Amazon has entered the prefabricated housing market in their offer of a house for 50,000 Canadian dollars or 37,000 U.S. dollars. Made in Beijing by Hebei Weizhengheng Modular House Technology company this house comes resplendent with solar panels, a kitchen and bathroom, and all wiring and plumbing in place for hook up to local systems.
Delivery to your site does cost an additional $1000 U.S. dollars.
The house itself appears to be a shipping container but is already drawing criticism from small home builders. As the founder of Tiny Home Builders observes in the Seattle P-I:
“This container home’s pricing is not unreasonable for a 20-foot home.Yet although it’s touted as a “container home. This does not appear to be a true shipping container conversion, so quality and rigidity may not be as high.”
Other issues include building materials that may not be the same in North America, andt the cost of accessing electrical services and city sewers.
With a 25 day time from order to arrival, the 20 by 40 foot house’s location will need to be approved by local planning authorities, and if is ancillary to the main dwelling you will need to figure out the correct location on the lot. Of course you will need concrete footings to place the dwelling, and potentially a crane to move the house into place.
You can take a look at the modular house on Amazon’s website here.
You can also look at a shaky YouTube video of the fabrication of one of these houses in the plant in China below.