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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.


The Verge

Aug 8, 2018, 1:00 pm Reply

What do you want to see in your home of the future?

Manfred Martinez Dominguez Otero

Jun 6, 2019, 3:46 am Reply

Nah, the home of the future will be devoid of all technology.


Jun 6, 2019, 5:19 am Reply


Clark Andreasen

Jun 6, 2019, 2:41 pm Reply

The home of the future doesn't have a gas pickup truck.


Jun 6, 2019, 5:16 pm Reply

Make a mansion house of the future😎😎

Saeed Ghods

Jun 6, 2019, 6:20 pm Reply

The truck underneath the solar panel is a complete oxymoron

Cynthia Brown

Jun 6, 2019, 8:31 pm Reply

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


Jun 6, 2019, 9:59 pm Reply

Builds home of the future.
*Drives gasoline powered pickup truck*

taleta nasi

Jun 6, 2019, 12:34 am Reply

Andi baik banget.. nawarin rumah juga.. masya Allah..

Adan Husane

Jun 6, 2019, 12:40 am Reply

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

Secangkir kopi

Jun 6, 2019, 1:16 pm Reply

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


Jun 6, 2019, 2:31 pm Reply

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.


Jun 6, 2019, 5:22 pm Reply

Wooden houses are from the past. Putting in present day gadgets doesn't make it any futurist.

M Sidek Von Sonne Trading

Jun 6, 2019, 2:52 am Reply

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

Muhammd Yousuf

Jun 6, 2019, 5:20 am Reply

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)


Jun 6, 2019, 12:53 am Reply

Where can i order 1 and send it to my state.


Jun 6, 2019, 3:25 pm Reply

The price tag on this house will probably give you a stroke.

Mike Henthorn

Jun 6, 2019, 11:49 am Reply

My future home will be less connected and off the grid. Away from a big city.

Ricky Dela Rosa

Jun 6, 2019, 12:48 pm Reply


muhammed shafin haneefa

Jun 6, 2019, 4:07 pm Reply


david nunes

Jun 6, 2019, 11:47 pm Reply

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.

Dorothy Dean

Jun 6, 2019, 4:04 am Reply

Prefab ADA compliant universal design.. that means I can live there.


Jun 6, 2019, 11:45 am Reply

So why did you decide to this?

Grant: Money.


Jun 6, 2019, 11:53 am Reply

This is the 4th Industrial Revolution, IoT impacts:

Scott T

Jun 6, 2019, 1:10 pm Reply

Consider this myth: busted

McYEETer Gaming

Jun 6, 2019, 8:15 pm Reply

I actually live in Austin Texas but never seen that house before


Jun 6, 2019, 2:02 am Reply

6:25 get that man some goggles!

Moosa Asad

Jun 6, 2019, 7:01 am Reply

Plot twist:
This was actually an advertisement for ford


Jun 6, 2019, 9:07 am Reply

"the home of the future" with a gas car.

Fauzi Rahim Pohan

Jun 6, 2019, 1:02 am Reply

Grant Imahara? I thought it was a mountain or something else.


Jun 6, 2019, 6:52 am Reply

High end material… cheap timber…
What happened to brick masonry and concrete…

Complex. Jojo 乔乔

Jun 6, 2019, 11:36 pm Reply

That's what I want future home to look like


Jul 7, 2019, 4:42 am Reply

Are your houses made to resist an EMP?


Jul 7, 2019, 7:18 pm Reply

They are sponsored by ford btw

Randy Quaid

Jul 7, 2019, 3:29 am Reply

I dont want my home to "follow me"

matt #sun

Jul 7, 2019, 6:31 am Reply

And you are japanese.


Jul 7, 2019, 4:07 pm Reply

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.

Enoch Nazrathian

Jul 7, 2019, 8:39 pm Reply

Awesome!!! Grant, You Rok!

Joseph Fragale

Jul 7, 2019, 9:54 pm Reply

Energy efficiency.

Felix Scholz

Jul 7, 2019, 3:37 pm Reply

looks exactly what it sounds like, a mass produced wooden box


Jul 7, 2019, 8:22 pm Reply

So this unaffordable housing starts at $215,600 according to their website.

Marianna Fila

Jul 7, 2019, 4:58 am Reply

so how much those 3 boxes of house cost?


Jul 7, 2019, 6:33 pm Reply

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.

Barry Brown

Jul 7, 2019, 10:16 pm Reply

Nothing in tbis home is really innovative just a box with windows

Brad Cooper

Jul 7, 2019, 6:00 am Reply

Just tell those people to shut the f**k up, and show is more of the tech and house

Azathoth Hastur

Jul 7, 2019, 5:10 pm Reply

low price and not too near other house and duribel low cost maint

Ulloa Miguel

Jul 7, 2019, 2:43 am Reply


Jake T

Jul 7, 2019, 2:20 am Reply

Thought this was going to be about sustainability and community but ended up being a gigantic nerdbox

Unreliable Narrator 66

Jul 7, 2019, 4:23 am Reply

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.

Faze superiorvlogs

Jul 7, 2019, 8:16 am Reply

Can you guys give me. A job

David Montgomery

Jul 7, 2019, 2:14 pm Reply

Did they ever mention the price?

