Sarah Rich

PREFAB FRIDAY: miniHome

by , 02/10/06

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We’ve waited a long time to talk about this little eco-friendly gem, and now we’re glad we did, because the Sustain Design Studio team has recently added many fantastic images to their website. With a new color scheme and a bunch of interior shots, we can now get a sense of the whole package, and we like what we see.

Sustain Design’s miniHome distinguishes itself from its peers in terms of ecological responsibility. Unlike some “eco-friendly” prefabs, which tout their greenness as a selling point while barely superceding traditional standards, the miniHome emerges from a design strategy that holds sustainability as its central tenet. If LEED granted rankings to mobile homes, the miniHome would be Platinum and then some.



To begin with, the manufacturing of the miniHome involves no toxic processes or components, and produces a structure that eliminates site distruption and stormwater runoff issues. The mobility and low-impact quality of the unit means that it can provide habitation in some out-of-the-way places, and can easily be relocated if necessary.

Then we’ve got the usual arsenal of green building features: a roof garden, natural ventilation, low-VOC materials, sustainably-harvested lumber, minimal construction waste and 100% renewable energy systems including passive solar.

Designer Andy Thomson wants to create homes that are not only green, but affordable. His work to establish an ecological trailer park stands to eliminate any connotation of “trash” from the term.

If trailers are already inexpensive and efficient to heat, use fewer resources to build, and are light on the land – what would a trailer park look like that was conceived on the basis of sustainable development – that sought after an aesthetic of natural beauty, of forests and unpaved streets, with community gardens and aquatic facilities powered by solar-thermal and solar-electric panels, that featured community-based power and heating and composting toilets?

Well we think it’d look pretty good. And if Toronto residents are lucky enough, they just might get to find out.

+ www.sustain.ca

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12 Comments

  1. Sandy October 2, 2007 at 10:19 pm

    Hi, I am interested in learning more about these homes and what the price range is. Thanks! Sandy

  2. monica July 16, 2007 at 1:07 pm

    hi! i’m very interested with this prefab. :) can you give me some more information? Thank you!

  3. Jane Smith July 16, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    Include me on your mailing list for information and availability of this mini-home!
    Thank you.

  4. Sandra Metselaar July 5, 2007 at 8:55 am

    Interested in learning about the kitchen; is that a full size stove? Natural gas possible or propane? You spoke about a loft, I think, do you have a view showing that feature? I’ve read a bit about turning cargo containers into homes and wonder if those exteriors could work with interiors such as you have designed here.

  5. Sherryll Johnson July 4, 2007 at 6:44 pm

    This sounds like something I’ve been looking for. I’m certainly interested in the cost
    and when they might be available. Thanks

    sherryll

  6. Beverly Vreeswijk June 30, 2007 at 7:33 pm

    This is what I’ve been waiting for and looking for!!! Please send me more information. This appears to be ideal for my situation. Cost would be something I’d need to know – at least a possible price range. And when they would be available for purchase. Thanks.
    Beverly

  7. Richard Lewin June 28, 2007 at 2:40 pm

    Just heard you on CBC. Count me in! please send any info/ideas of your sustainable project.

  8. ken sherman May 29, 2007 at 10:33 pm

    I am interested in this pre fab friday mini home. Do you have any additional information?

  9. amber scull~tacusalme April 16, 2007 at 6:23 pm

    I want to know if you can make these bigger? We want a 3 bedroom. do they come with decks? jet tubs…

  10. Werner Gronwald April 16, 2007 at 5:53 am

    Please send me more information about this prefab (floor plans, sections, materials used , heating/ cooling equipment, any technical information which is public achieveable.

    Regards, Werner Gronwald

  11. dvnms February 22, 2007 at 2:06 pm

    Looks great! I’m interested in information, too. Thanks!

  12. stenpo January 7, 2007 at 1:49 am

    I saw the miniHome on Small Spaces Big Style on HGTV. What wonderful space design! I would be interested in more information.

    Thank you.

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