Another Superbly Designed Tiny Home Big Enough to Fit a Family

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The tiny house maker Tiny Heirloom recently completed another unique and luxury tiny home. This one is called Rocky Mountain Tiny Home and is used as a vacation cabin by a family of four in Colorado. The home features some clever design solutions, which make the family’s stay there as cozy and comfortable as possible.

The Rocky Mountain Tiny Home was built atop a 28 ft (8.5 m)-long triple-axle trailer, but since it features overhanging lofts the total length of it is 32 ft (9.7 m). the exterior is clad in wood and metal, which gives it a rustic yet modern aesthetic. The home features a lounge area, a kitchen, a bathroom, and two bedrooms. There is also a home office, which is separated from the rest of the home by a sliding door.

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The kitchen is quite spacious and features a mini-dishwasher, a range cooker, and a fridge. It is fitted with a copper sink. There is also a skylight in this area of the home, which is operated by a touchscreen display that’s mounted on the wall. The lounge is at one end of the home, and is equipped with a dining table on wheels, which allows it to be moved to where it’s needed.

The bedrooms are located in the two lofts and each is accessible via a storage stair. The master bedroom is quite spacious, while the children’s bedroom is big enough to fit two twin beds, which are separated by a bookcase to give each of the kids some privacy. There are skylights in both the bedrooms too.

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The Rocky Mountain Tiny Home also features a rooftop-mounted solar panel array, which is connected to batteries and an inverter. A propane-powered mini-split system takes care of the heating and cooling needs, while they use a tankless gas water heater for getting hot water. The home is also fitted with LED lighting throughout. It cost about $125,000 to build.

Work From Home in Style and Sustainability

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Even when you work from home, it’s important to have your own workspace or office, which is separated from the rest of the living areas. Still, it’s sometimes hard to have that, especially when living small. But architect Petr Stolín from the Czech Republic came up with a very clever way to achieve this work/living separation. His so-called Zen Houses are made up of two volumes, one of which is used just for working, while the other for living in. He was inspired by the simplicity and minimalism of traditional Japanese architecture in creating them, hence the name.

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Each volume of the Zen House is 9.8 ft (3 m) wide and they are made from simple and, for the most part, recyclable materials such as chipboard, wooden beams, plywood, raw metal and rubber. The two volumes are clad in transparent acrylic panels. The interior is also very Zen-like. The office part of the home is all painted white, which has a calming, energizing effect, while the living part of the home is done up mostly in black, which is intended to promote rest and relaxation. It reminds me of the ying and yang concept, which might have been part of the architect’s intention when choosing the color scheme. Both the volumes have a mezzanine level, which increases the floor area of the spaces yet still keeps the interior open. The two volumes also feature large windows, which links them visually. They are connected by a wooden deck, and this area between the two volumes is perfect for outdoor lounging.

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Having your home office this clearly separated from your living spaces is a dream from many freelancers and work-from-home entrepreneurs. It’s hard enough to leave the job behind at the end of the day, and when you work from home, this becomes even harder. And the overall design and color choices for this home are in themselves very inspiring.

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Luxury Prefab Off-The-Grid Cabin

The recently unveiled Gapahuk cabin was designed by the Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta and the leisure home builder Rindalshytter. It can be equipped to operate completely independently of the grid, and comes in a prefabricated package, meaning it can be built virtually anywhere.

The Gapahuk is a single story structure and has 968 sq ft (90 sq m) of interior floorspace. The interior is well-laid out, with most of the space taken up by a large open plan living/dining area and kitchen. The home also features three bedrooms, a spacious bathroom with a shower and toilet, and another separate toilet. The home also features a large covered outdoor deck, and plenty of storage areas, both inside and out.

