DH1 Disaster House is a puzzling, yet pricey, alternative to homelessness

by James

DH1 Disaster House

Developed by California architect Gregg Fleishman comes the DH1 Disaster House, a shed that can be put up in an afternoon. It’s a deceptively simple idea. Create a house that one doesn’t need a single nail to build. That’s because the home was designed with tabs that make it more a 3D puzzle to put together.

Initially designed to aid hurricane victims who have lost their homes, this alternative is designed to be a 14′ square shed built about 30″ off the ground. All one needs to do is unpack the stack of European birch plywood, put them together via the slots, and in about an hour, you have an instant place to hang your hat – porch included.

For the three room model, the house comes pre-cut into 276 panels of 28 different types providing 370 square feet in three rooms, two 9′ cubes and a 15′ wide beveled module.

The house would come in handy, however, it’s drawback is that it isn’t very waterproof and insulation is not included in the $22,000 sticker price, and hurricanes tend to be a tad on the wet side. So plastic tarps or a few of canopies would be an important accessory to keep out the rain.

Still, if the idea catches on and the cost drops due to similar yet competitive alternatives, the DH1 Disaster House may not only help those in dire need of a place to stay, but could become the next popular thing in home improvement. I know it would be fun to put one up in my back yard, and I could use an office.

10 reviews or comments

nick Says: June 28, 2007 at 12:26 pm

hehe, I was never good at jigsaws

mal Says: June 28, 2007 at 2:58 pm

Nifty, But why not just keep it simple with just six peices? Seriously someone is going to lose one a side or not beable to put it together because it’s a puzzle! lol.

Not waterproof? or insulated? I guess i’ll just go buy a tent or a trailer for $22,000

Helgi Says: June 29, 2007 at 4:52 am

Good idea but pricey

I can see where the designer is coming from. This is obviously aimed at authorities who can store the product flat at strategic warehouses (Obviously you want a stockpile in preparation instead of ringing the manufacture the day after a disaster to order a couple of hundred thousand units to be delivered that afternoon lol) that can then be shipped and erected quickly (I don’t know about you but after the tenth one I think I wouldn’t need to look at the assembly instructions (that’s of course if this follows the normal course of having instructions translated into Taiwanese and then back to English) and you don’t have the problem of those missing bolts, hinges and screws or what to do with the inevitable extras that you are forced to use in place of the correct size that were missing).

Tents have the problem of being insecure (you don’t need a lock pick just a sharp knife to get into one) and pitched on already wet ground. Trailers would be nice (already fitted with beds and cooking facilities) but then where do you store something with a much larger unit size until needed and what do you do with them afterwards?

It’s a pity the design doesn’t tackle insulation and waterproofing but otherwise pretty good modular design that allows quick repairs by swapping out a broken panel.

Mark Says: June 29, 2007 at 4:54 am

And to think….cardboard boxes used to be good enough. We have become much more affluential nowadays, haven’t we?

javed Says: July 3, 2007 at 12:20 am

Is there an alternate material that can be used to build this DH1 house. As wood is not as cheap elsewhere!
Will appreciate comments on javedhasankhan@parco.com.pk

Tony Says: July 10, 2007 at 11:26 am

Why not use foam core marine ply-wood, you’d get the waterproofing and insulation in one.

George Says: July 10, 2007 at 7:45 pm

i can build a 500 sqft, typhoon proof home with bolt together bits for same price

Matt Says: February 1, 2009 at 2:41 pm

This is retarded.

Idi Amin Says: August 15, 2013 at 2:52 pm

What a stunningly stupid idea.

$22,000 for a leaky garden shed? Are you mad? You could ship a half-dozen or more 20′ shipping containers — filled with food and water and other emergency supplies — to a disaster area for that $22,000. And you would have that half-dozen or more 20′ shipping containers to use as emergency shelters once they were empty.

Better yet, spend $1000 per container fitting them with insulation fold-down beds, a camping stove and a chemical toilet, and you’ve got a far superior emergency shelter that can be deployed anywhere in the world using standard cargo-handling equipment and that can be loaded with supplies for dozens of people.

The art school cocksuckers who came up with this “DH1” nonsense should be set on fire in a public place.

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