“Kinetohaus” translated simply means “moving house.” In designing and building a tiny house on wheels in which to live while I pursue my M.Arch at UTSOA, I was inspired by the flexibility and dynamism of lifestyle that comes with tiny houses. Unlike conventional buildings on a fixed site, tied to a permanent foundation, this tiny house would be able to go with me wherever life takes me. The form and lines of the house are angular in order to echo, in a small and simple way, the dynamism that this project brings to my life.
Currently located at Austin Live|Work in Del Valle, the house sits on an 8' x 24' flatbed trailer with about 240 square feet. Inside you will find a reading space, a full kitchen with a gas range, refrigerator, and washer/dryer combo unit, a dining and workspace, a living room, bathroom with a full-height shower and composting toilet, and a lofted bedroom. The house was completed in 9 weeks for $25,000 with no professional construction labor. This was vital to the core value of the house – affordable sustainability. With 10% of the building footprint of a typical house, continuous rigid foamboard and spray-insulation, ample daylight, no central heat or A/C and a smart A/C window unit, a tankless water heater, and a composting toilet, the house is a much more flexible, sustainable, and economically feasible alternative to the current culture of American housing.