A team of architecture students designed a seemingly impossible home.
After more than a decade of designing, editing, and reworking, the students at Rural Studio — Auburn University ‘s architectural-design program — built two cottages in 2016 with raw materials that cost just $14,000 each. (The team calls them the “20K Homes.”)
The goal was to create a model for building homes that are both beautiful and affordable.
In late summer 2017, Rural Studio will begin planning two more homes with materials that cost even less than $14,000. The students expects to start construction in early 2018.
Take a look inside the first two homes.
The Rural Studio students built the homes at Serenbe, a community of nearly 500 people in northwestern Georgia. The site features a 25-acre organic farm, seasonal Saturday farmers markets, art galleries, films, and lectures.
“There’s a need for affordable homes to be designed with integrity,” Serenbe cofounder Steve Nygren told Business Insider. “We need to downsize in general.”
The 500-square-foot homes’ walls are primarily made from local pine lumber, and the roofs are made tin. They share a connected wooden porch.