Leap Adaptive, a San Diego based company, has released a new design of a low-impact modern dwelling available for those looking to purchase a new home. Calling it The Hummingbird, Leap Adaptive has taken a chance that small, energy efficient units will become a profitable sector in the housing industry.
Although not a LEED certified building upon being built, the company promises that its products put consumers close to meeting the specifications necessary to receive such a standard. Not quite a house, but more of a bungalow, The Hummingbird is, like its namesake, tiny. Measuring in at only 480 square feet, the unit is split into two parts – a living area and a deck – both of which are approximately the same size.
While innovative, The Hummingbird may only be suitable for fair-weather conditions since half of its living space is best utilized outdoors. From the floor plan, it seems as if the bedroom, petite bathroom, mini-kitchen and living room flow seamlessly out into the deck by way of two large entrances. While it’s true that the design is energy efficient, low-impact, and for a starting price of under $80,000, is relatively cheap, it may be just too small for some buyers as a primary residence. Perhaps it would be better off as a vacation cottage?