After abandoning his work at Silicon Valley, selling his possessions, earning a PH.D. degree and living in a dumpster for year, professor Jeff Wilson took on a new challenge of developing a minimal, innovative housing concept for urban dwellers: Kasita, the tiny home that moves.
Kasita is approximately 319 square feet with 10-foot ceilings. On the utilities to be expected with such small space, the company says: “We’ve included everything from a Casper queen size mattress to an in-unit washer/dryer. No need for laundry change or communal bathrooms here—it’s not your average small space.”
“Because of the thoughtful industrial design, the space feels twice as big. It’s surprisingly roomy with feng shui on point!,” the company says, highlighting that it is “surprisingly attainable.”
“In fact, you’ll be able to own one for less than you’re probably paying in rent. Whether you want to buy one or set up an entire Kasita community, feel free to sign up for updates so you’re the first to hear about pricing,” the Kasita website reads.
The smart house can be a standalone or can be stacked into a 10-story apartment building.
“There is a racking structure that these [houses] can slide into,” Wilson says. This means that any Kasita house can be easily moved from one building to the next, breaking the bind between the land and the living space; introducing the concept of home-as-a-service in what the initiative calls ‘post-land urbanism’.
A prototype for the Kasita house now stands in East Austin, less than 10 minute walk from the city center. The company says that it will be taking orders for houses in Austin soon and some of these houses will be delivered later this year.
The innovative company’s client base seeks to include college students, retirees, urban millennials and those struck down by wanderlust.
The company highlighted that it is hoping to expand to other cities in the US, with its officials working on “building close ties with city representatives to make sure this is an attainable solution to the urban housing problem.”