The firm Big World Homes from Australia have designed a tiny modular home that is shipped flat-packed, and can be assembled by two people in just a couple of days using only a drill and a hammer. It will also be a lot cheaper than the alternatives. The project is still in the design stage, but if it ever sees the light of day, it would certainly be very well-received by those looking to buy their own home.
These flat-pack homes will also be pretty much self-sufficient, which will be achieved via solar panels for energy production, and a rain catchment system. This means that these homes will not need to be connected to existing infrastructure, so they can be built practically anywhere. The homes will be made out of structural-thermal-waterproof integrated panels, which will be easy to assemble together.
Unfortunately the full details of what the home will look like, or exactly what kind of sustainable features it will offer, have not yet been disclosed. Since they are marketing it as an off-grid home, then they will presumably have an efficient solar panel array and battery system, as well as some type of greywater recycling system in place. Most likely the homes will also have a composting toilet. These are, however, just my own speculations at this point.
The home is aimed at the target market of young people wishing to own their first home, and I agree with the designers that there is quite a gap in this segment of the market. They hope to bridge this gap with this home, and make it easier for young people to move out on their own.
The home will cost around $50,000 (65,000 AUD) to build, which is quite cheap compared to most other options on the market. They are currently raising funds to build the first prototype home through a crowdfunding campaign on Chuffed. Theyâ€™ve not yet reached their goal, but do still have a few days left.