Latvian startup Brette Haus installed its first folding house in December 2019 at the Baltic sea coast. This part of the coast is also known as Amber road because it was an ancient trade road that connected Nothern and Southern Europe. Also, the Gulf of Riga is an endless beach line.
This tiny cabin was installed in the land, called Veczemju(translated - old land), with the permission of its owners to provide accommodation for pedestrian travelers and camping lovers.
For many years building a house meant spending much time and putting plenty of effort. However, in our world of modern technologies, people can get a comfortable living zone much faster with prefabs.
Brette Haus manufactures standardized folding prefabs from 18 to 49 square meters in 8 weeks. And the price starts at 700 €/sq.m which makes these cabins pretty affordable.
Folding feature allows delivering cabins by conventional means without any limitations. Up to 100 sq.m of ready-to-use space could be delivered by one 12-meter platform(up to 4 tiny houses at once). In the folded state, Brette cabins have a container-like size.
There is no need for a permanent foundation. Cabins could be placed on any levelled ground, however, screw piles recommended.
The installation process takes under 3 hours including hookups, and useful space increases by 149% with the unfolding.
Only cross-laminated timber used to manufacture such cabins. It makes them sustainable, weather-resistant, and low-impact.
Actually, the amount of carbon dioxide stored in CLT® construction is more than the manufacturing emission.
This cabin can survive up to 100 folding cycles.
All the sanitary equipment and electrical engineering are already prefabricated.
Folding cabins designed to be able to go off-grid with just a few adjustments: a portable waste tank could be ordered with the cabin as well as solar energy kit.
This is a perfect solution for glamping and event business.
In its folded position, the unit can be shipped nearly anywhere in the world.
Multiple small-sized units can be shipped on the bed of a single truck.
A hinge on the floor allows one side of the home to fold into the other, while another hinge along the top permits the entire roof to fold down and form a cube for shipping. With the help of a crane, it takes about three hours to set up or break down the structure.
Every cabin has its personal number for future maintenance and problem-solving.
80 mm thick cross-laminated timber manufactured by Wigo Group factory
A sleeping area located underneath the roof is accessible via a ladder from the kitchen.
Location is the most important part of tiny house.
Standard options include a minimally finished interior to keep costs down and allow each customer to design the space according to their needs. In the model shown here, the two-room lower level consists of a living/dining area, as well as a bathroom and kitchen on the side.
The living area can be increased by as much as 10 feet in larger models. The versatile open space can also be utilized for commercial purposes, such as a pop-up store.
Standard kitchen features include a countertop and sink, although premium options are available for an additional cost. The adjacent bathroom is ready to go with a standard toilet, vanity, and shower.