By Jack Chapman
Over the past few years, a trend of “tiny homes” has been sweeping the world. Only focusing on the necessities that one needs to live, companies are building tiny homes typically as guest houses or for people that want to go off the grid. This is not the case for Austin, Texas-based company Kasita, which got its name from the Spanish word “casita” meaning “tiny house.” Kasita is not building the average “tiny home.” Although small in size; it is far from ordinary. While only 374 square feet, it can be designed and built to one’s every need. Kasita plans to revolutionize city living by stacking the units to create a comfortable and cost-effective lifestyle.
The most astonishing part of the home is the technology that is incorporated into each unit. The gifted engineers at Kasita designed a bridge for all home electronic devices to be in sync. They did this by creating an app for the home called “moods.” Moods is wired throughout the house and can be enabled through voice command or by the push of a button on one’s phone. The company incorporates devices such as the Alexa, nest, ring and many more to create different “moods.” For example, if one were to say, “Alexa, turn on cinema,” the lights in the home would dim, the blinds would retract from the ceiling and a hidden TV would raise from the floor to set the perfect movie night mood. The cost of a Kasita tiny home (depending on state permits and requirements) is approximately $125,000.
Professor Jeff Wilson founded the company in April of 2015. Wilson, having a PHD in environmental science, has always found interest in minimalism and various social experiments. For many years he has been known as “Professor Dumpster” for one of the many social experiments he has conducted. To test the limits of home living, Wilson moved into a modified 33-square-foot dumpster and made it his home for a year. Over time, Wilson painted the inside of the dumpster white and noticed that the change in color made the dumpster look cleaner and more substantial. Based off his experiences, Wilson began Kasita, creating the perfect home for high-tech minimalists.