Most people with a family would not even consider moving into a tiny home, but it might not be such a far-fetched idea, as the so-called Brown Bear tiny house, proves. The home was designed and built by Alpine Tiny Homes of Utah. Despite itâ€™s diminutive size, it is still large and spacious enough to comfortably house a family of four. And best of all, itâ€™s also easily towable and can function completely independent of the grid.
The Brown Bear tiny home measures 28 x 8 x 13.6 ft (8.5 x 2.4 x 4.14 m). The ground floor features a spacious kitchen and dining area, which takes up most of the space here. The kitchen is equipped with a sink, propane-powered cooker, and even a full-size refrigerator and freezer. There is also a breakfast bar that can sit all four family members at once, as well as lots of custom-built cabinet space. All the countertops are made of quartz. There is also a small lounge in this area that features a sofa and a TV. The bathroom is separated from the rest of the ground floor by a door, and features a full-size shower, sink, and a composting toilet.
The sleeping areas are located in two lofts. The parents’ bedroom is in the loft above the sitting area, and is accessible via a ladder. The childrenâ€™s bedroom is located in the loft above the bathroom, and they separated this space in half to give each child some privacy. This loft is also accessible by a ladder.
The tiny house is fitted with a solar energy harvesting system, and there is also a Humless backup solar generator just in case. The heating and cooling needs are met by a mini-split air-conditioning and heating unit, while hot water is provided by a tankless hot water heater. The home is clad in tongue and groove, and has a metal roof. It also features lots of windows, which let in plenty of natural daylight and aid ventilation.
The Brown Bear tiny home cost $63,000 to build, which didnâ€™t include the solar power system. The latter raised the total price to $73,000.