There are numerous reasons why tiny house living has become such a welcome addition to society. People want to be free from the chains of mortgage payments, live in a more sustainable dwelling, and get more in touch with nature rather than being a prisoner of their home and possessions. Another major reason for investing in a tiny house is the ability to move your home on the back of a trailer whenever you have the whim to set up shop at a new location.
Of course the convenience of having a house movable via standard trailer means you are limited to a square footage that fits within those dimensions. If you want to live in a house that is a little bigger, you sacrifice the ability to be mobile. Well, Kim Lewis Designs has found a way to incorporate both with the Lonny, a 400 ft2 home that is actually two units (movable by trailer) that are connected by a breezeway and a collapsible deck when stationary.
The result of the design is a space that is roomy, comfortable, and built for entertaining. The exterior has personality and uniqueness while the interior uses clever storage solutions to maximize living, resting, eating, and drinking area. After all, the homeowners commissioned the design because of their desire to find a second location for their urban winery.
The designers have found a way to incorporate without sacrifice, or as they put it “trying to put a lot in a little box and make it functional, livable, and stylish. The homeowners also reiterated that they wanted as much entertaining space as possible and the rooms still contain spots to lounge but area for traffic as well.
One thing to note about kitchens in mobile tiny homes is that they can't contain large appliances or granite countertops because of the added weight of hauling. The Lonny combated this with lighter wood and Silestone countertops and refrigerated drawers that offer as much storage as the full-size appliance.
The master bedroom features sliding door access for increased natural light. The wood in the bedroom and throughout the home has character, being reclaimed from a 1960s home in Austin, TX which keeps in line with the companies Bohemian design plan.
A unique feature of the Lonny came from the opportunity to build up, not out. A platform was added above the trailer's gooseneck essentially creates a walk-in closet complete with a washer/dryer efficiency.
The bathroom is a focal point of the master bedroom due to its unique configuration and copper panel doors. The doors are on barn track for efficiency and privacy. You'll also notice a nifty storage area built into the ceiling to the left of the bathroom which further incorporates the premise of building up instead of out.
The same type of copper doors as found in the bathroom also lead to access to the breezeway. Two doggie beds are also built into the breezeway bench as the Lonny designers strive to make every inch of available space as functional as possible.
Photos courtesy of Molly Winters Photography