Professor Dumpster, Jeff Wilson (professor of environmental sciences at Huston-Tillotson University), is in the production phase for his Kasita prefabricated, connected tiny house, which will most likely be available in December of this year.
This isn’t your typical tiny house but rather a modern take on a popular movement centered on sustainable living. In this case, ‘sustainability’ means including smart capability and packing it into an efficient 352 square-foot design, which is ready to go with everything you need to start living, inside a 325 square-foot home.
The house is equipped with the latest technology including a Nest thermostat, Sage Glass, Hue lighting and an Amazon Echo–all set to your personal preferences. Of course, there are standard amenities as well, including a queen-size bed, washer/dryer, fridge, and induction oven and over-range microwave. You’ll hardly want to leave your little home.
Oh, and if you do think of leaving, just remember, there’s also a water-conserving shower, sink, and toilet system–adding to the sustainable, lock-me-in-and-throw-away-the-key aspect of the home. The tiny house can be set up within a day and was designed to be portable, letting you easily move your tiny home when need. What’s more, they can be connected or stacked (up to ten stories high) with other Kasitas utilizing an external slot design anchored to the unit’s steel framing with one caveat–to stack them on top of each other, there needs to be a special docking platform (foundation) to lock the bottom units in place and keep them from moving or drifting.
The Kasita home is a beautiful take on a tiny home with a modern design and amenities. To date, Austin is the only city to utilize the docking platforms, so living in a Kasita complex is limited, however, the company is working on deals with other cities to build more docking platforms.
These are on the premium side too, with each unit will set you back $139K ($394 per square foot!). If interested, you can reserve a unit for $1,000. And while the cost sounds high, it does come partially furnished with all the amenities listed earlier. Still, and for many of you, it may serve as an inspiration to build your own, outfit it with whatever you want or maybe add an extra 100 square feet for a billiard room and fireman pole–you know, the essentials.