The Wilderness Doesn't Have a Monopoly on Self-Sufficient Cabins

Italy's 'Frame' cabin can go anywhere — including your yard

By Alex Lauer

The Wilderness Doesn't Have a Monopoly on Self-Sufficient Cabins
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12 June 2017

In these times of climate change awareness, the best homebuilders keep two things in mind: energy efficiency and durability (what with weather patterns being a Magic 8-Ball from here on out).

Italian architecture firm LEAPfactory is known for its nonintrusive, prefab mountaintop builds — which they’re now bringing down to the masses in an initiative called LeapHome. One of their first options is Frame, a two-story, solar-powered dwelling with the capability of going off the grid.

As Inhabitat writes, the version of this build pictured here is 1,400-square-feet with “two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a study area, a kitchen, dining area, an outdoor terrace and a double height living room.” The metal cladding exterior, ample windows and wooden interior are standard, but the customization options allow for a wide variety of configurations — including a one-floor design.

Frame Prefab (7 images)

Frame’s other unifying elements are its energy efficiency and low environmental impact. The base structure is built from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood, meaning it was harvested sustainably. The outer shell is integrated with photovoltaic systems for power and solar thermal systems are in place for water heating. As for the less glamorous elements, biological liquid waste treatment means the bathrooms are good to go anywhere. 

Nitty gritty details out of the way, Frame is a beaut to behold. The design evokes a lake cabin, ski chalet and impenetrable bunker all-in-one. And wherever you intend to plop it down, LEAPfactory sets build deadlines at 60, 90 and 120 days. So they’re raring to help kickstart your off-grid lifestyle. 

Interested in getting a Frame of your own? Just fill out this form with your preferences and they’ll send you a quote.

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