When Hurricane Ian hit the Florida coast last year, over 5,000 houses were destroyed and many families left without homes. Brian Sodre of Miniopolis is hoping to remedy some of the pain by building prefabricated small homes on concrete slabs.
Rather than wood, the homes are built with SIPs, or structural insulated panels.
Sodre plans on foregoing wood to build these homes and is instead using prefabricated structural insulated panels. The 500-750 square foot homes will also have what many tiny homes do not have — a garage.
These tiny homes actually have a garage.
The model home built in Brevard County is just one of the eight custom homes he plans to build. However, it includes everything needed in an affordable home.
The Miniopolis homes will be air-conditioned and will include a wraparound porch. The windows are rated for impacts and solar panels can also be installed. The interiors feature efficient mini-split units, tankless water heaters, and bamboo flooring. They are eco-friendly and can handle Florida’s storms, bugs, high humidity, and heat.
The interiors feature lofted ceilings, mini-split units, bamboo flooring, and efficient appliances.
The long-term goals for Miniopolis are to offer affordable and sustainable housing by creating pocket communities around the country. Sodre hopes that each of these communities will help the environment with rain catchment systems, greywater recycling, renewable energy, composting, material recycling and repurposing, and high energy efficiency.
Learn more about Miniopolis at their website.
By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]