As long as you’ve got the land to put it on, a new app from prefab home designer Blu Homes will let you design your own “tiny” home and have it delivered on a flatbed truck.
The company launched the app late last year, and recently began offering a line of tiny homes to complement its full-size offerings. The new homes range in size from 400 to 640 square feet, start at $250,000 and are currently available only in Northern California.
At that price point, some are hailing the homes as the answer to the state’s high housing prices — as Tech Insider points out, Blu Homes’ Origin home goes for about $355 per square foot, while the average one-bedroom unit in San Francisco costs around $1,028 per square foot.
And the benefits of tiny homes aren’t limited to purchase costs. If you’re living in a smaller home, chances are you’ll be decreasing your carbon footprint by spending less on heating, electricity and other utilities.
Photo: Blu Homes
Photo: Blu Homes
If those cost savings have you hooked on the idea of having your own tiny custom home, it’s simple to set the ball in motion. Once you’ve downloaded the Blu Design Studio app you can choose your layout, then customize finishes, fixtures and more to your taste.
But keep in mind, from there the process gets a little trickier. Aside from figuring out where you’re going to put your home, you’ll need to research state and local zoning requirements as well as go through permitting. You’ll also need some time — from start to finish, Blu Homes’ home-building process takes about nine months to complete.
Overall, it’s hard to deny that the concept is exciting, and we understand if you’re already itching to have your own tiny home delivered straight to your door. If you’re in Blu Homes’ Northern California delivery zone, you can get started by downloading the Blu Design Studio app. At the moment, it’s only available for Apple products, but a desktop version is reportedly in the works.