The tiny house firm Escape has just released the so-called Traveler XL Limited, which is an upgraded and expanded version of their 2015 model of the same name. The new model is bigger than the original and can sleep up to 10 people, which is very impressive for a tiny house.
The Traveler XL rests atop a triple-axle trailer an is 30 ft (9.1 m) long. The interior measures 344 sq ft (32 sq m). the home features plenty of large windows, which let in lots of light making it appear even more spacious. Much of the ground floor is taken up by the living area, which includes a sofa bed. Next to this is the kitchenette, which features regular sized appliances, including a fridge and a range cooker. There is also a good amount of counter space and a sink.
The bathroom is located on one end of the tiny house and is big enough to contain a 5 ft (1.5 m)-long tub, which is impressive. It also has a toilet, sink and cabinet, and enough space to install a washer/dryer unit.
The standard configuration of the home has 2 bedrooms. The master is on the ground floor, with enough headroom to stand up in. The second bedroom is in a loft, which is accessible via a ladder. The company offers the option of adding a second loft, which is large enough for several beds. In this case, and with the sofa bed, the house Is big enough for ten people to sleep in. This would get a bit cramped, I imagine, but is still quite a feat to get that much sleeping space out of a tiny home.
They also offer a number of add-ons to take this home off-the-grid. They offer two solar power packages. The first has a 500 W solar panel array, which is connected to a 200 Ah battery storage unit. They also offer a version with a 1 kW solar panel array that is linked to a 400 Ah battery storage unit. The home can also be ordered with a normal RV hookup for electricity, and customers have the choice of installing a composting toilet.
The standard version of the Traveler XL Limited costs $78,500.
I don’t know about you, but living in a floating home has always appealed to me. And this floating tiny cabin prototype recently built by the Russian firm BIO Architects would fit the bill perfectly. They are calling it DD16 and it is designed for use in harsh climates, while it also operates off-the-grid.
The DD16 is a prefabricated cabin, which can be installed on water and on land. It is tiny, measuring just 172 sq ft (16 sq m) and includes a deck which measures 75 sq ft (7 sq m). It is designed to sit on pontoons that allow it to float, and can either be craned into position, or helicoptered in. The prototype is currently located on a lake near Moscow, and can be accessed via a rowboat.
The interior of the cabin features a lounge area, with a kitchenette and dining table, while the bedroom and bathroom are set off to the side of this main space. Heating is provided via a wood-burning stove. The frame of DD16 is made of laminated wood with milled ports, which help keep the overall weight down, as well as minimize the cold bridges and gaps. They used polyurethane foam for insulation, which also helped to decrease the weight. Composite aluminum sheets were used for exterior cladding, giving the cabin a seamless exterior surface.
Power is obtained via a solar power array, while water is drawn up from the lake and most likely filtered as well, though this information has not yet been shared. The cabin also features a composting toilet. The cabin has been installed on the lake since November last year, and the fact that it survived a Russian winter says a lot about its durability and its insulation performance.
DD16 is currently being rented out, while they continue to test its performance. There is no word on how much it might cost once it becomes available to the general public, but it does seem like a very good solution for those looking to build a cabin in an isolated area.
The Canadian firm Rewild Homes recently designed a cool new tiny home, which is big enough for two and features a very cozy and comfortable layout. They are calling it Blue Heron, and it can be taken off-grid if the owners so desire.
The Blue Heron rests atop a double axle 24 ft (7.3 m)-long trailer, and the interior measures 250 sq ft (23 sq m). Most of the floorspace is taken up by the lounge and a kitchen. the latter features a four-burner propane range cooker, a stainless steel fridge, a sink and plenty of cabinetry. The sitting area is fitted with a sofa and a corner unit, both of which have a storage area hidden within. Heating is provided via a Morsø wood-burning stove, while they also installed a fan/lighting unit in the lounge area for cooling and aiding ventilation. They left the fir beams exposed, which gives the tiny home character and works to make it appear more spacious.