Judging from the renders, the finished home will feature ample glazing, while most of the interior and exterior surfaces will be clad in wood. While the basic version is intended to be hooked up to the grid, it would also be easy to install the necessary tech to take if off-grid. according to the firm, the cabin’s sloping roof is ideal for installing solar panels, while it also protects from both the sun and from high winds. The home is heated by a wood burning stove, while it would probably be relatively simple to install a composting toilet, and a couple of water tanks and a water filtration system. Since the home was designed in Norway, it is probably safe to assume it offers comfortable living conditions even in the harshest climates.

The Gapahuk is probably the closest thing you can get to a professionally designed, high-end prefab home at the moment, and as such also carries a hefty price tag. It costs roughly $156,600 (1350,000 NOK) which does not include construction, or any of the off-grid features.

Comfortable and Surprisingly Spacious Tiny House

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The recently completed NestHouse, built by Jonathan Avery of Tiny House Scotland is quite possibly all a tiny home should be. It’s modern, spacious and cozy, and would fit perfectly into any environment. Living in a tiny home is all about enjoying life to the fullest without the clutter, and NestHouse offers all of that and more.

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NestHouse has a high ceiling, which immediately adds to the sense of spaciousness. The home also features an open plan living area, with the sitting room, kitchen and dining area all located in one room without any needless partitions. A nice touch is also the layout, which puts the dining/working table in the center of the space, with the kitchen and lounge area pushed up against the walls. This opens up the space nicely and adds to the sense of spaciousness.

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The house is heated by a woodstove, which is located in the center of the sitting area, and the stairs leading up to the loft are coiled around it. This is the first such space-saving solution we’ve seen so far, but it makes sense. There is also room left over under the stairs, which can be used as storage space.

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Since nothing is nailed down or attached to the walls, the entire configuration of the lounge area can be moved around, and they also installed a ceiling-hung drying rack in this area, which is a nice touch. The bedroom is located in a loft, which judging by the photos has a decent amount of headroom. The home also features a bathroom, which is equipped with a toilet, sink and even a small bathtub. It is located under the loft.

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They used My Snug Shell Concept with Advanced Framing techniques to create the stressed-skin timber frame shell of the home. This is already very well insulated, and it also has an unbroken (save for the windows and door) outer shell of outsulation, which they claim eliminates practically all thermal bridging. The home can be fitted with either double or triple glazed windows.

They will build ten NestHouses next year and donate them as housing for the homeless. Avery is also working on a towable version of the home called NestPod. You can get just the shell of the NestHouse for $21,540, while a larger and better equipped one costs $48,150.

XL Tiny House Big Enough for a Family

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One of the main criticisms of tiny houses stems from their limited use as family homes. But the company Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses of Durango, Colorado aims to change that with their newest offering. The so-called Red Mountain 34′ Tiny House is spacious enough for a whole family, yet still retains the main tiny home features and advantages, such as being towable.

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The Red Mountain 34′ Tiny House has a total floor space of 410 sq ft (38 sq m) and measures 34 x 8 ft (10.3 x 2.4 m). The ground level of the interior is comprised of a lounge, a dining area with a fold-down table, an office nook, a bathroom and a kitchen. The home also features two loft bedrooms. The master bedroom is accessible via a set of storage stairs, and is spacious enough to fit a king sized bed. The kid’s bedroom is accessible via a bookcase that doubles as a ladder.

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The kitchen looks quite spacious and is equipped with a fridge, a propane-powered range cooker, and a sink. The bathroom is large enough to fit a full-size clawfoot bathtub and shower, and also features a regular toilet and a custom-made sink. The house can be hooked up to the grid using a standard RV-style hookup, while heating is provided by a gas stove.

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This home was named after a group of three mountain peaks between Silverton and Ouray, Colorado, which are recognized by their red hue. This is part of the reason they used rusty corrugated wainscot, barn wood board and batten, and cedar shakes as cladding for the home, giving it a reddish tone.

The tiny house rests atop a triple-axle trailer and weighs around 14,000 lbs (6,350 kg). It cost $105,000 to build.