Kurt Hughes originally trained as an architect but spent the last 35 years designing yachts. This experience creating comfortable living quarters in relatively small and awkward spaces clearly served him well for his passion project: a unique off-grid micro-house that's aptly dubbed the Lunar Lander.

Hughes told his local newspaper The Seattle Times that the inspiration behind the unusual project came when his youngest daughter attended space camp at Seattle's Museum of Flight around a decade ago.

In the years that followed, Hughes designed and built the prototype dwelling using plywood, epoxy, core, fiberglass and self-made SIPs (structurally insulated panels), altering his design when necessary to ensure it could be given an official permit to serve as a home. It's supported by three steel beams, which allow it to be placed on uneven terrain, and anchored with guide ropes.

Access is gained by staircase and once inside, visitors are greeted by a surprisingly comfortable-looking interior that measures roughly 250 sq ft (22 sq m) and is topped by a dome-style skylight. It all looks pretty authentic and you get the impression that the project was a labor of love for Hughes. The interior includes a dining area, kitchenette, bathroom, a small outdoor deck, and lots of storage nooks. Stairs lead to sleeping quarters on the lower floor.

The Lunar Lander runs off-the-grid and gets all electricity from a solar panel array. It also has hookups for electric and sewage connections.

Hughes doesn't intend to sell the Lunar Lander, but he is selling the plans. Those interested can get in touch via the source link below. In the future he intends to continue to refine his design with further prototypes.

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