Japanese brand Muji unveils tiny prefab homes

When it comes to minimalistic living, we could all learn a thing or two from Japanese retail giant Muji.

The homewares store, which follows a ‘less is best’ philosophy, recently launched their small, yet functional hut.

The elegant twelve square metre cabin boasts some exceptional design features and can be used as a permanent residence or a holiday home, for just over AUS$35,500.

Although compact, the cabin has two separate living spaces and a covered patio area.

"It's not as dramatic as owning a house or a vacation home, but it's not as basic as going on a trip," the brand said on their website.

"Put it in the mountains, near the ocean, or in a garden, and it immediately blends in with the surroundings, inviting you to a whole new life."

Made with 100% Japanese timber, the outside is charred using the Japanese method of shou sugi ban, which prolongs the life of the timber and increases its resistance to insects, decay and fire. The concrete foundation protects from moisture and the cold.

Inside, the mortar covered floors and cypress plywood lines offer simple finishes – so they can be easily customised.

"Even in dirt-prone environments, the floor can be used freely like an earthen floor," the brand said.

"Since the floor surface is nice and smooth, cleaning is easy, and flooring or rugs can be laid anywhere to suit your taste."

The cost of the hut covers materials, construction and a contractor. Sadly, at this stage the homes are only available in Japan from August 17.

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Posted by Marie522Report
What are the exceptional design features? It can't be the fact that it has 4 walls and a roof because that is all it appears to have.
How is that worth $35,000?