Amazon makes first investment in a homebuilder, backing start-up focused on prefabricated houses

Eugene Kim@eugenekim222

Published 1:00 PM ET Tue, 25 Sept 2018

  • Amazon said it's funding homebuilding start-up Plant Prefab, marking its first investment in the space.

  • Plant Prefab builds prefabricated, custom single- and multifamily homes.

  • The investment follows Amazon's launch of more than a dozen new smart home devices powered by Alexa.

Amazon has made clear that it wants to own the smart home space. Now the company's going a step further, taking a stake in a start-up that's building actual homes.

On Tuesday, Amazon said its Alexa Fund invested in Plant Prefab, a Southern California company that says it uses sustainable construction processes and materials to build prefabricated custom single- and multifamily houses. The start-up is aiming to use automation to build homes faster and bring down costs.