Today the MiniHome was put up for sale, it is a prototype that I really liked. The house is made form completely sustainable materials and is already setup to live 100% off the grid. Its a interesting styling, almost akin to a box car and for some reason it brings images of a 50′s Dinner to mind. I really like the inside, it is big, bright and well laid out. The unit is a prefab unit which has many perks to it, but it being sold for $100k which seems a bit steep.
The inside is laid out beautifully. I really like the use of the stair case as a bookshelf. The combination of light woods, white walls and windows galore makes for a really nice package. The house is around 350 square feet and I know for a period of time the designer and his daughter lived in this unit very comfortably.
One aspect I really like is that this house uses a combination of clear, gray and black water. For some of you out there who don’t know, gray water is partially treated water, black is untreated water. When I lived in Australia every house had a solar water heater and two water lines, clear and gray. The clear water line was hooked up for any source that you consume, while gray went to laundry, toilets and the garden hose. This is a really brilliant concept that works very well in Australia, but has yet to make its way over here. Combined this with a dual flush toilet (small flush for “number one” and a larger flush for “number two”) and the impact is so much smaller.
Loyd Alter sums up the house when he says this:
Designed for a 50-year life expectancy, the miniHome offers the possibility for year-round, affordable living on almost any site. It is equally at home in a remote, wilderness setting – completely off-grid – or in an urban trailer park. Its remarkably sustainable combination of energy efficient systems and beautiful finishes usually associated with luxury condominiums results in a home that sings the virtues of simplicity and conservation