The Modular Zerohouse in New York: A Prototype by Specht Harpman Architects

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Ever wish you could live “off the grid” without having to pitch a tent? The New York Zerohouse, as designed by Specht Harpman Architects, could make it possible to do just that. It’s a small prototype that’s designed to be quickly shipped to, and erected on, a given site; a modular home with all the elements necessary for four adults. While it doesn’t look like your average suburban tract home, it’s considerably better shelter and more substantial than a tent — with no need for external utility or waste disposal connections: it has at once a unique “footprint” and none at all. Plus, it features not one, but two decks — so living here isn’t exactly “roughing it”!

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Entering the house off the porch steps at the front door, you’ll first encounter a small “foyer.” On either side of this entrance are the kitchen/dining area and living room, respectively, and out the back door is a service porch. The second floor, reached by a central staircase, leads you to the bedrooms and bathroom, as well as both decks, one positioned above the living room and one off the bathroom. If you’re a pack rat by nature, this house may not give you enough room for your “stuff”; however, if you want to live independently and sustainably, have great views through the many windows, and enjoy the no-fuss possibilities of this house…this may well be a prototype you’ll want to keep track of for the future.

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