Built By: Mercer Home - Designed by: Andres Duany of DPZ and No-Nonsense Housing Company

About Tiny Home


Tiny Home, an apt moniker for the 295-square-foot (24 feet by 8 ½ feet) unit, is constructed with high-grade plywood cut using a computer-controlled router and clad in corrugated metal. The home can be either placed on a wheeled platform or on a permanent foundation. Tiny Home was largely conceived by young architects at DPZ (Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co.), Duany’s Miami-based firm, reflecting a target market for the small-house segment: young, single, highly educated, high-income workers having difficulty finding affordable places to live. Tiny Homes placed in small clusters  in the massive parking lots of high-tech firms, says Ruiz, could be the antidote for that demographic. To better understand the challenges of constructing manufactured homes, the No Nonsense team toured factories where they’re made. They found that off-site fabrication can cost as little as $30 per square foot, but the results often look and feel like cheap housing. The company reasoned it could spend twice that or a little more (if still under the national average of $90 per square foot) to create a better looking, better performing—and more affordable—product than a stripped-down, site-built structure, Ruiz says.