|OWN YOUR STUFF
by Georgina Callan
Do you? Or does your stuff own you? It’s a good question, one we’ve all asked ourselves at
one time or another, most often when moving and coming face to face with a personal
accumulation of “stuff”. From the perspective of Dr. Jeff Wilson, also known as “Professor
Dumpster” who lived in a 33 square foot dumpster for a year, as an experiment, in part,
to discover what you need and what you don’t need, defining “stuff” helped create
Kasita, a new concept in small, functional, efficient pared-down living that also
happens to be portable.
|A Kasita home is 240 square feet into which all your stuff will need to fit. It offers a queen
sized bed, which folds away, living space, kitchen appliances including a stove, shower,
cooktop, dishwasher and a washer/dryer combination as well as a bathroom and shower.
Kasitas are also “smart” as you might expect from a company based in Austin. According to
Kasita, the technical components are embedded in the walls, and occupants will be able
to use voice and app commands to run the home. A tile system on the walls creates the
opportunity for customization of personal items.
Originally designed as cost effective living for millennials in downtown locations, where rents
are typically prohibitively expensive in most cities, the Kasita homes fit in a stack. Each Kasita
home is portable and intended to fit on a single semi-trailer truck, so it can be moved from
one city to another, wherever there is a Kasita “stack”.
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|The stack in a city is the equivalent of a space that would hold a single-family home, and where
city services are available. The idea is to have stacks all over the country, making mobility an
easy option for millennials and others who wish to change residences frequently.
Conceived with an eye on the millennial market, Kasitas have a much broader appeal to urban
dwellers, particularly those in their 50s and 60s, some of whom tend to have much in common
with millennials. For example, no children, who may have grown and left the family home, a
desire for mobility or to spend certain months of the year in different parts of the country (think
“snowbirds”), and less “stuff”, because, unlike millennials who may be accumulating stuff, the
older Baby Boomer group and some members of generation X are busy divesting themselves
|“Kasita will become a product company”, says Jeff Wilson who has plans to offer Kasita dwellers
multiple choices in build out, from the exterior “skin” of the Kasita, finish options and appliance
selections. At this point Kasita has received interest in creating over 3,000 Kasitas, in stacks, from
all over the USA, interest from developers, from cities intent on offering low cost urban housing
and from individuals.
Wilson sees high adaptability and potential in Kasita, from city stacks, vacation homes, even
the possibility one day of a back yard Kasita—perhaps a portable mother-in-law apartment?
If there’s any appeal to living in a portable, high tech streamlined home that would force a
confrontation with one’s stuff, maybe a Kasita presents a viable option?
The first Kasita stack is scheduled to open in Austin in late spring 2016, with roll out in other
cities in 2017.