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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London’s ‘smallest house’ uses flexible plywood furniture to maximize space

February 23, 2017 by  
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Danish design firm Studiomama is known for their talent of creating comfy living space out of virtually nothing. However, designers Nina Tolstrup and Jack Mama recently put their skills to the test by buying a vacant 140-square-foot structure in Northern London just to convert the tiny space into “London’s smallest house”. Taking a cue from space-efficient interiors of caravans and boats, the designers focused on making use out of every corner of the compact space by creating flexible furniture . “A tiny space like this has to be designed like one would design the interior of a caravan or boat,” Studiomama co-founder Nina Tolstrup explained, “Everything has to be custom designed as there is not room for any off the shelf furniture, which was a great challenge.” Related: Space-saving furniture transforms to make the most of a Hong Kong micro-apartment https://youtu.be/gIfNhakS_PY Using plywood as the main material, they equipped the home with custom-made, adjustable furniture to divide it into distinct functions. The foldout bed , standing desk, and extendable dining benches add utility without occupying permanent space. Mirrors placed on either side of the home were create a feeling of amplitude, and two large windows allow for optimal natural light . To create a nice lounge area, a medium-size bench and a foldout footrest were installed into the main wall, which is covered in sliding pastel-hued panels. These panels cover use-specific storage cabinets such as a designated office space with a foldout desk, a sewing machine table, shelving for books, and even a wine rack. The designers used plywood for the furniture, as well as the ceilings and flooring, because of its versatility. “The use of one dominant material has made the space seamless – where floor, walls and ceiling comes together as one,” they said. “It is also a very warm material that makes the space feel cosy and cabin like.” The design layout for the tiny home was originally an installation for the 2016 London Design festival. The designers wanted to show how compact living can be comfortable. “We see the issues of how to live in a compact living space to be of growing importance, especially given the trends towards urbanisation and rise of megacities,” they said. “We wanted to use the project to pose a question about what are the things that we really need to live comfortably.” + Studiomama Via Dezeen Photography by Rei Moon, Director/Photographer MOON RAY Studio. Video by Suzie Joyce.

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Cleverly designed bed makes this tiny home feel bigger than its 35-square-meter footprint

January 3, 2017 by  
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Thirty-five square meters (376 square feet) is a very small amount of space to call home, especially if you’re sharing with another person. But Studio Bazi founder and architect Alireza Nemati manages to make it work in style with his self-designed micro-apartment in Moscow. The tiny apartment, which he shares with his wife, makes the most of its small footprint with a few clever space-saving tricks and custom furnishings, including a smartly designed bedroom. Central to Nemati’s design was the need for an open-plan space that maximized natural light but still preserved privacy for the sleeping areas. The key to his successful design lay with his custom wooden sleeping box stacked above storage space located next to the entrance. This use of a level change effectively separates the sleeping quarters from the living areas without the need for a separate room and door, while providing much-needed storage space underneath. The box is clad in stained pine sheets to visually define the structure and to add warmth to the interior. Related: Bookshelf House fits hundreds of books into multifunctional furnishings “The wooden sleep box with storage system provides a level of privacy separating the sleeping quarters in a raised corner of the apartment, from the kitchen and living area on the other side,” writes the architect. “There is a good view of whole flat and to the windows from inside of the sleep box which makes it very cozy place.” The stairs that lead up to the bed hide three large sliding shelves for storing large household appliances. The custom-built furniture also includes a dresser, drawer, and wardrobe. The storage spaces atop the wardrobe connect to the sleep box and create an extra cubby for the architect and his wife to use. A small set of white curtains provides privacy for the sleeping box while a larger set of brown curtains next to the sleeping box cordon off the entrance, wardrobe area, and door to the bathroom from the rest of the open-plan living space. Large windows fill the tiny apartment with natural light and a door opens up to a small outdoor patio. The open-plan space includes a kitchen, dining area, and living area with moveable and transformable furniture that can adapt to Nemati and his wife’s different needs. + Studio Bazi Via ArchDaily Images via Studio Bazi

