Estonian firm Kodasema is developing a prefabricated concrete micro-home that can be assembled and installed on-site within just seven hours, then moved to another location with relative ease. Once it's ready for market, the home is expected to fetch roughly €100,000 (around US$111,000), excluding transport costs.
Koda is built from concrete and ships in prefabricated sections, so when it arrives on-site, it only takes roughly seven hours to assemble and put into place. The home uses just 9 cubic meters (317 cu ft) of concrete in all. No foundations are necessary and it can be placed on gravel, asphalt, and other surfaces, providing it has a level footing.
While it's certainly no towable tiny home, it is promised to be relatively easy to move around. If the occupant wishes to change location, dismantling and preparing the home for transport can take around seven hours and involves a crane and truck.
The home comprises a total floorspace of 30.3 sq m (326 sq ft), mostly taken up by a large living room and kitchen area on the ground floor. Also on the ground floor lies a bathroom with toilet and bath/shower, while stairs lead to a small bedroom area and laundry room.
Kodasema is keen to promote Koda's sustainability and efficiency. The windows are quadruple-glazed and, while it requires hookups for water, electricity and sewage, the home's roof-based solar-panels will reduce grid-based requirements.
Insulation performance sounds very good too, with walls rated at a U value of 0.1 W/m²K, and windows with a U value of 0.3 W/m²K. Put simply, this should mean that it's cheaper to heat and cool.
The firm also says that it is looking at producing models suitable for use as a classroom, cafe, office or workshop, for example, and offering furniture as an all-in one package. A company rep told us that Koda homes are expected to start selling them in quantity next year.
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