The best ideas often spring from unanticipated sources and the tiny smart home Kasita is no exception. When Jeff Wilson aka Professor Dumpster spent a year living in a used dumpster, a social experiment that reduced the definition of “home” to a 33 square foot extreme, a concept emerged.
While the dumpster was, in many ways, an impractical dwelling, there were a surprising number of perks: it could move anywhere; rent was low; commutes were short; and the local neighborhood became an intimate living room.
As the experiment drew to a close, Wilson took what he’d learned and returned to the drawing board where Kasita came to life, a new category of home that married iconic design and pioneering technology with insights gleaned from a trashcan.
The Kasita is 208 square feet with 10-foot ceilings and is designed to not only feel spacious and full of light, but to be fully equipped with all the amenities you would find in a traditional home or apartment—and then some. In addition to a walk-in shower, refrigerator, and convection oven the design team have also thrown in a dishwasher, washer/dryer combo, cooktop, and a queen size bed that easily tucks away out of sight (without having to even make it).
Your Kasita will welcome you home by adjusting the A/C, bringing up the lights and shades, and queueing your favorite playlist. Or, ask your Kasita to do something else (like rolling out the bed) via hands-free voice commands throughout.
Kasita’s unique tile system allows for virtually infinite customizations and options for the home while maintaining order and function.Spend your money on life — not rent. Through partnerships with local entities, Kasita will rent units at about half the market rate of a studio apartment. In Downtown Austin, that’s about $600 a month.Kasita is the smallest home built for the city. Its tiny size presents almost limitless opportunities for location.