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Elon Musk reportedly lives in a $50,000 prefab tiny home that already has a 100,000-unit wait list - see inside a unit

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A Casita sitting outside
A photo shared with Insider appears to show Boxabl delivering a Casita to SpaceX. Jorge Ramirez
  • The Las Vegas company Boxabl is creating the $49,500 Casita, a 375-square-foot prefab tiny home.

  • Elon Musk is believed to live in a Casita, which Boxabl says has a wait list of 47,000 customers that have expressed interest in 100,000 units.

  • Take a tour inside the tiny home, which has a bedroom, bathroom, living room, and kitchen.

Tiny homes have become an undeniably popular alternative to the classic family home or apartment.

The exterior of the Casita in a manufacturing space
The exterior of the Casita. Boxabl

The little living units have become popular and seem to have attracted the attention of one of the world's richest men: Elon Musk …

A Casita sitting outside
A photo shared with Insider appears to show Boxabl delivering a Casita to SpaceX. Jorge Ramirez

… who tweeted in June that he lived in a $50,000 tiny unit that he rented from SpaceX in Boca Chica, Texas.

a person looking into the Casita
The exterior of the Casita. Boxabl

Source: Twitter

Curious about the tiny home believed to house a man who could afford countless mansions instead?

The exterior of the Casita
The Casita. Boxabl

Well, he is said to live in the Casita, a $49,500 375-square-foot unit created by the Las Vegas company Boxabl.

the bathroom with a toilet, sink, mirror
The bathroom. Boxabl

Source: Insider

In November, Boxabl said it installed a Casita in Boca Chica for a "top secret customer."

Casita being moved on a truck
A photo shared with Insider appears to show Boxabl delivering a Casita to SpaceX. Jorge Ramirez 9:44

Source: YouTube

"Pretty exciting to have these guys as our initial customer," Boxabl's founder, Galiano Tiramani, said in a YouTube video. "I think it indicates that people agree that we're on to something big here."

The dining table besides the kitchen under a light.
The dining area. Boxabl

Source: YouTube

Tiramani did not confirm Musk's residency inside the prefabricated Casita with Insider, but the company hasn't shied away from alluding to supplying the tech powerhouse's tiny home.

the bedroom, closet,dining room, TV
The interior of the Casita. Boxabl

Source: Twitter (1) (2)

But Boxabl's identity doesn't just center on the rumored interest from Musk.

boxabl logo on moving containers being pulled by Tesla
A Boxabl unit being moved with a Tesla. Boxabl

The company's short history spans back to 2017, when the Las Vegas team decided to create its tiny homes after it saw a "huge opportunity to transition building construction worldwide into the factory assembly line," just like any other everyday product, Tiramani told Insider.

The exterior of the Casita
The exterior of the Casita. Boxabl

"There's a number of reasons why housing hasn't really worked in the factory yet, so we've gone through it and solved all those problems," he said.

the Boxabl logo in a manfucaturing space
A Boxabl logo on the side of a unit. Boxabl

According to Tiramani, other prefab-home makers struggle with one glaring issue: shipping logistics.

the Boxabl logo on a unit being moved
A Boxabl unit being moved. Boxabl

But unlike other prefab homes, the Casitas can be folded down from 20 feet to about 8 1/2 feet while being transported on a truck or towed by a pickup truck.

boxabl logo on moving containers being pulled by Tesla
A Boxabl unit being moved with a Tesla. Boxabl

Shipping, however, could still cost $2 to $10 a mile from the company's Las Vegas headquarters.

two people looking into the Casita
The exterior of the Casita. Boxabl

But if the customer is willing to pay more for shipping, the homes can also be sent overseas or by rail.

A single and two-floor Casita by a patch of lawn
Single- and two-floor Casitas. Boxabl

Almost all of the Casita's finishes - such as the kitchen, bathroom, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC - are completed in the factory before it's shipped out.

A look inside the Casita as its in a manufacturing space
A look inside the Casita. Boxabl

So when the Casita arrives at its final destination, the home just needs to be unfolded (which takes a few hours) and then attached to its foundation and utilities before it's move-in ready.

Casita being set up outside
The Casita. Boxabl

The 19.5-foot-by-19.5-foot buildings can also be stacked and connected to create larger buildings. But if you're just looking for a bigger prefab home, wait a bit. Tiramani says the company still plans to release larger units.

A single and two-floor Casita by a patch of lawn

But starting out with the "trendy, cool, and popular" tiny homes was strategic since it's hooked the eyes of more customers, Boxabl's founder says.

A single and two-floor Casita outside at night
Single- and two-floor Casitas. Boxabl

But Boxabl isn't popular just because of its tiny homes.

A two-floor Casita at night
A two-floor Casita. Boxabl

The time, cost, and labor-efficient nature of creating homes in factories amid our housing shortage have been pushing more attention onto prefabrication, whether it be the Casita or other factory-built homes, like 3D printed units.

