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Koda House, Low-cost housing by Kodesema

Koda House by Kodasema is a prefabricated 25-square-meter (82 SF) micro-home that takes less than a day to build and can be relocated to make use of vacant sites. It is delivered with the structure fully built including the cost of planning and building regulations, as well as delivery, site preparation, installation and connections to water, electricity, and sewage. The unit is dropped into place with a crane.

Koda House by Kodasema

Koda House by Kodasema, installation in the UK, 2017.

Kodasema sees the affordable and prefabricated design as a solution for “meanwhile planning” situations, which could be installed as temporary housing on disused sites across London. They suggest it could also be a low-cost summer house, a cafe, office, workshop, studio or classroom.

The Koda house costs just £150,000 as a package – including the cost of planning and building regulations, as well as delivery, site preparation, installation and connections to water, electricity, and sewage.

The structure, which doesn’t need foundations and can be moved on the back of a lorry, aims to “shake up” the UK property market by encouraging self-build culture and better use of empty plots of land.

Solar panels are mounted on the roof of the Koda house to generate power, and inside is smart-home controls including alarms, adjustable LED lighting, and climate control. The walls are made from thin, vacuum-insulated concrete walls that help to keep the space warm or cool depending on the season, as well as insulating against noise.

The sleeping area is set above the kitchen units, while the bathroom is located behind them. A 3.5-metre [ 11.5′] wide terrace integrated into the facade of the house ensures there is always at least a small strip of outdoor space. —DeZeen

Kodasema launches tiny prefab home for £150k in UK by  in De Zeen

£150,000 was approx $185,000 in 2017.