Austerra – Grohome Village East

ABOUT GROHOMES

GroHomes are “Site Built” homes utilizing our steel frame panelized system. Tiny homes are not.
GroHomes can use traditional mortgages and can appreciate in value. A tiny home depreciates in value.
GroHomes uses a higher grade of materials, is Miami-Dade Hurricane rated for toughness. Tiny homes are only as strong as the lumber that is used.

AFFORDABLE AND

SUSTAINABLE HOMES

GroHomes provides a sustainable approach to creating an energy efficient, environmentally friendly house while co-existing with nature. Modern, architecturally designed, factory-fabricated panels, high efficiency homes inspired by top architects in the field of eco-friendly housing.
The decision about housing is a very personal and based on many individual factors. If you are looking for an affordable, energy efficient, and environmentally friendly space to transform into your next home, GroHomes may be the perfect answer for you. GroHomes use efficient design and state of the art materials to create an open and expandable living space.
GroHomes begin with a 400 square foot (37.2m²) home frame/panel kit which is flat packed and readily shipped to your lot. The kit includes instructions to guide a person with do-it-yourself skills to assemble the home yourself (or you can hire a GroHomes independent contractor to assemble it for you).
GroHomes meet most residential building codes including the Miami-Dade and Broward County standard and the Florida building code High Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ) standard. The GroHome exterior panels are made of magnesium oxide, the same material used in the Great Wall of China!
When attached to a permanent foundation, the home meets the definition of a site built home for mortgage qualification. If you prefer mobility, construct your 400 square ft² (37.2 m2) home on a chassis and it can qualify for residence in an RV park. The choice is yours.
In addition to starting you with a building kit, GroHomes give you the tools to model interior of the space before you build – so you will know that it will meet your living needs precisely once it is built. As a member of the GroHomes community, we give you access to easy-to-use 3D visualization program that give you the ability to see how furniture, accessories, and color will look in your home before it is built.

AWARD-WINNING DESIGNS

GroHomes’ designers and engineers are subject matter experts in small-space living who have decades of hands on experience designing and building homes. Their commitment to producing a livable, efficient home with minimal impact on space and the environment led to an award winning design that incorporates innovative loft access, an abundance of natural light, and varied ceiling heights, so that the small but not tiny home feels truly bigger than its four walls. We knew that a space this size could feel comfortable and truly be livable with enough thought.
GroHomes “Concept Homes” have been winning awards for space utilization and energy efficiency for decades. Whether it is the City of Austin ZEH “Zero Energy Housing” Competition (1st Place), American Institute of Architects Lifecycle Building Award (1st Place) or the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2007 Solar Decathlon Competition, first place honors from the American Institute of Architecture Students and the American Institute of Architects’ Committee on the Environment, winning the Student Choice Award.

The GroHome “Concept Home” also took top honors in the Lifecycle Building Challenge sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency at the 2007 West Coast Green Conference in San Francisco.
GroHomes can positively impact the way you live more efficiently. We think that our new panelized GroHome is a perfect match for you if you are looking for a home that helps you:

OUR “NOT SO TINY” HOME DESIGNS

GroHomes have an environmentally friendly smaller footprint and a simplified construction process, but they don’t skimp on the features that you want to live comfortably, economically, and sustainably. Every GroHome is designed in the most environmentally friendly manner and the goal of every GroHome is to be a highly energy efficient living space.
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Unit A

400 ft² (37.2m²)

Forward thinking expandability

This initial efficiency footprint allows an individual or couple to experience home ownership in a livable environment. With the use of space saving technology and furnishings you can stop paying rent and start building equity in your home. By living small when it comes to your home, you can apply your savings to your next 400 square foot (37.2m²) sequence in just a few of years.

Sustainability

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Simplified Construction Processes

Click here to see how GroHomes go up in days with minimal crew and skills

Design And Order Your GroHome

Click here to use our 3D GroHomes GBuilder program

The KE Architectural Element

A patented solution that combines all standard mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and technology systems into a single architectural element.

Get your own GroHome GBuilder user ID and password

See your Grohome in 3D, communicate with our sales team and confirm your options.

Unit B

600 ft² (55.7m²)

Additional space for an office or a sauna

The extra 200 square feet (18.5m²) can be used as additional living space, as an office or as a sauna.

Sustainability

Click here for more about how GroHomes is superior to traditional “Tiny Homes”

Simplified Construction Processes

Click here to see how GroHomes go up in days with minimal crew and skills

Design And Order Your GroHome

Click here to use our 3D GroHomes GBuilder program

The KE Architectural Element

A patented solution that combines all standard mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and technology systems into a single architectural element.

Get your own GroHome GBuilder user ID and password

See your Grohome in 3D, communicate with our sales team and confirm your options.

Unit C

800 ft² (74.3m²)

Sustainability with a little more space

The 800 square feet (74.3m²) GroHome expands the initial footprint of Unit B to include additional sleeping or living space. Unit C can accommodate a young family, a roommate, or a home office while maintaining the economy and green living of the smaller GroHome.

