Homebuilding is not for the faint of heart, especially those who wish to develop something customized. Selecting the ideal architect and designer, the myriad of professionals, the complexity of building codes and siting, the regulative approvals from regional authorities. It’s a full-time task– and you do not even have actually a roofing constructed over your head.

Atmos wants to enormously simplify homebuilding, and while doing so, equalize personalization to increasingly more homeowners.

The start-up, which is in the present Y Combinator batch, wishes to take both the big choices and the sundries of construction and integrate them onto one platform where selecting a style and moving on is as easy as clicking through a Shopify shopping cart.

It’s a vision that has currently ignited the attention of financiers. The company revealed that it has currently raised $2 million according to CEO and co-founder Nick Donahue from Sam Altman, former YC president and now head of OpenAI, and Adam Nash, previous president and CEO of Wealthfront, along with a bunch of other angels. It’s likewise a vision that is a radical turn from where Atmos was in the past, which was focused in virtual truth.

Donahue comes from a line of homebuilders– his daddy constructed house neighborhoods as a profession– but his interests initially turned toward the virtual. He dropped out of college after realizing process engineering wasn’t all that interesting (who can blame him?) and gone out to the Valley, where he constructed jobs like “a Burning Male art setup and [an] open-source VR headset.” That headset brought in the attention of angels, who moneyed its development.

The concept at the heart of the headset was around what the team dubbed the “spatial web.” Donahue discussed that the idea was that “the concept of the web would one day flow from the 2D into the 3D and that physical areas would function more like sites.” The headset he was developing would serve as a sort of “browser” to browse these spaces.

Naturally, the restrictions around VR hit his company as much as the remainder of the market, consisting of limits on computation efficiency to construct these 3D environments and the lack of scaling in the sector up until now.

The believing around altering physical areas though got Donahue considering about what the future of the house would appear like. “We think the next kind of wave of this is going to be an intro to compute,” he stated, arguing that “every home will have like a brain to it.” Houses will be digital, manageable, and adjustable, which will revolutionize the meaning of the house that has stayed stagnant for generations.

The big vision for Atmos moving forward then is to record that pattern, however for today a minimum of, the business is focused on making housing personalization simpler.

To use the platform, a user inputs the area for a brand-new house and a floorplan for the website, and Atmos will find contractors that finest match the strategy and coordinate the remainder of the jobs to get the house developed. It’s targeting homes in the $400,000-800,000 range, and its focus cities are Raleigh-Durham, Charlotte, Atlanta, Denver, and Austin.

It’s very much early stages for the company– Donahue states that the business has its very first couple of jobs underway in the Raleigh-Durham location and is working to partner and scale up with bigger homebuilders.

Picture by KentWeakley via Getty Images. Will it work? That’s the big concern with anything that touches building and construction. Modification is terrific– everyone loves to have their own pad– but the standard obstacle for construction is that the only method to reduce the cost of housing is to make it as uniform as possible. That’s why you get” cookie-cutter “subdivisions and rows of identical apartment– the sameness enables a contractor to find scale: work crews can move from one lot to the next in synchronicity saving labor expenses and time while building products can be purchased in bulk to save expenses.

With better technology and some controls, Atmos might be able to discover synergies between its consumers, particularly if it gets market penetration in specific cities. Yet, I find the longer-term vision eventually more compelling for the company: redefining the house might not have made much sense 3 months back, but as more people work from home and connect with virtual worlds, how should our houses be redesigned to accommodate these activities? If Atmos can find an answer, it is resting on a gold mine.

Atmos group picture (minus 2). Picture via Atmos. In addition to Altman and Nash, Mark Goldberg, JLL Spark, Shrug Capital, Daniel Gross’ Pioneer, Endeavor Hacks, Yuri Sagalov, Brian Norgard and others took part in the business’s angel/seed round.

Article curated by RJ Shara from Source. RJ Shara is a Bay Area Radio Host (Radio Jockey) who talks about the startup ecosystem – entrepreneurs, investments, policies and more on her show The Silicon Dreams. The show streams on Radio Zindagi 1170AM on Mondays from 3.30 PM to 4 PM.