If the thought of constructing IKEA furniture gives you anxiety, this may not be for you.
But it’s an interesting idea either way.
A French design studio, Miltipod, has created the world’s first pop-up house – and it can be built LEGO-style, with nothing more than a screwdriver.
The PopUp House is made from insulation blocks, treated lumber, and wood screws, and requires no power tools or heavy machinery. Far from a makeshift shelter, the home is ultra modern, stylish, sleek, and well-designed.
If you’re looking for a DIY project, it also makes a more affordable option as far as houses go. The materials that make up the frame cost about $340 USD-$409 USD per square metre of floor area. A turn-key house will typically set you back $1477 USD- $2272 USD per square metre, but the option to finish it yourself cuts that cost in half. Not to mention, the home won’t become a money trap once completed: The PopUp House is also environmentally friendly, and functions on a low energy consumption thanks to solar power, thermal insulation, and airtightness.
Constructed using stackable blocks, the house can be assembled in a week. You will, of course, have a team there with you, but it will be a lot less messy, noisy, and frustrating than typical construction work.
Don’t get too excited by the prospect of an instant house or cottage, though. The home is currently only available in France, but the company apparently has plans to expand to the UK and the US.