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NOMAD Micro Home Promises Inexpensive Off-Grid Living

Agus Echague

A Canadian company called NOMAD Micro Home sells prefabricated homes, easy to assemble in just a few days, a great example of ergonomic use of space. The standard model, with sides of just 3 meters long, is equipped with a living room, kitchen, bathroom & a furnished bedroom.
Project developers say such a house can be built both in urban and in rural areas, suitable both as family residence and as a shelter in areas affected by natural disasters. Best part? It's only CA$25,000!

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  • Liam Henry Bildsten

    Minneapolis just deregulated to help make urban micro-houses more possible. I see potential with micro, mortgage-free prefabs in cities, but also in more progressive suburbs. If a bus were to transport people from a micro-house community to an urban center (perhaps as a living expense for a development or co-op,) people could live simply and progressively in an environment without having to alter or reconstruct current urban environments.

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      Really great ideas Liam. Wondering if you plan on building a micro house? Would love to know if you have ever lived in a co-op too. I've never tried it myself outside of living in a Kibbutz for a few weeks. Would love to know what it's like.

      • Liam Henry Bildsten

        I'm sorry for the late reply!

        I am only 18-years-old and have not yet purchased/rented a home of my own. I would very much consider it if I didn't live in an attached housing unit in the future. For me, less is more. I think many Millennials agree and would rather have experiences than have a big house with a four-car garage. I think the great thing about tiny houses is that they are feasible to buy without a mortgage (and as prefabs could add segments over time when afforded.)
        I think if the right kinds of developments/communities with the right services and transportation options could be excellent catalysts for people building microhomes. Current cities clearly often have limited space for redevelopment, but many have large industrial or commercial buildings with opportunities (Minneapolis has a somewhat unnecessary golf course around Lake Hiawatha, a small-ish lake, for example.)

        • Liam Henry Bildsten

          So my general view is that without good places or systems for microhouse developments, those most likely to build or own a microhouse wouldn't choose to do so.