9 Things You Never Thought You'd See in a Tiny House
A two-story tiny house that tilts onto its side? Anything is possible.
From sub-sofa storage to desks that fold into dining tables, the space-saving hacks seen on shows like Tiny House, Big Living and Tiny Luxury are sights to behold. But even though much of the work that goes into a tiny house is about utilizing and repurposing every square inch, there’s still room for creativity that’s not related to saving space. Check out these features that would be considered incredible in any home, not just a tiny one.
Tilting Tower Home
Why build out when you could build up? In an incredible engineering feat that has to be seen to be believed, this two-story tiny home with an observation deck tilts from vertical to horizontal for traveling. Yes, the bathroom was designed to have no problems during transport.
Matthew and Meghan needed a safe and easy way to bring their newborn baby up to the sleeping loft in their tiny home. Solution? A baby lift on a pulley system.
Why grow herbs outside when you can do it from the comfort of your own kitchen? Rob installed a custom aquaponics system above the sink in his tiny home.
There’s no need to leave home for the bar when you have your very own tap for honey wine in the kitchen.
Wine Barrel Bathtub
Margaret had serious vision when designing her first home with the help of her mother, a long-time builder — ergo, this tub fashioned out of a wine barrel.
Speaking of repurposing, Maryam and her husband, Vladimir, decided to skip the bathtub altogether. The couple built a floor that easily drains water, allowing the entire bathroom to function as a shower.
Chandelier on a Track
Style doesn’t have to be stationary. Ben and Callie opted for this chandelier on a track in the ceiling of their tiny home, allowing them to move it from the kitchen to the living space when the mood strikes.
Soundproof Music Studio
Musicians Jacob and Arielle hoped to take their tiny home on the road with them while touring, and having a space for recording was a must. The sound-dampening walls in this 40-square-foot nook keep outside noise to a minimum.
Does your standard-sized house have a yoga deck? Didn’t think so.
Small House Movement
The small house movement started roughly a decade ago, but the economic crisis rapidly accelerated its growth as people began to re-evaluate their lifestyles, craving the simplicity that comes with scaling down. At a fraction of the average house price (some a mere $20,000), these structures eliminate the hassle and potential pitfalls of a mortgage. Plus, they force their occupants to pare down their belongings to the essentials and devise innovative solutions to make the most of every inch.
Just because a home is Lilliputian doesn't mean it has to be devoid of character. There may not be much room for frills on the inside, but the outside can have all of the flourishes that highlight a more traditional home, such as a gable, dormers, turned posts and railings or a decorative roof.
Carefully Chosen Furnishings
Those who inhabit tiny houses don't have the luxury of expansive sofas, clusters of chairs and nests of tables, so what they do have needs to count. Tucked into a bright, sunlit nook, this chair can act as a solo reading retreat, a spot for guests to sit, a perch for doing office work on the computer and much more.
Because interior square footage is so limited, outdoor spaces become an integral part of a tiny home's living area. Patios, gardens and other alfresco spots help to expand the amount of usable space. In this beachfront house, a wall of sliding doors opens directly to the sand, lending the illusion of ample room.
Mirrors, aluminum, stainless steel and other shiny elements help to bounce light around, which makes a tiny home feel bigger. Diamond-plate walls amplify the light streaming in from the window in this compact shower, preventing it from feeling cramped (even if it means giving up a bit of privacy).
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