Designing homes by algorithm
Designers are ditching drafting software and embracing math. With the rising popularity of prefabricated housing. designers are turning to algorithms to help them create the perfect home.
The L.A.-based startup Cover has created an equation it says makes the design process highly efficient. The company creates prefab housing built around a customer’s specific needs using a proprietary program.
“Once customers begin the design process, Cover sends them a survey of about 50 to 100 questions to inform the design. It asks about lifestyle–how many people typically cook a meal and what appliances are must-haves?–and structural needs, like should they optimize one view and block another one?” according to Curbed.
Currently they specialize in “accessory dwelling units,” which is a secondary structure on a property with an existing single-family house, according to Curbed. And the big advantage is timing. It takes just three business days and $250 to design a unit and 12 weeks for building and installation.
It’s a brave new world, indeed. [Curbed] —Christopher Cameron