Moving usually means leaving your old house behind.
A new tiny house, called the Koda, is designed to move with inhabitants.
A construction crew from Kodasema, the Estonian design firm that created the 269-square-foot home, can assemble it in less than 10 hours, and disassemble it in four hours.
Kodasema unveiled the home in late 2016. Now the team is building small villages of Kodas near downtowns in four cities: Tallinn, Estonia, Amsterdam, Netherlands, London, England, and Almere, Holland. The furnished houses will come in three different models: “Koda for Living,” “Koda for Studying,” and “Koda for Working.” They will function as homes, classrooms, and offices respectively in the villages.
The first village will be in Tallinn, which the team expects to open in October 2017, cofounder Ülar Mark told Business Insider.
Kodas are now available to order online in the four cities, with prices starting at €120,000 (or about $US132,500). These owners will manage the homes for people who will rent them out for days, months, or years at a time. The rent will differ depending on the city, and how long guests live there. (For example, Kodas in Tallinn will cost $US100 per night, or between $US825 and $US1,200.)
The company might expand sales internationally if Kodasema can manage to ramp up production, Mark said. Check it out below.
Kodasema's tiny home villages will be located in car parks near city downtowns. The first will be in Estonia's capital, Tallinn, and will feature seven Koda houses. One will serve as an office, another as a public art gallery, and five as rentable homes.
The team assembled each home in less than a day in July. Before the villages can open, however, they will need to go through four-month inspection processes by the cities. (Tallinn's already started this process.)
The Kodasema team is currently working on installing plumbing and electrical systems, as well as landscaping, which it expects to complete the week of August 7 in Tallinn. The site occupies about 11,000 square feet, Mark said.
One side of the Koda is made of four-layered glass, which Mark said is thick enough to insulate the house from noise and cold. If owners want privacy, they can close the floor-to-ceiling curtain.
Each cube measures just 269 square feet. (For perspective, the average one-car garage is around 200-square-feet.)
Mark said the Koda for Living has everything you need in a home: a living space, bathroom, kitchen, and lofted bed.
The house is pre-fabricated, meaning its components are all built at Kodasema's factory in Harkujärve, then assembled on-site. In late 2017, the team expects to be able to make three Kodas a week.
The parts are transported to sites via trailer. When they arrive, Kodasema assembles the building by crane. 'It can be put together like 3D puzzle by our staff,' Kodasema's other cofounder, Taavi Jakobson, said.
The 7-inch-thick walls are made of concrete-timber composite panels. While casting the concrete, the team places yacht sails on top to give it a lively texture.
The roof's solar panels are expected to produce more energy than the unit consumes annually, Jakobson said. Even when there's little sun in the winter, the saved energy from the summer can light the home's LEDs.
In Estonian, the word, 'koda,' refers to a quickly-built hut used by nomads. Kodasema wanted to capture that meaning with its Koda house, which allows for rapid construction and disassembly.
Though Mark acknowledged that anyone could live in a Koda, he said, with the villages, the company is targeting millennials 'who are not tied down.'
When an owner wants to move their house, they can pay Kodasema a fee to take it down, transport it, and re-assemble it in a new location.
The Koda homes follow the rising of tiny living, which Mark said is not just a passing fad. 'Just look at the statistics: More young people are living alone longer, marrying later, and moving around the world,' he said.
Mark added that Kodasema's villages stand out, because it is building them close to downtowns. Many other tiny home developments have gone up in more rural areas, he said.
'Our lobby is the city,' he said.
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