A two-floor Casita besides a single-floor unit
A two-floor Casita. Boxabl

But back to Boxabl. The Casita has attracted more people than just tiny-home enthusiasts and, perhaps, Elon Musk.

a bed facing a low rise divider
The bedroom. Boxabl

Boxabl has a wait list of 47,000 customers, and over 2,000 customers have already put down a deposit.

the kitchen and bathroom inside an example Casita
The interior of the Casita. Boxabl

And many of these future clients - such as bigger companies - want more than one unit, so the "real demand for this initial product is incredibly massive," Tiramani said.

Casita being set up outside with a Boxabl unit being lowered down with a crane.
Setting up the Casita units. Boxabl

The wait list is just shy of 50,000 people, but in terms of the quantity of the homes, Boxabl has already seen interest for more than 100,000 units.

A two-floor Casita being installed
A two-floor Casita. Boxabl

And the company doesn't attribute all of this popularity to the Musk rumors.

A two-floor Casita at night
A two-floor Casita. Boxabl

With the help of influencer and social-media marketing, the Las Vegas business already had a wait list of 40,000 people before it started receiving attention from Musk fans.

A single and two-floor Casita being set up during the day
Single- and two-floor Casitas. Boxabl

But its wait list then jumped to 47,000 people when the SpaceX rumors broke.

couch next to the door facing construction
The interior of the Casita. Boxabl

That's over $1 billion worth of reserved Casitas, according to Boxabl.

the kitchen and bathroom inside an example Casita
The interior of the Casita. Boxabl

Source: YouTube

"The target audience heard about this beforehand, and then the Musk press brought in general audience interest, maybe someone who didn't care about housing," Tiramani said.

a sliding door next to the kitchen.
The interior of the Casita. Boxabl

Despite its popularity, the company has built only three tiny homes so far.

A two-floor Casita outdoors
A two-floor Casita. Boxabl

And it only recently moved into a 170,000-square-foot factory in June with the hopes of producing a Casita every 90 minutes - or about 3,600 units a year - by the end of 2022 …

A look inside the Casita as its in a manufacturing space
A look inside the Casita. Boxabl

… with the help of an automated and standardized process.

A rendering of the interior of the  two-bedroom Casita on a white background
A rendering of the interior of the Casita with the two-bedroom floor plan. Boxabl

To compare, a typical single-family home can take an average of seven months to build, according to Boxabl.

the kitchen with a fridge, sink, countertop, storage
The kitchen. Boxabl

But the long list of future customers won't be getting the first few builds to roll out of its new facility.

A two-floor Casita being installed
A two-floor Casita. Boxabl

Boxabl already has a $10 million government contract for military housing, which takes precedence over the wait list.

Casita in Washington DC
The Casita. Boxabl

Source: YouTube

Now let's take a look inside the tiny home and see what the hype is all about.

A rendering of the interior of the Casita on a white background
A rendering of the interior of the Casita. Boxabl

Think of the Casita as an energy-efficient studio apartment in a box.

A rendering of the interior of the Casita on a white background
A rendering of the interior of the Casita. Boxabl

The space fits a kitchen, bathroom, living room, and bedroom.

the living room with a view of other parts of the home
The interior of the Casita. Boxabl

Let's start in the kitchen, which has a refrigerator, dual sinks, an oven, a dishwasher, a microwave, cabinets, and a dining table that connects with the countertops.

the kitchen with a fridge, sink, oven, countertop, storage
The kitchen. Boxabl

In this example, the bedroom sits across from the kitchen, and the entry door acts as a separation of space.

the bed near the kitchen and living room
The interior of the Casita. Boxabl

The bedroom's media center can be used to divide the bed from the living room, but these two "rooms" can be flipped.

Boxabl tiny home
Boxabl

The living room then has space for a couch and a coffee table.

a wide angle view of the interior
The interior of the Casita. Boxabl

The bathroom is next to the kitchen and comes with a shower and tub, a sink, a countertop, a backlit mirror, and a sliding door for privacy.

the bathroom with a shower, sink, mirror
The bathroom. Boxabl

There's also an on-site washer and dryer, designated ironing space, and temperature control …

the kitchen with a fridge, countertop, the dining area, sink, storage
The kitchen. Boxabl

… all within the 9-foot, 6-inch ceilings.

bed facing the TV and kitchen
The bedroom. Boxabl

And instead of the classic "lumber, hammer, and nails" construction method, the Casitas are built using steel, concrete, foam insulation, and laminated paneling.

the bathroom with a toilet, sink, mirror
The bathroom. Boxabl

This means the tiny homes are strong enough to withstand hurricane winds, mold-resistant, and flood and snow tolerant.

A two-floor Casita besides a single-floor unit
A two-floor Casita. Boxabl

"The demand for housing is so incredibly massive, there's shortages everywhere and no one can build fast enough," Tiramani said. "It's great for us to know that so many people are interested in this product.

A Casita being moved as its strapped down to a platform
A Casita being moved. Boxabl

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