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Flat-pack NOMAD Micro Home promises inexpensive off-grid living

Flat-pack NOMAD Micro Home pro...
The NOMAD Micro Home measures just 100 sq ft (9.2 sq m)
The NOMAD Micro Home measures just 100 sq ft (9.2 sq m)
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The NOMAD Micro Home measures just 100 sq ft (9.2 sq m)
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The NOMAD Micro Home measures just 100 sq ft (9.2 sq m)
The pint-sized dwelling shoe-horns a living area, kitchen, bathroom, and upstairs sleeping area into its small physical footprint
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The pint-sized dwelling shoe-horns a living area, kitchen, bathroom, and upstairs sleeping area into its small physical footprint
The base model sports kitchen cabinets, shelving, and other storage, laminate flooring, lighting, and prewired electrical outlets
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The base model sports kitchen cabinets, shelving, and other storage, laminate flooring, lighting, and prewired electrical outlets
Construction materials include metal structural insulated panels, and galvanized metal siding, with baseboards and trim made from MDF
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Construction materials include metal structural insulated panels, and galvanized metal siding, with baseboards and trim made from MDF
The NOMAD Micro Home is currently the subject of an Indiegogo campaign
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The NOMAD Micro Home is currently the subject of an Indiegogo campaign
Shelling out more cash brings goodies like a solar power system, grey water treatment and rainwater collection
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Shelling out more cash brings goodies like a solar power system, grey water treatment and rainwater collection
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Canadian company NOMAD Homes has produced a new concept micro-home that measures just 100 sq ft (9.2 sq m), ships as a flat-pack, can operate off-grid, and is said to be easy-to-build. The firm has turned to Indiegogo to raise funds for manufacturing, and eventually intends to sell the base version of the home for under US$25,000.

The micro-dwelling shoe-horns a living area, kitchen, bathroom, and upstairs sleeping area into its small physical footprint, and is offered in three versions, with included features depending on price.

The base model sports kitchen cabinets, shelving, plenty of storage space, laminate flooring, lighting, and prewired electrical outlets. Shelling out more cash brings additions like a solar power system, grey water treatment and rainwater collection, while a wooden deck can also be added to offer some additional outdoor space.

The pint-sized dwelling shoe-horns a living area, kitchen, bathroom, and upstairs sleeping area into its small physical footprint
The pint-sized dwelling shoe-horns a living area, kitchen, bathroom, and upstairs sleeping area into its small physical footprint

Construction materials include metal structural insulated panels and galvanized metal siding, with baseboards and trim made from MDF. The company promises that the NOMAD Micro Home will be termite-, moisture-, and fire-resistant, and cites disaster relief, student accommodation, and low-income housing as potential uses for the unit.

The NOMAD Micro Home is currently the subject of an Indiegogo campaign. Should all go well, the proposed starting price for the base model is CAD$25,000 (or around US$24,000).

Of course, it can be a long, rocky road before crowd-funded concepts evolve from computer renders into hard reality, but it's an interesting project that we'll be keeping an eye on.

If you're so inclined, the video below features the obligatory pitch.

Source: NOMAD Micro Homes via Indiegogo

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21 comments
Seth Miesters
Just perfect! Great loft.
Chuck Anziulewicz
I could live there easily. Not so sure about the "off-grid" part, but a home like that would be sufficient to my needs.
Zaron Gibson
My mom and I have been toying with the idea of moving, buying a single plot of land, and having 2 houses like this (one for each of us). This way we save costs and each get our privacy.
BigGoofyGuy
I think this is really nice. I would not mind living in such a small yet cool house.
Wesley Dart
What an amazing concept. I would be quite happy to live in one of these once the kids eventually move out.
Ralf Biernacki
Great layout, cheap price, looks comfortable and practical. I like it.
There is just one fly in the ointment. How is this house heated? Because if it's not, it's just an upscale tent, nothing more. And if it's electrically heated, then it's hardly off-grid; the power bill will be as big as the house is small, what with the thin walls, big windows, and large surface/volume ratio.
ljaques
Cute little house. I like the SIP construction. BUT, where the **** do they get the pricing on this? Are they trying to recoup their entire R&D budget (and amortizing the new SIP machine) on the first few dozen homes? At $25k, I'd expect a completely furnished house, rain/graywater/septic systems, solar panels and lights, all delivered and set up on my site.
Geeze, are they using titanium siding and platinum sink? I could build and sell a basic house like that for under $10k and still make a profit while charging for the assembly. I love these little concept homes, but pricing is still so un(ahem)real. Sign me -- NoCondo NoMBA NoBMW.
Scraphound
How well insulated are they? Are they suitable for cold climates? They're pretty small, why not make them modular.... hook a bunch of them together to make a bigger and bigger home as funds become available (or as the family grows).
Robert Bissett
Maybe okay for a weekend. Who in the third world could afford one? Or first world for that matter. $250 per square foot! The layout does look very efficient alright. How about a set of plans and material list for the do-it-yourselfer.
Ruth Vallejos
Nicely designed, and flat packed to boot! Very impressive.
Just one more thing to make me even happier. How about a handrail? Seriously, you are in bed, the tummy flu strikes, you have to go down these risers that are quite high on treads that are unequally shaped. Give me something to grab!
It's a pet peeve, I know. The building code - it's been saving us from ourselves for quite some time, now!