Gather a Small Group, Get a Hex Key, Build a Home
Who ever thought one could ever build an entire house with only $10,000? Developed by China’s People’s Architecture Office (PAO), they recently constructed an unbelievably affordable and easy-to-build prefabricated home. The Plugin House is composed of a series of panels that are assembled on-site by a small team within a few hours, using only a simple hex key.
The design is so simple that the assembly can be accomplished by a small unskilled team without need for any special tools (just one hex key) in less than a day.
This Plugin House was built to serve as an extension to an existing structure. The homeowner wanted to build her home within her parents’ home’s courtyard, so the build team cleared the area and installed the Plugin House as an extension of the building. The home is tiny, only measuring around 300 sq ft, but compared to Beijing’s high-rise condos and apartments, the Plugin House is larger and costs about 30 times less.
The interiors are washed in white with the appliances and furniture neatly pushed to the corners, making the area feel larger. There are glazed windows scattered throughout the house gathering a lot of natural light in the day, lowering energy costs and opening the area up with the outside view. The house has a rooftop deck for additional living space. The Plugin House is also equipped with an off-grid composting toilet and shower, eliminating the need for plumbing (which the area lacks).
For those looking to find that practical, affordable, and sustainable tiny home, the Plugin House is definitely a game changing alternative housing option. The tiny home’s simple and practical design at such a low price point is simply an offer too hard to ignore. Take a look through these photos and tell us what you think on our Facebook Page!
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