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They Said This Tiny Home Cost Only $4,000 And I Just HAD To See Inside…

The concept of prefabricated homes is not something that’s exactly a new thing.

As a matter of fact, over a hundred years ago you could buy a house in a Sears catalog and they would send every board and bolt right to you.

Now the big thing in recent years had been the concept of tiny house living where folks take homes that are no bigger than the living rooms in some houses.

While this is not exactly something that is the perfect fit for people that have three or four kids, if you are a couple that doesn’t have kids or living on your own its kind of an interesting adventure to have when you really think about it.

Some of the tiny homes that I have seen have been built pretty inexpensively and with often times reclaimed materials. Still, they still run a halfway sizable cost for the average person if they have to pay totally out of pocket for it. But four thousand dollars, that’s almost like someone breaking a four minute mile…

Via AWM:

What if I told you that an Austin-based startup company developed a home that could end the homelessness problem in America? After reading this article, you’ll start to believe it is possible. For just about $4,000, you can download a home, print it and have it up and ready for occupation in less than a day. Isn’t that amazing?

While the company’s printable dwellings are still in the concept phase, they offer a gargantuan opportunity to people who live on the streets or in shelters. Being able to have an affordable place of their own could be a game-changer.

Watch the video below to see the inside!

The homes will first debut in El Salvador. And if they work well there, their use could expand to other parts of the world. And the hope is that billions of people could have a safer and better place to sleep at night.

The homes currently cost about $10,000 and require about 24 hours of building time. But when things get up and running, they could cost as little as $4,000.

The startup company is based in the innovative Austin, Texas. And the home was unveiled at the popular SXSW festival. The house had 650 square feet and a workable inside.

About 1.2 billion people on the planet do not have adequate housing.

A spokesman from the World Resources Institute’s Ross Center for Sustainable Cities said, “History has been punctuated with advances in technology and materials that provide an order-of-magnitude decrease in cost and time required to build a new home. And while recent decades have brought major advances in personal technology, construction practices remain relatively unchanged since the 1950s. Icon aims to change this, ushering in a new era in construction to meet the needs of the future.”

The project is still being figured out. And Icon, the startup, has teamed up with New Story, a nonprofit organization that invests in international housing.



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