Prefab homes have had a negative reputation in the past for being mass-produced and poorly made but Hewing Haus is one of several amazing companies that are challenging this stereotype by building prefab homes with quality materials and attention to detail.
They have a series of small home designs ranging in size from 200 ft2 to 600 ft2 and we had the chance to tour the smallest model at their warehouse in Chilliwack, British Columbia.
These tiny homes are not built on trailers. Instead, they can be transported on a regular transport truck and craned into place onto a variety of foundations, including helical piles. They can be used as cabins, bunkies, retreats, rentals, accessory dwelling units, and laneway houses to name just a few options, and they can be set up almost anywhere (be sure to check out the video below to see a bunkie being installed on top of a cliff with a helicopter!).
Modern Prefab Tiny House by Hewing Haus
The show home is 20 feet long and 10 feet wide with an interior height of 8 feet 7 inches, and it has a minimalist and modern Scandinavian design inside and out.
The large window on the side of the house lets in plenty of natural light and helps magnify the view, wherever the house is set up.
The units are fully equipped with a kitchen, bathroom, and a transforming living room and bedroom thanks to a murphy bed sofa setup.
The kitchen is small but mighty. It has a fridge and freezer tucked behind the cabinet doors on the left side of the kitchen, and a dishwasher is hidden in the cabinet below the sink. Combined with an induction cooktop, combo microwave and oven, and a decent amount of storage, this kitchen is surprisingly functional.
For extra counter space, the coffee table can be raised up to counter height and rolled into the kitchen. It can also be transformed into a dining room table.
The bathroom has a large 36″x36″ shower stall, a floating vanity with storage drawers, and a flush toilet (Hewing Haus can accommodate composting toilets for off-grid setups).
Hewing Haus builds their homes with cross-laminated timbers (CLT) and they insulate on the outside. Building in this way creates a very quiet and energy-efficient home that requires little energy to heat. As with most small spaces and well-sealed homes, air quality is very important. Each unit has a heat recovery ventilation (HRV) unit, as well as extractor fans in the kitchen and bathroom.
VIDEO: Modern Prefab Tiny House Makes a Quick and Easy Dwelling Alternative
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