Large but Towable Tiny Home

The tiny home maker Alpine Tiny Homes of Utah has just unveiled yet another new tiny home model. The so-called English Rose is a single floor tiny home, which is quite large and therefore spacious, but still towable.

The English Rose measures 38 by 10 ft. (11.5 by 3 m) and has the total interior floorspace of 380 sq ft (35.3 sq m). True to its name, it has a color scheme that is reminiscent of traditional English cottages, while it will also have window boxes once finished. Everything in the home is on a single level, though there are also a couple of storage lofts.

The home features a Dutch door as the main entry point, and it opens into the cozy and quite spacious living area. Next to this is the kitchen, which is fitted with a sink and has enough space for a range cooker and a fridge. There is also plenty of space for storage. The ceiling of the tiny house is made of tongue and groove, and the flooring is made of bamboo.

The bathroom is separated from the rest of the house by a small pocket door. it is quite spacious and even features a 5 ft (1.5 m)-long tub with shower, as well as a composting toilet, sink, and a vanity unit. The home’s single bedroom is quite big and has enough headroom to stand, as well as lots of closet space. The home has very small windows, so not a lot of light gets in. However, this was done in this way at the request of the owner, since she will be displaying her art inside and needs to have the lighting done just right. The home also features a fold-down deck, which measures 16 by 17 ft (4.87 by 5.18 m)

The English Rose gets power from a standard RV-style hookup, while the hot water comes from an on-demand propane water heater. For heating and cooling, they installed a mini-split unit. While the home is towable, it needs to have wide load signs in place to do so. However, the owner does not plan to move it from Napa Valley, California, where she lives.

Alpine Tiny Homes has not revealed how much this home sold for, but they are taking queries to build something similar.

All in One Kitchen Unit

Looking for the perfect kitchen for your tiny home? Well look no further, because the Swiss firm Kitchoo has the perfect all-in-one solution. The kitchen units they offer are compact and small enough to fit into most any tiny house or apartment without sacrificing functionality.

Kitchoo is actually the Japanese word for “good omen” and these all-in-one kitchen units are exactly that for anyone wanting to downsize and still retain all the comforts of a larger dwelling. The basic Kitchoo unit features a sink, a two-burner induction stovetop, a compact dishwasher and cabinet space. The faucet can be pressed down allowing the two lids that cover the sink and stove to be lowered, which creates a good amount of counter space, or an eating surface. The drawers are all big enough to store plates, cups, dishes and utensils. And best of all, despite the superb functionality and offering everything you need from a kitchen, these units take up very little space. Also, by combining more than one unit, you can have yourself a fully mobile and fully functional kitchen.

Besides the basic model, they also offer several higher end versions, which have space for a fridge/freezer combo or a washing machine. The design of these units is also totally flexible, so any of the appliances you don’t need can be switched out and replaced by the ones you do. The unit also comes in a variety of finishes, including dark oak, light oak and white.

Prices start at $3,483 for the basic version and go up to $4,645. They’re currently only available in Europe and the Middle East, but the firm plans to make them available in North America soon.

Tiny House Made of CNC-cut Panels

The tiny house movement has come a long way these last couple of years, which has led to many innovative approaches to constructing these sustainable dwellings. The tiny house firm Extraordinary Structures of Santa Fe, NM is one of those companies that has been pushing the envelope in finding new and innovative ways of building these structures. Their latest offering, the so-called SaltBox was constructed with the help of digital fabrication.

The SaltBox rests atop a 24-foot-long trailer and measures 200 sq ft (18.6 sq m). It was constructed using a rapid-assembly system, which the firm has developed. This method of construction utilizes CNC-cut materials and a panelized system of SIPs which greatly shorten the time it takes to build this tiny home. An envelope made of permeable house wrap and a thermal wrap of mineral wool board makes up the first layer of the home. Next is the metal exoskeleton made out of 22-gauge steel, which serves the purpose of acting as a rain shield. The roofline of the SaltBox is asymmetrical, and this shape was inspired by the traditional New England saltbox-type roof. It was also chosen because it makes it easier to install solar panels.

