This cute little prefab is only 220 sq ft and was designed for these unsteady economic times. In other words, it's cheap! Called the L41 Home and conceived by architect Michael Katz and artist Janet Corne, the prefab home is ultra-compact, built with green materials and energy efficient. Designed to be constructed on piers or a four-point foundation, the home could easily be located on any site with minimal impact. Eventually the designers hope that they can produce it for just $50,000 each.
The goal of the designers of the home is that it will eventually be able to be mass-produced much like a car and become very affordable with economies of scale. At 220 sq ft, the studio packs in built-in storage, living/bedroom space, a kitchen and a bathroom. Other models include a slightly larger 290 sq. ft. 1-bedroom unit and a 360 sq. ft. 2-bedroom unit. These homes could even be included in a much larger, prefabricated multi-unit development.
As for the green features, the L41 is constructed of cross-laminated timber, which is an engineered product made from beetle-killed pine trees in the north-west US. Beetle-killed lumber is structurally sound, but if left to the devices of nature, will rot in the woods. When used for engineered lumber, it is put to good use. Each home includes triple-glazed windows, energy efficient appliances, LED lighting, solar heating, heat recovery, and even a pretty little green roof.
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