I’ve been wanting to talk about open source housing for a while now which is something you’ve probably never heard of yet.
For a while I’ve known that sometime in the near future housing is going to drastically change thanks to the internet and technology. When I put together this post last year is when I truly realized it.
The good part is that this will most likely reduce the price of building a house because it reduces the need for labor and design.
Open Source Housing & Construction
The idea is that you would be able to browse and choose through an ever growing amount of house and furniture designs that are free and open source.
Is this serious?
Yes. This isn’t just an idea anymore. It’s real. At the bottom of this post I’ll introduce you to some people who have already built their own tiny home using these methods. And there are photos to prove it, too! If you already haven’t, check out this Solar House in Barcelona that was built like this and continue reading below:
Open Source Housing Available to All?
Yeah! That’s the idea.. You’re able to browse and download any construction set that you want. And if you wanted you can even design your own, use it yourself and also share it with everyone else.
What the part files look like on SketchUp that you can ‘print’ out using CNC machines
The WikiHouse is a plugin for SketchUp that generates sets of cutting files that make up the parts for your house. Pretty cool, right?
‘Printing’ your house parts
And these parts can literally be ‘printed’ from a standard sheet of wood like plywood using a CNC machine nearest you as shown above.
Once you get your parts printed from a local CNC it’s time to put it all together.
Getting your parts ready to put together
Putting all the pieces together (assembly)
Securing your open source house parts
Adding your finishing touches
After that it’s time to install other parts like your cladding, insulation, windows and appliances and install them onto your house to complete it, as shown below.
One Couple is Already Doing it.. Introducing: FoundHouse
They started with some Kickstarter funding. And they didn’t build this open source 150 sq. ft. tiny house for themselves. The project is for a Navajo family in Utah. Let me allow them to tell you the story…
How you can get involved now
Learn more how open source construction works here.
Browse the current open library of homes and parts.
Learn how you can create your own designs and contribute to the movement.
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