Butterfly House / Casa Mariposa
“Everybody deserves to live in a clean safe home.Please help us make this global effort a success.”
Global Links Corp. proposes to build an extremely affordable and efficient, factory built home that can serve the majority of the world’s housing needs, to provide housing for the poor and disadvantaged. We call this home: Casa Mariposa.
Most underdeveloped countries simply cannot afford to house their poor citizens. This does not negate the fact that unless changes are made to elevate and educate these people, the problem will only continue and a greater disparity will continue to grow between underdeveloped nations and those that are considered first world countries. Extreme poverty can be greatly reduced in one single generation. The two most important components to this change are: 1) Proper and Affordable Housing and 2) Education.
Casa Mariposa is a factory-built home that is composed on a central steel container. Unlike most “container-homes,” Casa Mariposa does not intend the occupants to live in a shipping container. Rather, the shipping container is the conduit for the finished home. The exterior sides of the container fold down to complete the floor system. All of the wall and roof panels to complete the home are tucked inside the container. The home can be fully assembled within a matter of hours by a crew of 4, with no more than hand tools. This finished home provides 784 square feet with 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, kitchen and great room for living and dining. The home design is maximized when units are placed side by side to provide a row-house effect, greatly minimizing the amount of land required for each home. The proposed lot size is 28’ X 50’ which includes a 12’ front patio and a 10’ rear patio. The finished product is permanent and structurally sound.
All engineering and prototype development will take place in the United States. All manufacturing will take place in the country where the homes are needed. This will accomplish two major goals. 1) Provide local jobs, and 2) Reduce costs of building by utilizing local materials, labor and adapting the final home, as much as possible, to local housing trends, along with reduced transportation costs. As the container house design allows for the units to be stacked for shipping, the extra advantage exists to provide emergency housing in the event of a natural disaster. Homes can be shipping from factories anywhere in the world.
The cost of delivering a finished Casa Mariposa home in most countries is estimated to be approximately $22,000 — this cost is subject to fluctuations in different countries, but for the most part, we will make adjustments in materials and procedures to compensate for each region. The homes are very basic in that there is no provision for HVAC systems. The units are delivered as well insulated envelopes, with basic power connections and cold running water in the kitchen and bathroom. The house can be easily converted to accept a propane tankless hot water system and an electric mini-split HVAC system, where necessary. As most of the worlds’ poor tend to live in warmer climates, the majority need will be for the most basic unit that will also have the lowest cost of monthly utilities.
The subsequent rollout of Casa Mariposa can be quite explosive as the model that is designed for one country can be easily duplicated to meet the needs of many countries — all taking place simultaneously.
When people are poor and homeless, there is only one thought that occupies their minds. “Am I Going To Eat Today?” This is all that really matters and their daily existence is centered on their daily survival. There is nothing to plan for, no place to store food, clothing or even think about taking steps toward education. Once a person moves into a home, the day-to-day threat of survival changes. They now have a place to store food and clothes. A place to cook, bathe and sleep. The focus of their lives will change to “How Can I Gain More, Learn More, and Do More.” Safe housing, proper nutrition and education are the keys to eliminating poverty and improving the lives of the worlds’ poor.
As a final thought… If you are wondering which house is the right house for the worlds’ poor — there are many different ideologies to choose from. Many different designs and concepts, each influenced by culture, climate or even political agenda. The right home is simply the one that actually gets built.