- You can purchase a tiny home from the Chinese firm WZH Group on Amazon for less than a fraction of what the average home costs in the United States.
- The home expands with the click of a remote control and uses solar and wind power.
- Houses like these are appearing on Amazon as the demand for smaller homes gets bigger.
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From necessities like paper towels and groceries to a new television or furniture, you can find almost anything you need for your home on Amazon.
What few may realise, however, is that that the online retailer sells not only household accessories but actual homes too.
For example, you can purchase this expandable container house on Amazon for just $US36,800, plus $US1,000 in shipping costs – a fraction of the $US227,700 median price for a house in the United States, according to Zillow.
The house, sold by WZH Group, a Chinese design firm that sells modular homes, can be expanded using a remote control. It includes wind- and solar-power systems, a small kitchenette, a living space, and a bathroom with a sink, a toilet, and a shower. The company also sells a slightly different version of the house for the same price on Amazon.
Owners can also choose to wire the house with electricity instead, according to CNBC Make It. Based on the Amazon description, it also sounds as if buyers can customise the house’s construction materials.
It’s one of several micro-houses and storage containers that WZH Group sells on Amazon, including this larger home made of timber with two floors that’s currently listed for $US75,000.
Miniature houses like the ones offered by WZH Group are cropping up on Amazon as the demand for smaller homes gets bigger. The National Association of Home Builders said in 2018 that more than half of adults it surveyed said “yes” or “maybe” when asked whether they would purchase a home smaller than 600 square feet (though it was unclear how many people were asked).
Here’s a look inside one of the modular homes WZH Group offers on Amazon.
This house was listed as $US23,800 on Amazon when this story was originally published. We’ve since updated the story to reflect its new price.
The module container house expands with a remote control. It features a folding deck and a canopy, and solar panels can be seen on the roof.
The bathroom has a toilet and a sink.
The living room is large enough to fit a sofa, a small table, and chairs.
Take a look at the floor plan to see what the layout looks like inside.
And here’s the floor plan depicting the home when it’s folded.
You can check out the home – or purchase it for yourself – on Amazon.
Here’s a very similar house from WZH Group that’s also listed for the same price on Amazon.
While the exterior appears to be nearly identical, it looks like the interior might be slightly different.
The bathroom has a sink and a stall shower, and there’s a kitchen area with a sink.
Here’s another look at the exterior.
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