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Octagonal Living Unit is an Eco-Friendly House Alternative Under $25,000

by , 06/17/11

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Drawing on ideas from his sculpture practice, Virginia-based artist Craig Pleasants has designed an octagonal, eco-friendly kit house as a low-budget housing alternative that is both beautiful and efficient. The “Octagonal Living Unit” is constructed from pre-cut, recyclable panels of steel and expanded polystyrene, and takes only a matter of days to assemble and finish. With a price tag of less than $25,000 and a footprint under 400 square feet, it could easily function as an artist’s studio, a guest house, a living space for a small family, or (as the need arises) disaster housing. Pleasants is currently collaborating with Kickstarter.com to raise funds to construct a prototype for the Octagonal Living Unit project – if the $21,000 goal is met by June 30, funds will be awarded and the project may continue.

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3 Comments

  1. grawss June 19, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Is this design modular? As time goes on, I’m sure people wouldn’t mind adding onto their living unit. Having extra pre-cut pieces of conversion kits to make the home bigger would be great, and to be able to choose where the additions are placed would be ideal.

  2. Craig Pleasants June 19, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Paul, I know that these building panels have been used extensively in Russia. Buildings made this way are far more energy efficient than traditional building. I do not of anyone else who is developing kit houses using them.

  3. Paul Tie June 19, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Can you tel me if this type of construction is used in Sweden or cold countries like Canada?
    and If so what are the conclusions?

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