Gallery: PREFAB FRIDAY: WeeHouse

 

Prefab Friday has been a great way to build up the Inhabitat prefab archive, giving us a weekly reason to look for new developments in the industry, or add in old favorites. The weeHouse from Alchemy Architects definitely fits into the latter category — already widely-known (and one of the few prefabs actually available for purchase!), this mini mansion is a gem among the super-tiny prefab set, and relatively affordable at $125 per sf.

Like the Loft Cube or the Micro-compact Home, the weeHouse is a single module that can be plopped on just about any site, including a rooftop.

The basic unit is framed with steel and wood, and comes with tongue-and-groove bamboo flooring, and Ikea cabinetry, kitchens and sinks. At present, the only “green” features it boasts are its extremely compact and efficient size, and off-site construction, but the company plans to incorporate more sustainable finishes and materials in the future.

They also have options for “Not-so-weeHouses,” which involve stacking units, attachable porches, and modular stairwell connectors. “The Alchemy office is currently working to develop the weeHouse as a flexible line of prefabricated modules that may be adapted and changed to meet the diverse users’ needs for cabins, houses, offices, on rooftops, or in developments.”

Prices start at $125 per sf (roughly 100K for an 800 sf house)

Download a brochure with specs and pricing here, and read answers to all your burning questions here.

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35 Comments

  1. Brian Schreck October 29, 2011 at 10:50 am

    There is no toilet…

  2. seevo November 6, 2008 at 6:52 am

    these houses plus the land should be no more than 50k with a small yard. so that the total square feet of the property is 400-700 sq ft. They’d have to be sold in suburbs adjacent to large cities. people shouldn’t have to take out a mortgage for 30 years for this. It should be able to be paid for in less than 5yrs on any income. I think the way America is built up and how people live and think, make this a difficult scheme on a large scale It would work in Europe for sure, or even Canada, Asia, Mideast & Africa. The first problem in America is lack of parks. There are parks just not enough public space to make up for the lack of personal property in the Weehouse home scheme. The next issue is that Americans are addicted to credit, its too easy to buy into the idea of an extended mortgage so that people end up buying more than they need.

  3. vanyali November 3, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    Anyone know of any affordable pre-fab houses that are worth looking into? It’s cute, but there’s no point to it, I figure, if the price and quality aren’t comparable to or better than site-built structures.

  4. Contemporarycaprice Contemporarycaprice October 10, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    Nice, looks truly vintage, and stays true to it’s name.

  5. zachsmom August 8, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    I love the idea of the wee house. My husband is a LEEP certified architect and we really like the concept. Only one problem, I personally am not into the whole “modern” feel of these things. I would much prefer a tiny log cabin that follows the same premise. I prefer a homey, country, solid log cabin feel that blends into the surroundings that I would be partial to better than a modern steel and chrome job. Any ideas? Would also be willing to cooberate on the interior design of said cabin.

  6. Roger Broome March 5, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    Does the $125/sq. foot price include transportation fees for the unit, well drilling, septic system, electrcal & phone lines and foundation? How do Alchemy Architects calculate their fees? Do they have relationships with manufacturing facilities in areas outside of Minnisota?

  7. Tim Doebler December 22, 2007 at 2:02 am

    Fun design concept……………but the Wee house is not an affordable house. I figure I could build a similar design for about $70,000 (900 sq. ft.)

  8. andrew cauthen December 16, 2007 at 6:52 am

    nice :) i love it. one for everybody just for being born. kind of the same logic as the xo laptop , one laptop per child. http://laptop.org/ but a house, that doesn’t kill anyone or thing, past present or future.

  9. windpower September 3, 2007 at 3:51 am

    I find myself in agreement with the carpenter who commented earlier. I am in the building trades and this unit can be produced with like or superior finishes on the east coast for 45-65K once again depending on finish material. That price point is assuming construction in a controlled enviroment….and by the way that is with my margin factored in. Great concept and it has incredible potential but there are not enough players in the game yet to make it cost effective for the end user.

  10. Ann August 18, 2007 at 5:47 am

    Great ideas but leaves those of us with kids OUT! I’d love something like this but need 3 sleeping areas, can’t there be a smart/compact space neatly designed for three people/two genders who need privacy yet want small and sustainable? Oh yeah and as echoed before … need it better priced, but it’s getting there.

  11. Willie June 25, 2007 at 11:09 pm

    The price is absurd. I’m a carpenter and I can build something similar for $30,000.

  12. Doug June 24, 2007 at 1:10 pm

    This looks like a kids treehouse. Even the chairs look kids-sized. Do they not? And the countertops look below waist level.

    Great if you a little person, I guess.

  13. Felix June 23, 2007 at 6:30 pm

    bathroom.. the photos look like a variant of the A plan, and the bathroom would be to the right of the queen bed, where the bunk bed and cabinets are. the sinks don’t have a faucet either. it looks like that installation has no sewer, water, or electricity. it’s a cabin in the woods.

  14. hobgobbler June 23, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    okay I’m not much of a carpenter, but me and a couple of buddies could build this thing in one weekend for $5000 and a case of beer.

    But what happens when it snows?

  15. Mr. Bear June 23, 2007 at 7:14 am

    The outhouse is behind the 3rd tree, to the right.

  16. Mick Jagger June 22, 2007 at 10:12 pm

    No, seriously. Where’s the bathroom?

  17. TOP 5 TINIEST PREFAB HO... June 22, 2007 at 11:33 am

    [...] 1. WEEHOUSE [...]

