A Sustainable Solution to Affordable Housing

If you live in the Metro Vancouver region, you likely know one or more 20-something year olds that still live at home with their parents. I am guilty of this. At 24, I am living at home while I complete my MA because I have made paying for school debt-free my priority and it would be a challenge to do both. The reality is with the housing prices in the region so high, the mere thought of moving out is a point of incredible stress for many young people, not to mention those who are ready to downsize and retire.

Vancouver-based NOMAD has introduced a sustainable solution to affordable housing – a mortgage-free, sustainable 10′ x 10′, 2-level micro house that can be shipped and assembled anywhere.

The micro house is outfitted with an integrated living area, kitchen area, bathroom with shower and sleeping area. It has a unique staircase that double as the kitchen and uses a slanted ceiling to maximize natural light and prevent a claustrophobic feel. Depending on the chosen model and your specifications, the micro-house costs between $25,000 to $28,000 – EXCLUDING the cost of land. 

Extra green add ons such as solar panels, rainwater collection and grey water treatment come at a premium.

NOMAD is currently in the process of raising funds through an Indiegogo campaign with a goal of $120,000. Pictures and videos can be see on the campaign page.

What do you think? Could you live in a home this size?

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