Living in a tiny house doesn’t necessarily equal sacrificing comfort, at least not according to work-at-home husband and wife team Andrew and Gabriella Morrison. Their 221 square foot home, which is dubbed hOMe, is designed in a way that maximizes each part of the living space, giving the appearance of being a much larger hose than it is. The home greatly resembles a shipping container from the outside due to its shape, and is only 8 feet and 6 inches wide.
The tiny home is built on a trailer chassis, meaning that the owners could bypass several building codes and regulations, such as minimum building sizes or even minimum room sizes, which make building tiny houses so difficult. In designing and building their house they sacrificed none of the comforts found in a larger home. The tiny home contains a home office, a large living area, a spacious bedroom, and a fully equipped bathroom and kitchen.
To make the most of the available space, they placed the kitchen at one end of the rectangular structure and the bathroom at the other, which enabled them to use the full width of the trailer. The kitchen is equipped with a five burner range, an 18 cubic foot fridge and lots of cabinet space. The bathroom is equipped with a Sun-Mar composting toilet, but is still spacious enough for comfortable bathing.
The living area contains a built-in sofa, and a counter that doubles as a dining table and home office space. One of the more innovative features of the home is the storage stair, which leads up to the large loft bedroom, and into which storage shelves are built. They opted for a staircase rather than a ladder, which is the more conventional choice for tiny houses, because they plan to live in their hOMe for a long time, and ladders are difficult to navigate for the elderly. The tiny house also features a second loft area, which rests over the bathroom and is accessible via a ladder. To minimize the amount of storage space they needed, Gabriella and Andrew have made their office completely paperless by using Evernote and a Scansnap scanner to keep all their files in the cloud rather then in filing cabinets.
Their tiny house is also completely off-the-grid, so they are not tied down to any utility bills or systems. In other words, the tiny hOMe offers them total freedom, which was one of the key reasons they decided to build it.
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