A wave of interest in small dwellings — some to serve … as temporary housing, others to become space-saving dwellings of a more permanent nature — has prompted designers and manufacturers to offer building plans, kits and factory-built houses to the growing number of small-thinking second-home shoppers. Seldom measuring much more than 500 square feet, the buildings offer sharp contrasts to the rambling houses that are commonplace as second homes.
These are often beautifully designed and constructed residences, maximizing the utility of every square inch, standing in great contrast to the trend to maximize square footage to be wasted. With mounting concern over global boiling and the likelihood of ever-increasing fossil-fuel energy costs, such micro-homes are looking to be an ever more interesting option for those considering looking to building a residence or perhaps an office.
LSQ Living Storage Quarters is one small firm that has brought this trend to the Washington, DC, area. As per their name, this small architecture and construction firm provides both living and storage options using prefabricated kits to provide a low-cost path for putting up a new small structure.
If you’re looking for a small vacation getaway, a guest space for the inlaws (or getaway space from the inlaws), or perhaps an office or studio, paths like LSQ might offer a very cost effective alternative. An 8 X 8 living structure, including windows and fully installed starts at just $3520. (LSQ is having a sale at this time, which that $3520 represents. Thus, if you have a potential need, now might be the time to call.) This is for a fully-up, ready-to-move in structure. In addition to options for increasing the size (up to 10 x 24 for $12,250) , you can add retractable beds and tables, upgrade flooring, have a kitchen and bathroom added, etc …
In the prefab form, these structures do have a meaningful gap, as they’re not wired for electricity … and that electrician’s bill for the wiring could add a substantial chunk on top of a $3520 bill in creating that office. But, overall, LSQ’s type of approach could help in setting a path toward leaving a smaller footprint on the earth. LSQ’s motto
Small is the New Big.
Sounds like a pretty big concept to me.