Airbnb is designing and building houses now

CNET | 11/29/2018 | Dara Kerr
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Airbnb is riffing on different types of house models.

Airbnb is moving from home rentals to home building too.

Lodgings - Company - Product - Thursday - Backyard

The lodgings company introduced a new product on Thursday called "Backyard." The idea is to provide people with prototypes of different styles of pre-fabricated homes. These buildings could be set up in people's backyards or be freestanding houses, according to Fast Company. In their construction, these homes are meant to minimize waste and maximize eco-friendly building.

"With Backyard, we're using the same lens through which Airbnb was envisioned -- the potential of space -- and applying it more broadly to architecture and construction," Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia said in a statement.

Backyard - Homes - Plans - Money - Gebbia

It's not quite clear what Backyard homes will look like or how Airbnb plans to make money off them. Gebbia said he's just getting started recruiting a team of architects, designers and engineers to work on the project. He expects to unveil some of the prototype units by fall 2019.

Pre-fabricated homes aren't anything new. Sears famously shipped pre-fabricated Craftsman houses across the US from 1908 to 1940. And Amazon has even started selling shipping container homes through its website.

Airbnb - Website - Surfers - Online - Presence

Airbnb has gone from a website for couch surfers to having a massive online presence in the last decade. It lists roughly 5 million homes for rent in more than 81,000 cities. But that growth has come with increasing scrutiny from city regulators and criticism over exacerbating...
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