Tiny House That Has a Bathroom With a View

Tiny homes are more often than not built from scratch, which means that everything in them can be made exactly as the owner wants it. And the client who commissioned the firm Rewild Homes to build this tiny home for them wanted to have a bathroom big enough for a bathtub, as well as large windows so they can enjoy gazing at the surrounding nature as they bathe.

The home is called Kestrel, and it is a towable tiny home that rests atop a 24 ft (7.3 m)-long double axle trailer. The interior is quite simple and the layout was kept open to add to the feeling of spaciousness. It also features hardwood flooring, birch and fir trim cabinetry and plenty of glazing, which lets in lots of natural light and aids ventilation.

The living area is just to the side of the entrance, and features a bench-like sofa, which hides storage compartments. There is also a small storage loft above it. Next to this area is a kitchenette, which is equipped with a sink made of granite, a propane-powered stove, as well as a washer/dryer combo unit and even a small fridge.

The bathroom is located on one end of the home and is accessible via a pocket door. It’s fitted with a custom-made vanity unit and also has a granite sink and a granite countertop. It also features a composting toilet, and a bathtub/shower that is flanked by two windows. Privacy could be an issue, but the owners will probably install some blinds, or maybe they plan to live in a secluded area.

Above the bathroom is the sleeping loft, which is accessible via a storage stair. The loft has a low ceiling so there isn’t a lot of headroom here, but there is a skylight, which lets in lots of light, while the loft is big enough for a double bed.

The Kestrel gets electricity from an RV-type hookup, while hot water is provided by a propane-powered on-demand water heater. The home also features a forced air propane heater, and LED lighting was installed throughout.

There is no word on how much this home cost to build.

French Tiny House Does More with Less

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When it comes to tiny homes, most of them already do more with less, but in France the laws governing how large a towable home can be to still be roadworthy are even more stringent. So the firm Blauchon, charged with designing this tiny home, had less to work with since the maximum dimensions of the house could only be 21 ft (6.5 m) long and 13 ft (4 m) high. They still managed to create a comfortable, permanent home for a family of three.

The tiny home is called Calypso, and it is clad in red cedar, with one section treated with the Japanese Shou Sugi Ban method, which seems to have been used for decorative purposes in this case, and not as a preservation method. Since the home is tiny indeed, they installed plenty of glazing to allow light to flood the interior and make it appear more spacious.

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Much of the interior is taken up by the living space, which features a kitchenette, a dining area, and storage space. The sofa also in this space hides a good amount of storage and can also be used as a guest bed. The kitchenette is fitted with a sink, stove, and fridge, and also has a breakfast bar large enough to sit three.

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The bathroom features a composting toilet and a shower, though there is no sink to save space. The family must use the kitchen sink for washing too. The child’s bedroom is also on the ground floor, and is separated off from the rest of the home by a door. The parent’s bedroom, on the other hand, is located in a loft that’s accessible by a ladder.

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The kid’s room is fitted with a raised bed that has two wardrobes under it, and can be accessed by a removable staircase that also has integrated storage for toys and such. They were also able to fit a small desk into the space, so the child can do their homework.

The home features standard hookups for electricity and water. For insulating the floor they used sheep’s wool, while cotton, linen and hemp was used to insulate the walls and wood fiber in the ceiling. The home features LED lighting throughout.

Unfortunately, there is no information as to how much this tiny house cost to build.

Fun Little Home

The French firm Baluchon recently unveiled a unique, fun new tiny home on wheels, which packs a lot into a small space. The home is very colorful, and would be a lot of fun to live in, I’m sure, especially given the fact that the interior is very well laid out.

The home is called Essen’Ciel and measures 19.6 ft (6 m) in length. It can still sleep up to four people and features a very spacious kitchen given the diminutive size of the home. The kitchen is equipped with a two-burner stove and a small fridge. It is located on the ground level of the Essen’Ciel, as is the sitting area, which is fitted with a sofa that can be pulled out into a bed. This space is divided in half by a staircase, which gives access to the sleeping loft. The latter is large enough to sleep two people comfortably, but doesn’t have an impressive amount of headroom. The staircase itself is very interesting, since the bottom two steps are retractable, which saves some space when the stairs aren’t in use.

