A college student in Changsha surnamed Zeng revealed on January 10 this tiny 4.5-square-meter mini cottage that he built with his friends for a total of less than 10,000 yuan. The house was a final project for one of their classes, and the students even plan on applying for a patent for the idea.
The students put the transportable mini cottage in a teaching building on the ground floor of their school campus. The cottage is painted colorfully and can be moved around with four heels.
The right side of the room features a small kitchen including a counter, and on the left side is a toilet and a bathroom. There is also a small bedroom, but no bed, and on the corner there are two rows of short cabinets. Zeng built the cabinets so that they can be pulled down and turned into a bed. He also included a table that can be folded out from the wall for eating and entertainment.
Windows, water and electricity have even been set up, and Zeng said that they used heat insulation and a waterproof roof of the house. The house is built with steel and wood and cost less than 10,000 yuan, all of which was gathered by a dozen students, guided by their teacher. The mini cottage was the students’ design for a graduation project, and now they hope to apply for a patent.
Residents of big cities have in the past resorted to alternative structures like this mini cottage to evade increasingly expensive rent. One such case was a woman in Beijing who gained online fanfare for this 3.5 meter-diameter wooden-framed yurt that cost only 4,000 to construct.
By Isabel Quan