We built the Home of the Future with Grant Imahara


(upbeat music) – The home of the future. It’s been a dream for
decades but can we build one right here in Austin, Texas. The Verge and Curbed have
partnered to bring this dream of the home of the future to life. I’m Grant Imahara and
our goal is to construct a house that combines
cutting edge technology with innovative design. We wanna see if some of the
latest smart home systems and high-efficiency design can create a more secure and convenient environment. and actually improve our daily living. How do we build this Home Of The Future? Well, it all begins in the factory. (eeeeing of grinder) In east Texas construction
company, evolution, builds roughly 85% of
its houses inside this 265,000 square foot warehouse. Each year they complete about 50 homes. These fully constructed
modular units can be finished in 1/3 of the time it takes
to build a house onsite. (crackling of welder)
(eeeeing of grinder) (baarrring of drill) The power of prefabs
or prefabricated homes is that they can be mass produced without compromising quality of design and structural stability. The assembly line construction begins with pouring the concrete floor and once the slab’s been
laid down cranes and hoists pick them up and take them to the line. But the scale of this assembly line is bigger than most. Instead of cars, it’s houses. How long’s it take from
when a slab comes in to the finish line? – We have 17 stations. If we were doing one
box a day you could have a complete box in anywhere
from five to six days. – [Grant] (chuckling) wow. The house is assembled as it rolls down the line on a track. The walls are installed on top then wiring and plumbing. It goes from station-to-station, to sheet rock, the top is placed on, until there you have it, a complete unit. Technically Luna House
is a prefabricated home. For me at least when I first heard about prefabricated homes I have this idea that they are cheap or low quality. Where do you think that that comes from? – I think a lot of it comes from certainly post-World War II era and
the association as well with prefab with modular housing which we also associate
with the mobile home. So you have that kind of
connection in many peoples minds even in so far as a lot
of prefab construction is actually quite high-end. – [Grant] This is Michelle Addington, the Dean, of The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. – The opportunity to have
much more precise control over manufacturing in
particular is what enables the greater quality. And so by going factory-built you have an opportunity not only
for higher quality control but the opportunity to use
much higher-end materials because they can be
protected in the factory in a way that they’re not gonna be as protected on a home building site. – [Grant] The downside
is that you can’t deviate from the design once you begin. So, you better be sure
this is what you want. Our Luna House has three
bedrooms and is 60 feet long, and, that’s not changing. And because the factory
is a giant assembly line a problem with one house can delay all the other projects behind it. In fact, our original
house was delayed so long that we needed to switch to a
house further along the line. But even with delays like
these the total amount of time from blueprint approval to completion is around six months on average where as a typical on-site construction could’ve taken up to a year. – Architects have actually been trying to accomplish some level
of factory-built housing for a hundred years and so
it’s gained some traction and some popularity in the last decade with the increasing popularity of design. I think in a general level
that happens with Apple, it happens in the popular press–
– In everyday life. – In everyday life and
so I think that that’s kind of transmitted over
to architecture as well. – [Grant] Architect, Chris
Krager, is the founder of Ma Modular and is the designer of the house we’re building. We’re here at his home. – [Chris] Our business was
founded with a primary goal of making modern, that
kind of architecture, financially accessible. – [Grant] The design
we’re building is called, The Luna House floor plan
made of three modular pieces. Modular design means these
units can be configured in multiple arrangements. They can even be stacked
to create multiple floors. You can think of them like big Lego blocks that an architect can use to create the best design for the
needs of the homeowner. Our house is composed
of three main pieces. One large module that
includes one bedroom, kitchen and living room
and a smaller module that has two bedrooms
connected by a bathroom and a third module for the entryway that acts as a connection
for the other two. – [Chris] We’re working with a framework that I think is amenable
to open-floor plans, lots of windows and so I think
it is very modern-friendly. You also get to choose all your fixtures and finishes, flooring. There’s definitely adequate
room for customization with the finish in the house. – I gotta say, I knew that
it was modular construction but it really didn’t feel like it. – That is our goal with
the design for it to feel, not just like not a modular house, but to feel like an
architect-designed house. – If you were to drive
on this block you’d say, well I think an architect designed that so it automatically ups its cache. – [Grant] But there’s
still a lot of hurdles before you can really think
of this kind of construction as being, the future of home building. – When you deal with something
that’s premanufactured there’s a tremendous
amount of upfront cost in setting up that type of manufacturing particularly if you wanna
get the economies of scale of building large. If we think about single family homes there is very little upfront investment. You can basically build in real-time in terms of procurement of materials. So the costs are incremental
from that standpoint. – [Grant] While we wait to see what the future will hold
for factory-built homes our home has already been
placed on the ground. Right now though, it’s still just a shell. Over the next few months
we’ll work to finish off everything inside of
the home, create our own power generation and storage and fill it with the latest connected technology for comfort and convenience. It’ll be hard work, but in the end we’ll get a glimpse into what it means to actually live inside
the home of the future. Thank you so much for watching. Now I’m sitting here in
our home of the future but I’m curious to know
what you think you need in your home of the future? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll see ya next
week with a new episode.

