When it comes to tiny homes, a clever and space-saving interior layout is an absolute must. And the Koda micro home definitely has that covered. The home was created by the Estonian firm Kodasema, an it is a modern home with a very small footprint, while also being prefabricated off-site and very easy to assemble.
The Koda has a very modest floorspace of just 284 sq ft (26.4 sq m), yet it appears much more spacious than that. It is made out of concrete, which is an interesting choice as far as prefab homes go. It arrives in sections that can be assembled, or disassembled, in one working day. The home also does not require a foundation and can be built on a wide array of surfaces.
Koda is a two-story home, with the living room, kitchen, bathroom (with toilet and bath/shower), on the lower level and the bedroom and laundry room on the upper level. The home can be fitted with a solar power system, programmable LED lighting, and a digital door lock.
In addition to the Koda home, Kodasema also offers versions that can be used as a café, office, workshop/studio, store, or a classroom. These have slightly different interior layouts, and do not all cost the same. The firm is currently also working on a stackable version of the Koda, and is planning on building a village of Koda homes in Tallinn, Estonia to be completed this August. This is part of their vision that the Koda home be used as an affordable housing solution.
The company ships to the UK, but not to North America, which it hopefully will in the near future. The home is quite pricy though, since the fully equipped version costs around $194,000.
Tiny homes are more often than not built from scratch, which means that everything in them can be made exactly as the owner wants it. And the client who commissioned the firm Rewild Homes to build this tiny home for them wanted to have a bathroom big enough for a bathtub, as well as large windows so they can enjoy gazing at the surrounding nature as they bathe.
The home is called Kestrel, and it is a towable tiny home that rests atop a 24 ft (7.3 m)-long double axle trailer. The interior is quite simple and the layout was kept open to add to the feeling of spaciousness. It also features hardwood flooring, birch and fir trim cabinetry and plenty of glazing, which lets in lots of natural light and aids ventilation.
The living area is just to the side of the entrance, and features a bench-like sofa, which hides storage compartments. There is also a small storage loft above it. Next to this area is a kitchenette, which is equipped with a sink made of granite, a propane-powered stove, as well as a washer/dryer combo unit and even a small fridge.
The bathroom is located on one end of the home and is accessible via a pocket door. It’s fitted with a custom-made vanity unit and also has a granite sink and a granite countertop. It also features a composting toilet, and a bathtub/shower that is flanked by two windows. Privacy could be an issue, but the owners will probably install some blinds, or maybe they plan to live in a secluded area.
Above the bathroom is the sleeping loft, which is accessible via a storage stair. The loft has a low ceiling so there isn’t a lot of headroom here, but there is a skylight, which lets in lots of light, while the loft is big enough for a double bed.
The Kestrel gets electricity from an RV-type hookup, while hot water is provided by a propane-powered on-demand water heater. The home also features a forced air propane heater, and LED lighting was installed throughout.
There is no word on how much this home cost to build.
Say what you will, but tiny houses are fun! And the Colorado-based Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses firm makes some of the most unique ones in the world. They completed this barn-like tiny home for a client who recently retired and wanted a cozy, functional and affordable home. It’s called the Bitterroot Valley tiny house and was built using recycled and reclaimed materials. It’s also equipped with several sustainable features and technologies, and can function completely off-the-grid.
This tiny home was named after the unique barns found in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley. It was built out of SIPs and rests atop a 20 ft (6 m)-long trailer, so it can be hauled around. The home was clad using leftover materials from the firm’s other projects, such as rough-cut lap cedar, rusty reclaimed corrugated metal, and cedar shakes.
The interior is modest but functional. The ground floor features a sitting area, a kitchenette, and a bathroom. The latter features a Loveable Loo composting toilet, but no shower, at the request of the client. They did leave enough room for a shower to be installed at a later time. The kitchen is equipped with a bowl sink that features a pump faucet used to pump water from the 6 gallon container below. The sink drains to daylight under the house. This, according to the firm, is the extent of the plumbing they did on the house. The interior walls were left unfinished since the owner wants to paint it herself, and the bedroom is located in the loft and is accessible via a staircase with integrated storage space.