Kevin Tischer

Jul 7, 2019, 5:34 am Reply

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

David Wong

Jul 7, 2019, 1:02 am Reply

Is there a company that does this in Los Angeles?

Antony M Exploring

Jul 7, 2019, 9:40 am Reply

Yay grant from mythbusters

Parviz Asaul

Jul 7, 2019, 9:04 pm Reply

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 🙂

Nilesh Isal

Jul 7, 2019, 7:12 pm Reply

Home without sensible people is of no use. Sensors in home,cars and office. Losing sense of humanity

Cougar Land

Jul 7, 2019, 4:51 am Reply


Last Up

Jul 7, 2019, 3:49 pm Reply

I would love one of these in the Scottish highlands 🙏🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿


Aug 8, 2019, 2:03 am Reply

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


Aug 8, 2019, 10:08 am Reply

i wouldnt pay a 6 figure sum for a house made of sticks, plywood and drywall.

Wade Watts

Aug 8, 2019, 10:22 pm Reply

>home of the future
>wood framed house
pick one


Aug 8, 2019, 10:50 pm Reply

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


Aug 8, 2019, 3:38 pm Reply

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

Jamie Wright

Aug 8, 2019, 1:48 am Reply

A fortune a small fortune I bet these go for 100 or more


Aug 8, 2019, 5:33 am Reply

I live in Fl. What's the max wind rating all I care about

Kao Kao Co

Aug 8, 2019, 12:33 pm Reply

I hope we have this in the philippines.

Alejandro Mer

Aug 8, 2019, 1:43 pm Reply

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!"

Road Sector

Aug 8, 2019, 9:51 pm Reply

Preparing for war if you ask me.

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Aug 8, 2019, 11:23 pm Reply

I am amazed. Car factory and now house factory next children factory.

Paul Rice

Aug 8, 2019, 7:32 am Reply

How much does it cost


Aug 8, 2019, 10:52 pm Reply

Once that pre-fab factory gets automated people like me will be out of a job.


Aug 8, 2019, 9:20 pm Reply

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

Alan Lara

Aug 8, 2019, 11:40 pm Reply

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.

Frank Blackcrow

Aug 8, 2019, 9:21 am Reply

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

Jeff Lane

Aug 8, 2019, 6:32 pm Reply

Basically a double wide with a a bunch of tech

Jeffrey Galeski

Aug 8, 2019, 7:39 pm Reply

Looks good, thanks Grant.

Basta zone

Aug 8, 2019, 1:44 pm Reply


Badoo Renc

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Sep 9, 2019, 1:10 am Reply

Not so "future"…its just a prefab


Sep 9, 2019, 1:52 pm Reply

house of the future, using wood? sounds outdated to me. let's save trees and use some other resource.

West branch grass man

Sep 9, 2019, 10:17 pm Reply

future home should be about living with nature and independently sustainable tech.


Sep 9, 2019, 2:25 am Reply

I thought he said he was Granny Mahara but then I looked at his name and found out I was wrong!🤦‍♂️😂


Sep 9, 2019, 11:02 am Reply

I wish it would say the price of the house being built I love this house!!!


Oct 10, 2019, 3:19 pm Reply

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

M.J. Anderson

Oct 10, 2019, 11:25 pm Reply

6:27 did I just see an OSHA violation

Fritz G.

Oct 10, 2019, 2:51 pm Reply

I just thought this is a myth. I cant almost recognize grant. Last time I watched him, way back 2009 i guess. Hehehe.

Dave Scheer

Nov 11, 2019, 10:04 am Reply

A SIP home would go faster !


Nov 11, 2019, 5:42 am Reply

The real home of the future might have composite panels made with something other than wood & plaster board.


Nov 11, 2019, 1:25 am Reply

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.

Richard laporte

Nov 11, 2019, 11:39 pm Reply

Yall should prob add cost smh

Rene Robyn

Nov 11, 2019, 3:09 am Reply

Are these type of homes better than 3D printed homes?

asif khan1

Nov 11, 2019, 6:44 pm Reply

One match stick is enough for this future home.


Nov 11, 2019, 3:52 am Reply

They spent all this money just to have 3d printing, print whole homes in under 24 hours, take over the industry


Nov 11, 2019, 5:10 am Reply

It could be my mind is different but for me it's not the house of the "future". Starting by using wood?…


Nov 11, 2019, 12:56 am Reply

I don't know if prefab homes are common in the States but they're pretty normal in some countries


Nov 11, 2019, 11:46 am Reply

These are basically double WIDES/ look like it!!!!????


Nov 11, 2019, 9:58 am Reply

So much cheaper to just find a mid century home and updating it … and you’ll be in a better neighborhood

Silou Abdou

Nov 11, 2019, 3:50 pm Reply

Crecret house in my dream house in Texas , with some details that I want to see , and of course kids safety and lot of sunlight is my priority

Maruha Starshaya

Nov 11, 2019, 1:43 am Reply

"New", "future"? C'mon nothing of it at all. It's like a try to make homes cheaper and faster, but in the end – not. The real future home should be made from special materials – with no harm to nature and people, also being highly mobile and flexible to anyone's need. What have we now – is a joke.

Mr T

Nov 11, 2019, 10:24 am Reply

Really liked the information. Inspired me to do just that.

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