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Bigger Than A Breadbox And Much Cuter: weeHouses by Alchemy Architecture




weeHouses are super cute, efficiently designed, boxy, little shippable pre-fab homes by Alchemy Architecture. They make great vacation homes, second homes, work or office space, starter homes, even multiple housing developments.

Run by Alchemy architects in St. Paul, Minn., weeHouse streamlines the entire process. Prices start at around $75,000 for a 341 square-foot studio, and go to about $320,000 for a bi-level 2,000 square-foot, three-bedroom, permits and delivery included. (You provide the land, septic or sewer hook up, electricity, landscaping.) You can even add to an existing weeHouse as your family, or budget, expands.

Each standard weeHouse comes ready-made. And yes, they have electricity. weeHouse standard floors are 1x4 tongue and groove bamboo (light or dark finish available); all interior walls are white gypsum board. They have integrated a curtain track into the perimeter ceiling as a standard feature that allows for privacy curtains or wall texture panels. Standard weeHouse bathrooms have tile floors and showers.



Each weeHouse also includes floor-to-ceiling glass doors, container siding (cement fiberboard with vertical battens), EPDM cold roof, tongue and groove bamboo flooring, primed gypsum board ceilings and walls, electrical and plumbing systems, fixtures, bathroom tile, cabinets, and the kitchen sink.


The standard homes are just the beginning, they have many custom homes and what they call not-so-wee homes as well. With tons of options, sizes, configurations, prices, appliance choices, tile and cabinet options, radiant heat flooring and more!


Some things come standard, some don't, you can see it all for yourself at their well designed site which includes many 3D renderings, interactive tools and all the info you could ever want.

To whet your wee appetite, here are a few of the weeHouses worth peeking at, with images and text taken directly from their site:

Arado weeHouse:





Stephanie Arado, violinist with the Minnesota Orchestra and her 2 year old son, Amery enjoy off-grid living in the original weeHouse. The exterior is clad in cemetitious siding painted with an oxidizing paint. The interior is completely wrapped in douglas fir, and features, floor to ceiling Andersen glazing as well as Ikea and custom built-ins by Alchemy.

Cawaja weeHouse
Time Out House: Cawaja Beach, Ontario, Canada:




Above: The 1200sf 3BR, 2BA house was designed as a weeHouse prefab prototype based on a 14' width. A common basement links separate buildings to aid in privacy and heating flexibility. Materials: stained pine Corncrib and oxidized copper green-painted Container siding, red pine interiors with copper painted walls, IKEA cabinets, storefront glazing.

Manilow weeHouse, Burlington, WI:





This 28' square two-module house consists of an open porch and an enclosed room with a woodstove and kitchen wall. The porch features a custom pivoting ipe door and a bug screen fabricated in the form of a operable weighted curtain with magnetic catches. Blue and yellow Container Siding with ipe floors inside and out, eucalyptus cabinets. A "folding" deck and dock in ipe and rubbed silver paint finishes the composition.

Marfa weeHouse, Marfa, TX:




Above: The house will serve as a simple retreat space for the fairly remote site outside the small arts colony in West Texas. It is the first of three weeHouse modules that are planned for the site. The module will arrive complete with an outdoor shed and a fully finished high-end interior and exterior, leaving only utility hookups, decks and sun-shielding canopies to be installed on-site.

McGlasson weeHouse, Two Harbors, MN.:




Above: The 756 sf 2BR, 1BA house is configured from a weeOne + extra BR on the roof with rooftop deck. Site-built stair way. Red siding inspired by local wood cabins and the image of a "tugboat" sitting atop the hill. Materials: stained pine Corncrib siding, maple floors, IKEA birch and white cabinets. Cost: $165k soup to nuts.

Saturn weeHouse:


Photos courtesy of George P. Johnson.
Above: This traveling, special narrow 12' wide weeHouse was built as a touring companion to Saturn's new Sky convertible. The weeHouse is an integral part of their marketing campaign linking high-end cutting edge design with their automobile. The weeHouse came 100% complete, and features a special steel frame with forklift pockets and removable casters to allow the house to be easily handled by hand or forklift on standard flatbed trucks, thus significantly reducing shipping costs.

Minneapolis, Minnesota:





Above: This 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 4-box weeHouse is located in Linden Hills on a mature, wooded city lot and contains many standard and custom weeHouse elements. This not-so-weeHouse will serve as a primary residence in an urban context. The 4-box layout celebrates the sculptural and playful quality the weeHouse system with glass end walls to expand the openness of the spaces. The first floor is an open plan wrapped in bamboo, and the 2nd floor is a very efficient 4-square layout.

They sell merchandise with their hip little wee logo and for weeHouse wannabes they sell their cute authentic doorbell:

see weegear here.


Above: The build a wee section isn't quite up and running yet, but it will be soon and you can sign up via e-mail to be notified. In the meantime, they still have pricing info and everything else you could want to know.

Visit their site here.
Or you can download a pdf of their brochure here.

2 comments:

engineered hardwood floors said...

Beautiful! Those houses are stunning. Amazing architecture!

Lucy said...

WOW, this is what I call - natural, blissful living. Thanks for sharing these amazing pics.

C'mon people, it's only a dollar.
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