As environmental and energy concerns continue to challenge conventions of a typical home as well as its rising costs, modular houses are increasingly being considered as a variable typology suited to respond to these concerns. Often emphasizing space efficiency, sensitivity to natural energy patterns and space adaptability, modular homes are especially useful for those concerned with a low space/carbon footprint and pocket-friendly investment. Enter “Up Homes,” a concept spearheaded by founders Blake Goble and Libby Zemaitis.
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Up Homes operates on a module logic, with a variety of 250-square-foot units that can be combined in multiple ways.
As the founders state, “The design concept for Up Homes allows for a minimum of space but a maximum of view and light … Up Homes are adaptable to a variety of building sites, and they are designed to meet and exceed the most strict environmental and energy codes.”
Up Homes founders have completed the design but seek to build on their $50,000 pre-seed investment with more investments and donations to fund construction of a prototype model home. The home, at 1,000 square feet, will house two bedrooms and two bathrooms, the perfect compact family house.