The Hammer Comes Down
on Prenuptial Housing
Trending: homes that split up when you do
By Linda Hammerschmid
Just when you thought there couldn’t be more to learn about pre-nups, enter the surreal world of pre-nup homes!
Yes, homes. The concept is called Prenuptial Housing and basically is constructed of two attached equivalent houses that are made to separate into individual homes should the 50% split rate catch up to you.
The structures are prefabricated carbon fiber units with semi-transparent wooden layers, which have a simple coupling (no pun intended) system that allows for the units to become independent entities that float off from each other. Let’s hope the body of water on which they float isn’t small.
Well, this is all fine and dandy for those couples who live in weather conducive conditions that support year round floating and sailing off – not so much for us Northerners I suspect.
But I could see this as a solution for secondary homes down south or at the country lake retreat (unless you split during the winter). Granville Island and Victoria could be possibilities too. Maybe Dubai. (Probably not given the rules there on divorce.)
Or the designer needs to adapt this system for landlocked lovebirds so that the homes are on wheels, like trailer homes, and each couple can roll away when (not if) they split up!
I can see the future now. Marinas full of prenuptial housing with 2 docking areas: coupled and uncoupled! Heck, situate a realtor and a lawyer’s office in the middle for one stop shopping!
The kinks would have to be ironed out, such as the address of the home(s). Do they come with two door numbers? If not, who keeps the number and who had to get a new number.
Are the units furnished exactly the same? If not, who gets first choice of the soon to be separated units?
Marinas full of prenuptial housing with 2 docking areas: coupled and uncoupled! Heck, situate a realtor and a lawyer’s office in the middle for one stop shopping!
The innovation is the brainchild of Omar Kbiri, co-founder of MAAK, and conceptualized by Xander den Duijin, with the design firm Studio OBA. Me thinks it’s back to the drawing board if they want this concept to go worldwide.
© 2016 Linda Hammerschmid
Images: courtesy of Studio OBA