The 523 Square Feet Osprey Eco-Cottage

For a moment we considered doing back-to-back trade show duty in Las Vegas by attending this week's International Builder’s Show (we recently returned from Sin City to attend the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show for Unplggd). But then we realized were not masochists like that. Though we're glad we didn't have to brave the crowds and excess of Vegas, we are bummed out we didn't get to see the pint sized Osprey eco-cottage by Nationwide Homes this afternoon at its premiere.Sized at just 523 square feet, The Osprey was designed as secondary or vacation home, complete with a bedroom, bathroom, sizable deck, galley-style kitchen, and full bathroom. The Osprey is just one of many eco-design, NAHB’s National Green Building Gold certified structures which integrate energy saving measures such as Energy Star appliances, Low E SmartSun Glass windows, tankless water heaters, recycled wood, low or no VOC paints, formaldehyde free insulation and the option for Thin-Film Solar technology integrated into the the roofing panels for off the grid use. No official specific pricing, but Nationwide quotes between $25,000 and $90,000 as the price range of these eco-cottages.

The Osprey is the model house showcase of the full Eco-Cottages line from Nationwide Homes (other models shown above in the slideshow) and will be on display at the International Builders’ Show from today till the 22nd. Further details at Nationwide Homes. We hope to gather several real photos from the show in the coming days as a followup, if only to appease our own curiosities about this promising small space housing option.

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