Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

Follow Up on the World Changing Ten Foot Cube

About a year ago we featured the NOMAD Micro Home, a tiny, affordable, easy-to-assemble, put-anywhere house with smart and modern architecture. Beyond its good looks, the post became one of our most popular because of its founder Ian Kent’s mission, which was to design a home that supports sustainable, affordable, and non-consumer living. The concept was a great illustration of how form can inform function and vice versa.

One year later, NOMAD is very much alive and well and taking orders for their tiny digs. Their website allows you to purchase one of four models (all prices in $CAD):

  • The $15K NOMAD Grow, which is more or less a shed using the same exterior as the home.
  • The $23K NOMAD Space, which lacks plumbing and is suitable as an attached or unattached addition to your existing home.
  • The $28K NOMAD Live is, as you might guess, a fully functioning home with appliances and heat.
  • The $42K NOMAD Zero, which is a fully functioning off-the-grid house with a complement of sustainable power and water harvesting add-ons.

They offer countless possibilities for customization between each model, and two or more NOMADs can be easily combined to increase contiguous floor space. NOMAD offers several furniture and power add-ons à la carte as well.

Kent told us that they should be able to get your micro home ready in 60 days or less upon order. Sales have already begun near their British Columbia home; however, they designed the flat-packed NOMAD for easy shipping worldwide to the US and other global locales such as the United Kingdom and Australia where interest has been huge since they launched their concept. Inquiries are welcome through their website.

Like pretty much all tiny houses, the only thing stopping NOMAD’s mission of liberation-through-housing is restrictive housing policies–which is, unfortunately, a persistent stoppage. Though many communities in both US and Canada basically limit tiny homes to being set up as an ADU or stealthy off-grid housing, NOMAD has tackled this issue through its modular capabilities. Kent also told us that, beyond ADUs, he sees a lot of promise in recreational property and eco-resorts in the near future.

“Our main objective with NOMAD is to address affordable, accessible housing in first-world countries, and hopefully even extend the concept to some third-world nations,” Kent said.

“We also want to pave the way for a new outlook on life, being one of simplicity and respect for the environment,” he continues. “Moving away from consumerism and back to what is really important like family, passionate endeavors, community involvement and helping others, eliminating debt, prioritizing mental and physical health, and lots more.” He believes downsizing and getting rid of your mortgage is a great start.  We couldn’t agree with him more and wish NOMAD the best of luck.

  • mel

    Between $280.00 a square foot not including land for a wired and plumbed home and $420.00 a square foot for an off the grid model seems like a lot of money for a space that would not be comfortable until it’s for camping. Not accessible for most people and definately not a comfortable space for a family as mentioned above. Was does well designed spaces have to be so expensive per square feet especially ones that have standardized construction in a factory I’m assuming.
    It seems once designers get their hands on modular design it gets so expensive. If anyone can tell me why I’d appreciate it.

    • Matt

      Still way way way way cheaper than dishing out $1.36-million (average price for a single family detached home in Vancouver.) This isn’t expensive in the slightest. It is a steal! 😀