Affordable Architecture For the Future

Mini Home by Sustain Design Studio

Blending affordability, design, and function into an adaptable contemporary home, Sustain Design Studio shares and combines the knowledge of Altius , proving that quality and affordability can co-exist.   The mini homes arrive on steel chassis that are similar to flat bed trailers, thus making transportation easier than shipping containers due to the larger platforms.  The square footage of the homes vary according to the model, ranging from 528 to 960 square feet. The model information and pricing can be found on  Sustain Design Studios website. The homes come well equipped with sustainable features such as natural ventilation that passively cools the home, BASF WALLTITE-ECO® spray-applied polyurethane foam insulation, formaldehyde-free cabinetry, a green roof system, and low flow water systems, all working together to provide the potential for the homes to be completely off the grid. The firms dedication to affordability has been accomplished by trimming prices across the board, while improving efficiency. They are currently developing ways to significantly reduce transportation costs in order to further improve the affordability factors of the homes. All and all, it is great to see a firm who makes you, “wonder why you wanted a larger house in the first place.”(sustaindesignstudio)

These photos are different models of MiniHomes, Featured is the solo




  1. I found these houses interesting, and for the first time realized that they are similar to trailers. I immediately then think about what type of reinforcement and safety features go in to container projects. What do you add or how do you anchor container homes to help them stand up to the elements: hurricanes, tornadoes, etc? Has there been any studies performed to test them? It might be worth while to set up study pods in high impact areas to test and find the best ways to keep our container homes safe.

    • lancer /

      Thank you for the interest, you are right these homes are based off the frame of a standard trailer, Therefore a lot of emphasis and design has gone into making them structural against the elements. Shipping containers on the other hand can be transported by truck, plane, and ship and are capable of handling the elements as they are. Now in order to make them inhabitable you need to start puncturing the skin allowing for windows, doors, vents, etc. each one these cuts decrease the overall structural capacity of the container. In saying this, there are ways to position the cuts to minimize the effects they have on its integrity and limit the need for extra structural members. There actually have not been many test performed on projects considered experimental structures over the years. There is also a lack in performance studies on how well sustainable features are actually performing in homes and buildings across the country. We have been very quick as a nation to fund unproven features that could be deemed worthless over the next few years. I agree it would be great to have the chance to test these ideas and how they hold up in comparison to conventional construction methods. There could become a new standard, I mean who deemed conventional construction the norm to begin with? Should it be?

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