The idea behind Mini House started in 2007 as a simple, but refined 15 square meters cabin equipped as a weekend resort or guest house. Flat-pack delivery and quick set-up was key features. The project focused on three areas of developement; building code optimization, creating a defined Product and optimizing production. The first criteria was to challenge the Swedish building code by pushing the limits for what was allowed within the permit-free regulations. Among other things, Mini House took advantage of the regulations for “non-compact structures” to create the outdoor pergola which enhances the experience of volume and space.
Furthermore, as a second priority the concept addressed marketing and communication values, by suggesting a better defined “product” than what was currently on the market. Jonas Wagell looked at the automotive industry and questioned why a house would have a lower level of identification and packaging.
Since then, the concept has grown and developed in several steps. In 2015 we are now planning for collaboration and development to make the concept available for the Central European market.
Today, the concept is based on prefabricated volumes which are transported on a truck and placed on the final site with a mobile crane. All houses have interior finishing with wood floors, wood panel interior walls and a few selected optional interior solutions like bathroom, kitchen, bedroom and storage installed from the factory. In theory, only a plinth foundation needs to be prepared, unless the houses are equipped with kitchen or bathroom, which will require further planning and work (and local permits) in regards to sewage, water, electricity etc.
The fact that the Mini Houses now are completely prefabricated is the main difference with the new models – we have amended dimensions to be optimized for shipping pre-build and structural changes have also been made to accommodate this. Moreover, this enables us to finalize all details with interior fittings and add-ons indoors, so that the houses are basically ready for use once they are unloaded and adjusted in place on the final destination.
Two fifteen square meter versions are the standard models, but the houses can also be manufactured in extended lengths on request and connected by the short sides. Another alternative is to join two individual volumes with an outdoor pergola roof and wood deck – straight, or with an angle. These solutions can be modified to suit the specific site and the customer’s personal wishes.
The standard model is available in two versions; Long and Wide. Both can be combined into houses up to 30 to 45 square meters, and is available with a selection of interior solutions.
Title: Mini house
Project: Prefab house concept
Size: 15 sqm units or by request
Design: Jonas Wagell
See the full project here.