Little House on the Trailer is a Petaluma-based company that provides affordable, energy-efficient, and “substantially constructed” houses for today’s mobile home buyers. For example, the company currently has a “Barn Siding Studio” available for immediate delivery for $24,000. The 200 square-foot studio was built on wheels and finished with reclaimed redwood planks. Marin County treats the structure as a shed, according to Little House on the Trailer, but it can be used as an office, backyard retreat, etc.
If in a pinch for extra living space at home, a detached structure could be just the solution. Especially if an addition isn’t an option, there are companies all over the country that provide prefabricated structures that can be used for a home office, studio, in-law suite, or cabana, etc. North Carolina-based Outdoor Environs is one of these companies with a backyard shed from about $40,000.
Imre Kovacs, a reader of Jetson Green and architect/builder of this weekend getaway cabin, shared his project with us recently, saying it cost $4,350 to build, including labor for one worker. Located in Pomaz, Hungary, the 107-square-foot cabin was built with mostly materials reclaimed from demolition sites (timber, bricks, roof tile, rocks, etc), as well as new roof insulation, two pieces of glass, and linseed oil to treat the wood. Kovacs owns the cabin with his wife, and they use the place to escape the city. There’s a composting toilet, but water is provided from a well downhill and lighting is from candles.
This is a rendering of a new form of sustainable development that will manifest itself in San Francisco in an infill project called SmartSpace SoMa. SmartSpace will have 23 micro-dwellings each with ~300 square feet of living area, 300 cubic feet of storage along a wall, and nine-foot ceilings. The project, which will be built with off-site fabricated modules from ZETA Communities, will also aim for LEED Platinum certification and near net-zero energy.
Austin-based ClearSpace Homes has been around for several years, but recently I noticed the founder, Hayden Lindley, was working on some new designs. One of those is the 504-square-foot efficiency unit, pictured, which is finished on the outside with lap siding and cement board. Lindley is noodling this prefab design and others and wants to produce some new in-house plans with an accurate ballpark cost attached.
When I first saw what Vine Saccento was doing with v100 Mod Box, I was impressed. And I’m still impressed as his prototype has been rolled out recently in the form of three prefab homes at the southern end of downtown Phoenix at 749 S. Second Street. One is rented by Tom Kelly, CEO of Schaller Anderson, and designer Saccento is living in another.