Build Your Own Eco-Friendly House
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Home is wherever you want it to be. This 150-square-foot home can be shipped almost anywhere and then assembled like Ikea furniture in about four days.
House Arc was created as an emergency shelter for disaster victims, but it could also be a cool guesthouse for the backyard.
According to architect Joseph Bellomo, it can be put together on site by anyone who has simple carpentry skills in about four days.
"We designed it to be a kit house that can be assembled quickly -- like prefab furniture," he said.
Just as importantly, it can be easily disassembled and shipped to where it's needed again, he said.
Strength and Style
The curved structure of the House Arc allows for more space, light and air.
For Bellomo, it was important that the modular home be attractive and comfortable, especially for those who may have lost all of their belongings in a disaster.
Plumbing, a ceiling fan and solar panels can be added.
Get Your Home Delivered Fast
The House Arc is designed to ship in a 3-by-4-by-10-foot container box, a lot smaller than the container Bellomo used to ship a prototype to Hawaii for a client.
One house currently costs a hefty $55,000, but Bellomo hopes to slash the cost at least in half by mass-producing the units.
A House With Curves
Bellomo designed House Arc with an egg in mind.
Eggshells tend to be strong because the curves distribute loads along the surface rather than concentrating the weight all in one place as they would be on a flat plane.
Bellomo said House Arc can withstand high winds due to its tubular steel structure. His firm has worked with this material before, building bike shelters.
"The connections are super strong," he said. "There are no wall-to-wall connections, which are inherently weak."
House Arc is eco-friendly with a roof that can support solar panels for energy generation, windows that allow for cross ventilation, a shade trellis, and a raised floor that air can flow under and cool the interior.
Bellomo said that it can be insulated to endure cold temperatures as well, making another potential use as a hunting cabin.
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