It's been a while since we've done an update. The WikiShed model is just about as done. The next step is to cut it full scale. If you want to get the latest files you can head over to GitHub to download them. Just click the "Download Zip" to the right to get all the files. For now though, we've moved on to designing real houses. In Massachusetts we're allowed to build 200 square foot or under structures that can be used as an accessory building without engineering certification. So things like shops, artist studios, etc are fair game. You can't use it as a residence however. We also have an opportunity to build one of these for someone to live in in Vermont. Vermont requires no codes or approvals.
In line with the micro home movement, the Vermont house will be small as well, around 200 square feet. To that end we've set about designing a modular home that could be repurposed for many different uses: (And build really fast)
This model isn't done yet, but you can get an idea of the shape and style. The colors are sheer panels that we are going to use called Zip System.
The structure is designed to be repurposed for many different uses. The modules (pictured below) can be swapped in and out depending on the options you're looking for. Each module is about 40 square feet in it's footprint so we can abide by Mass building code, and we can easily make it larger where code allows:
The structure is an exercise in symmetry. The temptation in designing a CNC cut structure like this is to solve problems by making a unique part to solve that problem. While that is viable because a CNC machine cuts pretty fast, in the field it can be hard to sort a pile of parts that are different, but look the same. To that end, if you explore the model you'll see that so many of the parts are symmetrical. That means that they can be installed upside down, backwards or forwards and they will work. As much as possible panels are identical. In fact, the difference of a "window" module to a solid module is only 3 parts.
This model is a work in progress, but feel free to take a look. You can download it here.