They say that good things come in small packages, and where the new MINI home is concerned, we concur. The compact 480-sq-ft design from Clever Homes makes minimalist living efficient and elegant. With an open floor plan, abundant natural light, and interior details supplied through partnerships with a number of well-regarded manufacturers, this little pad packs a lot of perks.

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The MINI is the tiny offspring of Clever Homes’ earlier NowHouse, which was first created as a demonstration home in 2004. The original NowHouse offered real-life evidence of the possibilities for building high-tech, affordable, green dwellings that could compete with the best new home designs. With its super-flexible modular structure and cutting-edge smart technology, NowHouse heralded the next generation of prefab, one where all these ingredients fit into something MINI-sized.

Among the treasures in the MINI-home package come EcoTimber bamboo floors, Whirlpool appliances, and Kohler plumbing fixtures. Customizable design means that you can add components like carports and roof decks, or reconfigure the dimensions to fit within site restrictions.

In keeping with a green ethic, each home utilizes highly-efficient Structural Insulated Panels, low- and no-VOC paints and finishes, formaldehyde-free particleboards, and sustainably-harvested exterior timber. The fully recyclable home can also be designed to include such self-sufficient eco features as graywater and rainwater reuse, radiant heat and solar power.

Clever Homes will be among a handful of phenomenal home design firms featured at this year’s CA Boom 3, the West Coast’s most fabulous independent design event. CA Boom will be held from March 23-26 in Santa Monica. This year, Inhabitat is proud to be a media sponsor, which means if you buy tickets to CA Boom through us, you can receive a special discount. The CA Boom logo (below) will take you to their registration site, and there will be plenty more opportunities to register over the next two months.

The folks from Clever Homes have promised that great things are in store for their appearance at CA Boom. There’ll be a chance to tour some of their built structures, as well as to place an order for a house on the spot. I’ll be covering the entire event and promise to report back on the MINI and much more after a face-to-face encounter.

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