Prefabricated flatpack homes offer some benefits over their brick-and-mortar counterparts: they're efficient to build and transport, quick to erect, and they are often more affordable too. Florida-based firm Cubicco's line of flatpack homes offer all these pluses, and are also rated to withstand hurricane wind speeds of up to 180 mph (290 km/h). They can be outfitted with sustainable technology too, including rainwater harvesting and solar power.
Cubicco's line comprises a series of homes of varying size and shape, including an attractive little micro-shelter that can be used as a studio, additional bedroom, or hurricane shelter. The cheapest full-size completed house the firm offers is the one-story 96-2b Home, which measures 63 sq m (685 sq ft). The interior features two bedrooms, one bathroom, an office, kitchen, dining area, and lounge, and there's also an optional deck, ramp, and covered porch outside.
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The homes can be expanded in size if required, and can also be placed on stilts if flooding is a concern. Each one of the homes is available in self-build or built packages, and the 96-2b model starts at US$115,300, built, or $58,500 for the most basic self-build unit.
Cubicco's homes are constructed from sustainably-sourced wood, and optional green technology includes a vertical garden and green roof. Depending on the package chosen, a roof-based solar power array can be installed to reduce grid-based requirements, or with the addition of batteries at extra cost, allow the homes to run totally off-grid. A rainwater harvesting system can also be installed, that channels rainwater collected from the gutter into an underground tank. Air-conditioning is optional, as is a geothermal heating system, depending on where the home is to be located.
The roofs of Cubicco's homes are rated to withstand snow loads of over 3 m (10 ft), and each of the models feature hurricane-impact doors and windows. The homes are rated at being able to withstand 180 mph (290 km/h) winds and so should theoretically be able to withstand even a particularly nasty Category 5 hurricane with relative ease (the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale rates a Category 5 hurricane as 157 mph – or 252 km/h – or more).
Cubicco's furnished model home is available to view at the firm's facility in Miami.
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