable.  From getting to pick my own finishes to seeing the culmination of the team’s efforts into a beautiful, well-built, high-end home, I just couldn’t be more pleased.  I also loved having a set budget and not having to worry about juggling a handful of subcontractors and poor weather that would inevitably slow down a traditional build.  From start to finish, I wholeheartedly recommend SmartPads and would not hesitate to work with them in the future! 

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“We never thought that building a home could be stress-free, but SmartPads made this possible. Ryan and Darrin were extremely helpful and professional throughout the entire process. To say they both went above and beyond is an understatement. They both listened to our vision and made that vision a possibility when we were not sure it could actually be a reality. They were with us every single step of the way.” – Laura Polaski