A British company has launched the ZEDpod, a £65,000 ($83K US Dollars) micro-home that stands on stilts in car parks. The first pod has been built to go on display at the Building Research Establishment in Watford.
The ZEDpod is is a low-cost, prefabricated, super energy-efficient micro home that requires no land and is designed to sit on an elevated platform above existing outdoor car parks.
Designed by an award-winning zero carbon design company, ZEDpods claim to offer an affordable starter home for young singles or couples, and a housing solution for key workers, student accommodation and general needs.
Each pod has a balcony, micro kitchen and dining table, bathroom, sofa space and a mezzanine floor with a desk, double bed and wardrobe. They are constructed off-site and can be erected in a matter of days.
Tom Northway, a director of Zedpod Ltd, said: ‘This is a unique solution to the UK’s housing crisis. By utilising unused air space above car parks we can provide 1000s of homes for key workers across the UK.’
Bill Dunster, of makers ZEDfactory, said: ‘The ZEDpod is an exceptionally cost-effective way of building, and the scope is huge. They can be installed at any large surface car park, such as those owned by local authorities, supermarkets, universities, schools and hospitals, and as all these locations tend to have good transport links, they come with in-built work and leisure accessibility.’
Andrew and Gabriella Morrison recently completed the hOMe project, a 221 square feet tiny house on wheels. Although it’s a tiny house, the Morrissons hOMe features a fully equipped kitchen, a 3/4 bath and a full staircase to get up to the bedroom loft. The Morrissons spent around $33,000 to build their house, furniture and appliances included. “I have been a professional builder for roughly 20 years and I can tell you from experience that paying someone to build your house will likely double the total cost” A. Morrison said. Not everyone will share the couple’s enthusiasm for living small, but those who want to know more about their project can check the Tiny House Blog and Tiny House Build. Photos by: Tiny House Build Via TreeHugger
As a home builder, land developer and plan designer since 1977, I’ve always been fascinated with women who choose to earn a living doing construction work. It’s rare to see a female cutting lumber, or swinging a hammer, but it happens and probably more often than you’d think. With Jenna, it’s more than using a hammer and nails, her and her boyfriend, Guillaumere are building a Tiny Home business and a following that’s pretty impressive!
They quit their jobs and decided to build a tiny house on wheels to travel around North America, blog, take photographs, and live happily ever after. “That’s the plan, at least.”
Jenna used to work as an Executive Assistant at a movie studio, but really wanted to be a travel writer. You can check out more on her at personal blog.
Guillaume used to work as an engineer but quit his 9-5 to become a professional landscape photographer. Check out his skills here: www.gd-photos.com
They are definitely having a lot of fun with their Tiny Homes venture and it’s great for this old guy to see young people doing what they can to live the American Dream.