A group of over 80 students, educators, and alumni at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia have created portable homes that can fit into parking spaces.
The team built SCADpads that measure eight feet wide and 16 feet long and placed them in parking spaces in the college’s midtown Atlanta parking garage. The SCADpads are large enough to accommodate a bed, sitting area, bathroom with toilet and sink, and a small kitchen with appliances, such as a refrigerator and freezer, hidden inside its cabinet drawers. They placed the portable homes in eight parking spaces on the garage’s fourth floor in an area with views of the city’s skyline.
The SCADpads are controlled by a tablet. The units do not have light switches, and the power can be turned off by blowing on a “digital candle,” a glowing triangle near the entrance. The walls can be changed to incorporate 3D-printed designs, and some walls make noises when touched. The windows can be frosted over for privacy by pressing a button, and the bathroom mirrors can remind residents to wash their hands. A daylight harvesting system captures daylight and channels it to the garden using fiber optic cables.
Each SCADpad occupies two parking spaces. One space is taken up by the unit, and the other contains an outdoor garden. Other spaces include a community garden and a workbench with a 3D printer. The printer can create anything that a SCADpad resident might need, such as dishes, wallpaper, and furniture. Instead of using a keyboard or mouse, residents design items they need by using their hands in front of an interactive camera to manipulate a computer screen.
The SCADpads are designed to represent the college’s campuses. SCADpad North America represents its Savannah campus; SCADpad Europe represents its Lacoste, France, campus; and SCADpad Asia represents its Hong Kong campus.
Students are living in the units now, and the college is considering the scalability of the project. The cost to rent a SCADpad would be significantly lower than the rental prices for other homes in the city. The units could also be transported to another location and set up in a different parking garage.
Czech architecture firm Atelier SAD has introduced Port X, a modular prefabricated home that can be built on land or can float on the water. It is available in a variety of sizes and can operate on or off the grid.
Port X consists of several prefabricated C-shaped modules that can be combined to create a home for one or more people. The three-module version has 538 square feet of space, including a terrace, and is designed to accommodate one person. The five-module Port X measures 839 square feet, plus a terrace, and is designed to house a family. More modules can be attached if necessary. Atelier SAD can also provide a 10-module structure to be used as a business showroom or exhibition space.
The interior of the portable structure includes larch wood floors, walls, ceilings, and terrace. Plasterboard walls divide the space into separate rooms. The hallway and bedrooms include built-in cabinets. The kitchen has a sink, refrigerator, washing machine, and dishwasher. The building has opening and fixed windows that face away from the shore. The windows and skylights offer natural lighting, while LEDs provide electric lighting.
The Port X can be built in either a land or houseboat version. The houseboat includes a separate pontoon base that allows it to float. When it is docked, a footbridge provides access to the structure.
The portable building can also include additional features, such as solar panels and wind turbines, that allow it to generate its own electricity. The homes are also easy to disassemble and reassemble in another location.
With the housing market down, ever wish you could just build your own home? Wouldn’t it be great if that home was also portable? The Tumbleweed Tiny House Company will show you how to design plans for building yourself a miniature functional house. It drops right on top of a trailer hitch and you can roam the country, enjoying the sights and avoid making mortgage payments for 30 years.
This may seem like a far-fetched idea, but many people are actually doing it. The Tumbleweed Tiny House Company is actually hosting a two-day workshop this weekend in Dallas to educate anyone who wants to join the tiny house movement.
At the workshop, a tiny house expert will teach you the skills you need to build your own portable building. They will teach you about material selection, insulation, venting techniques, cost efficient construction, roofing, and guarding against condensation. After the workshop you will be on your way to the local hardware store for all the materials you’ll need to build your new tiny home.
The tiny house movement has been catching on across the country. Many people are deciding to live in smaller homes like these to avoid paying expensive mortgage payments. The people who choose to live this lifestyle are okay with having only what they need and being happy with the things they have. All of the essentials of a big home are in these mini homes, but just on a smaller scale.
The cost of the two-day workshop for creating your own tiny abode is $399. The Tumbleweed company will also sell you ready-made plans for building a tiny home if you are already good with your hands for just $89. So if you are looking for cheap housing you can take with you wherever you go, you might want to learn how to build one of these tiny homes.