The Mini House is a prefab home that comes flat packed, like your Ikea furniture, and assembles (perhaps with an impossibly small Allen wrench) in just two days. The house is incredibly compact, with a small kitchen, bathroom, living area, and even a real bedroom (!) all packed into 15 square meters, or 161 square feet. The attached porch, which connects to the interior of the house via a sliding glass door, effectively doubles the amount of living space without adding any square footage. Because of its tiny footprint, the Mini House can be built anywhere in Scandinavia, where the design was developed, without a building permit.
I suspect that the difficulty of permitting one in the States would be just the opposite, since many U.S. cities have minimum requirements for the size of a primary structure on a residential lot. Unfortunately, the Mini House, which will be available to ship throughout Scandinavia later this year, isn't sold in the U.S.. But color me inspired. A tiny, freestanding house like this one could have all the benefits of living in a small space (the coziness, the ease of cleaning, the wonderful simplicity of freeing yourself from piles of stuff) AND many of the advantages of a detached suburban home (privacy, immediate access to the outdoors). What do you think? I think if I could have a little house like this, maybe with a lap pool nearby, I would pretty much be in heaven.
Read more about the Mini House on Gizmag.
(Images: Andy Liffner via Gizmag)