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100 thoughts on “We built the Home of the Future with Grant Imahara

  1. Grant…WHAT…The home of the future…come on…that's been based on about since the 30s…I don't see any innovation in this promo mate!!

  2. Corbin Dallas' home in "The Fifth Element". THAT'S what a home will look like in the future. Dark dingy buildings crammed together with literal beehive domiciles based on occupancy. No more giant homes. You will work, eat, play, sleep in the same quad you are assigned to based on your financial/educational status. Tough luck kiddos! You failed to study history and embraced socialism, and now you live in an Orwellian future! Tsk, tsk, my little dudes and dudettes…line up for bread and water!

  3. I've known about these type of homes for years and even tried to obtain one which seems to be the complicated part financing.

  4. 50 houses a year ? Lol that's what happens when men only work by hour. And if they dont, than daamn they lazy

  5. Kita dlu membuat rmh dari kayu sekarang mulai ditinggalkan beralih ke rmh permanen sementara di barat mereka msh membuat rumah dari kayu..!!😅😅😅

  6. Except the houses are still made of f**kin sticks and leftover wood chips glued together. 🤦‍♂️

    Then you stick pink diapers between the wood and call it insulation. 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

    The EU is laughing North American construction.

  7. Why walls are built using wood instead of concrete in the US? Is it because wood flex when there is tornado?

  8. Instructions not clear 24-pin atx cable is stuck in 8-pin pci-e slot….
    (10 internet points for you if you know what i'm talking about)

  9. If this is the home of the future why is it wired for 110 volts? We only use 3 to 5 items in our homes today that require more than 24 volts the home of the future must identify and use lower voltage items. The use of low voltage allows for a more direct use of power resulting in less loss due to conversion. Low voltage lighting, gas stove, gas dryers, celling fans converted to 24volts and ventilation fans on 24 volts. Lower construction costs longer battery life and smaller battery walls. Energy is the key to the home of the future.

  10. We need sensible planning laws to go anywhere near anything interesting…..

    You can make the coolest and best logic based homes but we have to get them past planning here in the UK.

    Great ideas though.

  11. I heard a family lasted 8 weelks in their new SMART home, they all got sick from the Microwave Radiation from all the SMART DEVICES AND APPLIANCES. So back to the drawing board. 5G and SMART METRES will be devastating, even the street lights are weaponised. Google Mark Steele expert, Gateshead Council.

  12. It's very common in Japan. A very high percentage of modern Japanese homes are prefab, and the systems are far more sophisticated than what is shown here.

  13. I am completely behind a "smart home".

    However, an investigative reporter in Canada quickly illustrated how exposed owners utilizing home security, such as "Nest" were actually more susecpible to home break-ins than the generations old deadbolt.

    During an interview in Canada, new home owners were being interviewed to gauge their belief at how secure their newly purchased home was.

    While the interview was being unfolding, a "hacker" employed by he agency "hacked" into their heretofore presumed high security home in less than 5 minutes with software online specifically designed to find Nest products.

    One of the more creepy issues was that the couple that had been hacked admitted to having placed several cameras throughout the house that were hidden to monitor the Nanny. What they did not think of is that when their system was hacked, all cameras were viewed by whomever the hacker wished.

    Everyone knew when they got up, went to the shower, had sex, cooked breakfast, phoned their mistress, cursed at their children, took drugs, etc, etc.

    Big Brother

  14. In my home of the future I would like to have adjustable built in beds for friends or couch surfers who would like to stay over 🙂

  15. Home of the future is made of meat and it grows and repairs itself, and doors and windows are sphincters. You’re welcome.

  16. To the creative genius architect who thought it was a great idea to give manufactured homes a makeover and charge $$$$$$$ … F'YOU!!!

  17. Cheap wooden matchstick American homes. You need solid brick/stone/concrete homes like we have here in Europe.

  18. Gotta admit, I read "We built the Home of the Future with GRANDMA Imahara"

    And I thought "Grant is building a futuristic house for/with his grandma? Cool!"

  19. This house poses huge problems for future owners
    So many things to go wrong, tech always fails, warranties run out , installers go bump and so on
    Deep pockets required

  20. I have seen bigger houses made out of concrete being built in the same or less time. This is bad marketing. Prefabricated houses should be cheap because they lack the liberty of space usage. I rather use self locking concrete blocks instead or a metallic structure with glass walls like the ones built in a week in Europe.

  21. MORE off grid.. self contained energy creation.. even if they have a petrol generator to do it.. just off grid totally.

  22. Being protected against greedy oligarch bankster theft is the only important feature! Impossible in most countries today!

  23. A normally constructed house does not take a year… I have seen crews who could have thrown that house together in a matter of weeks.

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