New CaliMini Prefab for the West Coast

Sustain Design Studio, creator of the original and enormously popular miniHome, recently announced a new design called caliMini made specifically for the western United States.  CaliMini will be built in California and offered in four models ranging in size from about 611 – 1,190 square feet (not counting the loft).  Plus, one of these eco-friendly, contemporary homes will be on display at Dwell on Design 2012 in June, according to Sustain.

Like the miniHome, caliMini is built on a chassis so it’s considered a park model trailer or manufactured home, depending on where you’re located. Sustain suggests the CaliMini may be anchored to concrete Sonotube piers or a concrete slab-on-grade pad.

Also, the build may be a lot different than what you’re used to seeing in a manufactured home. CaliMini, for example, would have engineered lumber frame construction, Ecobatt insulation (R22 floor, R19 walls, R38 roof), house wrap, Marvin Integrity windows, a Proseal roof membrane, cedar and HardiePanel siding, Baltic Birch ply walls and ceiling, cork floors, available LED and CFL lighting, Energy Star appliances, and low-flow fixtures.

Sustain designed the home to have no vinyl, no CFCs, no drywall, and no toxic materials. The water runs through a tankless hot water heater and there’s a whole-house ventilation system. Options include home energy monitoring, solar photovoltaics, and a net-zero energy package.

The model pictured is a CaliMini Solo 1 with 616 square feet inside, 140 square feet of loft space, and 140 square feet of external space.

CaliMini is available for shipment to Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, as well as outside the contiguous United States in Mexico, Hawaii, and Alaska.  We’ll have more details about pricing and hopefully some photos of the actual caliMini at Dwell on Design in June.

[+] See all caliMini models available from Sustain Design Studio.

Credit: Sustain Design Studio.

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  • Andrew

    I will reserve my judgement till I see actual pictures of this.  But I will say that they missed a big chance for a better design by not putting the “loft” over the “detached” living space.  Have the stairs outside unless it is some funky building code out there not calling it a loft space and instead a 2nd floor.  Then the roof could then become useable space with doing this.  Atleast make it look like you are gonna make the sloped section as design “pro” for the house and not a mistake.  Put a triangular window in not a pair of rectangular windows per side in the loft.  Also why not extend the white band around the house for more exterior space away from the side of the house.

  • Cory

    love that design, perfect for my lot in Key West…..
    how much will that cost?


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