|Photos courtesy of NOMAD Micro Homes.|
NOMAD Micro Homes is a Vancouver based company that creates small houses that have very little impact on the environment. What an amazing concept to help people not only purchase an affordable house, but houses that have little to no negative impact on the environment. What an amazing concept. According to NOMAD's website their homes include, "Living area, kitchen, bathroom and sleeping area all seamlessly integrated into a 10' x 10' space."
I am not going to lie, but for people who live in first world nations, living in a 10'x10' space seems pretty darn small. Heck, I live in an old country home that is about 1400 square feet with no basement and I feel like it is too small for our family of four. However, these homes are designed to be shipped anywhere in the world, so they can be used by couples purchasing their first home and cannot afford to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars on a first home. They can also be sent to people in third world countries whose homes consist of grass huts or small tents. And better yet, they can also be used by people in disaster areas whose homes have been destroyed. Of course, you would need to change your way of living and thinking so that you own less possessions and are ok with that. I admit that this is hard to do in first world nations where we are constantly told that buying stuff and having stuff is good. But really when it comes down to it, less is always more for most things in life.
What I like a lot about these micro homes is that they can be moved anywhere at anytime since they are not set down on a concrete foundation. Hence the word nomad. If you decide that you want to move, just pack up your micro home onto a trailer and move it to your new property.
These micro homes would be an amazing idea for those in first world nations who want a cottage or cabin to get away to on the weekend to relax in nature. They can be off the grid or live, depending on what you want/need. And the icing on the cake is that NOMAD claims that their homes are, "termite, moisture, and fire resistant."
Check out the gallery to get a better vision of what these micro homes have to offer. I just wanted to share this info for anyone who is serious about living a more sustainable life, live off the grid or who would like to purchase an affordable home.
Of course, there are other micro home companies such as the US based Tumbleweed Tiny House Company and the UK based Micro Compact Home. For those with families who need a slightly bigger home, there is the US based company FabCab which sells larger sustainable homes for a higher cost.
And speaking of living in nomad style homes, I have to mention how 80% of Mongolians are nomads and so they live in gers, which are these amazing wool structures, supported by wood that can easily be put up, taken down and transported to a new location. I had the pleasure of staying in a ger while I visited Mongolia back in 2005. I rode a horse to see a Mongolian family and how they really live. It was a wonderful experience.
|Me at a ger camp in Mongolia, August 2005.|