The so-called Cliff Haven is a home that was built into a cliff in Utah, back in the mid 1980s. Located in the picturesque Montezuma Canyon, it is entirely self-sufficient and can function completely off-the-grid. They are currently selling it in a closed auction, and while they’re promoting it as the perfect place to hide away from the world, it is also a great example of innovative and sustainable architecture.
Cliff Haven has a total floorspace of 2,100 sq ft (195 sq m) and has more than nine rooms. It features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a lounge, kitchen and dining area, as well as a large outdoor deck. There is also a separate two-car garage, which measures 900-sq ft (83-sq m). The home also features ample glazing throughout, which lets in plenty of natural daylight and aids ventilation. Cliff Haven is being sold together with 12 acres (4.85 hectares) of land on which it stands.
To make it entirely self-sufficient, the home features quite a few innovative solutions. There is a tunnel behind the home that allows water runoff to escape, as well as circulating cool air. The tunnel can also be used as a fire escape. The home also has its own well, as well as a grove of apple, cherry, peach and other trees, which supply all the needed fruits. There is also a vineyard.
Rainwater is collected and stored in two 2,000-gallon (7,570-l) tanks and used by the household, and to irrigate the garden. The home gets its power via a solar power array and battery system, though there is also a diesel generator as backup. The home also has and Internet and phone connections.
France has quite a budding tiny house movement going on and the local company La Tiny House has just unveiled yet another great creation. They’re calling it Christine, and it is a modern small home, with plenty of glazing and a warm and cozy interior that is reminiscent of Scandinavian homes.
The interior is clad in unfinished plywood, which covers all the walls, while all the shelves, cabinets and work surfaces are also made out of it. This creates a lovely uniform and clean look. One entire wall is covered in windows, which lets in plenty of light and makes the interior look more spacious.
The Christine features a living area, kitchen, bathroom, and two lofts. The sitting area only features a single armchair that doesn’t look incredibly comfy. The working/eating surface runs the entire length of the home, eliminating clutter and freeing up space. The kitchen is quite spacious for a tiny home, and takes up an entire corner of the living space. It features a stove, fridge, sink, plenty of counter space and storage, and even a washing machine. The bathroom is also quite large and features a shower, sink and a composting toilet.
The bedroom is located in one of the lofts and is accessible via a staircase with shelving built into it. The loft is big enough for a bed but not much else besides, and I would really like to see some sort of a guardrail here. The second loft is used for storage.
Overall, they really made the most of the available space in this build. And the wall of windows makes a huge difference in terms of making this home feel more spacious, which is important when it comes to living in tiny homes. There is no word on how much this home cost to build.
The firm Rocky Mountain Tiny House of Colorado has earned its reputation of creating unique and well-designed tiny homes, and their latest creation is no exception. The so-called Rusted Mountain Roost is a cozy and innovative tiny home, which features a cool rust-colored façade. It is also towable.
The Rusted Mountain Roost measures 312 sq ft (28.9 sq m). One of the best features is that the bedroom has so much headroom that most people can actually stand up in it. The bedroom is located on one end of the home and is accessible via a storage stair. It is separated from the rest of the home by a repurposed barn door, which hangs on Wild West saloon-style hinges.
The home also features a lounge area, which is fitted with a sofa and a TV that’s mounted on the wall to save space. Next to it, is the kitchen and dining area, which features a folding table, a range cooker, sink, and fridge, as well as a washer/dryer, and lots of storage space. The bathroom is quite spacious too and is fitted with a shower, toilet, and sink. There is also a loft, which is accessible via a ladder, and can be used as a guest bedroom or for storage.
The tiny home needs to be hooked up via a standard RV-style hookup to get power. The framing is made from structural insulated panels (SIPs), and it is cooled and heated using a ductless mini split system and a roof fan. It weighs 13,200 lb (5,987 kg), and rests on a 24 ft (7.3 m) trailer, which is elongated with a 7 ft (2.1 m) gooseneck. The Rusted Mountain Roost costs $84,000.
Providing adequate housing for those who can’t afford it should be a priority for all governments, and Finland has come up with an interesting solution to achieve this. A group of students was tasked with creating a prototype home, which could be used to house the homeless, students, refugees and all others who need a place to call home, even if just temporarily. The house they designed is called Kokoon and it is a prefab home that can be assembled in a single day.
Kokoon is built using just three prefabricated modules, which are very similar n size and weight and can be stacked one on top of the other using a crane. The modules are then secured into place and the final step in the construction involves adding a layer of sealant. The exterior cladding is made of spruce, while the frame and all the fixed interior furnishings are made of laminated veneer lumber (LVL). The interior is clad in natural wood, which gives the home a simple and clean aesthetic.
The interior floorspace measures 376 sq ft (35 sq m) and is divided up into a kitchen, dining area, bathroom, and bedroom. The separation of the living space occurs over three floors, so the occupants are also afforded some privacy should they desire it. Stairs connect the three floors and large skylights let in plenty of natural daylight. The home is insulated using cellulose fiber insulation, while it also features floor heating. There is also a hot water heater and the home gets its water and electricity from the grid.
Kokoon was designed by the so-called Wood Program Studio at Aalto University School of Arts Design and Architecture, and is intended to be used for up to one year while the occupants search for a more permanent housing solution. At this time this is only a student project, and therefore still in the concept stage, though it looks like a very promising affordable housing solution. The prototype is currently on display at the Museum of Finnish Architecture where it can be viewed for free.
We’ve seen a lot of clever alternatives to the classic mobile home lately, and this van that was converted into a cozy family vacation home is no exception. It uses boat building techniques to make the most of the available space, and the result is a spacious and comfortable home on wheels. It was built by Jack Richens of This Moving House.
Jack used a second-hand 2012 Mercedes Benz Sprinter van with a long wheel base for this project. The main aim of the van is to serve as a family vacation home, since jack and his girlfriend have two children. The home was designed by his girlfriend and built by Jack. The most innovative and space-saving design feature are certainly the stacked bunk beds, which are constructed in a way that maximizes the available space and doesn’t clutter up the interior. They were able to squeeze three sleeping tiers into a very small area with the technique they employed, which they borrowed from boat builders.
The kitchen is very compact, yet still highly functional. It features a long and narrow sink, a two-burner stove, and a good amount of counter space. The dining area was also very cleverly designed. The chairs are the original van seats, with the front two altered so they can be swiveled around to face the back. The dining table was placed in the area between the four chairs. The interior appears quite open and spacious, and does bear a distinct resemblance to a boat. There is no toilet on the van, which is a bit unfortunate, but then again, toilets can easily be found anywhere.
They purchased the van for around $10,000, while materials and equipment cost a further $8500. So the biggest expense was the time and labor involved, but it was certainly worth it. And Jack has already received several queries for commissions and is getting ready to start building more of these unique mobile homes.