An Algorithm Can Design Your Next Home For $250
LA-based startup Cover is leveraging automated computer design software to create custom dwellings at a fraction of the price
Whether you want a backyard office, painting studio or a full-time home, there are plenty of options on the market, from fully transportable tiny houses to 3D-printed modular homes. But LA-based startup Cover is joining the market with a tech-driven angle—offering affordable, yet completely customizable, accessory dwelling units using a computer-generated algorithm.
Unlike other prefab companies which offer only a couple of designs that are then slightly tweaked to match the customer’s needs, Cover turns to a proprietary algorithmic software to provide high level of personalization. The customers begin by answering a survey of 50 to 100 questions, from how many people usually cook a meal and which appliances are a must-have, to which way the windows should be facing. The answers are then complemented by a computer model which optimizes the window placement and cross-ventilation for natural light and sun-path to ensure energy efficiency.