While not a new trend at the time, it was evident that prefabricated building was becoming a more viable option for housing in general and for Studio 804 in particular. Prefabrication challenges the designer and builder to think differently about how we inhabit space and how we build buildings. By it very nature it leads to a minimal aesthetic and an emphasis on the materials and connections. Typical delays from shipping to inclement weather can be averted and provide the builder a more efficient means to create a customized yet affordable home. It also aided the work of Studio 804 while working in Kansas City. This way the students were not required to drive from Lawrence to Kansas City every day. At this time projects were built in a single fall semester and winter would settle in shortly after starting. Being able to stay off the roads and work in a sheltered, conditioned space was invaluable.
Modular 2 sought to expand upon the lessons learned while building Modular 1. Issues of transportation, materials, accessibility, siting, and coordination continued to drive the design process. Recycled materials, which included excess channel glass from the Nelson-Atkins Museum Bloch addition by Steven Holl, as well as salvaged maple flooring, give Modular 2 the distinct aesthetic that has come to define the work of Studio 804.