Tomu is a modular building startup founded in 2020. Based in Washington, D.C., the company debuted its Studio Villa model unit at the Innovative Housing Showcase, and we are certainly in love. The Studio Villa offers more than you would expect from a tiny house or modular home unit these days. Plus, a serene style with high-end designs sets this model apart from other modular housing.
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Starting off, Tomu displayed its Studio Villa on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and drew in developers, investors and government officials. They saw what was possible with these moveable housing blocks.
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The Department of Housing & Urban Development and the National Association of Home Builders presented the three-day Innovative Housing Showcase. The event featured new building mechanics together with housing solutions that make housing more durable and low-cost.
European and Asian housing styles inspired the Studio Villa. In fact, the model unit is designed for multiple purposes such as personal housing and hospitality dwellings. The studio line has several layouts to choose from including a studio option as well as 1-bedroom or 2-bedroom floor plans. Each prebuilt floor plan ships to the buyer’s site with minimal on-site assembly and work needed.
As for specifics, the studio option is 20 feet by 24 feet, or about 480 square feet, and starts at $99,500. This doubles to 40 feet by 24 feet at 960 square feet for the 1-bedroom villa starting at $179,500. That’s not all because the 2-bedroom 60 feet by 24 feet villa tops out at 1,440 square feet for $259,500. There are add-ons available for an extra charge.
“The Showcase has reinforced our belief that there is large-scale demand for a new type of modular living option that is flexible enough to use across different applications,” said Chris Osaka, the Chief Executive Officer of Tomu.
What sets the villa models apart from other modular homes are the style and finish of the materials. The large windows feel quite roomy from the inside, while details like a window seat with wood trim lend the villa a nice style. In the bathroom, a high-end soaking tub together with a wall-mount faucet creates a calm mood. Without a doubt, these designs influence architects and designers to add more to low-cost small spaces.
We love the kitchen. The model features a sleek sink, composite countertops, flush cabinets and a large window to take in the view. We can see these models used in the future as small Airbnb compounds powered by solar or in dense suburban settings in need of quick housing.
Currently, you can reserve separate Tomu Villa units, or speak to the company about multiple orders.
Images via Tomu