What if your home ‘annexe’ came flat-packed, delivered and immediately assembled in your back yard?
No, it’s not an Ikea product, but an Icelandic husband-and-wife duo behind studio Minarc, who imbibed their ‘green’ culture to create , a sustainable, high functioning and flexible space (be it for an add-on guesthouse, an Airbnb rental, home office, studio etc.) that counters waste associated with traditional construction.
Living now in Los Angeles, they designed Plús Hús for those who want to make an ‘ecologically sound’ difference with their simple, efficient, multi-purpose structure conceived to let anyone add an affordable, environmentally responsible space to their property.
Plús Hús (pronounced like couscous) is Icelandic for ‘Plus House’ which is an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) developed to minimise time, waste and noise associated with conventional construction. It is built with a revolutionary sustainable building material, patented mnmMOD panels, used for the assembly of modular structures. With 30 percent recycled materials, the Cradle to Cradle Certified, steel-frame panels are recyclable, fire- and termite-proof, boast high R-values and can dramatically reduce a home’s carbon footprint.
“The mnmMOD panel system is versatile, recyclable, and extremely energy efficient, and being from Iceland, we pay very close attention to the relationships between nature, ourselves, and what we create,” says Ingjaldsdóttir.
Designed to be set on slab or pile foundation, the dwelling features a minimalist and modern design flexible for multipurpose use.
The 16-foot by 20-foot Plús Hús is available in three models: the Plús Hús Open, with three walls and a sliding glass door; the Plús Hús Open+ that includes a bathroom; and the Plús Hús Full, which includes a bathroom and kitchen.
The units are also customisable and offer a variety of finishing materials to choose from with pricing starting at $37,000. When units are ready to be assembled, buyers can either use a contractor or hire Plús Hús for the entire installation process.