LEAP Adaptive Hummingbird

LEAP Adaptive Hummingbird

LEAP Adaptive sells modern, green home plans online and they have recently designed their smallest home plan and are making it available to owners, contractors and architects. The Hummingbird is a 480-square-foot home that is energy efficient and utilizes a passive photovoltaic framework, low-VOC materials and the latest in green technology.


The Hummingbird has a living and kitchen area with a fire-ribbon fireplace (which requires no venting) and a large, covered deck which LEAP calls a “chill” space. A small bedroom and bathroom suite are also included. Plans for the hummingbird are priced at $995, the building kit is around $55,000 and an on-site built Hummingbird is about $80,000 which does not include the general contractor fee, building or permit fees.

Other green options included in the Hummingbird are:

  • Cement board or teak siding
  • Trex recycled content-engineered deck planking
  • Low-mass Structural Insulated Panels
  • Multi-unit sliding glass doors with dual-pane Low-E glass
  • Simpson “Strong-Wall” seismic resisting brace-frames
  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures
  • EnergyStar rated Heat-pump HVAC system, lighting and on-demand water heater

LEAP Adaptive is a home design group in San Diego, California. Design director Brian Darnell has spent the last 22 years designing multi-million-dollar residential estates, but realized that “the lust for size and granduer has given way to the realization that the economics and ecology of our flattening world can no longer support such extravagance.” LEAP seeks to create environmental designs that are easier on the owner’s wallet as well as on the earth.

Image Courtesy of LEAP Adaptive

By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]

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deborah - April 4, 2011 Reply

When you add everything extra needed to complete this I would not call it affordable. Pretty, though.

Nan - April 4, 2011 Reply

by the time you’re finished, it’s $200/sq ft.

Brian has spent too many years “designing multi-million dollar estates” in San Diego. Perhaps this will work in the SoCal real estate market. Can’t think of any place else.

I’m sure the mainstream media gobbles stuff like this up, though. LOOK, IT’s SMALL AND GREEN! Plus, as an added bonus – you still get to have a mortgage!

pricenotattractive - April 4, 2011 Reply

hmm.. LV Home by rocio romero starts at 35k. super insulated, modern, albeit double the size of the humming bird.. LV Home has room for a family of 4-6

Kacie - April 4, 2011 Reply

FYI: “On average the LV Home costs $120/sq ft to $195 sq/ft to build.” -from their website.

It depends on where you build any of these homes. California market, at least from Marin down to San Diego, is unbelievable expensive.

Brand - April 4, 2011 Reply

I like it. Once you factor in the lot cost and fees, it’s the same price as a small condo in my city. But you could have a huge garden, privacy and better flexibility. And it’s trendy enough to get approval from the zoning board.

laurenjanelle - April 4, 2011 Reply

It looks great but seems rather pricey for a “tiny house.”

JT - April 5, 2011 Reply

To much money. I love some of the cheaper but very nice Tini Homes on this site, but this is one I don’t really care for.


Walt Barrett - April 6, 2011 Reply

We built our 128 square foot micro home for $27.00 a square foot for materials only. A clear benefit of taking the DIY route and a second level for sleeping. The big problem here remains finding land and getting a permit. We would like to mass produce a 250 square foot two level model if we can ever find a decent location. I also favor micro apartments that are 250 square feet. Permitting may be easier. We are looking into it.
The need for low cost housing has not gotten critical enough yet, but when it does, the tiny house market will finally catch on and our company A to Z global Marketing Inc. will open up a production line.

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