Clever Homes, a San Francisco construction-systems company that develops pre-fabricated homes partnered with Affordable Green Development and CNet Networks to unveil the "Now House," a 2,400-square-foot-house that cost a little over $100,000 to build and includes the latest electronic gadgetry.
On display in the parking lot at SBC Park in San Francisco, the project demonstrates that affordable housing doesn't have to be ugly, technologically backward or environmentally incorrect — this in a city that boasts some of the highest housing costs in the nation. The two-story house was built with fully recyclable wood products and uses green building techniques: solar energy, a tankless water heater and other energy-conserving features.
Architecturally, the Bauhaus inspired house features an open living room/kitchen area, a large study, laundry room, two bathrooms, an upstairs sitting room, bedroom and a small additional room. Gadgets includes a Pioneer plasma screen with wireless Internet access, a wireless television in the kitchen and an IBM ThinkPad that acts as the main computer and a Internet calling service system that replaces traditional telephone service.
Clever Homes built the house in 35 days. For more information on the project go to www.nowhouse.org