Custom Home's Leah Demirjian takes a look at a recent concept that is offering tiny, modular homes shipped in flat-packed, Ikea-esque boxes.

Designed by San Francisco-based firm AVAVA Systems, the Britespaces offer 262 to 480 square feet of space containing a living area, kitchen, bathroom, and closet. The company claims the homes can be assembled in four to six weeks—quicker than an average time of 10 weeks promised by similar startups. The concept originated as an installation for the Burning Man festival in 2006.

A third-party construction crew builds the actual parts in the Bay Area, including the company’s patented framing system, which is composed of engineered wood and infill made of structurally insulated panels, or SIPs. Cladding can be customized in a selection of materials that range from wood to stucco. AVAVA sources their materials locally in a an effort to provide more jobs to local workers.

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