Acre Designs

Simple, sexy Smarthomes that produce all their own power.

#2 Product of the DayFebruary 12, 2016

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Andrew Bennett DicksonMaker@andrewbennettdickson
Hello Product Hunters! I’m Andrew, co-founder of Acre. Our mission is to replace many of the 1 million shoddy, inefficient homes built every year - which haven’t changed in over a century - with a product you can love. Simple, smart, and sustainable, we design homes as a high-end consumer product. The goal is to enable you to spend less time thinking about (and working for) the home itself, and more time enjoying the life it enables. Acre homes produce all their own power, use 70% less water, and integrate the latest smarthome technology. They’re also dead sexy. And since you’re busy, they’re built in half the time of a normal house, for almost the same cost. Perfect for: Technophiles Flexible lifestyle Remote management (vacation home, AirBnB sharing, etc.) Anyone who loves the environment For the PH community we’re offering an upgraded technology package at no extra cost: a network of sensors that measure the home’s performance, and open API software to allow you to hack and fine-tune your home. We’re literally the marriage of an architect + industrial designer, partnered with a builder, and we’re passionate about creating a better built environment. Ask us anything - we’d love to chat!
yonatan doron@jodoron · BizDev @ https://yes.no
@bennettdickson Hey Andrew, smart homes or net zero homes are becoming more prevalent and there are probably hundreds of companies building, shipping and offering such houses. My first question would be, how to you differ yourself from the competition? Second of all, what countries are you active on and what kind of service would you offer for someone considering building their smart home with you? What about guarantee for your work, how many years will you be in charge of any malfunctions of the systems, as most technologies to the best of my knowledge are pretty new?
Jaime Macias@jmacias · Product @boost.
@bennettdickson Hey Andrew, very impressive. This has in recent history been a hard market to succeed in (modern, green, system homes). I have seen a number of these launched, not necessarily as ambitious, but that ultimately don't get the traction to materialize in a real way. Do you have any plans that you think will help you knock it out of the park? Also on another note, the piece that this is omitting in the pricing estimations is the site conditions and land purchase. Would be nice if there were really a way to evaluate this as a fully loaded cost per sq. ft. to compare with other home purchases. I am hoping for you to win, we need more of this in the future. Good job, and good luck!
Andrew Bennett DicksonMaker@andrewbennettdickson
@jmacias Thanks! It is a hard road, no doubt. We are different in a couple key areas. A. We work with local builders to assemble the home, reducing our overhead, increasing reach and ability to scale and leveraging their talents and familiarity with local issues. B. We have some hardware tech that will help us reduce costs and maintain quality. C. We are approaching the issue as a fast moving tech startup and pushing the boundaries in a number of areas. Being a Y-Combinator company as a housing company is an interesting mix that helps us break through some noise. Land is a variable we can't influence for the individual buyer, so has to be separate. The price shown does include either a pier or slab foundation, with basement as an option. We'll eat minor differences and have adjustments for unusual lots. It's more valuable for us to streamline the process for customers and give an all in price. Thanks for the support!!
Andrew Bennett DicksonMaker@andrewbennettdickson
@jodoron Hey Yonatan! See below for a few differences. Seems like there are many options, but in reality, there are not many. Housing is such a fractured market with hundreds of builders in every major metro, but there are only a handful of companies that break the mold, getting press in the process. It's unlikely that there will ever be a Google of housing, instead it takes a bunch of us to remake the million plus homes/apartments built every year. US for now, but getting interest from abroad. Might be awhile before we take that leap, too many different regs. We offer a 10 year warranty on craftsmanship and help support equipment warranties. We are looking at service programs to further simplify ownership. Most tech has actually been around for awhile, but will support closely. We are focused on building a brand, so that reputation is critical. Thanks!
Tamrat@tamrrat · Architect, Urban designer, Programmer
@bennettdickson This looks amazing and very ambitious! 1. These houses seem to be geared towards single families. Are there any alternative types in the works for new sectors like co-housing. 2. As it seems the houses come prepackaged with the design, how do you plan to get Architects involved? ( and not just contractors and builders). Are you planning to put us out of jobs :)
William Dinkel@williamdinkel
Wow, I want one!
Joshua Dance@joshdance · Engineer, Product Manager, athlete
This is super cool. I love the idea of making most people's single biggest possession and purchase more efficient.
Amrith Shanbhag@amrith · Community at Product Hunt & Feathrd
This is something Elon Musk would be interested in :) Great job!
Jase WilsonHiring@jase · CEO, Neighborly
Phenomenal concept!