Airbnb’s Co-Founder Unveils ‘Backyard,’ an Eco-Friendly Tiny Home Studio

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Airbnb is one of the hospitality space’s biggest names, so it’s no surprise that those at the helm have their sights set on additional ways to provide a proper living space. Co-founder Joe Gebbia’s latest venture is Samara, a California-based design studio that just unveiled a solar-powered tiny home to put in your current home’s backyard.

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Moreover, the eco-friendly ADU unit is appropriately labeled the “Backyard” and is a literal breath of fresh air, but we’ll touch on that later. It is comprised of top-tier materials and powered by nothing but the sun. The 430-square-foot Studio package comes equipped with Samara’s signature kitchen, offering tons of storage space, premium appliances, and built-in lighting. In addition to the cooking area, each studio has a roomy bathroom with ample shelving, a walk-in shower, and a front-loading washer/dryer.

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Meanwhile, the 550-square-foot one-bedroom configuration boasts all the same streamlined amenities with an additional sleeping space. However, the bedroom can be transformed into anything from a home office to a recording studio, offering maximum versatility. Another notable feature packed within the Backyard is its integrated, dual-process air purifying system that constantly filters air and then ionizes it up to four times per hour, paving the way for nothing but clean breathing. All in all, Samara’s formal introduction to the hospitality scene did not disappoint, as the startup claims Backyard is suitable for anyone from caterers to “the next Steve Jobs.”

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Samara’s Backyard is available for California residents starting from $289,000 on its website. However, those who live elsewhere can request the Backyard’s next operable state.