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Kitchen maker incorporates offcuts into attractive tiny house build

Kitchen maker incorporates offcuts into attractive tiny house build
The Konga off-grid cabin features generous glazing on its front-facing side, filling the interior with natural light
The Konga off-grid cabin features generous glazing on its front-facing side, filling the interior with natural light
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The Konga off-grid cabin is finished in wood, which has been charred to preserve it and protect it from insects, lending it a distinctive dark appearance
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The Konga off-grid cabin is finished in wood, which has been charred to preserve it and protect it from insects, lending it a distinctive dark appearance
The Konga off-grid cabin has a floorspace of 28 sq m (301 sq ft), which is spread over a single floor
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The Konga off-grid cabin has a floorspace of 28 sq m (301 sq ft), which is spread over a single floor
The Konga off-grid cabin features generous glazing on its front-facing side, filling the interior with natural light
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The Konga off-grid cabin features generous glazing on its front-facing side, filling the interior with natural light
The Konga off-grid cabin costs $59,000 for the standard grid-based version and $73,000 for the fully off-the-grid model
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The Konga off-grid cabin costs $59,000 for the standard grid-based version and $73,000 for the fully off-the-grid model
The Konga off-grid cabin's designers say that the home is well insulated and will perform well in cold weather
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The Konga off-grid cabin's designers say that the home is well insulated and will perform well in cold weather
The Konga off-grid cabin's operable glazing really opens up the home to the outside
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The Konga off-grid cabin's operable glazing really opens up the home to the outside
The Konga off-grid cabin includes two bedroom areas, one of which can be turned into a home office if preferred
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The Konga off-grid cabin includes two bedroom areas, one of which can be turned into a home office if preferred
Konga has reused manufacturing offcuts to construct the kitchen area of its prefab tiny house
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Konga has reused manufacturing offcuts to construct the kitchen area of its prefab tiny house
The Konga off-grid cabin's interior is finished in wooden oak veneer panels
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The Konga off-grid cabin's interior is finished in wooden oak veneer panels
The Konga off-grid cabin's interior is mostly taken up by a large shared open space that contains a living area and bedroom areas
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The Konga off-grid cabin's interior is mostly taken up by a large shared open space that contains a living area and bedroom areas
The Konga off-grid cabin contains a separate toilet and bathroom
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The Konga off-grid cabin contains a separate toilet and bathroom
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Finding itself with a steady supply of offcuts, Lithuanian kitchen maker Konga hit upon a clever idea: why not incorporate the surplus material into its own line of prefabricated tiny houses? The result is an attractive non-towable dwelling that can either run on or off-the-grid and has a relatively low starting price of roughly US$59,000.

It's important to note that Konga isn't suggesting the dwelling's entire structure is made from offcuts, but rather used, logically enough, in the construction of the tiny house's kitchen.

The cabin's overall design comes from Danish architect Mette Fredskild, and it's finished in charred wood, which is meant to protect the wood from insects and preserve it, while lending it a distinctive appearance. It features generous glazing, much of which is operable. According to Konga, it's also well insulated and will handle cold weather and snow loads.

The interior looks to be finished to a high standard and measures 28 sq m (301 sq ft), all on one floor, most of which is taken up by a shared open-plan living space. The walls are clad in wooden oak veneer panels, with oak flooring, and appears to be filled with natural light thanks to all that glazing.

The Konga off-grid cabin's interior is finished in wooden oak veneer panels
The Konga off-grid cabin's interior is finished in wooden oak veneer panels

As you'd expect, the kitchen is feature-packed, and boasts a fridge, propane-powered gas stove, sink, and lots of cabinetry and shelving. Nearby is a living room area with a sofa, plus there's a wood-burning stove for warmth and a small dining table. There are two bedrooms, which are located at each side of the kitchen. One of the bedrooms can optionally be turned into a home office and sliding doors can also be added to them for privacy, but it's all open as standard.

The toilet and bathroom with shower are located in separate rooms, and there's also a small utility room and a few storage nooks tucked away throughout the tiny house.

Despite having "off-grid" in its name, the cabin actually runs from a RV-style grid hookup as standard but buyers can choose to cut the cord with an optional rooftop solar panel setup and rainwater collection system. A hot water system can be connected to the wood-burning stove too. Interestingly, instead of the ubiquitous composting toilet, it has a freezing toilet. We've never actually seen one of these used in a tiny house before, but essentially it freezes waste, ensuring it remains odorless.

Though pricing starts at around $59,000, the off-grid gear increases the cost to approximately $73,000. As of writing, it's only available in Europe but Konga is working with US architects to ensure it meets local regulations and standards. The firm expects its first unit to be sold in the US in May.

Source: Konga

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windykites
The solar panels shown @2/11 are not going to be very efficient, because of the trees obstructing sunlight. The interior looks nice.