$433 per square foot is quite a premium for prefab.
16th February, 2012 @ 7:25 a.m. (California Time)
65 big ones, bit of a joke. Good luck selling them :)
16th February, 2012 @ 7:52 a.m. (California Time)
you say house... I say shed.
16th February, 2012 @ 8:08 a.m. (California Time)
A $65K garden shed.
It IS pretty, but on the other hand, there is no insulation whatsoever, or even all that much weatherproofing. There\'s also not much privacy.
16th February, 2012 @ 8:41 a.m. (California Time)
Isn\'t this just a caravan with the wheels off?
16th February, 2012 @ 9:23 a.m. (California Time)
Some government subsidy and presto, cheap housing for the poor of the world.
16th February, 2012 @ 9:28 a.m. (California Time)
So...no insulation either? The materials don\'t warrant such a high cost. I think my AbleNook makes more sense, but then I may be biased...
16th February, 2012 @ 10:18 a.m. (California Time)
Maybe if they didn\'t ship it flat, and actually built them on an assembly line they would be more reasonably priced. It would be easily transportable fully assembled.
16th February, 2012 @ noon (California Time)
ridiculous! where I live you can buy a decent 1,500 sq.ft. home for $65k... I imagine the people in \"impoverished\" areas suffering some kind of natural disaster will truly appreciate this... for that kind of coin it should come on wheels with a cat diesel pusher, slide outs, bathroom and kitchen...
16th February, 2012 @ 12:23 p.m. (California Time)
in what world is this thing \"affordable housing\" unless you\'re thinking of using it as a pre-fab tree house in Beverly Hills. Don\'t think snow load would work well either. Pretty but nuts.
16th February, 2012 @ 3:10 p.m. (California Time)
My first thought was Great!! Wouldn\'t it be nice to have one in a corner of a garden. Then i thought, what about a toilt and bath? Then i saw the price tag....
16th February, 2012 @ 4:24 p.m. (California Time)
What?! for that kind of money you could get a fully furnished 30 foot Airstream Trailer Home - insulated, bathroom, kitchen, furniture, etc.
WOW. US$65,000 = FAIL
16th February, 2012 @ 4:44 p.m. (California Time)
I\'ve seen buildings like this used as a sauna at Sam\'s Club for under $10k. They look pretty cool.
16th February, 2012 @ 5:38 p.m. (California Time)
My first thought was that it looks like a caravan, and a damned expensive one. $65k is insane for such a tiny dwelling, you can buy a 3 bedroom kit home for that price here.
16th February, 2012 @ 6:28 p.m. (California Time)
I could build a better house out of a single pickup load of suplys for a lot less. It would be better insulated as well.
17th February, 2012 @ 5:52 a.m. (California Time)
I\'ll take the picture to the bank when I apply for the loan. I\'m sure that will speed up the whole process. What else could I buy with $65K? What else could I build for $65K?
17th February, 2012 @ 8:11 a.m. (California Time)
The first house I bought, in Katy, TX, in 1991, was 1320 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 car garage, and cost $65K. For the $65K cost of this \"house,\" I could get a nice used travel trailer and a diesel pickup.
17th February, 2012 @ 8:38 a.m. (California Time)
20' re-habbed shipping containers would be cheaper and more durable.
Haitians may like these but I'm from New Orleans and
I don't think these are likely to be very popular here....
They are too small and look REALLY flimsy.
People forget that after one storm often comes another-
it was in Rita (after Katrina) that some of my friends suffered even more loss.
Crime is serious,afterwards,as well.
These look like they'd not stand up to a can opener.
20' shipping containers.
17th February, 2012 @ 9:52 a.m. (California Time)
They should just sell the plans so people can make them without ordering the parts.
17th February, 2012 @ 11:25 a.m. (California Time)
It looks like it\'s be a great addition to the parks in Santa Monica CA.
17th February, 2012 @ 6:13 p.m. (California Time)
It is really nice but not for the price they want. For emergencies? at that price? I guess the emergency would have to be in Beverly Hills to just the price.
17th February, 2012 @ 6:46 p.m. (California Time)
If housing is to be accessible, as this article suggests, then the price point needs to be WAAAAAY lower. Like around $1800. Unless someone got their rates of exchange wrong.
18th February, 2012 @ 11:25 a.m. (California Time)
Also from New Orleans, also lost stuff including house after the storm. Haiti & NO are port cities with plenty of containers available, but who wants to be in a steel box when its 95 during the day and 80 at night? The problem with this design and 99% of the new designs presented are they\'re made for areas that are occasionally hot & humid!! For real shelter how about a precut geodome made with structurally insulated panels (SIP)? After the storm I constructed an 8x12 shed that I purposely overbuilt for the next storm. Tools & materials ~$2,500, I could have insulated with a room A/C for less than a thousand more.
18th February, 2012 @ 6:22 p.m. (California Time)
For 65k it should come with solar cells, wiring, hydrogen fuel cell, hydrogen electolyzer and hydride storage tanks for six month backup. It should also include a composting toilet, methane generation system for food waste, desalinization system, and a water purification system. That MIGHT make it a viable emergency shelter or remote site shelter. It could also use a nice propane kicker for just in case stuff.
19th February, 2012 @ 8:08 a.m. (California Time)
Wow, a caravan without wheels for Â£40,000. A nice caravan, but still a caravan, and a tiny one.
20th February, 2012 @ 6:36 a.m. (California Time)
I could build this exact thing for a few grand, and the final product would be nicer. Except maybe for the imported bamboo walls! Looks like balsa!
21st February, 2012 @ 8:18 p.m. (California Time)
The perfect house for people who have more money than sense.
27th February, 2012 @ 2:54 p.m. (California Time)
If Bill Gates has an emergency, he might want to buy a few dozen of these. For the rest of us, I'm afraid not. For a permanent structure that has a tiny ecological footprint, I suggest one of David South's little monolithic concrete/rebar cabins. These have excellent insulation, fire-protection, and are probably 100 times stronger and likely to last 50 times as long as this little fragile bon-bon.
5th March, 2012 @ 9:06 a.m. (California Time)
""Concept so it can be used to house people in devastated areas after a catastrophic event or to replace housing that was not built to withstand such forces. "We foresee the House Arc in locations such as Haiti and New Orleans" says Bellomo Architects....
What a joke .. Poor Haiti People you can have this house in 2000 years mortgage plan .
7th March, 2012 @ 4:52 a.m. (California Time)
I think there are other emergency shelters that are not only more practical but also more affordable.
There is the Teal Modular System that can also be used as a shelter.
25th June, 2012 @ 8:28 a.m. (California Time)
Where's the bathroom?
12th July, 2012 @ 9:33 a.m. (California Time)
it has a certain 'appeal' to its' facade,however it may be more efficient and habitable if it utililized an appropriate amount of greenhouse glazing, and interior privacy screening with a bit more square footage! i actually think this concept holds some promise at a more 'realistic' price point!
30th September, 2014 @ 1:57 p.m. (California Time)
$6,500. Maybe. $65,000. No way in hell.
8th February, 2016 @ 10:31 a.m. (California Time)