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No Home Address (NoHA) Small Foldable House Design

This is the No Home Address (NoHA) Small House Design by Richard Perkin.

He wanted to create a foldable 800 sq. ft. home that could be transported anywhere. You can support his efforts to finish the exterior of his prototype on Kickstarter.

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No Home Address (NoHA) Foldable Small House Design

 

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From Kickstarter:

A shipping container-sized unit that expands to a double-storey, 800 square foot house… with a garden in the roof! The design uses a set of bespoke brackets to simplify the construction for DIY assembly, with the rest of the structure comprised of structural timber and standard off-the-shelf materials and components to make it as affordable as possible…

Project founder Richard Perkin, a mechanical engineer and inventor from South Africa, summarizes the motivation behind the project:“I loved the idea of the tiny house lifestyle, and minimalism by necessity, but I wanted more living space. Also I wanted to design something that goes beyond a tiny house just being a smaller version of traditional housing – I wanted to be able to make water, grow food and recycle waste all under one roof – to provide a completely self-sufficient, mobile, off-grid solution.”

This ambitious project aims to incorporate a garden in the apex of the roof, a solar-powered atmospheric water generator that could provide a few gallons of water per hour, and composting systems for all organic waste to provide compost for the rooftop garden, as well as recycling greywater from the shower and sinks.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributing writer for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She is a coffee-loving wannabe homesteader who dreams of becoming self-sufficient in her own tiny home someday. Natalie currently resides in a tiny apartment with her husband, Casey, in Scotland.
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  • Anthonie December 12, 2016, 12:04 pm

    Just WOW! Too cool:)

  • Deb Thomas December 12, 2016, 3:15 pm

    Love the concept but as far as being a mobile structure, too many issues. First one being that it is too wide and talk for it to travel down the road and nay even need a commercial driver to do so. second, the weight of the soil (especially wet) is going to prohibit the the amount of movement the whole structure can withstand. Third would be the hydraulics required to fold and unfold it and structural supports (especially the roof) is going to drive up the cost tremedously. And what happens to all the furnishing and more importantly, the roof garden once the the walls and roof are lowered for transport? Will you need a “chase vehicle” to transport all the inners of the house?

    Sorry, don’t mean to be a downer but as far as this home being a “no home address” house seems to be a rather impractical and costly one.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie December 13, 2016, 7:31 am

      All valid concerns that I’m sure the architect has considered 🙂 He said his main goal was to make it affordable! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • jm December 12, 2016, 5:11 pm

    Go Richard go! It’s pretty early in the design process to throw salt in the wounds. With so much ingenuity so far–dragons can be slayed as they arise…

  • Michael December 12, 2016, 7:26 pm

    Wow, great idea. However, I have my doubt if the structure can withstand hurricanes and how often it can be deployed.
    But anyway its worthwhile to be further developed.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie December 13, 2016, 7:23 am

      Agreed! It’s hard to know until we get to see it complete 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Tom Osterdock December 13, 2016, 3:09 am

    I like the idea but the implementation has a lot to be desired. I agree wholeheartedly with Deb. This is a semi truck for conversion but would need an additional semi truck for the furniture, appliances, Water Generator that is not very efficient since it provides only 24 gallons per day. Should use the 100 gallon a day generator that can be piggy backed with other units for more water. But even that would need more solar power. This design is very limited and should be redesigned for effiecency and use. If it is only going to be moved one time why bother just build a building.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie December 13, 2016, 7:18 am

      It’s innovative, which we always encourage. Sure, there are kinks to work out and questions worth asking, but we always want to encourage folks trying to come up with good solutions! 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Shirley December 13, 2016, 4:43 am

    This is the perfect answer to a question no-one ever really asked…
    It’s an impressive ‘mechanism’ but in order to make it perform in a real world environment (insulation, structural integrity etc.) it will end up being very heavy and/or big (when packed) and/or astronomically expensive because of the need to use exotic materials.
    I think it might be more realistic to forget the ‘mobile’ bit, rather to have an ‘instant’ house dropped off on-site and for it to unfold…

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie December 13, 2016, 7:12 am

      I’ll be very interested to see how it works when complete 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Gabriella December 13, 2016, 6:44 am

    Bizarre example of Engineering Good “Orchestrated”.

  • ZACHARY E MOHRMANN December 16, 2016, 7:10 pm

    I think the concept sound, but I think it still needs more refinement… But I wish him all the luck in the world…! OH…! One question though what happens to the contents of the house when it’s all folded up…? I don’t seeing it having enough room… But as I said it needs refinement…!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie December 19, 2016, 11:25 am

      Good question. It’ll be nice to see his finished prototype. — Tiny House Talk Team

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