Micro Tiny Home is a Minimalist’s Dream

Italian architect and engineer Leonardo Di Chiara recently designed and built a prototype of a micro tiny home, which is seriously small yet still wonderfully functional.  The so-called aVOID tiny house measures just 96 sq ft (9 sq) and is easily towable.  Given its diminutive size, it also presents some unique downsizing solutions.

The home rests atop a double-axle trailer and has a wooden frame, metal cladding, and plenty of glazing. The interior is comprised of a single room and a bathroom. To make the most of the available space, most of the furniture is hidden inside the walls. The home features a Murphy-style single bed, which can be pulled down when needed, and stored away during the day. It can also be turned into a double bed. The dining table also features a pull down design and can easily be stowed away when not needed.  There is also a small, but functional kitchenette, which features a sink, a two-burner induction stove, and some shelving for storage.

The aVOID home also features a rooftop terrace which is accessible via a ladder.  It is great for lounging on sunny days.  The bathroom is tiny and features a shower, composting toilet and some storage space.

Di Chiara is still working on the home, and plans to install solar panels and a greywater system, which will make it independent of the grid. The home is currently on display at Berlin’s Bauhaus Archive Museum of Design, but DiChiara lives in it full time otherwise, with the goal of learning all he can about tiny house living. He says it’s not much different that living at home with his parents, in a small bedroom which must also serve many purposes as one grows up.

Holland to Get Its Own Vertical Forest

Stefano Boeri’s Bosco Verticale idea has really taken off. Now the city of Eindhoven, the Netherlands will get it’s own vertical forest tower.  Similar buildings have already been built in Paris, France and Lausanne, Switzerland. The tower in Holland will provide affordable inner-city social housing.

The so-called Trudo Vertical Forest will be 246 ft (75 m) tall and have 19 floors. The façade will feature 125 trees, 5,200 shrubs and more than 70 species of plants. These will help cleanse the air, improving its quality, as well as provide a pleasant environment to live in.

The basic design of this tower is different than the previous versions of Bosco Verticale.  The exterior is covered in concrete planters and terraces, which jut out from the sides.

The tower will feature 125 apartment units, intended for young people looking for an affordable place to live. Each apartment will have a balcony with one tree and 20 shrubs. The Stefano Boeri Architetti intends to prefabricate the sections needed to build this tower and then assemble them on site.

The project appears to still be in the planning stage at this time, and there is no information about when construction is set to begin, nor by when it will be finished. Although given the fact that this is a prefab building, it should be erected quickly.

Tiny Home – Micro Camper

Living in a 250 sq ft tiny home would be downsizing enough for most people, but Richard Ward of Terraform Tiny Homes from Dallas, Texas recently traded in this “mansion”, as he calls it, for an even smaller home. He spent the last four months traveling the country in this “mansion” and has now traded it in for a 54 sq ft micro camper.

The camper is called Terraform 3 and it was built atop a boat trailer. It can be expanded into a 120 sq ft home when stationary. Richard bought the trailer used for $175 off Craigslist.  The home itself was built out of 16-gauge, 1-inch square steel channel framing that was welded together. The structure is so sturdy that he could install a small rooftop deck, which is a very nice addition to the home. And this choice of framing also left more interior space to work with.

The interior is reminiscent of a large teardrop trailer, and features a bed, a desk, a sink, some storage, and a small toilet. There is also an outdoor shower and an outdoor kitchen, which is stored away for transport using a hinged door at the back of the home. Ward likes to do most things outdoors, hence his choice to incorporate so much of the outdoors into his new home.  The deck and outdoor kitchen are perfect for that.

This new home is also a lot more mobile than his previous, larger tiny home was.  Much of Terraform 3 was constructed and furnished using repurposed and recycled materials.  For example, it features a countertop made of wine corks, and the floor is covered with pages taken from a vintage 1940s book of drawings.

Terraform 3 is very small and most people probably couldn’t imagine downsizing to such a drastic degree. But then again, how much space do we really need to live comfortably?

By |February 16th, 2018|Affordable, Design|0 Comments

Foldable Home Can Be Installed in a Day

Living Room

Prefab homes are a great solution when looking to build fast, and now there is another awesome option to do so on the market.  The Italian architect Renato Vidal has recently unveiled a prefab foldable home, which can be installed in less than a day. The so-called M.A.Di home comes flat-packed and is built using sustainable materials and means, but designed with durability in mind.  It can also withstand earthquakes.

