Portable homes have ventured away from the traditional recreational vehicles and renovated buses. For the traditional homeowner, moving means saying goodbye to all the memories and the nuances experienced over the years of living in a home. However, Estonian designers at Kodasema changed all that with the introduction of KODA, a portable tiny house that can move with its homeowners.

The Design

The portable home is made of primarily concrete and sustainable factory-made components to support the unit. With an efficient structure, it permits the tiny home to be dissembled and reassembled on a variety of different surfaces without the assistance of a permanent foundation as long as the grounding can support the weight and is economically leveled.

Kodasema KODA Estonia

Photo: Kodasema

Rooms throughout the unit are only accessible when being used to optimize space. However, using smart technology, the house can be reconfigured at the discretion of the home dwellers.

Kodasema KODA Estonia

Photo: Paul Kuimet, Kodaesma

In terms of transportation, the unit transports in one piece making the unit easy for home dwellers to pick up and leave whenever they want to.

Maximizing its 25- square meter footprint, the portable, tiny house features an open-plan living area with wide bay windows allowing spacious amounts of natural light to flood through to the interior. The loft bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen are settled in the rear of the tiny home for solitude and are lit by LED lights at night for privacy.

The rooftop is aligned with solar panels to power the unit’s automatic heating, cooling and ventilation system, and lighting. Additionally, KODA is currently working on an off-grid version where the tiny house is manufactured with outlets for sewage, water, and electricity so the home can function off the grid for a short period of time.

Kodasema KODA Estonia

Photo: Tõnu Tunnel, Kodaesma

The Benefits

Using an efficient design, the tiny home takes advantage of sunlight, smart heating and cooling systems to reduce waste. All the components used can either be reused, recycled or disassembled and each unit is built with minimal natural resources.

With multiple sealings and vacuum-insulated concrete walls, it reduces energy demands while maintaining an ideal internal temperature. Furniture is finished in dark colors and sunscreen on the windows work as a reflexive heating and cooling components to reduce the energy needed to maintain the internal climate. However, the internal climate is controlled by a central system. Additionally, all the finishing materials are non-toxic.

Each unit is equipped with solar panels on the roof which means the tiny house consumes less energy than it produces.

Kodasema KODA Estonia

Photo: Tõnu Tunnel, Kodaesma

Tiny House Living

Tiny houses are becoming more than a trend, tiny houses like Kodasema’s KODA encourages homeowners to live modestly while conserving resources. According to researchers, tiny home enthusiasts desire a life of adventure, self-sufficient and environmental consciousness as the main reasons for living small.

In essence, with fewer materials needed to build tiny houses means fewer trees need to be cut down and less fuel to transport building materials. At the same time, it encourages builders to use recycled materials which are not always available in large quantities when constructing larger homes. On top of that, tiny houses cost significantly less compared to a traditional full-size home allowing more time for your green travel and other adventures.


Photo: Tõnu Tunnel, Kodasema

According to studies, to construct a tiny house costs an average $20,000 compared to a full-size house at $270,000, over ten times as much. KODA is more expensive than $20,000 at the moment but the designers are currently working to get the price down. Arguably, the largest impact tiny houses have on the environment is the amount of reduced energy needed for a functioning home.

Tiny houses enable home dwellers to lower energy use with features like solar panels, dark finished furniture and smart heating and cooling technology. According to researchers, 86% of the total environmental impact from a regular size home is from energy used and wasted.

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