The bathroom is separated off from the rest of the space by a sliding barn-type door. it is fitted with a composting toilet, sink, shower and a custom-made closet. The bedroom is located in a loft, which is accessible via a set of stairs with built-in storage space. The headroom in this area appears quite generous.
The Blue Heron tiny home is also fitted with a solar power harvesting system. This system is made up of 6 x 285 W solar panels, a 2.8 kW inverter, and 6 x 6 V, 460 Ah batteries. All the lighting is LED, while the home also features an on-demand propane-powered tankless water heater. There is also a hookup on the outside, which allows for connecting the propane to an outdoor barbecue.
The Blue Heron is selling for $78,000, which is quite high, though with all the off-grid features it is still quite affordable.
It’s been awhile since we reported on a cool new shipping container home, but this awesome piece of cargotecture easily makes up for that. It’s called Kin Kin Container House and it was built using a disused shipping container that was already on the property when owner Troy Walker purchased it. Most of the interior furnishings are also made from recycled materials, so it’s an all-around winner. The home is located in Kin Kin, Queensland, Australia.
The shipping container forms just half of the total living area of this home. Troy began the transformation by first cutting out one of the longer sides of the container and he used the pieces to build a bathroom. The rest of the components of the home are also salvaged or recycled and include 1970s era jalousie windows and hardwood poles, as well as a bathroom sink and a fire pit that he constructed using a stainless steel beer keg.
The home has no insulation. The interior walls are finished with plywood, with many of the steel elements left exposed. The home is also covered by a large roof which shields it from the sun and therefore keeps the interior cooler. Troy located the recycled building materials online and at local salvage yards, which he admits was a very time consuming and even costly process.
The home features elements of so-called passive design, with the overhangs letting in the sun in the winter but blocking it out in the summer. It measures 967 sq ft (90 sq m) and features a spacious open plan living, dining and kitchen area, as well as a loft bedroom that has plenty of head room and is big enough to fit a king sized bed. The loft is accessible via a ladder. The home also features a spacious bathroom with a tub, toilet and sink.
The home is fitted with a hybrid solar power system, while the place is kept airy and cool thanks to the bi-fold glass doors and louvres. There is also spacious outdoor deck.
Troy is renting out the cabin via AirBnb and a single night’s stay costs about $70.
Tiny homes are more often than not built from scratch, which means that everything in them can be made exactly as the owner wants it. And the client who commissioned the firm Rewild Homes to build this tiny home for them wanted to have a bathroom big enough for a bathtub, as well as large windows so they can enjoy gazing at the surrounding nature as they bathe.
The home is called Kestrel, and it is a towable tiny home that rests atop a 24 ft (7.3 m)-long double axle trailer. The interior is quite simple and the layout was kept open to add to the feeling of spaciousness. It also features hardwood flooring, birch and fir trim cabinetry and plenty of glazing, which lets in lots of natural light and aids ventilation.
The living area is just to the side of the entrance, and features a bench-like sofa, which hides storage compartments. There is also a small storage loft above it. Next to this area is a kitchenette, which is equipped with a sink made of granite, a propane-powered stove, as well as a washer/dryer combo unit and even a small fridge.
The bathroom is located on one end of the home and is accessible via a pocket door. It’s fitted with a custom-made vanity unit and also has a granite sink and a granite countertop. It also features a composting toilet, and a bathtub/shower that is flanked by two windows. Privacy could be an issue, but the owners will probably install some blinds, or maybe they plan to live in a secluded area.
Above the bathroom is the sleeping loft, which is accessible via a storage stair. The loft has a low ceiling so there isn’t a lot of headroom here, but there is a skylight, which lets in lots of light, while the loft is big enough for a double bed.
The Kestrel gets electricity from an RV-type hookup, while hot water is provided by a propane-powered on-demand water heater. The home also features a forced air propane heater, and LED lighting was installed throughout.
There is no word on how much this home cost to build.