To further make the most of the available space, the shelving in the living room is irregular and angular. In this way storage space is provided without sacrificing too much of the living area to it. The bathroom is small, but still large enough to fit a shower and toilet.

The Essen’Ciel was built atop a double-axle trailer and gets it’s power via a RV-style hookup. The exterior cladding is cedar, while they used sheep’s wool to insulate the floor, and cotton, linen and hemp for the walls. To insulate the ceiling they used wood fiber.

There is no word on price for this model yet, but other tiny homes made by Baluchon start at $65,000 (€60,000).

Tiny Minimalist Home Made of Wood

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It seems like tiny homes are gaining in popularity all over the world. The lovely minimalist one pictured above was designed by a Seoul, South Korea-based firm The+Partners and DNC Architects. It’s primary aim is to act as supplementary housing for visitors of the 2018 Winter Olympics, which will be hosted in Pyeongchang, Gangwon-do. But it could also easily be a full-time tiny home.

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This tiny home measures 213 sq ft (20 sq m) and is made of wooden modules. In fact, wood covers most of the surfaces inside the home, giving it a cozy, cabin-like feel. It features an open living area, a small kitchen, a loft bedroom, and a very well-sized bathroom. The home also features ample glazing throughout, which floods the interior with natural light.

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The bedroom is accessible via a set of cleverly designed stairs, which feature an interesting alternating tread design allowing it to take up less space. It also features ample storage space. The kitchen is quite small, but the bathroom is another story. It’s quite large for a tiny home, has wooden flooring and an open shower, as well as a toilet and sink. The homes will also feature a blackened shou shugi ban exterior.

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They haven’t disclosed how many of these they will be building to serve as housing for the Olympics. They did reveal that they chose this minimalist design so that the surrounding natural landscape would remain as unspoiled as possible. This tiny home is part of a wider project called The Tiny House Of Slow Town, the aim of which is developing the town without over-building. The tiny homes will also be built using as little materials as possible. Though not explicitly stated, they will most likely keep these houses in place even after the Olympics are over, and rent them out as a hotel of sorts.

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A Smart Tiny Home

Generally, tiny homes are all about going back to the basics, meaning they don’t feature a lot of modern, cutting edge technology. But Covo Tiny House Company has changed all that with their new model, the so-called Covo Mio tiny home. The latter features lots of smart tech, including lighting that can be controlled with a smartphone app, a smart door lock, and an Amazon Echo.

The Covo Mio rests atop a 26 ft (7.9 m)-long double-axle trailer and measures a modest 330 sq ft (30 sq m). It also has a cleverly positioned storage compartment, which is attached to the rear of the house. Most of the interior space is taken up by the lounge, kitchen and dining area. The sitting area features a sofa and a TV, while the kitchen is equipped with a stainless steel cooktop and oven, as well as a 7 ft (2.1 m)-long breakfast bar, which serves as the main eating space. The tiny home also features a bathroom, which is fitted with a toilet and a shower.

The home also features two lofts, one that is intended to be used as the master bedroom, and the second for storage. Both are accessible via a ladder. The tiny home also features ample glazing, which lets in plenty of natural daylight and aids ventilation.

The basic model is being sold for $59,999 and features all of the above. But what differentiates this tiny home from others on the market are the high-end smart technology features which are available as an upgrade. These include LED lighting throughout, a Schlage Z-Wave door lock, and a Bluetooth sound system, which are all connected to a Wink Hub and can be controlled with a dedicated smartphone app. Optional upgrades also include an efficient mini-split heating-and-cooling unit, a Nest thermostat, USB charging ports, an Amazon Echo, a 50-inch TV, and a sitting/standing working desk. The home features a standard RV hookup for electricity, while an off-the-grid package is also available, and includes a solar power system and a composting toilet.

These extras, along with other upgrades such as a walnut butcher block countertop, raise the price of this home up to roughly $100,000.