Cool House For Less Than $30,000
5 Nov 2013
Canadian architectural design team come up with innovative home solution
Pinay jointly heads revolutionary team
The NOMAD micro house with design team leaders Ian and Joel Kent
A Vancouver based architectural design team have pushed the limits with affordable housing in designing a 10' x 10' micro-house costing $US25,000.
NOMAD micro homes from British Columbia is headed by husband, Canadian Ian Kent, and wife, Filipina Joel Alvaro Kent, who lead a small team which is now in the process of promoting and raising additional development funding for this groundbreaking concept.
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Although the concept is simple, that of a low cost home with minimal footprint, it is not similar to others as the design has been well thought out in relation to the use of space to provide a comfortable living and (separate) sleeping area.
The costs are kept low, between $25,000 and $30,000 depending on specification, by the fact that it is a self-build project, with the house being delivered in a flat pack form, almost as if IKEA were in on the act. The design team say it can be erected in a couple of days.
Site preparation is kept to a minimum, with no deep foundations needed.
Although based in British Columbia, NOMAD say the houses can be delivered anywhere in the world.
The house itself is 10' x 10' giving it 100 square feet, with an outer defensible space giving a main footrprint of about 15' x 13', which means the actual cost of the land needed will be minimal, or that multiple NOMAD houses can be placed in a relatively low cost area giving several houses for such uses as student accommodation, or that of low cost housing in inner city areas.
There are also green credentials involved as the higher cost specification is designed to be solar powered and using rainwater as "grey" water for the toilets, apparently designed to be used where no electricity supply or mains water is nearby. Very useful for the great outdoors in Canada.
The green credentials are taken a stage further with two of the specifictions having the option of a composting toilet system, negating the need for a mains sewage connection.
The design team also envisage the micro homes as having a potential use for aid agencies involved in disaster relief situations.
However, the main target of this project certainly seems to be the low cost housing market, definitely aimed at singles or childless couples.
The NOMAD houses will be no good for a family of sumo wrestlers, and will certainly not appeal to Imelda Marcos (no storage place for the shoes), with the main attraction being that of housing inner city populations at low cost, as well as that of a very cheap holiday cabin. Below are links to the NOMAD website and social media sites for further information.
With a cool factor set at maximum, this groundbreaking tiny house is flat-packed in a box that's ready for shipment anywhere on the planet and is easily assembled by the purchasers. Living room, kitchen, bathroom, stair, and sleeping area are all seamlessly integrated into a 10' x 10' space.
Priced at $25,000 for the base model, NOMAD's goal is to reduce consumerism and focus on an affordable and sustainable housing option for the largest portion of our society: hard-working individuals who can't make ends meet due to the high cost of living. Adding our pre-engineered green packages for solar energy, rainwater collection and grey water treatment can take NOMAD's right off the grid.
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