Small is Beautiful with the L41 Home

From on July 01, 2010 in Green Remodeling

l41 home

When architect Michal Katz and artist Janet Corne set out to design a small home—the L41—they 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 transportation—bringing an efficient and streamlined product to the masses. And the house itself is just plain cool.

l41 home living room

This compact dwelling is composed of Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT), a solid, non-toxic wood that can substitute concrete in mid-rise buildings—the English have built 9 stories.

l41 home kitchen

Decreasing the use of concrete (which accounts for 8 percent of the world’s carbon emissions), and providing an affordable, sustainable, compact, energy-efficient dwelling, the L41 could be considered a forerunner in living small. And in style.

l41 home stacked

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 configurations—even high rises, which can provide affordable housing in inner-city neighborhoods. Whether you’re 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.