Happy Friday Everybody! I’m so excited to share today’s post with you. Recently, I acquired this amazing book called Superlight, which has gotten me thinking about the possibility of owning a house that’s not just beautiful and well-designed but also affordable and ecological. Surprisingly so, it seems that it is not that crazy of an idea. Today’s Bus Pick is exactly that, low budget housing, particularly shipping container homes!
Housing solutions have always been something that interests me deeply. Currently, I live in NY and owning a house here is aaaah… well, not really a possibility, but living in NY has actually taught me a lot about ecological living. For instance, NY is the US leader in the practice of urban agriculture, combine that with the fact that most people commute using only public transportation and the fact that people live fairly close to everything and you have the ingredients for a very ecological urban plan.
So, with all this in mind I’ve been on the lookout for a future home. A home that could offer: proximity for commuting (or great public transportation), affordability, good design and the use of as many ecological practices as possible. I know it sounds like an impossible list to use as my expectations and maybe they make me sound a little utopian in my beliefs but if you bare with me I promise I will show you that it really isn’t impossible!
First up is “Containers of Hope” A housing project by Architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe with a woping total cost of $40,000USD! Yes, yes you read right $40,000USD. Saxe would be the kind of architect that would be perfect for my dream home, for he is famous for his innovative uses of materials in his projects; uses that offer both low cost and a recycling/ecological benefit. Containers of Hope in particular is a one bedroom, 861 sq. ft. home and was built using two disused containers which where then taken to the final location and modified on site. Built with the Costa Rican tropical climate in mind, similar to that of Miami, the house is so well ventilated that it’s actually enough to never have to turn the air conditioning on. The best news is that Saxe offers the full set of blueprints and photographs for you to use to construct this same project or to use as a basis for your own for just $950. How’s that for affordability!?
Then we have the amazing Meka homes. Meka is a group of architects and engineers that create modular living and work spaces that are available to ship to customers worldwide. They offer prefabricated homes with total cost starting at just $85,500USD. These are homes that are built using modular units that fit the same measurements as shipping containers and can therefore be transported just as easily. Plus, all their models are guaranteed to be modern, functional, green and quick to fully set up. Just to show you how trust worthy they are, their latest project was the Tesla Motors modular showroom. My two favorite models of theirs are the Thor 960 and the Hela 1280.
So there you go, not so impossible after all! I’ll keep my search up and share more as I find but I think that with these two projects in mind we can begin to really believe that good affordable housing is possible. After all the best design solutions should be intended for everyone to enjoy.
Till next Friday,
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