Would you buy a house from a magazine publisher? What if this magazine was To live in, a publication that has been an arbiter of good design and good living since its beginnings at the turn of the millennium? If your answer is “yes”, then today is your lucky day, because To live in is now officially in the home building business.
September 20, To live in unveiled the Dwell House, a pre-engineered ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit, better known as the Master Suite) that is intended for living in the backyard of an existing home. The 540 square foot one-bedroom home is built entirely off-site by To live inon the project, ADU West Coast Specialist Abodu, then delivered and installed in your garden after Abodu has obtained all necessary permits for you.
While Abodu already offers a number of similar prefab ADUs, including a one-bedroom option, the Dwell House stands out for its sophistication (the house itself was designed by Danish studio Norm Architects). Naturally, the editor has worked with brands he loves to outfit the home with designer fixtures and custom touches, like a no-threshold shower with wrap-around tile in the bathroom, concealed appliances for the full kitchen, and a 12 foot folding glass wall from NanaWall.
If you’re looking for a traditional in-law suite, guest house, or even a self-contained home office, the appeal of the Dwell House is clear. But the question remains: why a publisher like To live in even get into building houses in the first place? According to the magazine’s editor, William Hanley, it all has to do with the media company putting its money where its mouth is, so to speak. “We introduced the Dwell House because we don’t just want to cover design that caters to contemporary living, we want to make it a reality in the world,” Hanley said in a statement.
“We want people to be able to add more well-designed space to their homes in the easiest way possible,” Hanley told Gear Patrol. To live inthe ultimate goal of producing the Dwell House. “The design part is essential, and that’s where To live inExpertise comes into play. We’ve seen hundreds of ADU plans over the years, and we know what works and what doesn’t. And with Norm Architects, we had a great partner to turn that expertise into a home that’s been thought out down to the smallest detail – and it looks great in any backyard, too.
To live in had already flirted with the idea of producing homes in 2004 when he produced the single winner of the Dwell Home Design Invitational, which chose the best prefab home design that could be done for $200,000, but this is the first times the publisher has offered houses for sale that the public can buy (if you have $389,000, that is, because that’s the starting price of the Dwell House). And while Hanley tells us no future models are currently planned as a follow-up to the Dwell House, he hasn’t ruled out To live in becoming more involved in the production of other home and design items, such as its 2016 furniture collaboration with Target.
“Making good design accessible to as many people as possible is at the heart of our mission,” Hanley told Gear Patrol. “In our editorial coverage, we spotlight big ideas that meet current needs and anticipate the future of where and how we live. It is essential not only to cover this, but also to make it a reality.
It certainly seems like Dwell has lofty goals towards becoming something of a one-stop-shop for all things home and design. And while it seems like they started with the biggest project possible and are working backwards from there, the thought of what they come up with next is still tantalizing. For now, if you want to get your own Dwell home, you can check Dwell’s website to see if your backyard can accommodate one of the deluxe ADUs.