  18. Inhabitat » TOP 5... June 22, 2007 at 5:45 am

    [...] 1. WEEHOUSE At just $125 per square foot, the WeeHouse is a single module that can be plopped on just about any site, including a rooftop. The basic unit is framed with steel and wood, and comes with tongue-and-groove bamboo flooring, and Ikea cabinetry, kitchens and sinks. Despite what the name implies, don’t let it size fool you- this is one awesome modern residence. [...]

  19. atlheff April 20, 2007 at 11:39 am

    The prefab industry will never take off if they don’t slash their sq/ft pricing. Are you telling me that it costs more to build it offsite then ground up onsite construction? I love the designs but not enough to pay that kind of premium.

  20. Sean Ruhs March 23, 2007 at 11:39 am

    Wheres the bathroom?

  21. andreas February 27, 2007 at 10:34 pm

    “Wood stoves and fireplaces are the single most damaging thing you cando to the environment.”

    a bold and very wrong statement. get disabused here:
    http://www.woodheat.org/environment/environment.htm

  22. chris hamman February 27, 2007 at 9:16 pm

    Here in georgia, new houses and condos can be built with 50% wood, 50 carpet, granite countertops for hard dollar cost of $65.00psf. THis does not include finance costs or land dev. cost, just the hard dollar sticks and bricks. The factory homes just arent doing it here yet.

  23. Beekeeper42 February 26, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    Nice. But no indoor plumbing?

  24. Girl600 December 23, 2006 at 3:05 pm

    I learned about the Wee house on a video podcast yesterday. I’ve been talking about Airstreams on my show, but today I added Wee to the picture.I lived in dorms for 6 six (not college) so if I can make it there, I can make it anywhere.

  25. tory October 15, 2006 at 8:57 pm

    I am very interested in the wee house. Because of our very tiny buget I am thinking about the weemobius. I won’t know really if I can afford that until after the new year, but I have printed out the brochure and would love to have one of these homes!

  26. Josh Capistrant August 4, 2006 at 6:54 pm

    We are the weeHouse. Check out the site, as it shows that we offer a great variety more than this original house. Plus see our houses in Minnesota, Montana, New York, Ontario and soon in Texas and California. And of course, they are offered without the Wood Stove. If want solar, and can afford it, we’d like to make that part of a weeHouse too. Its all based on what we can have done in a factory setting. More demand gives us more leverage to demand more sustainable construction, features and better cost and availability.

  27. Inhabitat » Blog ... August 4, 2006 at 5:22 am

    [...] Yes, the Living Home is expensive. Look at it! I can’t believe it’s under $2 million; this is the Cadillac of current prefab designs. Don’t knock it on approachability and affordability, because that’s definitely not the target market which Kappe was designing for. This “product” offers a beautiful, spacious, and quick move-in design for those with sophisticated modern tastes- and relatively deep pockets. There are many other prefab models in production that do provide a more affordable housing option. Tiny ones like the Weehouse, several designs by Michelle Kaufman, and the sub-$100,000 option by Rocio Romero are all good examples. [...]

  28. Matthew Collins July 30, 2006 at 6:24 pm

    “Wood stoves and fireplaces are the single most damaging thing you cando to the environment.”

    While it’s true that wood stoves and fireplaces emit plenty of soot/particulate matter and may not be particularly efficient sources of heating (relative to natural gas, etc.), one VERY positive aspect of them is that burning wood rather than fossil fuels (or using fossil fuel derived electricity) doesn’t draw carbon from long-term carbon stocks. Biomass draws and stores carbon from the atmosphere in a short-term cycle, so (assuming your wood comes from a sustainably managed forest) in the long-term it’s fair to say that they’re carbon neutral.

  29. ron June 30, 2006 at 10:30 pm

    “Wood stoves and fireplaces are the single most damaging thing you can do to the environment.”

    right. i can think of 100s of more damaging things.

  30. Whistler June 27, 2006 at 4:52 pm

    I appreciate the stylistic attributes, and the materials and th euse of technology, but when I look at spending a weekend in that space with kids I’d go nuts. Comeon the dining experience at that table looks pretty awful. Its a classic dilemma, good modern design that doesn’t really accept or embrace the circumstance of place or user. I love that its a great start After all it is just a box.

  31. Darrel June 23, 2006 at 1:58 pm

    “Looks great, still pricey though. ”

    Though that depends on context. On their home turf (twin cities) $125/ft is amazingly affordable…especially for a modern design.

    “Wood stoves and fireplaces are the single most damaging thing you can do to the environment.”

    Hardly. Trees are renewable. Soot is about the only nasty byproduct. And wood stoves can be made highly efficient.

  32. jean harrington June 18, 2006 at 1:09 am

    Wood stoves and fireplaces are the single most damaging thing you can do to the environment.

  33. Architect Leopold Mak E... June 17, 2006 at 7:14 am

    Hi, it is nice but, will this house stand up for earthquake, 7.8 on the Richterscale ?
    Tell me because we need this form of house.

    http://www.lemak.se

  34. Sterling June 16, 2006 at 3:12 pm

    I really am glad to see how many of the homes featured in this series utilize wood finishes.

    Ted Benson was recently bemoaning how the contemporary American home is sitebuilt, and doesn’t take advantage of modular technology.

  35. Drew June 16, 2006 at 2:37 pm

    Looks great, still pricey though. I can get a similar sized, but kind of old, home with the land under it for around $80k. I like prefab but I’m still waiting for one with a business model that works for me.

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