Construction startup takes houses to the assembly line
By Amanda Hermans, Residential Products Online
Nov. 30, 2017
A new prefabricated construction firm is hoping to bring home building to uncharted territory—the assembly line. Boxabl, a Las Vegas-based home construction startup, is hoping to use its patented technologies to manufacture affordable, prefabricated, and transportable homes on a large scale. Its box units will be built and finished in the Boxabl factory and then shipped to the construction site, where they will fit together to create customizable home designs. Each prefabricated box is 42 feet long by 18 feet 9 inches wide and can be folded down, even when fully finished, to an 8-foot-6 width. Bolted to Boxabl’s patented space-saving wheel technology, the packed units can be moved within existing transport regulations and are not considered oversized loads. One unit—weighing between 8,000 to 12,000 pounds depending on its finish—can be transported using a modern pickup truck to save time and money, the company says. With this system, the company, founded by Paolo Tiramani of 500 Group, Inc., aims to bring assembly-line efficiency to the construction industry, a transition it believes is long overdue.
In the Boxabl factory, units will pass through six stations where home building specialists like plumbers and electricians will perform specialized tasks to create the end product. Boxabl claims the system can bring down the time it takes to construct a two-bedroom home to 90 percent completion from six months to six hours. The 750-square-foot units are designed on a grid system with consistent placement of doors and windows, ensuring that they can be matched together to create large configurations. They come in a number of different floorplans and finishes and can be stacked as high as 7 stories. Customers will be able to design homes online, and inventoried boxes will be available for shipment as early as the next day, the company claims.