Yves Béhar is known for his work on a breadth of home gadgetry, including a smart lock, robotic crib, and tiny Bluetooth speaker. Now, he’s designed the actual home itself.
In a new partnership with prefab manufacturer LivingHomes, which spun off a prefab company that attracted investment from Amazon, Béhar is launching a line of customizable homes designed to alleviate urban housing shortages and take advantage of California’s encouragement of accessory dwelling units (ADUs).
Béhar unveiled his vision in a series of renderings that show a sleek, customizable house with large windows and light wood paneling. He planned the YB1, as it’s called, as a housing system where elements like the roofline, layout, interior finishes, and size can all be customized. The model dwelling comes with Flos lighting and a Béhar-designed Samsung TV, naturally.
The first of the series is 650 square feet, but the homes can range from an ultra-tiny 250 square feet to a more spacious 1,200 square feet.
The first version of the YB1 costs around $280,000, taking one month to build and one day to install on site. Eventually Béhar wants to get the price down to $100,000. No telling if those will include a TV, too.