A New Type Of Tiny Home

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July 22, 2016

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Have you ever been walking through a public storage area on your way to drop off another box full of old junk you no longer need and thought to yourself “With a couch, a TV, and maybe a hot plate or two, one of these storage units could make a decent living room or, at the very least, man cave”?

Well if you have, then you may want to pay attention to Jeff Wilson and his micro-housing start-up Kasita. As Forbes reports, the Kasita prototype is a glass and steel box that can be easily moved around the country. Each Kasita fits into a larger steel exo-skeleton like a car in one of those fancy, Dubai automated parking garages. From the front, the result looks like a futuristic Rubik’s Cube, a Rubik’s Cube that can (currently) be stacked 10 stories high and resembles a high-end public storage warehouse (if such a thing existed).

Living in a Kasita makes it easy to move whenever you need or want to. All you need to do is open the accompanying app and select your move date. A crane and a flatbed truck will arrive and do everything else for you.

The units themselves are 320 square feet and are packed with smart technology and voice-controlled systems. Like more traditional tiny homes (have tiny homes already gone from being hip and novel to traditional?) the interior space is maximized by clever layouts and each appliance or piece of furniture has multiple uses. For example, the kitchen module can transform into a queen-sized bed via the mobile app, so it is ready by the time you get home.

As for price, Wilson says they will cost somewhere between a nice and a very nice Tesla, meaning a price tag of around $100,000 isn’t out of the question, cheap for a house, but expensive for a 320-square foot cube.

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