This $13,000 tiny home can be built with a single tool in less than a day

Plugin Exterior 3 1People’s Architecture OfficeMrs. Fan and her Plug-in House in Changchun Jie, China.

Homes can be expensive in Beijing, so a woman known as Mrs. Fan ended up living in a small and dilapidated house in the courtyard of her parent’s residence outside the city. She still wanted to live near her family, but also desired a modern home at an affordable price.

After the People’s Architecture Office (PAO), a local firm, heard about her story, it designed her a Plug-in House in December 2016.

With just $A13,060 worth of materials and a hex wrench, a construction team can build the Plug-in House in less than 24 hours, PAO’s principal, James Shen, tells Business Insider. The pre-fab home features a proprietary design that’s similar to a renovation system the firm designed in early 2016.

Check it out below.

The home is located in Changchun Jie, a small town outside Beijing, China.

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Mrs. Fan lives there with her son. They used to live in a one-story house on the site, but it was falling apart. That home was demolished before the Plug-in House's construction. Here's a before and after.

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The Plug-in House is much more modern.

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It features a kitchen that connects to a living room, two small bedrooms, and a bathroom.

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The interior lets in a lot of natural light.

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Even the shower has a skylight.

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Steps on the side of the house lead to a roof deck.

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Anyone can construct a Plug-in House 'The structure is built without any machinery and does not require specialised labour,' Shen says.

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It's made of dozens of panels that connect with one tool: a hex wrench.

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Its construction doesn't require much skilled labour, and the panels are cut off-site to reduce cost.

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The Plug-in House's construction is similar to that of PAO's Courtyard House, a ready-made retrofit launched in 2016 that updates homes while still preserving historical style.

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Unlike the Courtyard Houses, 20 of which were subsidized by the Beijing government, the first Plug-in home was funded by Mrs. Fan.

So far, the PAO has built two Plug-in homes, with plans for more.

Shen sees the project as a low-cost housing solution for residents who don't have a lot of money to spend on a new home. 'Because the Plug-in House can be conveniently flat-packed, shipped, and put together, we can build it in remote locations that are usually difficult to build in,' he says.

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