The interior was kept quite open and minimalist. They left the panels and joints exposed, which gives it a very modern aesthetic. To save space they’ve also installed built-in storage cabinets, and a Murphy bed that can be folded up and thus moved out of the way during the day. When lowered, a couple of ottomans provide support for it.

The kitchen and bathroom share a wall, so that they could reduce the number of plumbing lines that needed to be installed. The kitchen is fitted with a large sink, a two-burner induction cooktop, a fume hood and a small smart drawer refrigerator. The bathroom features a Japanese-style ofuro tub, which was handmade out of cedar. The home also features a composting toilet. Over the bathroom is a small loft, which can either be used as a reading nook, or a guest bedroom. The home is heated using a high-efficiency gasifier woodstove, which takes up very little room.

The fully fitted version of this home sold for $82,500, while the company also offers a stripped down, basic version for $50,000.

Sun-Speckled Off Grid Cabin

The Olive Tree House is a tiny summer cabin that was designed by Greek architect Eva Sopéoglou. It is located in Halkidiki, Greece and operates completely off the grid. As an interesting an unique design feature, it is also clad in metal, which is perforated with decorative shapes that cover the interior walls with dappled sunlight when closed.

The Olive Tree House has a floorspace of just 226 sq ft (21 sq m) and is located in an olive grove that overlooks the sea. It was also built in a way that allows for easy dismantling and reassembly should the need arise. It features a chestnut wood frame and has concrete foundations. The sloping roof is made of corrugated iron. All the metal seems a questionable choice given Greece’s hot climate, but the walls open all the way, providing great ventilation, and even when closed, the perforations still let air inside. The interior layout is also such that it provides a good cross draft.

The perforations and small jutting-out leaf pieces that cover the metal siding were created with a CNC punching machine and by hand, and took quite a long time to complete. But the end result is impressive and really sets this tiny home apart from others.

The entire cabin was prefabricated off-site, while the design also took into consideration the natural path of the sun on site so as to provide ample shading. To create more space, the living room extends to the outside. The house also features a kitchenette, while the bedroom is separated off from the rest of the space by storage closets. The bathroom features a composting toilet, sink and shower.

The Olive Tree House is completely independent of the grid. Electricity is provided via a solar panel array, and water comes from a tank. They have plans to also install a rainwater collection system in the future.

Lovely and Unique Flatpack Furniture

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Flatpack furniture has got to be one of the best inventions ever made, since it has greatly simplified shopping for furniture and/or moving. It has also made the whole furnishing process a lot easier for people who live in apartments. The drawback is that such furniture is not built to last, and several tons of it ends up in landfills across the US each year.

The other reason this happens is that the owners’ needs for furniture change, and the furniture startup MOJUHLER, is aiming to solve this problem with their flatpack modular furniture system. This system allows you to build multiple pieces of furniture using the same set of components.

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All the pieces are made from high quality Baltic birch plywood with a coating of Wilsonart laminate. The pieces that are used to construct the furniture have a pattern of holes drilled into them, meaning they can be connected in a variety of ways using aluminum angle brackets, and so-called sex bolts. The latter get their name from the way the screw and nut fit together, and are also known as barrel bolts, or Chicago screws. Basically, these bolts have the advantage of sitting flush to the surface when used to bolt the furniture pieces together, and do not protrude out at all. Also, since sex bolts are designed to fasten together, they also do not damage whatever they are joining. Most other flatpack furniture has bolts that secure into the material, which means taking it apart and reassembling it somewhere else rarely results in a piece of furniture with the same sturdiness it had when new.

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The series of holes, which are the main design element of this furniture system does make it look like furniture for kids, but I think it also lends the pieces a sort of timelessness. The designers are currently raising funds through a Kickstarter campaign to begin production.