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Prefabricated “France’ – tiny house is cheap, cheap and sets up in 3 hours

September 16th, 2016 Comments off

inhabitattinyhousefrancewithdesignerArchitect Joshua Woodsman (Pin-Up Houses) designed a tiny house, named “France,” that can snap together in three hours or less, reports Inhabitat’s Lucy Wang.

Woodsman’s Pin-Up Houses supplies Do It Yourself (DIY) plans for tiny houses like “France,” along with cabins, sheds, cabins, cottages and playhouses. His hope is that when customers buy one of his plans, they’ll create a practical space and help him realize his vision of being close to nature and enjoy the comforts of home.

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This tiny house, which was assembled by three builders, was constructed for only $1,200. Its name comes from the color scheme (red, white and blue) and its resemblance to the French flag. “France” was built as part of Woodsman’s continuous research into the feasibility of mass produced, prefabricated, tiny homes.

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3 builders, 3 hours is the plan for the prefab tiny house, dubbed France.

While this house’s name and look take after France, it was actually put together in the Czech Republic, just south of Prague.

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Prefab France bolts together.

France” was built with 21 insulated panels that are connected with threaded rods to make for easy assembly and breakdown when needed. “France” is elevated off of the ground, which eliminates the need for a foundation.

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The house’s color scheme isn’t solely just to match the French flag. The house is divided into three, color-coded main spaces.

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Woodsman believed the blue portion, “is the most suitable for a good night’s sleep.” The white-colored “day zone” houses a multi-functional table, while the red, “heating zone” has a wood-burning stone that is also the kitchen area.

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Plumbing? Electrical?

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Are you thinking – it’s smaller than the Little House on the Prairie?

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“France” is only a prototype for now, writes Gizmodo’s Sophie Kleeman. This tiny prefab in no way compares to the many features of even the most basic manufactured home, and would no doubt face stiff resistance – at least as is – in the U.S.

But the concept is an interesting one.  One might imagine this kind of prefab as an option for emergency housing, if other essentials are included.

Woodsman’s goal is to, “spread our tiny-house movement around the world,” so perhaps in time there’s a chance that panelized tiny houses like this could become available. ##

(Image credits – Inhabitat)

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Modular Housing Booming for Refugees in Germany

February 11th, 2016 Comments off

Czech_Republic_modular_units_for_refugees_in_Germany__picture_dash_alliance_slash_dpa_slash_b_dot_pedersenAs MHProNews posted Aug. 12, 2015, a manufacturing facility in the Czech Republic is supplying Germany with modular housing to provide quarters for the thousands of refugees fleeing war and poverty in their native lands of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Germany is building seven modular centers to house 20,000 people. As the orders are flooding in from German cities, the Czech Republic itself has little need for the modules as it has provided refuge for a small number of Syrian Christians, according to dw.

Marketing Director Jan Petr of Paris-based Touax Group in Supikovice, Czech Republic, expects 60 percent of their modular units this year will go to Germany, up from 30 percent last year. ##

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European Modular Housing Builder Overwhelmed by Demand

August 12th, 2015 Comments off

Migrant_modulars_in_Czech_Republic__ap_photo_Petr_David_Josek__creditAs sltrib informs MHProNews, the influx of some 200,000 migrants into Europe this year has benefited the modular housing division of Paris-based Touax Group in Supikovice, Czech Republic, which is trying to keep up with the demand from Germany to house those fleeing war and poverty in their native lands.

Marketing Director Jan Petr said 30 percent of this year’s production of 75,000 square meters will go to Germany, a number that is expected to increase to 60 percent next year. Located in the northeastern part of the country in the Jeseniky Mountains, the plant employs 250 workers, 30 of them recent hires.

Petr said they have been unable to keep up with the demand, and are now expecting orders from Sweden as well. “We think this will go on for a year, year and a half but meanwhile we are also registering demand from other countries,” he noted.

Currently working on an order from Hamburg for eight apartment buildings with 30 units, the modular structures can be used for offices, schools, and shops as well as for homes and hotels, and are simple to assemble. Orders from Sulzbach and Munich will be next. Germany is building seven centers with housing for 20,000. ##

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