Cars have carports, why can’t a house have a house port? Designer Hally Thacher was looking to build an eco-friendly home and was inspired by the structures that sheltered hay, alfalfa and farm equipment in the area of northern California where she had grown up. Her House Port and PopUP House designs make for a very interesting concept in home building.
The PopUP House is available in several configurations which are prefabricated and shipped flat-packed to the building site. The PopUP House consists of interior/exterior insulated panels. Over the top of the PopUP is the prefabbed House Port (the large freestanding roof) that protects the home against weather, keeps a consistent temperature throughout the hot summer and offers a covered outdoor area. Several smaller versions of the PopUP, called Cubes, can even be purchased and placed like a small village under the House Port.
The Mini Square is the smallest PopUP House and is designed for use as a guest house, home office or studio. The 874 square foot Mini Square includes a bedroom, a kitchen, and open dining/living space and a bathroom and closet. A utility area off the kitchen holds a washer and dryer. The House Port is a galvanized metal roof structure and comes in two styles: the Contemporary House port which has a flat roof and the Traditional House Port which has a pitched-roof. The Mini Square and its House Port costs around $65,000 and the total footprint of the structure is 2,916 square feet.
House Port will assist customers with their project by providing referrals for contractors, finishing suggestions, and technical support in addition to the information provided on their website and the manual and DVD included in the kit package.