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Clever staircase doubles as a bookcase in a small London home

March 21, 2016 by  
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When Tamir Addadi Architecture was approached to convert a loft in a London home into a bedroom that could accommodate a large library, the architects knew they would need to take creative space-saving measures. One such space-spacing project came in the creation of the loft’s new staircase . To maximize use of space, the open-tread staircase doubles as a bookcase that runs along the side of the stairs. The simple structural design allows natural light to penetrate through the structure and was assembled on-site within a few days. + Tamir Addadi Architecture The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Moving origami partition maximizes space in tiny Madrid apartment

December 7, 2015 by  
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Grow Fresh Herbs in Style with the Ecofarm Aquaponics Starter Kit

November 26, 2014 by  
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Growing fresh herbs at home is a popular way to bring greenery indoors, but what if you could turn that spot of gardening into an educational activity for the family? Enter the Ecofarm , an aquaponics starter kit that combines a pet fish tank and grow bed into a single stylish and space-saving design. The Ecofarm works by pumping ammonia rich fish waste into the grow bed, where it is absorbed by the hydroponic plants. Designed by Dutch company Ecobird , the Ecofarm set is currently available for pre-order on Kickstarter . + Ecofarm Kickstarter The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aquaponics , aquaponics starter kit , ecobird , Ecofarm , herbs , kickstarter , organic herbs , reader submitted content , space-saving design

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Tiny 86-Square-Foot Flat in Paris Transforms Like a Swiss Army Knife

November 6, 2014 by  
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Oil Exploration Threatens Africa’s Last Mountain Gorillas

November 6, 2014 by  
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Sir David Attenborough has added his voice to the campaign demanding U.K. company Soco International stop exploring for oil in Virunga National Park . Established in 1925, Virunga is Africa’s oldest national park and home to some of the world’s last mountain gorillas . The iconic filmmaker and naturalist has raised urgent concerns over various threats to the park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the subject of a powerful documentary , to be released on Netflix this Friday 7 November, 2014. Read the rest of Oil Exploration Threatens Africa’s Last Mountain Gorillas Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Africa , conservation , corruption , Democratic Republic of Congo , documentary , elephants , gorillas , habitat destruction , intimidation , mining , oil exploration , resource extraction , Sir David Attenborough , UNESCO , Virunga , Virunga National Park , world heritage site

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Nendo Designs Space-Saving Furniture to Double as Japanese-Style Partitions

October 27, 2014 by  
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Prolific design studio Nendo recently unveiled sudare, a new outdoor furniture collection designed for the Japanese brand Patio Petite . The versatile designs fold up into Japanese-style partitions allowing you to make the most of your compact outdoor living space. The space-saving sudare collection includes a regular-height chair, high-back chair, lounge chair, and a table. The table’s height and tabletop dimensions can be easily adjusted. The frames come in five different colors and the blinds are available in two different shades. + Nendo The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Nendo , partitions , patio petite , reader submitted content , space saving furniture , space-saving design , sudare

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10 Pieces of Transforming Furniture for Tiny Apartments

January 11, 2013 by  
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While mega-sized McMansions were all the rage just a few years ago, tiny dwellings are now gaining popularity as more and more of us move to cities and urban centers. Cramming our lives into smaller spaces isn’t always easy, but luckily we’ve seen a slew of furniture designs that speak to this move towards more minimal living. If you’re interested in making your tiny home a little more livable, check out some of our favorite transforming and double-duty furniture pieces – from a babushka-style 2-in-1 chair to a vertical garden that doubles as an exercise machine to stairs with hidden drawers built right in – here . READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adAPT Nyc , double duty furniture , eco design , small homes , small living , small spaces , space saving furniture , space-saving design , tiny apartment , tiny apartment nyc , tiny apartments , Transforming Furniture

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