Here is good video about how the economy today is making some traditional home owners rethink the McMansion and of course pursuing the Tiny House Movement. Sitting at a around 425 square feet, this house is decked out with really high end finishing touches. Basically the owner is taking a traditional home budget and dumping it into a small foot plan for the costs savings and simplified living.
So I love the Modern aesthetic, but this is pushing it for me. This house is 450 square feet, all white interior and exterior. The interior however is a bit more organically arranged, with natural wood accents and awesome concrete counter tops. The house also features a built in car port and is situated on a very small lot in down town Tokyo.
Today the MiniHome was put up for sale, it is a prototype that I really liked. The house is made form completely sustainable materials and is already setup to live 100% off the grid. Its a interesting styling, almost akin to a box car and for some reason it brings images of a 50’s Dinner to mind. I really like the inside, it is big, bright and well laid out. The unit is a prefab unit which has many perks to it, but it being sold for $100k which seems a bit steep.
The inside is laid out beautifully. I really like the use of the stair case as a bookshelf. The combination of light woods, white walls and windows galore makes for a really nice package. The house is around 350 square feet and I know for a period of time the designer and his daughter lived in this unit very comfortably.
One aspect I really like is that this house uses a combination of clear, gray and black water. For some of you out there who don’t know, gray water is partially treated water, black is untreated water. When I lived in Australia every house had a solar water heater and two water lines, clear and gray. The clear water line was hooked up for any source that you consume, while gray went to laundry, toilets and the garden hose. This is a really brilliant concept that works very well in Australia, but has yet to make its way over here. Combined this with a dual flush toilet (small flush for “number one” and a larger flush for “number two”) and the impact is so much smaller.
Loyd Alter sums up the house when he says this:
Designed for a 50-year life expectancy, the miniHome offers the possibility for year-round, affordable living on almost any site. It is equally at home in a remote, wilderness setting – completely off-grid – or in an urban trailer park. Its remarkably sustainable combination of energy efficient systems and beautiful finishes usually associated with luxury condominiums results in a home that sings the virtues of simplicity and conservation
I stumbled across this from our friends over at Materialicious, It’s a “Log Home” haha get it? Ba-Da-Psssh – Clicky Okay corny jokes aside, the aesthetic of this is a really interesting collision of rustic extreme meats modern extreme. With all walls except the one being entirely made of logs, I love the look!
It also brings about an interesting point. Many of us want to take our tiny homes to a wilderness setting, an area that is untouched, that hasn’t been ruined by McMansions. With the logs being on most of the sides, the house can easily blend into the natural surrounds. This idea is interesting because you are minimizing the impact, not as we normally think of it as in renewable resources or recycled products, but in terms of Nature’s aesthetics. You are essentially able to keep what we find so great about a forest intact even with placing a house in it.
The Designers website is in French, but here is what it roughly says when I ran it through a translator:
Flake House, house wandering with the road gauge, is conceived to equip the places where it fails and to thus transpose them in strange vision. A “madness” which Marie skilfully “low tech” and “high tech”. The treatment of this poetic shelter is connected more with one object found than with an artifact. The madness is presented in the form of a cast solid building, monomatiÃ¨re (natural wood) broken in her center. This definite irregular break the sequence of entry and delimits space serving as been useful space. The interior treatment of the madness contrasts with the irregularity of the made exterior facade of logs. This space is punctuated random openings arranged between the logs of the walls.
Found this video, its a lil bit old, but it shows Jay Schaffer’s first Tiny House, a spacious 70 square feet!