Mauhaus creators: You can live life with less and be happy

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

TEMPE, Ariz. -- In an effort to help people envision what it would be like to live life with less, and still be happy, five  Arizona State University graduate students from different departments built a 112-square foot mobile house with solar power and sleeping room for four.

The project went from idea to reality in 100 days. The goal was to create an efficient but welcoming structure to teach local students about minimalist living, as well as provide a laboratory for future grad student projects.

The project was funded by Jared Stoltzfus' family, a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $4,000 and a $1,500 grant from GISER at ASU.

3TV's Heidi Goitia checked out the Maushaus.

Not only is there loft and a living room, Maushaus is equipped a full shower. There will be a compostable toilet  and counter space sufficient for a toaster oven, a stainless steel sink, electrical stovetop burners and a dorm-sized fridge.

The windows are dual paned Low-E windows that let in sunlight without the heat. The walls, floors, and roof- instead of traditional wood framed construction -are made out of SIP (structurally insulated panels), which has a high insulation rating.

For more information, check out www.themaushaus.com.