Presenting Zettl, a wooden pop-up house that you can set up in a day. Quick and easy, a DIY house for all people in need of a home. In short, your “hermit crab” house you can set up quickly, cheaply and easily - anywhere, anytime. The first cluster of houses will soon be built so that the prototype can become reality. We have spoken to the man behind it all, Lars Stenfeldt Hansen. Photo: Zettl.

Build your own pop-up house

Sponsored: Many dream of one day building their own home. However, building your own home is unfortunately expensive and time-consuming, making it hard to make this dream a reality. This new concept will make it cheaper, easier and faster to build - wherever you want. It’s a pop-up house made of wood. The name of the new concept is Zettl. The name means I-will-put-roots-down-here. The name and concept should awaken the inner settler who wants to experience the world with his own Zettl "snail house" on his back.

Mobile modular homes are a huge hit right now. Several architects and entrepreneurs use shipping containers as both platform and premise, while others utilizing traditional wooden boards to construct DIY houses.

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Zettl is a visionary example of DIY construction. Zettl is a DIY solution, where you can collect and build your own small wooden house with year-round insulation in one day. It is also easy to pack up again.

Lars Stenfeldt Hansen, an entrepreneur in his own right, has long dreamed of working in construction and sustainability.  Before Zettl, Hansen had designed large sustainable geodomes. Now the DIY house is his great vision. Photo: Zettl.

Bootstrapping has talked to the entrepreneur and idea-man behind Zettl about the vision for the pop-up house:

“I have developed a prototype and am now in the process of putting the house into production. My dream is to create a concept that solves a practical housing problem. It should be easy and something that everyone could gather quickly. The result was Zettl. ”

Zettl is 100% off-grid with sanitation and electricity are powered by compost and solar cells. This makes the house much more flexible than other types of solutions. Photo: Zettl.

People are increasingly interested in fast DIY modular homes, solutions that can alleviate the large growing housing shortage that is in the country’s big cities. How can you cheaply and quickly help homeless people, families or students in housing hell?

At the same time, there are a lot of landowners with empty lots where they need income and flexible tenants. Here, a cheap and quick solution could be the Zettl DIY house. Something that will give rental income and convert empty land into assets with a positive return, while the homeless get a roof over their heads. Here it is a huge advantage that Zettl is off-grid, giving landowners the ability to avoid extra construction costs, along with municipal bureaucracy.

The Zettl House from A to Z

Zettl consists of a number of plates that can be assembled around a self-supporting wooden structure. It consists of modules that you can replace and change around as it suits you. As mentioned, the house is 100% off-grid, so it requires neither power nor sewerage. The electricity comes from the house’s solar cells, while the toilet is a compost toilet. All in all, it is a house with a little of everything that requires very modest frames. Thus, it can be built quickly and almost anywhere.

Zettl is still a prototype, but in the long term will be mass produced. As it is still a prototype, the price is not yet fully determined. However, Lars Stenfeldt himself believes that a realistic price lies around 100,000DKK. This makes it a very attractive option for anyone who wants a cheap and fast home.

Lars Stenfeldt Hansen with his model of Zettl. A model he himself designed and built in BLOXHUB’s workshop, where he also has headquarters. The first prototype is being built in Hedehusene in collaboration with ROCKWOOL International A / S, which is responsible for the insulating part of the construction using standard ROCKWOOL insulation materials.

Who is the house target audience?

The pop-up house is ideal for students, festival guests or summer camp participants. Another obvious target group is tourists who want to get close to the Danish nature. Roskilde Municipality has chosen to support the project and work closely with Zetti to find solutions for the city’s housing challenges, including students, festival visitors, and tourists interested in the area’s Viking roots.

Together with Lars Stenfeldt, the innovation environment CORO Co-lab Roskilde and Sjællands Business Academy plan to build a small cluster of Zettl houses close to Roskilde University. The project is being watched closely by the municipality, which sees large potential for this type of housing for students. The small cluster of houses will be the first experience of the new pop-up concept. The goal is that more and more people try Zettl, especially young people who need a cheap place to rent. The plan is for it to be worth 3,500DKK a month.

Good luck from us at Bootstrapping to Lars with Zettl. Let us hope that next year we will see a lot of Zettl houses in Roskilde Festival’s camping area, and in the rest of the world. Flexible, cheap pop-up houses are undoubtedly part of the future.

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