There are many ways you can obtain a tiny home if you are looking to downsize. You can either commission a firm for a custom-built one, purchase an already constructed one, or build it yourself, whether from scratch or inside a repurposed shipping container, for example. There have been some awesome school bus and van conversions seen lately too. There are also prefab tiny homes, and a great addition to the already existing lineup is the so-called ARK Shelter, which was designed and built by a Holland-based company.
ARK Shelters actually range in size from tiny to normal sized homes, since the modules out of which they are constructed can be assembled together to form larger dwellings. The modules also come in various sizes, with the largest one measuring 300 sq ft (28 sq m). The exterior is clad in wood and painted black, which gives the home a timeless, classic aesthetic. The interior walls are paneled with cross-laminated timber plates that give the home a cozy, warm feel.
The modules also feature large, floor-to-ceiling windows, which let in plenty of natural daylight, aiding ventilation and making the home appear much more spacious when opting for the smallest module. All the windows also have shutters to provide the needed privacy. The modules feature a well-sized kitchen and bathroom, while different layouts and configurations are also possible.
The ARK shelter is also very well insulated and a circular woodstove is used for heating. There is also the option of having additional electrical heating, which can be powered by wind turbines or a solar panel array. The firm also offers the option of installing a rooftop rainwater collection and filtration system. The modules do not require any sort of foundations, so they can be placed virtually anywhere.
The ARK Shelters come fitted with all the custom-designed furniture, the woodstove and a mattress. Given all the features, one would expect the price to be high, but they are selling the basic model for $59,000, which is comparable to most of the other offerings on the market today.
Attics are often converted into small apartments, and this one, located in Moscow, Russia, is a great example of such renovation projects done right. It was designed and built by the firm Ruetemple, and they created a light-filled home that even has a small indoor garden of sorts, to make up for the lack of a balcony.
The attic apartment measures 516 sq ft (48 sq m) and is cleverly partitioned so that all available space is utilized, while also offering privacy should the inhabitants desire it. As is the case in many spall space renovations, they installed a central, multi-purpose spatial element. In this case it is in the form of a white core, and it’s primarily used to separate the space into five distinct zones. These zones can be used for watching TV, enjoy an active pastime, dressing, sleeping and working. This core also features a floating meditation space, which is basically a glass walled cube complete with a living tree.
This relaxation space is elevated off the ground, providing an area for storing the movable modules underneath it. These modules can be moved around the space as needed, and locked together to create a sitting area or sleeping space. The dining table, which can also serve as the worktable runs the length of the apartment, which is a nice solution when working with such a small space. The apartment features many skylights and windows, so it is always flooded with natural daylight.
It appears that the small apartment does not have its own kitchen or bathroom, which are presumably located elsewhere in the house that this attic is attached to. Despite the lack, this is still a very aesthetic, comfortable and modern attic-into-home conversion that can serve as inspiration to designers everywhere.
The tiny home maker Alpine Tiny Homes of Utah has just unveiled yet another new tiny home model. The so-called English Rose is a single floor tiny home, which is quite large and therefore spacious, but still towable.
The English Rose measures 38 by 10 ft. (11.5 by 3 m) and has the total interior floorspace of 380 sq ft (35.3 sq m). True to its name, it has a color scheme that is reminiscent of traditional English cottages, while it will also have window boxes once finished. Everything in the home is on a single level, though there are also a couple of storage lofts.
The home features a Dutch door as the main entry point, and it opens into the cozy and quite spacious living area. Next to this is the kitchen, which is fitted with a sink and has enough space for a range cooker and a fridge. There is also plenty of space for storage. The ceiling of the tiny house is made of tongue and groove, and the flooring is made of bamboo.
The bathroom is separated from the rest of the house by a small pocket door. it is quite spacious and even features a 5 ft (1.5 m)-long tub with shower, as well as a composting toilet, sink, and a vanity unit. The home’s single bedroom is quite big and has enough headroom to stand, as well as lots of closet space. The home has very small windows, so not a lot of light gets in. However, this was done in this way at the request of the owner, since she will be displaying her art inside and needs to have the lighting done just right. The home also features a fold-down deck, which measures 16 by 17 ft (4.87 by 5.18 m)
The English Rose gets power from a standard RV-style hookup, while the hot water comes from an on-demand propane water heater. For heating and cooling, they installed a mini-split unit. While the home is towable, it needs to have wide load signs in place to do so. However, the owner does not plan to move it from Napa Valley, California, where she lives.
Alpine Tiny Homes has not revealed how much this home sold for, but they are taking queries to build something similar.
Looking for the perfect kitchen for your tiny home? Well look no further, because the Swiss firm Kitchoo has the perfect all-in-one solution. The kitchen units they offer are compact and small enough to fit into most any tiny house or apartment without sacrificing functionality.
Kitchoo is actually the Japanese word for “good omen” and these all-in-one kitchen units are exactly that for anyone wanting to downsize and still retain all the comforts of a larger dwelling. The basic Kitchoo unit features a sink, a two-burner induction stovetop, a compact dishwasher and cabinet space. The faucet can be pressed down allowing the two lids that cover the sink and stove to be lowered, which creates a good amount of counter space, or an eating surface. The drawers are all big enough to store plates, cups, dishes and utensils. And best of all, despite the superb functionality and offering everything you need from a kitchen, these units take up very little space. Also, by combining more than one unit, you can have yourself a fully mobile and fully functional kitchen.
Besides the basic model, they also offer several higher end versions, which have space for a fridge/freezer combo or a washing machine. The design of these units is also totally flexible, so any of the appliances you don’t need can be switched out and replaced by the ones you do. The unit also comes in a variety of finishes, including dark oak, light oak and white.
Prices start at $3,483 for the basic version and go up to $4,645. They’re currently only available in Europe and the Middle East, but the firm plans to make them available in North America soon.
The tiny house movement has come a long way these last couple of years, which has led to many innovative approaches to constructing these sustainable dwellings. The tiny house firm Extraordinary Structures of Santa Fe, NM is one of those companies that has been pushing the envelope in finding new and innovative ways of building these structures. Their latest offering, the so-called SaltBox was constructed with the help of digital fabrication.
The SaltBox rests atop a 24-foot-long trailer and measures 200 sq ft (18.6 sq m). It was constructed using a rapid-assembly system, which the firm has developed. This method of construction utilizes CNC-cut materials and a panelized system of SIPs which greatly shorten the time it takes to build this tiny home. An envelope made of permeable house wrap and a thermal wrap of mineral wool board makes up the first layer of the home. Next is the metal exoskeleton made out of 22-gauge steel, which serves the purpose of acting as a rain shield. The roofline of the SaltBox is asymmetrical, and this shape was inspired by the traditional New England saltbox-type roof. It was also chosen because it makes it easier to install solar panels.
The interior was kept quite open and minimalist. They left the panels and joints exposed, which gives it a very modern aesthetic. To save space they’ve also installed built-in storage cabinets, and a Murphy bed that can be folded up and thus moved out of the way during the day. When lowered, a couple of ottomans provide support for it.
The kitchen and bathroom share a wall, so that they could reduce the number of plumbing lines that needed to be installed. The kitchen is fitted with a large sink, a two-burner induction cooktop, a fume hood and a small smart drawer refrigerator. The bathroom features a Japanese-style ofuro tub, which was handmade out of cedar. The home also features a composting toilet. Over the bathroom is a small loft, which can either be used as a reading nook, or a guest bedroom. The home is heated using a high-efficiency gasifier woodstove, which takes up very little room.
The fully fitted version of this home sold for $82,500, while the company also offers a stripped down, basic version for $50,000.