Smaller spaces are gaining bigger attention these days. There are many reasons for this shift including being conscious of sustainability, leaving a lighter carbon footprint, and probably top of the list is simply the affordability factor. Currently with inflation swelling around us and the minimum wage heading to $16.80 per hour in January many are looking for ways to stretch the dollar and make it reach further.
Good design doesn’t have to cost more and smaller spaces can be over-the-top-fabulous when creative minds are involved. Tiny homes are now all the rage and Bob Worsley, founder of SkyMall – and former Arizona State Senator – has found a way to make a small spaces a big concept with a little price tag. Meet ZenniHome, futuristic shipping container homes as modern as the Jetsons, manufactured here in Page, Arizona at the old Navajo Generating Station.
ZenniHome currently offers two different floor plans. One called the Denizen coming in at 320 square feet, perfect for accommodating one to two people with a price tag of just $75,000. The other is called the Citizen with double the size at 640 square feet with a purchase price of $100,000. A special feature is that it comes complete with furniture that rearranges to create different rooms within the space depending on needed use or time of day.
In the Citizen floor plan, the living room is open and spacious with a couch and coffee table during the day. At night the bed drops down from the ceiling and the room is transformed into a bedroom. There is a one bathroom and a kitchen and at the back of the home there is a flexible space that is a workspace with desk and transitions to a pullout bed for additional sleeping. Buyers simply need a parcel of land for delivery of the container home, reservations are being taken now.
Bob Worsley the CEO said, “ZenniHome is true housing innovation – bringing new home options to suit changing customer preferences, 21st century manufacturing and robotics to how homes are made and how living space is utilized, new ways for aspiring entrepreneurs and developers to build communities and real estate wealth, and additional economic, social, and environmental benefits around the world. ZenniHome is living transformed.”
ZenniHome anticipates hiring up to 150 workers and has gained the attention of state leadership. “Rural Arizona has vast potential for economic growth and this exciting project is just one example,” said Governor Doug Ducey. “We are thrilled to see new jobs and industry grow from the former Navajo Generating Station, and we look forward to continue working with our tribal partners to bring more opportunities to all parts of Arizona.”
Beyond employment opportunities and recycling 8,775 pounds of steel, this container home concept could potentially revolutionize affordable housing by providing an aesthetically pleasing abode for only $156 per square foot. Flagstaff and surrounding areas are in a premium position to take advantage of this opportunity specifically because of our close proximity to the manufacturing site. Now the quest for land begins. Will city zoning allow for variances to accept these affordable modern marvels?