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MiniHome Combines Style, Affordability and Function--in Less Than 1,000 Square Feet

2/8/2011 12:00:00 AM

Tags: off grid living, solar power, miniHome, affordable home

Here’s a home to love: Toronto-based Sustain Design Studio has created an environmentally friendly prefabricated miniHome that combines contemporary design, affordability and function, offering year-round living for all climates and the capacity for off-grid living.

Ranging in size from 528 square feet to 960 square feet, miniHomes are a combination of park model trailer, manufactured home and code-compliant residences that combine modern design with state-of-the-art building technology to ensure healthy, affordable homes. They offer all the comforts of conventional homes in a smaller, more economical and vastly more efficient dwelling. With renewable and nontoxic materials and finishes; building envelope optimization to limit fossil fuel use; simplified systems design; materials and landscaping to limit waste; passive cooling and heating; green roofs; low-flow plumbing fixtures and renewable energy (solar, biomass and geothermal), miniHomes have a major green impact.

A clean, simple design allows for greater efficiency of materials and adaptability; miniHomes can be oriented to make the most of a site’s natural assets. Based on a 12-foot-by-36-foot footprint, the home’s modules can be joined together in various configurations to create an expandable, customizable modular home. The interior spaces are naturally bright and feel especially generous because of high ceilings and floor level changes. Light, natural materials also contribute to the overall openness of the space. Large expanses of glass provide views, light and air to allow for greater site integration.

“Most of the science behind building a green home is taking into account smart design, energy efficiency and locally-sourced materials,” miniHome’s website states. “The Sustain Design Studio team takes these elements into consideration with each miniHome we sell. Working from this ethos, we will help to reduce your environmental footprint and keep your operational and maintenance costs low.”

I want one. Do you?

sustain house cross section 

Sustain's miniHome is efficiently laid out to reduce its footprint. 

sustain house 

Designed by award-winning architects, the miniHome is not just another kit house. 


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