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The N1 model by Escape.
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Tiny homes picked up a lot of steam, even though they weren't new inventions.

Tiny homes can be filled with promise, whether you're a Gen Z buyer facing record-high prices, a current homeowner looking to live with less, or a city dweller with a changed lifestyle.

The Boxabl tiny home is used as a guest house by Musk. The founder of Boxabl shared a video of a tiny home being hauled by a car.

In cities like Chicago or Bridgeton, New Jersey, tiny homes are being used to house ex-inmates for free after they're released from prison. Albuquerque, New Mexico created Tiny Home Village, which has 30 120- square-foot homes and is being used as transitional housing and provides shelter for people without housing.

Tiny homes can be used to make housing cheaper. The future of housing in the Bay area may be smaller.

The smallest homes are typically under 600 square feet. According to the Census Bureau, the median square footage of single- family units in America through the first three quarters of the 21st century was 2,300 square feet.

Money can be made from them. It's popular with travelers who like to follow their adventures on social media. Homeowners in states like California are using companies to build structures in their backyard. A startup collects rent from tenants of ADUs and pays out a portion to the homeowner.

We've put together a list of the hottest tiny- home companies to look out for in the next five years. They are presented in chronological order.

A white tiny home with big windows and a green lawn in front
An Abodu home.
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Abodu can help homeowners use their unused backyard space as an ADU. Customers of the company won't be required to split rental income or other strings of their competitors' requirements.

Abodu doesn't do any land lease with the owners. Homeowners should be free to use their backyard as they please and not have it tied to us as a company.

Abodu makes money on customers' first purchases. The average purchase of all its offerings is close to $280,000, according to Geary. One- and two-bedroom homes are available in 500 and 610 square feet.

According to a press release, the company has raised $25 million. Abodu's revenue increased five times from 2020 to 2021, according to Geary. It has placed 100 units in backyards and has more than 100 more in production.

Interior of a tiny home facing the bedroom and living space
A Boxabl unit.
Courtesy of Boxabl

Boxabl's factory-built homes are tiny, but the Nevada-based company is getting endorsements from some of the most recognizable names in the homebuilding industry.

The company received an investment from DR Horton. The company didn't reveal the financial details of the deal, but Tiramani said the company has raised more than 100 million dollars through crowd funding. The company's value is estimated at $3 billion.

Boxabl delivers its "Casitas," which the company builds on an assembly line in Las Vegas, to sites via shipping containers and assembles them out into homes within an hour. According to Tiramani, the unique assembly method has created a waitlist of more than 100,000 names.

The cost of installation is not included in the selling price. The Department of Defense has received 156 of the 200 homes produced by Boxabl. Boxabl has secured land for a new facility next to its existing factory. They will be able to produce 5000 units a year once they are running at full speed.

A portrait of Vickie Restani and her dog, Kiah, in the living room in her home at the Casata development in South Austin.
A Casata unit.
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Renting an apartment doesn't make sense when you can lease a small home. Casata, a tiny home company based in Austin, Texas, was founded on the idea that small homes can be used for more than one purpose.

The homes ranged in size from 372 to 758 square feet and were snapped up by residents who paid between $1,400 and $1,865 per month. Casata launched in 2020 and is now planning larger projects in other Texas cities such as Houston, San Marcos, Bastrop, and College Station.

The Casata units were built in a factory. Casata designs and uses modular construction in the future, according to the CEO of Casata. Casata will still build them in a factory, but the homes will sit on foundations similar to traditional homes and meet the same building codes required for homes built on-site.

The family office of the founder of WeWork is one of the investors that Casata has raised money from. Casata wants to have 30 to 40 communities in the next seven years, which would equal a billion dollars.

A Cosmic tiny home with palm trees behind it.
A Cosmic ADU.

The San Francisco-based startup creates accessory dwelling units that are capable of generating enough energy to power themselves and provide energy to the main home. The studio is 350 square feet and costs $185,000 and the one-bedroom is 450 square feet and costs $370,000.

Cosmic's innovation is powered by a battery and thermal energy. Once the platform is in place, Cosmic constructs the carbon-neutral units with sustainable materials. It can take from six to eight months to build a Cosmic dwelling.

Cosmic wants the units to scale up. Jokic told Insider in May that they would consider themselves successful once they tackled the issue of housing insecurity with the multi-dwelling homes.

Dvele tiny home with wood exterior
A Dvele unit.
Courtesy of Dvele

One day, your home could be built by robots.

If Dvele is able to achieve its lofty vision. The company, which builds modular homes and assembles them on-site, announced in June the closing of funds to build an automated, robotic production line. The idea is to give people the chance to personalize their home online, feed orders to the smart factory, and have the finished modules transported to their permanent site.

Dvele focuses on more than just tiny homes, as the company calls them. The floor plans range in size from 400 square feet to more than 3,900 square feet and the prices are between $200,000 and $1.5 million. It does not include the cost of preparing the site, delivering the home, and installing it once it arrives.

Kellan Hannah, Dvele's director of growth, said that the company would produce 200 modules this year. The larger homes are made of between three and five modules, which is less than the mini homes. Hannah said the company's production should approach 1,500 modules annually once the factory is completely automated.

Hannah said that the company is mostly focused on delivering homes to California and neighboring states.

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The Traveler model by Escape Homes.
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Escape Homes of Rice Lake has been selling tiny homes for over a year.

Dan Dobrowolski, the founder of Escape Home, told Insider that gasoline was the cause of the outbreak.

A movement that Dobrowlski says has been building across demographic groups has urban dwellers joining it. Escape has built homes as large as 388 square feet in every region of the country, from California to New York, and even in Hawaii. The average cost of a home is about $43,600.

