A Nomad Micro Home is Easier to Assemble Than Furniture

Tiny Prefab

The Nomad Micro home is the brainchild of Vancouver architect Ian Kent, who is currently raising funds to begin producing the home through an Indie Go Go campaign. The Nomad Micro Home can be described as a sustainable tiny house kit. It is so small and lightweight that the buyer can ship it anywhere in the world, and once it arrives, anyone with some basic carpentry skills can assemble it on their own.

The Nomad Micro Home measures a measly 10×10 feet and features a living room, kitchen, and an upstairs sleeping loft. However, due to the size constraints, several of these serve a double purpose. For example, the shelves in the kitchen are also the stairs to the loft area and the whole bathroom is also a shower. The Nomad is designed to house one or two people, though several house kits can be assembled together to make a larger home.

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Tiny Prefab Lounge Interior

The base Nomad Micro house kit will cost $25,000, which does not include optional extras such as solar panels. The panels of the home can be assembled using a cordless drill, and due to its simple foundation, the house can also be moved to a new location on a whim. Pre-engineered green packages can also be purchased as an add-on to the basic house kits, and include rooftop solar energy panels, and rainwater collection and grey water treatment systems.

The building is composed of metal structural insulated panels, with a floor and roof insulation values of R-24 and wall insulation of R-12. The exterior finish is comprised of galvanized metal siding. The electrical system of the Nomads is a 12V power system, which will work with a solar power kit and most other conventional power sources. Other optional add-ons for the Nomad include a compost toilet, a propane water heater, and a propane forced air stove, which taken together have the ability to make the Nomad an off the grid home.
The Nomad house is also well suited for construction in a wide variety of environments. The materials used to build the Nomad home resist rot, termites and fire. Due to this, the home is well suited to assemble in tropical environments and forests, while it can even be used as a houseboat. The home is also resilient enough to weather storms and earthquakes. Some added insulation would even make it suitable for extreme cold conditions.

Nomad Micro Home Bedroom

Nomad prefab lounge


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  • ipadcac

    Looks fantastic. Hope to see it pick up real owners, not just being a startup with a ‘beta test’, looking for funding.

    Seem to see too many kits like IKEA home, iHouse and others with much fanfare on the prototype but then limited or no production.

    This isn’t a ding or a criticism, just want to see these be like Levittown!

  • ipadcac

    Looks fantastic. Hope to see it pick up real owners, not just being a startup with a ‘beta test’, looking for funding.

    Seem to see too many kits like IKEA home, iHouse and others with much fanfare on the prototype but then limited or no production.

    This isn’t a ding or a criticism, just want to see these be like Levittown!

  • Dustin Ebaugh

    This is just a super concept house. The price point is totally getting there. I would love to see these popping up everywhere.

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  • OldSnorter

    It looks great but the price is too high. For that amount, all the options should be included, or two units and a 20-foot tandem-axle trailer to put them on, for easy moving. They would never be a mobile home, but could be moved slowly and carefully to a new site.

    • hateakron2

      And they need to increase the R- value

    • hateakron2

      And they need to increase the R- value

  • oldguyrocker .

    I could see a great interest in adapting these to upscale, lakeside rentals for couples or multiple rentals for families. I’d totally rent one on the banks of a lake for a week or weekend. BTW Great job with the step/shelving/cabinet frame, very slick visually and functionally.

  • Pookie_diPalma

    Great idea, however, if I took a dump on the toilet the smell would linger for weeks.

  • Pookie_diPalma

    Great idea, however, if I took a dump on the toilet the smell would linger for weeks.

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  • Mark W Miles

    Cute, but the price is ridiculous. There can’t be more than $5000 in materials in the thing and I bet a lot less. I am all for capitalism, but a 500% profit is getting pretty greedy.

  • BryanCarry

    Nice post, having great idea . thanks for posting this . Keep posting.

  • ghoul31

    The problem is that its illegal in the U.S, at least as a main home.

    The building code says one room must be 150sq ft

    • Breffni

      In King County (Seattle) a home under 200 square feet requires no permit process

      • ghoul31

        A shed less than 200 sq ft doesn’t need a permit
        A building you will live in does need a permit

  • Jen

    Lovely to look at but I hesitate to consider it practical. Haiyan was so devastating as it was heavily a shanty town. Fortify, insulate, and make senior friendly and I’m closer to being onboard!

  • Flick

    I want one. what a lovely little getaway!

  • Barb Alloy

    i don’t like the steps. they look dangerous. and how do the windows open ? i don’t wanna be in a little oven with all those windows that don’t open.

  • Steven Gregory

    The article mentions added insulation. I built a workshop using insulating wool salvaged from refrigerators — R45. How would this be added to manufactured insulated panels?

  • hunter brown

    i agree there needs to be some windows that open. stairs need hand grips and what is with the loft area? its 10×10 but there’s no space for floor along the bed to get in and out and to make it? just give us the available floor space and not a fixed bed like that. might look cool, but not practical. wire for ceiling fans too with that height! they can run off of solar pretty easily.

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