Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on January 27, 2009
Owning a home always comes with its share of inconveniences. But it doesn’t have to be that way. At least according to ZenKaya.
The word “zen” means “a trouble free experience” and “kaya” means “home”. Together they represent the philosophy of South Africa-based ZenKaya, whose prefabricated lodges are unique forward move in sustainable building and designed to be trouble free. It’s a lofty undertaking.
Designer Eric Bigot says his interest in prefab was born out in New York and Japan, where construction methods are more rationalized and cost effective. ZenKaya’s offerings combine these methods with cutting edge design to bring you their idea of a trouble free turnkey. They drop it off, avoiding on-site disturbance and minimizing waste, and you move in.
The approximate price for one of the baseline modules is $30,000, with the most commonly requested styles ranging from 20 to 53 square meter units. Some feature one bedroom and a kitchenette, others offer two bedrooms, full dining spaces and covered decks. The sustainability factor comes in the materials — all of which are said to be recyclable — which include FSC-certified wood, styrene or rock wool for insulation, as well as bamboo flooring, paneling and composite decking as requested.
ZenKaya’s trouble free stance extends to their customer service. If you give them your budget and a good idea of what you want, they’ll let you know how much they can customize, including choices in exterior and interior finishes.
The only thing not trouble free as far as I can tell are the sizes of the units. But if you can get past living in a house smaller than 600 square feet, you’ll certainly be living in style.
While ZenKaya prides itself on door-to-door delivery, they are willing to assemble on site. I have yet to get an answer on what the approximate shipping costs would be to locations outside of South Africa, but seeing as how they’re looking for a U.S. manufacturer, I’m hoping they’ll soon be opening their doors to various locales worldwide.