Gallery: The L41 Prefab Home Packs a Whole Lot into a Tiny Space

The L41home exhibited at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.
The L41home exhibited at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.

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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  1. dollarcounter March 6, 2013 at 9:48 am

    An alternative to this cute little house would be a “Park Model” which would have up to 400 sq ft with starting prices around $30K. They’re mini mobile homes, of sorts, but are categorized as travel trailer–even though they’re moved very infrequently, if ever.

  2. lennyesq July 17, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    I think the problem is that the point of reference for designers and the editors here is a Manhattan apartment or a San Francisco apartment.

    99% of the people who you might want to consider this design haven’t got $55,000.00 for a car, another comparison that doesn’t make it in “fly-over” country.

    There is no mortgage money flowing. Credit scores are at an all time low. Thousands are losing their homes or squatting illegally until the Sheriff comes.

    While this may be an interesting design exercise, only the wealthy can afford to be “green” at these prices.

  3. adamclark1 July 17, 2010 at 1:01 am

    Are you f#*%ing kidding me!!! A $230 per square foot matchbox. The designer “hopes” to one day produce it for $50k?! Am I to assume that would be his cost? What if he wants to make a profit? If you fools want to live the rest of your lives in a rediculously-priced sardine can to repent for your eco sins, be my guest. I just purchased a foreclosed condo at public auction for $8500. 1250 SF, 2BR, 2BA and a new community pool in a decent neighborhood. After another $12k in green remodeling including foam insulation, new doors, new windows, CFLs, and Energy Star A/C and appliances, I’m all in at just over $20k. It’ll save me a ton on utility bills, too. These eco designers are con artists preying on your eco guilt.

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