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Kasita Packs Big Home-Automation Punch in Itty Bitty Tiny House at SXSW

Kasita combines the tiny house and smart home with RTI control, Lutron lighting, Sonos, Origin Acoustics, DoorBird, Amazon Dot and more at SXSW.

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Posted by Adroit1 on March 17, 2017

$139,000.00 for 352 square feet??? That is $394.88 per square foot. I’ve worked on full blown 40,000 square foot mansions that cost less than 1/2 of that per square foot. That is anything but being an efficient homeowner. It is way too expensive to be efficient. The break even cost, when factoring in the cost of the casita vs a regular home and the extra costs in a regular house of A/C and heat. The $139,000.00 is just like the cost of a base boat, though. The price doesn’t include shipping, the land it needs to be put on, running the electricity to the unit,  the plumbing and sewage, and then the permits for all this. These will push the cost to well over $200,000.00, and that is the “base” house. While technologically advanced, it is not economically feasible. Then, of course, there is the resale value. Trying to resell a casita is going to be very difficult, as the market for people to live in 352’ is tinier than the house itself. A 5th wheel 8’ x40’ travel trailer can be purchased for a little more than 1/2 the cost of the base house with all the electronics and control features built in.

Posted by Julie Jacobson on March 17, 2017

My thoughts exactly, Adroit1. We must be missing something. I’m willing to give the benefit of the doubt for now.

Posted by Adroit1 on March 17, 2017

I recently did lighting, entertainment, and RTI control on a 13,500 square foot home. When finished with a complete whole house update, and all the electronics, including cameras and a whole new alarm system, the owner had spent $3,500,000.00, including the original cost of the structure and property. That was an expensive home, and it cost $259.25 per square foot, $135.00 less per square foot than the base Kasita, undelivered.

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Posted by Adroit1 on March 17, 2017

I recently did lighting, entertainment, and RTI control on a 13,500 square foot home. When finished with a complete whole house update, and all the electronics, including cameras and a whole new alarm system, the owner had spent $3,500,000.00, including the original cost of the structure and property. That was an expensive home, and it cost $259.25 per square foot, $135.00 less per square foot than the base Kasita, undelivered.

Posted by Julie Jacobson on March 17, 2017

My thoughts exactly, Adroit1. We must be missing something. I’m willing to give the benefit of the doubt for now.

Posted by Adroit1 on March 17, 2017

$139,000.00 for 352 square feet??? That is $394.88 per square foot. I’ve worked on full blown 40,000 square foot mansions that cost less than 1/2 of that per square foot. That is anything but being an efficient homeowner. It is way too expensive to be efficient. The break even cost, when factoring in the cost of the casita vs a regular home and the extra costs in a regular house of A/C and heat. The $139,000.00 is just like the cost of a base boat, though. The price doesn’t include shipping, the land it needs to be put on, running the electricity to the unit,  the plumbing and sewage, and then the permits for all this. These will push the cost to well over $200,000.00, and that is the “base” house. While technologically advanced, it is not economically feasible. Then, of course, there is the resale value. Trying to resell a casita is going to be very difficult, as the market for people to live in 352’ is tinier than the house itself. A 5th wheel 8’ x40’ travel trailer can be purchased for a little more than 1/2 the cost of the base house with all the electronics and control features built in.