The M.A.Di home is made of CLT (cross laminated timber) and manufactured by wood specialist Area Legno in Italy. It is available in several sizes, namely a 290-sq ft (27-sq m) tiny home, a slightly larger 495-sq ft (46-sq m) home, a 603-sq ft (56-sq m) home, a family sized 753-sq ft (70-sq m) home, or an even larger family home of 904-sq ft (84-sq m).  All the models have two levels and have a kitchen, dining area and bathroom located on the ground level, and bedrooms on the upper level. The homes feature an A frame structure, which makes it easy to fold them for flat-packing and easy transport to the build site.

Exterior

Exterior

Bedroom

Living Room

The home features a steel profile and steel hinges, meaning that each module can be opened and closed with ease.  When closed and folded, the height of the package is just 4.9 ft (1.5 m), while opened, it measures 21.3 ft (6.5 ft) in height. All of the M.A.Di modules have galvanized steel frames which are designed to support the home’s opening and closing movement. The homes are waterproofed using Polyurethane foam, which also provides the thermal insulation. In addition to this, the walls are insulated using high-density rockwool, while the windows can either be PVC or aluminum.

The actual installation is very simple, since each module just unfolds up.  The home doesn’t need a foundation, since it can be anchored in place with a specially-designed screw pile system, which has virtually no impact so this home has a very tiny footprint.   The home can also be built on a reinforced concrete foundation, if so desired.

Large Module Plan

Single Module Plan

The home can be easily packed away, while it is possible to extend the existing home by adding new modules. It can also be designed according to passive house standards, while there is also the option of taking it off-the-grid by installing a solar power array, composting toilet, water tanks and a gray water system.

The price of this home is $933 (€800) per square meter, so the smallest home will cost about $25,195 (€21,600) and the largest $73,385 (€67,200).

The Millennial Tiny House is Full of Space Saving Ideas

The New Zealand firm Build Tiny recently completed a tiny home, which has some very innovative and effective space-saving features. This so-called Millennial Tiny House is also available to buy at various price points and is therefore accessible to those on a budget, as well as those who want a fully equipped home, which they can move into right away.

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By |February 13th, 2018|Affordable, Design|0 Comments

Fully Customizable Off-grid Tiny Home

Living Room

Since tiny homes are so small, the key to living in them comfortably is a clever interior layout. And this is best achieved when it is tailored to your specific needs.  Enter the so-called Kootenay tiny house built by the firm TruForm Tiny. Potential customers have a wide range of layouts, as well as size, materials, colors, and even furniture to choose from when ordering one.  The home is towable and can also be made to operate completely off-the-grid.

The Kootenay comes in three sizes, namely 20, 24, and 28 ft (6, 7.3, and 8.5 m) in length.  The model pictured in this post is the largest, 28 ft (8.5 m)-long one.  Its total floor space measures 379 sq ft (35.2 sq m) and it features a metal roof.  The exterior cladding comes in different colors and wood types, while the color of the roof, the style of the exterior and even the window frames can also be chosen by the customer.

Exterior Deck

Exterior Side

Sleeping Loft

The interior features a living area with a sofa, a kitchen with a well-sized breakfast bar, a small oven and plenty of cupboards and shelves.  There is also enough room for a washer/dryer, dishwasher, and full-size appliances, which can be purchased as optional extras.

The far end of the home is taken up by a relatively spacious bathroom, which features a full-size bathtub. The Kootenay has two lofts. The larger one is accessible via a set of stairs and is meant as the master bedroom, though the latter can also be installed on the ground level should the client wish so.  The second loft is accessible via a ladder, and can be used as a guest room, though it is perhaps more suitable as a storage area.   The home also features a drop down deck, which extends from the living area.

Kitchen

Breakfast Bar

Bathroom

The Kootenay can be connected to the grid via a standard RV-style hookup, but a custom off-grid package is also available. This includes a solar power array, a wood-burning stove, a composting toilet, and a propane-powered fridge.

The basic version of The Kootenay costs $57,900.

By |February 10th, 2018|Affordable, Design, Modern architecture|0 Comments