Monday, September 22, 2014

Nova Deko "Milan" 8'x40' Container Home

This 8' x 40' shipping container home design by the Australian company Nova Deko Modular Home Solutions is breathtaking. It's remarkable how seemingly spacious, practical, elegant, modern, and livable this design is.  In my opinion, this unit demonstrates that full time tiny living can be elevated from permanent camping trip to a luxurious yet affordable lifestyle.

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One look at the floor plan below (they call this model the Milan) and you can see that the designers have seamlessly shoehorned-in pretty much all the needs and wants for a single person, or perhaps even a couple.


Unlike many homes in this square footage range, this home features a kitchen that actually works, including a decent sized refrigerator, dishwasher, deep sink, reasonable counter space, and lots of storage.  While there is only a two burner cook-top, many people rarely use more burners at once.  The oven is probably a combination microwave and convection oven.













 The home is flooded with natural light and has windows for views in every direction.  The importance of those two factors can't be understated in small, full-time living quarters.  The interior living space is extended outside with the help of a large covered deck that also features a privacy screen.







If you looked at the floor plan provided above, you probably noted the 3/4 bath, first floor bedroom, and relatively ample closet space.




Heating and cooling of the space is achieved with a mini-split ductless system, supplemented by ceiling fans. 



The cost of the unit (as of this post's publishing date) is $47,400 Australian dollars.  Naturally land, shipping, foundation, installation, and hookups will cost additional money and will vary from place to place.  Check out the installation photos below.





The company says it's working on developing off-grid versions which won't require any hook-ups for electricity, plumbing, or sewer systems.  They are also willing to adapt the units for use in the United States and Canada.  You can visit their site by clicking the link below.

 novadekomodular.com.au



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