Cubicco Cabana

For anyone living in hurricane prone areas of the U.S., a new prefab company is designing and building units just for you. Cubicco designs and builds various sized units that can be attached together to create a larger building, but the one that is attracting attention is the tiny Cabana concept, which is 8×12 and costs $17,000. The full package includes all materials such as insulation, finishes, roofing, steel support legs and lifting brackets and all screws, bolts and sealants. Optional packages like rainwater catchment and solar panels are extra.

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Cubicco is a modular housing company with a focus on creating contemporary mixed communities designed around people’s health and well being. A Cubicco community is born from a profound respect for long term conservation of natural resources, energy-conscious building and pedestrian oriented urban design. Originally from the Netherlands, the company now has an office in Miami, FL.

All the Cubicco units (including the doors and windows) are designed to the 180 MPH High Velocity Hurricane Zone Florida Building Code. The pre-engineered, termite treated laminated beams are designed to withstand extreme natural conditions and are created in an assembly facility with a recycled, no-waste policy. The R-45 insulated panels are all made from recycled cellulose and the laminated beams come from FSC & PEFC Certified 15 year cycle forests. The units can be assembled anywhere in a few days and are engineered to be relocated.

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By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]

 

FireFly Trailer

For fans of the stylish Cricket trailer and the cult television show, the new FireFly prototype camping trailer by designer Garret Finney brings together aerospace technology and the desire to be sustainable while off-roading. According to the NASA designer the FireFly is actually a habitation module designed to fit into the bed of a pickup truck or towed by a small car.

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The 600 lb. trailer is minimal and includes folding bench tops for sleeping and lounging surfaces with room for storage underneath. The FireFly is supported by four legs and can be moved easily to various locations. In fact, it was originally designed to be used for disaster relief or as a temporary basecamp. The lightweight camper has welded square tube sections, highly insulative composite panels made of aluminum and Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam.

The protoype was created in only three weeks after several months of sketching and design work.

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By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]

 

My Yotel Experience

The Tiny House Blog has featured the Yotel airport hotel pods before and this time I had a chance to stay in one at Heathrow Airport in London. These convenient sleeping pods located in London, Amsterdam and New York give you the option for a more peaceful layover while combining space saving designs, Japanese esthetics and a hint of Star Trek.

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Yotel offers several sizes of these transit rooms including double, twin, bunk style and Standard, which features a single bed, but more space. At the Heathrow Yotel there were 32 pods built into the hotel, a Command Center where you check in and order food and coffee and a small waiting room. Each Yotel offers free WiFi and free hot drinks. For even more convenience, the Yotel was located right at the front of Terminal 4 so you don’t need a boarding pass or have to go through security to make it to your room in the middle of the night. Yotel rooms can be booked by the hour, so if you have an eight to twelve hour layover it’s a nice place to get some shuteye.

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My particular pod was meant for just one person and contained a twin bed built into the wall, a TV and remote, folding desk and chair, a mirror and luggage rack and a great little wet bath with toilet, tiny sink and a wonderful shower with a rain shower head. All this fitting into a space the size of a walk-in closet. The pod was tiny, so having just one piece of luggage was perfect. Any more and it would be too crowded. There was a take-out menu, a phone for ordering food, a glass for water, soap and shampoo, towels, sheets, fluffy pillows and a feather comforter. A privacy screen was available for the window in the door and I really got a kick out of the small, folding chair that hung on the back of the door.

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The best part of the Yotel was not only the very comfortable bed, but the hot shower and the free cappuccino the next morning. These pods are not cheap (6 hours cost about $70), but the sleep and shower put me in a much better frame of mind for a 10-hour flight.

Even if you don’t get to spend many hours in these cool little pods you can still pretend you’re a member of the USS Enterprise bridge crew.

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Photos by Christina Nellemann

 

By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]

NOMAD Micro Home

This stylish and energy efficient 10×10 foot micro home from NOMAD in British Columbia comes as a flat-pack micro cottage that can be assembled in just a few days. The NOMAD can also be customized to include a wet bath and appliances or no bathroom or appliances at all if you want to save some money. No matter what you choose, this cottage will still run you under $30,000.

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The micro home was designed and developed by Ian Lorne Kent who has been designing family and commercial developments for more than 35 years. His dream with the NOMAD was to create an efficient and cozy home with a minimal impact on space and the environment. He also wanted it to feel open and airy with the use of large windows. The NOMAD Live version includes a kitchen with a propane stove, fridge and sink next to a small living area and a bathroom. His innovative staircase curves around the kitchen and leads to a loft bed and closet area that floats above the main room. The NOMAD Space includes the same space but without a bathroom or appliances. The Live is $28,000 and the Space is $25,000 and both versions are designed to be on-or off-grid.

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Both electrical (12V) and plumbing systems come with the delivered materials. The entire structure is built with metal structural insulated panels with an R-12 rating and a roof and floor with an R-24 rating. The exterior is galvanized metal siding and the interior walls are pre-finished metal panels. Add-ons include stair drawers for extra storage, a surrounding deck, a sliding sun shade and solar power, gray water and rain water collection systems. The NOMAD can be shipped worldwide and can be assembled or disassembled by two people with some handyman skills.

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ZipKit Homes

ZipKit Homes, a division of Timberhawk Homes, is located in Mt.Pleasant, Utah and features several prefab plans including two that could be perfect, streamlined and efficient tiny homes built with sustainable materials and in a controlled environment. The company focuses on smaller, efficiently designed homes over big homes with extra space that rarely gets used.

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Two of their smallest homes are the Skyline which is 400 square feet and the sleek M.1 which is 384 square feet. Each of the homes contains spray foam insulation, a ductless mini-slit heating and cooling system, a tankless, on-demand water heater, LED lighting, wiring for solar power, and 100 percent Energy Star Appliances. Options and various colors can be chosen for cabinets, flooring, countertops and metal roofing.

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These prefab homes are built as modules in a controlled factory and are shipped 95 percent completed to the building site where they can be installed. This method generates about 80 percent less waste than standard site built homes. Final cost and payment terms are based on the type of home and options, but ZipKit Homes does offer financing. They can ship anywhere within the U.S., but it is most financial practical to ship within 1,000 miles of the factory in Utah.

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By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]