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Originally, a casita referred to a small crude shanty for laborers in the Southwest.

In recent years, the term has been used to describe living quarters detached from the main home. These often luxurious accommodations have recently been utilized as guest quarters. With a separate entrance and its own bath and kitchen facilities, privacy is maintained for both the guest and the homeowner. In fact, be careful how comfortable you furnish and decorate the area, or you may find your guests overstay their welcome!


This new model of Thom Thumb Homes, MiCasita, sleeps up to four off the floor with a loft bed and convertible sofa; has a kitchen with a range and a 2-door fridge; a bathroom & shower; two wall mounted TV's, a BlueRay surround sound system in a built-in unified entertainment control center with all in wall wiring, closet; an 11 foot vaulted ceiling with an engineered ridge beam eliminating any need for columnar supports; lots of dual paned windows for natural light, a ceiling fan, AC and heater. It also boasts a 50 year metal roof without any cutouts challenging its’ integrity (the vents are run through the walls). Its 232 square feet has a loft area which is compatible for a full or queen sized bed. Unlike other tiny loft homes, MiCasita incorporates a catwalk-- instead of climbing a ladder and crawling around on your knees-- which allows you to easily climb the galley stairs and walk to your bed normally. The utility connections are prepped to the customers needs to insure an easy hook-up on the site.

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Similar to an RV, the MiCasita's small footprint can easily fit into most backyards, and can be umbilicalled to the main house quickly sharing it's utilities, or tethered professionally with separate metering. This makes it especially useful, not only for guests, but also for returning family members, and a measured step for children leaving the home for the first time. It can also be the perfect backyard rental, easy to oversee while enhancing your property's security and supplementing your monthly income. But unlike an RV or mobile home, MiCasita's high R-values makes it inexpensive to heat and cool. Besides the standard insulation batting within the walls, ceiling and floor, the exterior walls and roof are of three layers: Ashear skin for rigidity; a foam insulative layer, and; the exterior layer that repels the elements. This combination retards the exterior temps from reaching the studs, which causes thermal transfer, bypassing the batting in normal homes, but allows the MiCasita to sustain its indoor temperature with little resistance.

The final words:

MiCasita is a durable, long lasting structure, affording a comfortable atmosphere with very little energy consumption at a low price.