Self-Sustaining, Ultra-Minimalist, Eco-Effective, Modular Housing System

Someone had to invent it. It's a housing system combining modular ultraminimalism, neo-sustainability and regenerative optimization. Taking cues from traditional Japanese joinery, the basis of the house is interlocking timber components. No piece is larger than the average person can carry, and the lightweight, componentized pieces are assembled without nails or screws. The house can be altered for the changing of the seasons. What was once a deck in summer, becomes a screened enclosure in the winter.The flooring is floating bamboo — moveable and replaceable. Intrinsic to the design are skylights, windows and sun pipes — all of which can be manually closed with wooden shutters. Reeds and other easy-to-grow plants are used throughout the house, providing oxygen and filtration.

The house is powered with solar shingles and wired with both DC and AC throughout. Lamps provide light in each room, using warm-glow DC compact fluorescents. Built-in, motion-activated LEDs provide accent and task lighting. Hot water is provided through a combination solar circulation and point-of-use water heaters. Rainwater is captured from the houses's gutters, and stored in an internal compact cistern. Greywater is diverted outside using gravity and judiciously arranged pipelines.

The house is designed for expansion and replacement of its components. It starts with an inexpensive, ultraminimalist core, and can be expanded on an ad hoc basis. Note: This system exists as an idea in my mind. [by Justin Thomas]