Sustainability

Click here for more about how GroHomes is superior to traditional “Tiny Homes”

Simplified Construction Processes

Click here to see how GroHomes go up in days with minimal crew and skills

Design And Order Your GroHome

Click here to use our 3D GroHomes GBuilder program

The KE Architectural Element

A patented solution that combines all standard mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and technology systems into a single architectural element.

Get your own GroHome GBuilder user ID and password

See your Grohome in 3D, communicate with our sales team and confirm your options.

Unit D

1200 ft² (111.5 m²)

Green and growing

The 1200 square foot (111.5 m²) GroHome has the look of a typical small house, but with much more efficient use of space and a much greener point of view. Unit D further expands the footprint of Unit C to include a more private sleeping or living space. Unit D can accommodate a larger family, a parent, or a home office – and it still maintains the design efficiency of sustainability of the smaller GroHome.

Sustainability

Click here for more about how GroHomes is superior to traditional “Tiny Homes”

Simplified Construction Processes

Click here to see how GroHomes go up in days with minimal crew and skills

Design And Order Your GroHome

Click here to use our 3D GroHomes GBuilder program

The KE Architectural Element

A patented solution that combines all standard mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and technology systems into a single architectural element.

Get your own GroHome GBuilder user ID and password

See your Grohome in 3D, communicate with our sales team and confirm your options.

CONTACT US

GroHomes

U.S. Mailing Address:

823 Congress Avenue, B237

Austin, TX 78767-0237
e-mail: info@grohomes.com

tel: 855-7-GROHOME (855-747-6466)

International Address:

Nummikatu 34

90100 Oulu, Finland
e-mail: info@grohomes.com

tel: +358 8 2371 1101
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The Chautauqua “Vision” for AusTerra

Chautauqua, Illinois! Who can forget those idyllic summer days where we played roque, threw horse shoes, played tennis, took fencing classes, and swam every day till we shriveled up. The favorite swimming pastime was a game called “shark”. The children’s day pageant was always a highlight with a big parade. On the fourth of July their was a big fireworks display by the Mississippi River. Chautauqua is nestled between two very high bluffs, it is protected with a visitors gate at one end and the river at the other end. It was surprising that the Air Force named this place as a finalist for the Air Force Academy, it seemed such an unlikely choice. Most nights we went to the semi-outdoor theater where they had free popcorn, free movies and a community sing. The theater was open on three sides and the kids usually sat up in the front rows. The theater was also the non-denominational Sunday School and a place for plays and musicals.

The town was fed water by an incredible artesian spring that came from the bluffs, It was definitely a “power spot”.  It was the inspiration, along with the “WELL” for my online communities spring.com, spring.net and now austinspring.com.  And now I’m hoping some of the Chautauqua spirit can carry in to Austerra.

pool02Chautauqua, Illinois (also known as the New Piasa Chautauqua Historic District) is a private gated summer resort that started as a 19th century tent settlement. The name Piasa is taken from a nearby Native American painting of a mythical bird, called thePiasa Bird, which was painted on the bluffs high above the Mississippi River. Chautauqua is located between Elsah and Grafton in Jersey County. Today, it is bordered by and has access from the Great River Road. It has functioned as a private non-denominational Christian summer resort for over a century.

History

roquecourtsFounded in 1885 by Methodist leaders, Piasa Chautauqua attracted thousands of people from the St. Louis area and other places in Illinois. Arriving first by packet boat, and later by automobile or the trains that ran by as often as six times a day, the vacationers were entertained, educated, and inspired by such luminaries like William Jennings Bryan, evangelists Sam Jones, Billy Sunday and Gypsy Smith, the Swiss Bell Ringers, John Philip Sousa’s band and “Sunny Jim,” reputed to be one of the Theodore Roosevelt’s Rough Riders.

The physical situation of the settlement added to its appeal as the hottest summer days had cool valley breezes and some evenings might require a jacket. Before the days of air-conditioning, this offered a welcome relief from the heat of the city. An early swimming pool, that used to be filled with cold spring water, remains a popular attraction.

A 1912 brochure described it as this:

frontgate“Piasa Chautauqua is located less than 40 miles from St. Louis in a beautiful valley between high, massive bluffs with the great Mississippi serving as a guard in front and almost unexplored forest at back, one of nature’s most picturesque spots, unknown to thousands but dear to those who have enjoyed its beauties and regained health from its wonderful springs and its clear, pure air, delightful cool nights, beautiful scenery and outdoor amusements, boating, swimming, fishing, bathing, lawn tennis, croquet, baseball…”

A recently formed historical society is working to integrate the Chautauqua history with that of the surrounding area. It has now been designated as the New Piasa Chautauqua Historic District, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

Today, there are over two hundred cottages and substantial homes at Chautauqua. Many are occupied by the descendants of earlier owners.  AusTerra is a “pay it forward” vision to recreate this community spirit in a tiny home village East of Austin, Texas.