Bridgette Meinhold

One Cool Habitat Offers a Customizable Prefab 'Your Way'

by , 03/26/10

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The space within this standard 20′ shipping container can be set up however the buyer wants — whether you need an extra room, an office, or even a place to hang out. One Cool Habitat builds out the space and installs the interior walls, but then the owner has the opportunity to build out the interior however they want. As Paul Bartlett, a designer for the firm told us, “Instead of designing a prefab to be all things to all people, it was felt that a broader appeal would derive from a client having greater options to customize it to suit their tastes, and most importantly – on their budget. And this would be carried out in house by the client once receiving the unit, within their own timeframe.

One Cool Habitat’s prefabs can be shipped anywhere around the world and are considered temporary structures, so there shouldn’t be issues with zoning or codes. The prefab can be easily transported on the back of a truck and placed anywhere with a level floor. They can even be placed up on a platform, like the unit at their office (the platform was previously used to hold the America’s Cup yachting trophy from when the race was held in New Zealand). They expect to build and ship their base model, which is about 160 sq feet, starting at US $29,500.

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