Kelowna’s first container home showcased

Pre-manufactured house using shipping container building materials on display Saturday at Cadder Avenue property.

  • Oct. 21, 2016 8:00 a.m.

Example of a Honomobo house

Kelowna’s first shipping container home built by the Honomobo firm will be showcased on Saturday at 767 Cadder Ave.

The public is being given an opportunity to view the pre-manufactured one-bedroom 580 sq.ft. suite this Saturday

Offering homes ranging from 20 to 1200 sq.ft. Honomobo streamlines the decision process, giving the control back to the homeowner and cuts the construction timelines in half.

“Our clients have much more visibility and control as to what their construction costs and timelines are going to be” explains Devon Siebenga Honomobo’s president. “The age old problem of ballooned budgets and perpetual delays are no longer such an issue.”

Although pre-manufactured construction is not a new concept, Honomobo hopes that through uncompromised design and leveraging modular technology, they might help change the we build.

The hidden value behind carriage suites is that it leverages existing land and infrastructure to create a cash positive investment while providing more vibrancy and density to the city.

Candace Hinz has put the first Honomobo in her back yard.  “The numbers just make sense at roughly $500per month on my mortgage I have no trouble cash-flowing my investment with the rental income generated.”

Given the vacation rental demand in Kelowna, Hinz has had no trouble filling her rental calendar and bringing in over $2,500 per month for her one bedroom suite.

Honomobo uses modular construction, with more than 95% of the work completed in a factory, reducing disturbance to the neighbourhood surrounding the construction site. It is a modern plug-and-play home built from shipping containers, reducing on-site time from months to weeks.

Honomobo touts its recycled containers, keyless entry, high efficient heating/cooling systems and its Net Positive upgrade as just the beginning. Their Net Positive package enables their Honomobo’s to produce more energy tha they consume on an annual basis.

Honomobo hopes to change the way people build and live in their homes.

“The social fabric of our society is changing, with urban sprawl is becoming less economical and less desirable,” said co-founder Daniel Engelman. Affordability in the modern city is ever more difficult, however, placing a garage suite in an urban yard can generate an income, reducing the burden of high land price living near the urban core. With several hundred Kelowna lots eligible for a Carriage home, Honomobo is helping refine Kelowna’s infill housing solutions.

“Furthermore, new zoning bylaws have positioned Kelowna’s mature neighbourhoods to provide these beautiful and high quality housing solutions while working towards the needed densification around the city’s core.”

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