How high-tech Kasita microhomes could revolutionize homeownership

March 17, 2017 by  
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America’s affordable housing crisis is squeezing people out of cities, but one Harvard researcher believes he’s developed a beautiful and high-tech solution to the problem. In 2015, Jeff Wilson—also known as “Professor Dumpster” after his year-long dumpster living experiment—unveiled Kasita , a smart microhousing startup that aims at disrupting the housing market with prefabricated tiny homes that can pop up just about anywhere. After a couple years in development, Wilson just debuted the Kasita microhouse at SXSW this week with the announcement that the tiny stackable homes will be ready for nationwide delivery in June. Stylish, smart, and space-saving, the 352-square-foot (33 square meter) Kasita mobile home offers a beautiful split-level living space that uses transforming furniture , white walls, and ten-foot-high ceilings to make its small footprint feel airy and spacious. Most impressively, the home is outfitted with ultra-modern amenities and home automation such as the dynamic curtain-less windows that can be turned opaque with a smartphone app to the Amazon Alexa-powered lighting modes. The high-tech stackable homes can be moved around with a crane, placed virtually anywhere, and can be prefabricated in as little as three weeks. https://vimeo.com/207700762 Envisioned for installation in unused areas of land like vacant parking lots, the Kasita aims to keep land lease costs low by taking advantage of undevelopable real estate in prime urban areas. The flexibility and modularity of the Kasitas lend themselves for use as apartments, multi-family homes, student housing, workforce housing, and more. Related: Meet the Texas Professor Who Lives in a Dumpster The Kasita comes fully equipped with all the traditional home amenities—including a walk-in shower, fridge, convection oven, washer/dryer, cooktop, and queen-sized bed—as well as lots of space-saving storage and access to natural light. Each unit costs $139,000, which according to Wilson’s calculations comes out to an estimated $800 monthly mortgage not including land lease costs. Interested customers can pay $1,000 to hold a spot on the waitlist for preorders. + Kasita

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Minimalist prefab home hides a sculptural light-filled interior

March 17, 2017 by  
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Berrel Berrel Kräutler Architekten designed a minimal prefabricated house with a modest appearance that belies a sculptural interior. Located in Rodersdorf, Switzerland, this single-family home has a deceptively simple design with its gabled roof and facade clad in metal and timber. The interior is divided into four levels with split-levels that maximize space and access to natural light. Constructed with a timber frame , the 172-square-meter home sits high on a slope overlooking views across the Alsatian landscape. The asymmetrical gabled roof and shape of the home, which steps down on the landscape, was designed to meet local building code specifications. To make the most of the slope change, the architects added split-levels and inserted a wooden shell mounted beneath the roof. Like a house-within-a-house concept, the wooden shell houses the two upper floors and is accessible via a set of minimalist wooden stairs. Related: Ant House hides an innovative wood interior behind a metal-clad cube in Japan The over-height space below the suspended wooden shell is the highlight of the home. Bathed in natural light from a skylight and full-height window that overlooks the outdoors, the over-height space connects to the ground floor via a slight level change . The ground floor contains the entrance, cloakroom, kitchen, dining area, living room, and lounge, all of which appear to be seamlessly connected through precise carpentry work. The fluid connections between the different spaces, from the partly sunken basement level to the topmost floor cradled in the timber shell, gives the home a sculptural quality. + Berrel Berrel Kräutler Architekten Via ArchDaily Images © Eik Frenzel

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Tiny Hut on Stilts is made from locally-sourced and reclaimed materials

May 18, 2015 by  
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Tinywood Homes Come with Their Own Hot Tubs in the UK

November 26, 2014 by  
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Test Drive Tiny Living in a Wheelhaus Cabin at the Luxurious Fireside Resort in Jackson, WY

November 21, 2014 by  
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Are You Ready for the Blackout Epidemic Coming Our Way?

November 21, 2014 by  
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A new study shows extreme weather events and increasing usage of unconventional fossil fuels will leave national energy grids unable to keep up with increasing demands for energy, Motherboard reports. Research published by the Journal of Urban Technology in September reveals that 50 major power outages have happened in 26 countries over the past 10 years. Over that same period the number of blackouts in America had affected 50,000 people and more than doubled. The main causes of these outages are rapid population growth in big cities combined with a growing “addiction” to power-hungry lifestyles that depend on electricity. Read the rest of Are You Ready for the Blackout Epidemic Coming Our Way? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Auckland , blackout , blackouts , byrd , epidemic , failure , lincoln university , matthewman , power , renewable energy , Sustainable , univerity , usage

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Prefab Timber Nursing Home Uses Passive Design to Bring Light and Warmth Indoors

November 21, 2014 by  
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Vila Hermina is a Pepto Pink Micro House in the Czech Republic

October 25, 2014 by  
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Amazingly Tiny Micro-Compact Home is Just 77 Square Feet

August 25, 2014 by  
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Inspired by the intimate scale of a Japanese tea house and the compact efficiency of a smart car, a team comprised of researchers from London and Munich developed the Micro-Compact Home (m-ch) as a short-term living solution for students , business people, and weekend vacationers. Sleek, minimal, and modern, the m-ch design gained immediate attention, and it’s now in use throughout Europe. Living in an m-ch means focusing on the essential concept that less is more, and all the amenities of home are micro-sized. Read the rest of Amazingly Tiny Micro-Compact Home is Just 77 Square Feet Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: micro compact home , micro home , micro house , MicroCompact Home , Microhouse , mini home , mini house , Prefab Housing , tiny home , tiny house

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Hundreds of Seeping Methane Plumes Discovered Off U.S. East Coast

August 25, 2014 by  
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Natural methane leakage from the sea floor is far more widespread off the U.S. East Coast than previously thought, according to a study published in Nature Geoscience this week. Researchers from Mississippi State University, the U.S. Geological Survey , and other institutions discovered least 570 natural methane seeps in a 94,000 square kilometer area between September 2011 and August 2013. And while it is believed that the seeps have been there for at least 1,000 years, the report’s authors are concerned that rising sea temperatures could cause them to emit the greenhouse gas at increasingly rapid rates. Read the rest of Hundreds of Seeping Methane Plumes Discovered Off U.S. East Coast Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Adam Skarke , carbon emissions , Carolyn Ruppel , Climate Change , east coast , global warming , greenhouse gas , methane , methane seep , Mississippi State University , nature geoscience , ocean , ocean acidity , the US Geological Survey

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