Jeff Wilson spent one of his two years as dean of Huston-Tillotson University in Texas living in a dumpster.
“While the experiment was extreme, the experience I gained by living small and simple made a big impression,” Wilson says. “At the end of the year, I left the dumpster with the concept for a new category of housing — a beautiful, small footprint home designed as a solution for the growing housing crisis.”
Based in Austin, Texas, Kasita offers housing units that can sit by themselves or stack to form apartments. The pre-fabricated homes can be assembled off-site and delivered in two to three weeks, Wilson says.
The startup is now selling its first units, which measure 352 square feet and cost $US139,000, across the US. There is currently a waitlist for preorders — $US1,000 holds a spot.
Keep scrolling to check out the units, which will likely be ready for delivery in June 2017.
Kasita (a startup that gets its name from 'casita,' the Spanish word for 'little house') sells tiny housing units that encourage a minimalist lifestyle.
The interiors have a modern look. At 352 square feet, white walls help the units look larger than they are. (For comparison, the average one-car garage measures about 260 square feet.)
The main, open-layout space functions as both a living room and bedroom. In the model unit, a bed pulls out from the sofa (though the units come unfurnished).
Since the units are so small, they are designed with space-saving storage. Drawers are located inside stairs.
Each home also features tech integrations, including glass windows that adjust their transparency depending on the amount of natural sunlight.
The first batch of stackable units, which people can also pre-order online, will be delivered in December 2017.
'We want to take the noise out of buying a home. Imagine how great it would be to be able to buy a home as easily as you buy a product,' Wilson says. 'The long-term plan would be that you could just put in your address and credit card number and we would care of the rest.'