The home features a rooftop mounted 1,000 watt solar power array that is connected to a battery. This system takes care of all the power needs of the home. The house was fitted with LED lights throughout and also features two 30 lb (13 kg) propane tanks, which are used to power the two-burner stove and heater.
The Bitterroot Valley tiny home cost $39,000 to build, while the solar power system cost an additional $6,400. According to Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses that a build like this one, but with proper plumbing, a shower, a hot water heater, and more appliances, would cost around $46,000, not including the solar power array.
At the end of May, Nike opened its new warehouse, which will be used to serve all of Europe from a single location. This warehouse is incredibly sustainable, which is always welcome when it comes to large companies. The Nike European Logistics Campus as the place is called spans an area of 1.6 million sq ft (150,000 sq m) and is located 31 miles (50 km) outside of Antwerp, Belgium.
According to Nike, the warehouse is built to LEED standards, though they did not provide a LEED rating. It is also energy-neutral, while 100 percent of its power comes from renewable energy sources. These include solar, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric and biomass sources. The wind turbines located near the warehouse are 492-ft (150-m-high) and are reportedly able to generate enough electricity to power 5,000 households. And the on-site PV array covers an area the size of three soccer fields.
About 99 percent of containers bringing in the goods reach the facility by water, though there is also a network of railways, canals and highways, which provide access. They estimate that this reduces the number of needed truck journies by about 14,000 a year. For moving the products, Nike uses a number of fast moving hybrid robot cranes, which are able to regenerate energy much like hybrid cars do.
The structure itself is completely supported by the racks on which the goods are stored. By building it this way, they were able to use less material and create less waste during the construction process, compared to a steel and concrete-built structure. They also recycle 95 percent of waste products, and all the pathways around the warehouse are made from recycled footwear.
They fitted the warehouse with large windows to let in plenty of natural light, and equipped it with smart, automated LED lighting to be used when required. They also have water efficiency systems in place in the form of storm and discharge water buffering, infiltration and recycling. The building also has a green roof. In addition to that, they also added beehives to help with flower pollination in the area, and they will be using sheep instead of lawnmowers.
There is a housing shortage in many cities worldwide, which has in recent years led to the emergence of “micro apartment” complexes. These offer small homes, which are just as functional as larger ones, but cost much less. Ivy Lofts is one such “micro apartment” complex. It was developed by Novel Creative Development and it will be located in the East Downtown, or EaDo, neighborhood of Houston, which is very close to the cultural and business center of the city.
Ivy Lofts will feature a number of space-saving features that will allow the units to be small yet still comfortable to live in. the main aim is keeping prices low while offering living space in one of the most popular areas of the city. Prices start at $139,900, which might not sound cheap, but is still well below the average apartment price in the area.
The complex will be made up of 500 apartments spaced over 24 floors. The floorspace of the units will range from 350 sq ft (33 sq m) to more than 1,000 sq ft (93 sq m). All the apartments were designed to be modern and simple, and will feature hardwood floors, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. To let in as much daylight as possible, the units will be fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows, while LED lighting will be installed throughout.
The interiors of the units will also be highly adaptable. They will feature transformer furniture and sliding doors, which will save space, as well as allow occupants to open up or close off spaces according to their needs. The units will also feature all-in-one washer-dryers, cleverly located storage space (for example above the bathrooms), while in some of the units there will also be kitchen islands with pull-out tables.
Each apartment will feature a ductless air system that can be controlled via a smartphone or tablet. The units will also feature electric solar shades and curtains, and various other home automation features. The developers have also partnered with Zipcar and Houston B-Cycle, to offer residents access to drive-as-you-need vehicles and subscription bike rental. The complex will also feature communal green spaces, a sky lounge, an outdoor courtyard with cooking spaces, a pool and a fitness center.
Construction will begin this June and they expect Ivy Lofts to be completed by 2018.