A Portable, Plywood Micro House That’s Perfect For Two

Are you a wanderluster? Do you sometimes look around at your stuff and your life, and feel the itch to strike out on the open road. While initially exciting, the experience of living out of a suitcase, or even an RV, gets old after a while. Eventually, we all ache for “home”. Well now, thanks to a couple of University of Colorado students, it may be possible to bring that feeling of belonging with you on the road.

Lacy Graham and Patrick Beseda are the creators of FOUNDhouse, a tiny dwelling made from plywood, and recycled and salvaged materials. The micro house is perfect for two, and can be assembled in a day without a hammer. Not happy with the view? Just take it apart and load it up for a trip to your next destination.


Image via FOUNDhouse

“We are architecture students, living and working in Denver,” write Graham and Beseda. “We want to live small. We are questioning the notion of what a house has been in the past and what it needs to be now. We are pursuing opportunities for mobile domesticity. We believe that designing at an appropriate scale offers a responsible solution, socially, environmentally, and financially.”

The answer to those questions, is FOUNDhouse. It’s based on the WikiHouse, an “open source construction set” developed in the U.K which also inspired this mobile bakery. As with anything that’s designed for life on the road, the designers knew it had to be easy for two people to assemble, even in adverse conditions.

Made almost entirely from CNC-milled plywood, the 150 square foot FOUNDhouse is incredibly light, and can be put together like a jigsaw puzzle (i.e. no nails) by two people in one day.  Inside, there’s room for a bed, some storage, a kitchen, a bathroom with a shower, and a living area for eating and relaxing.

“We want to be kind to the environment so we’ve designed this house to do just that,” explain the designers. “There’s no permanent foundation so the area will be reclaimed by nature after we’re gone. It also works on or off the grid. A composting toilet and solar electrical system gives us freedom from utility services and uses renewable energy.”

The FOUNDhouse is currently being assembled at Sustainability Park in Denver, but will soon travel Utah for live testing as the pair of designers participate in an experimental building program called “DesignBuildBLUFF“.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog


  • Reply July 12, 2013


    Ah the Chicken coop my dad made. Wow I hope they got an A for that.

    • Reply July 12, 2013

      ball of hair

      got that right, this is lame and retarded

  • Reply July 12, 2013


    There is a concept of “appropriate technology” that they mention, but is very much missing here… Instead using 2x4s, some carriage bolts, and a drill, ($100 on the high end,) use plywood for the studs, and use a CNC machine capable of cutting it, for ~$20,000?

    Of course, “movable” is kind dubious anyways. If that thing spends a winter outside in Colorado all that plywood will absorb moisture, and the joints won’t come apart nor fit together again anyways. The same plans will work if you build it out of UV stabilized plastic or a rust proof metal like aluminum or stainless steel, but those are much less green and will substantially increases the price… If you get rid of the movable requirement you can use hammer and nails instead of carriage bolts and a drill, and knock that $100 down to $10. Of course, there is a much better way to achieve the movable requirement than spending a day taking it apart and putting it together again: wheels, (and have a fold out ramp if you aren’t fond of steps.)

  • Reply July 12, 2013


    So where do they park the Prius?

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