This Adaptable House Is Built For Pregnancies, Divorces
Most of us in life move around a bunch. Growing families, kids going off to college, break ups...they all cause us to spend thousands of dollars on moving services and deposits. But here to combat all of that is a Danish design firm that's hoping to make those transitions a little bit easier on everything, including Mother Nature, with their Adaptable House.
Like its name suggests, the single-family homes have been conceived as a larger development project boasting a little over 1,500 square feet of overall interior space apiece. They're designed to change their layouts to accommodate diverse lifestyle demands over the course of adulthood. Doesn't hurt that they look like sleek, secret clubhouses, either.
Let's assume, for example, that you're about to have a kid (or two, or six!), and the current two-bedroom house setup you've selected isn't going to swing it for much longer. Not a huge deal; all the modular components are fashioned from standard materials and in standardized sizes, making the expansion or change in layout of a particular area much easier than a traditional addition.
And since the only load-bearing walls are those along the perimeter, internal walls can be shifted around to create between one and four rooms per level.
To skirt any complicated wiring issues while reconfiguring your space, they've also devised a special system of ducts that makes it simple to establish electrical outlets in places they would be most convenient. That alone is a move-in worthy feature if you ask us.
Should you ever grow tired of the location or number of exits to the outside, new doorways are as simple to establish as new rooms.
Haven't found enough reasons to feel good about moving in? Here's another: its modular components are all constructed from sustainable materials, and its designers claim that its annual operational and heating costs—in terms of carbon emissions—would be nearly half that of a traditional home.
Joe McGauley is a thrice-divorced senior editor at Supercompressor.