Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Build a home in 6 hours, Toyota style

Toyota builds houses in Japan. The prefabricated components are put together on site.

Toyota homes are mass produced like Toyota cars. About 85 percent of the work on the metal-frame cubicles is finished at the plant. The prefabricated cubicles, made to order for the customer, are stacked like toy blocks with a huge crane and topped with a roof in just six hours.

The cubicles called units vary in size, with the bigger ones measuring 20 feet long. An average Japanese home requires 12 units. A buyer chooses from several designs, ranging from sleek modern to standard fare with tiled roofing and balcony windows.

Talk about your instant gratification. 6 hours!

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