From Dean Dowd on July 01, 2010 in Green Remodeling
When architect Michal Katz and artist Janet Corne set out to design a small homethe L41they took into account everything, including aesthetics. On top of being livable, efficient and sustainable, this small house is actually affordable, too, providing good housing to a wide range of income groups.
The creators of the L41 describe themselves as doing for housing what the Model-T did for transportationbringing an efficient and streamlined product to the masses. And the house itself is just plain cool.
This compact dwelling is composed of Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT), a solid, non-toxic wood that can substitute concrete in mid-rise buildingsthe English have built 9 stories.
Decreasing the use of concrete (which accounts for 8 percent of the worlds carbon emissions), and providing an affordable, sustainable, compact, energy-efficient dwelling, the L41 could be considered a forerunner in living small. And in style.
What about families that need more than 220 square feet, you ask? Units get up to 360 square feet with two bedrooms. L41 homes can exist independently as a single unit, or built in many configurationseven high rises, which can provide affordable housing in inner-city neighborhoods. Whether youre a first-time buyer, member of the military or are looking for a pared-down home-away-from-home, this little wonder might be just the thing.