When you think about a tiny house – a fully equipped domicile, generally between 200 square feet to five times that size – you might think modest, quaint, humble, penny pinching and cute.
Many of the homes in the so-called tiny houses movement are all of the above. Except for its extremely modest size, however, this 224-square-feet home parked – yes, parked – in Northern California, is miles away from modest, quaint, cute or austere. By contrast, this home brings to mind Frank Lloyd Wright far quicker than it does Henry David Thoreau. And what did Mr. Wright say in jest: "Give me the luxuries in life, and I will willingly do without the necessities." That might even work on a plaque by this home's front door.
Words like “modern,” “sharp,” “stylish” and even “lavish” comes to mind when touring this gem that incorporates the “best of both worlds” axiom of tiny house living, which relies heavily on outdoor accommodations, such as patios and porches to take some of the edge off the claustrophobia that might otherwise haunt the inhabitants.
While the outdoor look appears deceptively unassuming, the indoor space has a clutter-free, flashy look that makes it both practical lodging for its inhabitants and an inviting retreat for guests.
That extra long counter stretches from the kitchen to the front door, which makes it an invaluable complement to the outdoor serving counter. Its length allows it to double as a desk or a drawing space with a great view of the great outdoors.
Another view of the same room with a glimpse of both the upstairs, loft bedroom and the unique ceiling lamp (with six hanging light bulbs). Notice, as well, the riser-less stair case.
Here's a view of the outside counter, where eaters face toward the indoor counter. Notice the window slides to open and folds up to stay out of the way.
For obvious reasons, many tiny houses make use of sliding doors. This one has a heavy door with iron handles for the modern bathroom. Notice the staggered candle holder on the wall to the left.
Meanwhile, the bathroom for a tiny house has to be the place to sacrifice all those creature comforts in the name of saving space. You can expect to have just the bare minimum (no pun intended) for amenities, right?
Not quite. Many who own full-sized homes might be envious of this tiny home's loo. (The combination washer/dryer is in the foreground on the right.)
The upstairs bedroom is modern, eye-catching and sleek with extra room, as well.
And a closet with a vanity desk:
All said and done, however, as enjoyable as the interior might be, you could still say that this home relies on its communal relationship with nature. If you're not willing to enjoy meals or visiting time outdoors, this home might seem small. But for anyone who loves natural scenery in the day and stars at night, this home might be just the ticket.