Tata
is out to offer the world a cheaper way to live. In addition to producing the least expensive vehicle available anywhere, the Indian company has its sights set on cranking out a flat-pack home for the princely sum of $720. According to MSNBC, the domicile boasts a heady 215 square feet of living space and can be erected in as little as a week. The walls are hewn from coconut or jute fiber, and as such, the building is only good for around 20 years of use. As such, Tata doesn't envision the small homes as suitable for city construction.

Instead, the low-cost houses could be ideal for putting a roof over the heads of homeless or as temporary structures for government agencies. The houses are set to hit the market in the next six to eight months. A prefab kit will also contain necessities like windows, roofs and doors, and the company is already drawing up plans for a more spacious model with solar panels and a tidy veranda.


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      undisclosed
      • 3 Years Ago
      Park a Tata Nano in it and you'll have a fireplace.
      erhcanadian
      • 3 Years Ago
      The U.S. could have used some of these homes in the wake of Katrina.
      Python189
      • 3 Years Ago
      P+P will probably cost more than the house though
      DMS502
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lets just call it what it is.... a tent.
      desinerd1
      • 3 Years Ago
      But this picture is of an Australian house
        imoore
        • 3 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        Are you sure about that? This looks more like one of the abandoned houses I've seen in Hale County Alabama.
        founerra
        • 3 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        That's an Australian house?, might as well live in the Kangaroos.
      jonnyb22
      • 3 Years Ago
      that house could easily go for a cool $1.00 easy in a fast market lol
      • 3 Years Ago
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        stlcardinals
        • 3 Years Ago
        India is not the Middle East fool, it's South Asia
          Rambo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @stlcardinals
          Brain, Indians and Arabs are two ENTIRELY different races with entirely different cultures, and Pakistan is a South Asian country, and for the record only 17% of Indians believe in Islam.
      Anthony Thomas
      • 3 Years Ago
      Affordable Housing is an issue. In America Public Housing is seen as terrible and it usually is. Its race related and don't say its not. If it was a class issue then there would be more public outcry, but its not so there little said about outside of city planners and academia about it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Anthony Thomas
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      apwoz
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is exactly what I need for my weekend camp. For less than a grand i could deal with 215sq. ft. I am only there to sleep anyway .
        TB
        • 3 Years Ago
        @apwoz
        But can it keep a hungry Bear at bay?
          apwoz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @TB
          Haven't seen a bear near camp in the year I have been there. I think there is to much human traffic. the camp is right between two race tracks, where I work as a flagger on weekends
      delsolo1
      • 3 Years Ago
      With the lack of enforcement of building codes in rural Tennessee, Tata could start building here tomorrow.
      Claud
      • 3 Years Ago
      You makin' fun of my house pictured up there??????..............That's a mighty fancy house in these parts........
      Randy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Goes to show you how much the price of a shed is grossly inflated!
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