Affordable housing options are shrinking every day. Even the newer so-called “low-income” housing projects are priced way too high for most middle-class people, who often work two jobs just to keep their families afloat. But a new prefab home called the NOMAD Cube is up for sale on Amazon, and it’s priced to move — even for people with incomes considered middle-of-the-road.
Ian and Joie Alvaro Kent are the founders, owners, and designers behind NOMAD Micro Homes. They specialize in creating small homes that are not only within the average person’s means, but also environmentally friendly and connected to nature with oversized windows and doors on all sides.
In 2013, the duo burst onto the scene with the NOMAD Micro: a 100-sqaure-foot design with a space-saving staircase to the loft, a range of ceiling heights, and (as always) doors and windows that maximized natural light.
Six years after the NOMAD Micro went to market surrounded by great reviews, the Kent husband-and-wife team unveiled the NOMAD Cube. Measuring 13.5′ x 13.5′ x 13.5′, The Cube is not only slightly larger than its predecessor, it’s also available through mail order on Amazon for just $38,800. Even better, qualified buyers can finance their Cube through a company-affiliated lender.
The newest NOMAD model boasts several other advancements over its predecessor. For starters, it’s flat-packed, which dramatically reduces the shipping costs. Its parts are also manufactured using highly developed 3D-printed steel frame and CNC-mechanized technologies to guarantee everything fits together for quick and simple assembly.
Joie Kent explains: “Our customers also save money because they have the option of either completing the assembly themselves or hiring people to do it at handyman-level labor rates. Through our unique computer-driven manufacturing process, we’ve created components that fit together perfectly for quick construction that’s similar to IKEA’s model of selling inexpensive furniture through streamlined production technology.”
“Once it’s assembled, the home can be dismantled and moved if necessary,” adds Ian. “The components are light and can be hand-carried to locations that would otherwise be unreachable by truck or crane.” The materials used in the Cube are also termite, moisture, and fire resistant.
Inside the Cube, an open-plan kitchen boasts full-sized appliances and white cabinetry. The Kents say they “selected the color and style with the intention of blending the cabinetry with the walls.” They also included adaptable furniture that easily converts the living area, which has a non-claustrophobic 12-foot vaulted ceiling, into an office, dining room, sleeping space, or den.
“I knew that effective design could make a space this size feel comfortable. My goal was to produce an efficient yet cozy home with minimal impact on yard space and the environment,” says Ian Kent.
Need even more space than a single Cube has to offer? You’ll be happy to learn the structure can easily be enlarged by ordering additional pre-designed modules.