Escape and the furniture giant ikea collaborated to develop a tiny- home offering. Escape had a 187- square-foot unit that was equipped with Ikea furniture and was available through its website. Both companies aligned on environmental issues made the partnership easy to match.

Escape has introduced some electric models. Dobrowolski said that other models were close to being all-electric, but changing out cooking appliances, water heaters, and furnaces made them even more electric.

Escape is attempting to change neighborhoods. The company opened its Escape Tiny Home Village in 2020. The homes only take up 20% of the land. It's a neighborhood of the 21st century.

Dobrowolski said that it's a much more efficient use of space, but it still gives people what they think of as the American dream.

Inside a wood-clad tiny home, a bed is in front of a large window overlooking the woods.
A Getaway cabin.
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This tiny-abode-hospitality company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has created nature-filled experiences without common amenities in an effort to help people get away from it all.

bedding, cooking supplies, and an outdoor-camping setup are included in the price of the cabins.

Jon Staff said that he was always surrounded by nature as a child. I fell in love with the idea of living simply in nature after I returned to nature.

The company announced in June that it would add 9 new locations. The expansion would increase the number of cabins to 1000.

Cerates was the leader of the startup's Series C funding.

A 3D-printed Icon home.
An Icon home.
Joshua Perez/Courtesy of Icon

The largest number of 3D-printed houses completed by a construction company is by Icon, which was founded in Austin, Texas. It has raised almost half a billion dollars from investors.

The company worked with an Austin-based developer who brought a version of its 3D-printed home to market. The company's technology is being looked at as a proof of concept for affordable and emergency-housing communities of the future.

The biggest 3D-printed structures in the Western Hemisphere will be created by Icon and the United States Army. The company is working with NASA to build infrastructure on the moon and beyond.

Inside a Minimaliste home.
A Minimaliste home.
Courtesy of JP Marquis

Quebec City-based minimaliste builds and transports tiny homes specifically designed for the climate surrounding the plot of land they will sit on

With the help of efficient heat pump and air conditioning systems, tiny homes that are able to survive extreme heat and cold can be built.

A heat pump and air-conditioning system are not found in most Tiny homes.

The company's goal isn't to scale up, but to build over 100 homes, according to the company's co-founder. He said it was focused on process or making sure steps such as choosing materials, design, and delivery go smoothly.

He stated that they invested a lot in the recipe.

Customers can buy a custom home of up to 382 square feet or choose from one of the company's pre-designed designs, such as the 165- square-foot home called Nomad.

Most minimaliste clients are based in New York, California, Washington and Ontario, Canada, but it's getting more interest from people in the south.

Inside a Moliving unit.
A Moliving unit.
David Mitchell

The tiny-house movement is getting luxurious, sustainable, and affordable experiences.

The New York-based company has a fleet of 399- square-foot trailers. Jordan Bem, one of the company's co-conspirators and the CEO, told Insider that it's possible to expand or shrink the supply to meet seasonal demands.

The first location for one of Moliving's mobile hotels will open later this summer in a lush, mountainous hideaway in New York's Hudson Valley. He said it will have 60 suites for about $249 per night.

Moliving won't stay in New York when the weather is cold.

"We take our suites, and trailer them to the next destination, like Palm Beach, for example," Bem said.

Off-season expenses, such as shutting down for a few months, are eliminated by the nomadic business model.

He said Bem invested $7 million into the business, which recently closed a seed round of funding. Mo living won the American Business Award for startup of the year in business services.

A New Frontier tiny home sits in a clearing.
A New Frontier tiny home.
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The founder of New Frontier Design wanted to perfect a product from the design phase through to completion.

Most of the tiny homes that the craftsman builds are purchased by clients in Western states, he told Insider. His clients often use his product as a luxury solution for the hurdles associated with building on remote properties, such as restrictive permitting issues.

Some of the wealthiest people on earth are included in New Frontier's roster. The company's tiny homes range in size from 250 square feet to 450 square feet and can cost as much as 350,000 dollars.

He said he's built 60 to 70 homes. There is an added bonus in the tiny house. He said it was a vehicle for living. You can't do that. It won't be possible because of the space constraints.

Inside an OBY house.
An OBY Cooperative house.
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The OBY Cooperative is named after the debates between NIMBY and YIMBY. "Our backyard" is what OBY stands for.

"It doesn't have to be yes or no, but just the understanding that collectively all of this land is ours," said the co-founder of OBY Cooperative.

OBY is in the process of setting up its first unique land lease agreement.

The cooperative pairs homeowners who want to make more money from an accessory dwelling unit with tenants who use housing vouchers. It wants to sign 35-year agreements that will allow it to build, manage, and maintain 650 square feet of ADUs on residential properties for free. The homeowners can make a lot of money for the rental.

There is a plan to eventually sell shares of the rental unit to other members of the community.

OBY is working on the issue of sustainable living. The unit is powered by net- zero energy. The construction process is powered by the sun.

The first tenant is expected to move soon. He said that the homeowner leaned on a legal background to help them draft equitable contracts.

A United Dwelling property.
A United Dwelling property in Los Angeles, where median home prices are over $1 million, according to Zillow.
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Steven Dietz believes he has a solution to the Los Angeles housing crisis.

Dietz decided to tackle housing affordability through increasing attainable inventory after retiring from venture capital. The team began by transforming the garage.

The construction process of ADUs was simplified by a California state law. According to Dietz, United has built 60 homes, with 300 more in the permitting process. The homes start at $195,900 and include demolition and design.

Dietz told Insider that he could see a way to remove affordability from the equation in a few years. To pull down the price at the low end of the market, you need to build enough homes.

Dietz says that units have been filled by people who have suffered through long commute times. The people who were driving over two hours to their jobs are just minutes away.

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