Modern Prefab Tiny House


The prefab home firm Mima Housing of Portugal recently introduced a new line of tiny homes, which are slick, modern and affordable. They’re calling them Mima Light, and perhaps the most striking characteristic of these homes is that they feature a mirrored base section, which makes it seem as though they are floating a few feet off the ground.

The Mima Light homes are available in a range of sizes and configurations, which includes the tech and add-ons to make them independent of the grid. The basic shape of the Mima Light home is that of a rectangular box. The smallest version has a floorspace of 232 sq ft (21.6 sq m), while the largest measures 348 sq ft (32.4 sq m). The home is built atop a set of wooden poles, and this foundation is hidden by the mirrored base.

The home features plenty of glazing, which lets in ample amounts of natural daylight and makes it appear more spacious as a result. Aluminum was used for exterior cladding, and there is a laminated glazed area in the middle of the rectangular home. The walls are made up of CLT panels, insulation and a layer of lacquered wood, which ads that extra bit of coziness to the home.





The interior features a living/dining area, kitchen, bathroom with a shower and a bedroom with a double bed. The layout itself is configurable, while the living area can also be resized and/or moved around according to the customer’s wishes. It is best suited to be occupied by one or two people at most though. The home also features large glass doors at either end, which serve as the entrance to the home.



The standard version of the Mima Light home is designed to be hooked up to the grid, but they also have solar power available as an optional add on. It’s not clear whether they will also begin offering a composting toilet and rainwater collection system in the near future, but that shouldn’t present too much of a problem.

The prices for the basic version range from $31,000 to $41,000, depending on the size. This goes up based on the requested customizations and add ons.

Tiny Home Inspired by Traditional Japanese Architecture


Downsizing, minimizing and simplifying is starting to appeal to more and more people and with good reason. Sustainability starts at home, so to speak, and living in a tiny home is certainly a great way to achieve it. And as today’s tiny house example proves, the sacrifice does not need to be all that great. It was constructed by, a former Christian missionary Chris Heininge and it is located in Aurora, Oregon. The design is inspired by the Japanese homes in which he spent time in doing his work.


The tiny home measures 280 square feet with a footprint of 10-feet by 20-feet, and a height of 15-feet. It is accessible via a sliding entry door reminiscent of Japanese sliding screens. It features a sizable living room, a kitchen with a dining area, a well-designed bathroom, and a cozy sleeping area.




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