Four Prefab Tiny House & ADU Designs for Under $200k
With options for concrete, timber framed, and floating, Estonia-based Kodasema has something for every build site—and most budgets
With rising rents and limited space in most Western cities, the trend of tiny houses and ADU’s continues to make itself more appealing by the day. Various international startups have popped up in recent years offering prefab designs ranging from classic A-Frame style to the hyper minimal black-box cabin. Estonia’s Kodasema is the latest to catch our attention.
Based on the Estonian coast, just across the Baltic Sea from Helsinki, engineering and design firm Kodasema offers four prefab tiny house designs specifically created for cost conscious creatives looking for an alternative dwelling option, whether for their own home or outdoor getaway.
Kodasema first made waves with the release of it’s concrete-clad, urban-oriented KODA Concrete tiny house, released to much fanfare in 2016. In the time since three more iterations of the distinct, cube-like structure have been released, each made of timber framing, making them more mobile and thus better fit for more difficult, remote terrain.
The KODA Light and KODA Extended models offer minimalist lodging, with all the essentials, including bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and living space. But it’s KODA Light Float that takes the cake for originality, offering what no other tiny home/prefab cabin manufacturer we’ve seen yet can—a floating tiny house. In other words, a Tiny House Boat.
Constructed on large floating pontoons, KODA Light Float is constructed with a timber frame, mineral wool insulation, quadruple-pane glass windows, and a finished plywood interior. The exterior can be done up in timber or zinc cladding for a more unique finish that will weather over time. The structure (along with its three sibling designs) is hyper efficient, designed to make living in such constrained quarters as comfortable—and cost effective—as possible.
Though no North American distributor has been identified yet, the KODA tiny houses are available across Europe, with pricing set at or below $200k, specifics depending. In the meantime, please join us in cursing the design gods and crossing our fingers for at least one of these European manufacturers to finally figure out how to sell in America, and soon.