New Green Home Design Has Small Footprint

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.

image via Leap Adaptive

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?

Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.

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