This Micro Home Community Has to Be Seen to Be Believed

Tour two beautifully designed micro homes in Georgia's Pinewood Forest community where plenty of storage, clever design and energy-saving features make these small homes cutting edge.

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April 27, 2020

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

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A Community of Micro Homes

Though we may think of tiny homes as one-off homes that can be transported from place to place, the Pinewood Forest community south of Atlanta is banking on a new tiny home model. The multi-use Pinewood community adjacent to the Pinewood Atlanta Studio (a film studio where a number of Marvel movies have been shot) features a variety of home styles including this Micro Village focused on small homes. But the emphasis at Pinewood Forest's Micro Village is also on smart design, plenty of storage (more on that later) and privacy. All of those design features were masterminded by tiny-home visionary and Pinewood's director of residential construction Brett Baker, shown here.

A Tiny Community

The six houses that make up Pinewood Forest's Micro Village balance privacy and a feeling of community with shared spaces like the neighborhood fire pit, common paths and even a community "Burrow" — a repurposed shipping container turned into a communal area for grilling and socializing.

The Slice Loft

You'd never guess this micro home, dubbed the "Slice Loft" was just 418 square feet. It's packed with stylish details and a real feeling of openness once you step inside. The Slice Loft is one of six micro homes in this tiny home community.

A Community Cave

A cleverly repurposed shipping container dubbed the Burrow, with a grill and refrigerator serves as a community gathering place in the Micro Village.

Slice of Life

Tiny home mastermind Brett Baker stands in the Slice Loft living and kitchen area. All of the homes in the Micro Village feature elevated ceilings, smart-home technology and high-efficiency windows and doors. The Slice features a one-bedroom loft big enough for a queen bed.

Storage Above and Below

A judicious use of storage, in the form of attractive floating wooden shelves and ample kitchen cabinets, help keep clutter tucked away.

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It's Tiny Time!

The living area in this tiny home is outfitted with small-space appropriate furniture from West Elm and Rejuvenation, like this retro Mr. Edwards Clock from Rejuvenation. By keeping furniture and decor to a minimum the room ends up feeling spacious and chic.

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Trendy Bachelor Pad

Brett describes the look of the Slice as "trendy bachelor" with the use of a cowhide rug, leather armchair and a vintage wooden crate used as a side table adding to that rustic guy effect.

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Mind Your Budget

"You can spend a lot of money on tiny homes, so you have to be very aware of the finishes," says Brett Baker, who oversaw the design, construction and decorating of the homes in this Micro Village.

Eat-In Kitchen

A simple color scheme of black and white keeps style consistent and lends the Slice a streamlined look. The Rejuvenation bar stools can be easily tucked under the countertop to further minimize clutter. An accordion curtain door opens up the room to the outside deck where a wooden fence offers privacy.

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Little Things Mean a Lot

In such a compact space, every little detail counts and even these small brass coat hooks become front-and-center design statements the way they might not be in a larger home.

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Convenient Storage

A shallow storage cabinet and open wooden shelves keep things tidy in the Slice bathroom and a full-sized shower makes even the small home feel luxurious.

Size Matters

A full-size shower and modern finishes help convey the sense that comfort and style are not being sacrificed in the service of small-space living.

Light Bright

A floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door in the bathroom brings light and a sense of space into this tiny home bath.

Loft Bedroom

The loft bedroom on the second level of the Slice features a queen-size bed and plenty of storage.

More to This Than Meets the Eye

One of the innovative design features of these Pinewood Forest tiny homes are temperature controlled basements that run the length of the home so things like luggage, off-season clothes and other necessities are easily accessible.

The Peak

Just 536 square feet when you combine this tiny home's main living space and ladder-accessible upstairs sleeping loft, the Peak doesn't sacrifice modern design features at the service of saving space.

Building a Better Space

Plenty of light, built-in bookshelves and an open coat closet define the Peak's well-thought out living area.

Shed a Little Light on the Subject

Windows on the ceiling flood the Peak home with light. The loft bedroom adds 60 square feet to the home's total of 536 square feet. This popular tiny home design also features a master on main. This smart home features remote controls that allow the roof window shades to close with the flip of a switch.

Top Floor

The Peak sleeping loft boasts skylight windows with automatic blinds.

Bird's Eye View

The Peak loft bedroom peers down into the living space.

A Storage Bonanza

The amount of storage in the Peak's spacious master bedroom includes tucked away shelves incorporated into the overbed storage unit where cell phones can be charged.

Built-In Bounty

A storage unit with built in shelves for cell phones adds useful storage space to this Peak master bedroom.

Storage Alcove

A small pass-through space leading to the Peak bathroom features open shelves for storage and a built-in hamper below for dirty clothes.

Everything In its Place

A hallway closet in the Peak hides a washer and dryer combo.

No Airplane Bathrooms Here

Part of the appeal of the Micro Village home designs is the use of full-size fixtures, including this sink in the Peak bathroom. Appealing features like this industrial-style lamp lend personality to the space.

No Skimping Here

The Peak bathroom boasts a full-size shower.

Open Shelving

The contrast of dark wood open shelving against white shiplap looks great at the Peak. Keeping finishes like walls, countertops and cabinets consistent, in the same color family, also helps make the space feel bigger.

Stowed Away

Dishwasher, refrigerator and even bar stools are all tucked away in this space-saving living room and kitchen combo.

Privacy Is Paramount

Though ample windows on the Peak guarantee loads of light and an expansive feeling in this 536-square-foot home, a privacy fence off the master bedroom also ensures privacy is maintained.

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