Once upon a time, treehouses were considered just a play room for kids, but lately they have been gaining popularity as vacation houses and even-full time homes. And for good reason, since it’s hard to imagine a more fun way to live then up in a tree. The South African architecture firm Malan Vorster have recently completed this great example of treehouse architecture. It is located in a Cape Town, South Africa suburb.
The home has one bedroom, and was placed on stilts on the highest point in the clearing where it stands, in order to provide the best views. The layout of the home is quite interesting. The core of the structure is a square, while there are also a total of four semi-circular bays jutting out. The center of each of the circles features a four-part column and a circular ring out of which steel arms branch out to support the floor beams above. They used laser-cut and folded Corten steel plate for these, and they made it look a lot like a tree, in an effort to find that balance between man made things and nature.
These steel arms support the timber floor beams, as well as the facade glazing and the building envelope which was made using western red cedar. Brass components were used to create the connections between the steel and the timber. They also left all the materials used in the build untreated to allow them to weather naturally just like the trees that surround the home. The contrast between the metal and wood is also quite striking, and really brings to mind the complex relationship between man and nature.
The treehouse features plenty of glazing, which allows the residents to feel like they’re part of the nature surrounding it. The contrast between the metal and wood is also quite striking, and really brings to mind the complex relationship between man and nature.
One of the biggest issues in tiny home design is where to place the bedroom. Some swear by the loft, others prefer the headroom that comes from having everything on a single level. The Australian firm The Tiny House Company has come up with a brilliant new solution to this dilemma. The bed they installed in their newest creation called Portal, is set on mechanical tracks and can be retracted all the way to the ceiling when not needed.
The Portal tiny house measures 194 sq ft (18 sq m), but its clever, minimalist design makes it appear much more spacious than that. With the addition of the retractable bed, the home has a 8.5 ft (2.59 m) tall sitting area during the day, while during the night, when the bed is lowered the owners get a 11.4 ft (3.5 m) tall bedroom. In this way the full height ceiling of the home is utilized to its greatest potential at all times.
The home also features ample glazing throughout, which greatly adds to the feeling of spaciousness and aids cross-ventilation. These windows and glass doors were also carefully placed in a way that directs the eye towards he outdoors, further eliminating the sense of being boxed in, which can be a problem when living in small spaces.
The home features a kitchen that runs for half of the length of the house and features a counter, sink, stove, fridge and washer. There is also a foldable table that is ideal for use as a working desk. The home also features a bathroom, which is equipped with a composting toilet and a shower. There is also a grey- and black water filtration in place, and the water filtered through it is used for irrigation. The home features flooring which was made from recycled Australian hardwoods.
This home was designed for sub-tropical climates, and costs from $90,525 to $113,100 to buy, which depends on the appliances, finishes and materials the customer wants included.
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.