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.
As more and more people decide to downsize to a tiny home, it has become imperative that these homes be made as cold-proof as possible. The Quebec, Canada-based firm Minimaliste recently completed this luxury tiny home for a client, which is exactly that. Apart from being very well-insulated, it also features many other comforts usually reserved for larger houses.
The so-called Sakura home measures 380 sq ft (35 sq m) and was built on a gooseneck trailer. it features a living area, which can easily be converted into a dining room. This is done with the help of modular sofa pieces that can be moved around, and a coffee table that is designed to open up into a 22 by 60 inch (56 by 152 cm) dining table, which can seat up to four people. The home also features a large bedroom and a bathroom big enough for a tub.
The kitchen runs along two facing walls, and is equipped with a fridge and stove. The bedroom is in a loft, which is accessible via a storage staircase. There is additional storage under the bed, and there is a lot of headroom in this area. There is also a second loft which can be used as a sort of reading nook and provides access to the cedar roof deck, through a skylight.
The home is also equipped with a number of sustainable features such as a composting toilet, hydronic radiant heating in the floors, a Lunos air exchanger with a heat recovery system, and a three-level water filtration system. Water passing through this filter goes through a pressure regulator, a big sediments filter, a fine sediments filter, and lastly through a water sanitizer, so pretty much any kind of water can be filtered using it.
The Sakura is a luxury home with many add-ons, so the price tag reflects that, since it cost a whopping $102,000.
Tiny homes are gaining in popularity, so the designs are getting more and more unique and fun. Gone are the days of one-room tiny homes made of wood, and I for one love seeing all these new creations. Such as this unique tiny home recently completed by the company Tiny Heirloom of Portland, Oregon. It was commissioned by a couple from Portland who wanted a small home with an old-fashioned feel to it. And I think they succeeded.
The interior is comprised of a spacious kitchen, which was made such by separating it into two sections, one on either side of the tiny home. It features counters made of stone, which are hopefully faux stone, though details are unclear on that. The home also features a nicely sized bathroom, which is fitted with a sink, toilet and an old-fashioned clawfoot tub. There is a gorgeous living wall located on the wall next to the tub, which is a very nice design element.
Apart from the old-world charm that permeates this home it also features a very modern design element. It’s an automated built-in platform, which is basically an all-in-one unit that can become the dining area, stairs and living space, and also hides the bed. It can be operated electronically by the push of a button.
It’s nice to see a tiny home without a loft bedroom, since just looking at those miniscule amounts of headspace in pictures makes me feel a little claustrophobic. This one solves that problem by keeping everything open. The walls are also painted white, which adds to the feeling of spaciousness, and goes very nicely with the dark wood used for the flooring and the transformer platform.
There is no information on how much the house cost to design and built, though given the high-end décor (which includes a crystal chandelier) it was likely not cheap.
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.
A number of professional tiny home building companies have emerged in recent years, and as the field evolves, so do the construction methods. An example of this is the new tiny home model recently unveiled by SteelGenix, a Denver, Colorado-based tiny home builder. They used lightweight, high-strength steel framing, while the exterior is also clad in metal. Using steel instead of wood for the framing reduces the overall weight of the tiny home in this case, though this of course depends on the gauge. The home is appropriately named Steelhaus.
The walls of Steelhaus were made of an insulated metal panel system. These panels are filled with non-CFC polyurethane modified isocyanurate foam. To get the metal to stick to the foam core they used a special laminating process that involves the use of structural urethane adhesives, heat and pressure. Even though this foam is not the greenest choice when it comes to insulation materials, it does yield a very energy-efficient home, while also cutting down on construction time. The roof is also made of metal and sloped, which offers a good amount of interior headroom. The home also features large windows, which let in plenty of natural daylight and aid ventilation.
According to the builders, these 3-inch insulated panels they used give the wall an insulation value of R-24, which is the same as is offered by standard 4-inch SIPs. The advantage of using these metal panels is that they also result in a 2.5 times lighter home than a timber-framed house with a 2 x 4 batt-insulated wall. The metal panels fit together in a tongue and groove design, which yields a continuous, well-insulated wall and creates a very tight building envelope. They use 76% recycled steel to create the panels.
The interior is very modern, and features metal, wood and glossy elements. The model pictured here features a spacious living/dining area on the ground floor, as well as two sleeping lofts, which are both accessible via a ladder.
There is no word yet on the price of these homes, but I expect it will be made available soon. The company will be exhibiting their creation at the Tiny House Jamboree this October.