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Micro-House DIY Kit Puts Design Power Into Homeowners’ Hands

Micro-House DIY Kit Puts Design Power Into Homeowners’ Hands
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Flexible and affordable design makes this kit perfect for a home studio, guesthouse, or backyard retreat.

Ross Brooks
  • 9 september 2013

A pair of Dutch designers have created an open source house kit that allows DIY enthusiasts to build their own customizable micro home. Featuring a multipurpose interior and a surprisingly spacious design for a house that measures in at just 150 square feet.

Daniel Venneman and Mark van der Net have named their creation the “Hermit House,” a building that makes use of a zigzag floor plan, and a folding structure that means the final building can be constructed with inexpensive and lightweight materials.

Part of a University project, the pair created the house with the motto “Life Unplugged” in mind, giving users a chance to build a getaway that would allow them to relax and disconnect from the outside world.

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As reported by GizMag, Daniel and Mark said:

We see the Hermit Houses as a comfortable small laboratory where people can experiment with living modestly, completely energy-neutral and in interaction with their surroundings.

The interior is comprised of a single open space, which lead out on to an open deck, divided by a floor-to-ceiling glass window. There are eight different options to choose from, with add-ons including an eco-bathroom and kitchen.

Choosing between these options has been simple and enjoyable thanks to an online 3D interface. Once happy with your design, a set of personal plans are generated, meaning all you have to do is head out and choose the building materials and get them cut.

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Just some of the possible uses for such a space are a studio, guesthouse, temporary festival pavilion, holiday retreat or backyard office.

The kit currently costs €700 per sqm [approx. US$936 per 10 sq. ft.], excluding VAT, installation and transportation costs.

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