Tiny Houses are the new eco way of living. It’s hard to believe they can be so cute, cozy and comfortable. They are fully equipped – bed, kitchen and bathroom and some even have a small workspace or living room. They are incredibly functional and cheap. Most of their owners believe that people over estimate the need for space. A tiny house can be considered a home as long as you feel that you belong there. Here are 8 tiny houses from across the world.
8. Seattle, Washington USA
Chris and Malissa Tack wanted the most natural thing for a husband and a wife – a home of their own. They were quickly discouraged by the high mortgage repayments and all the risks they were facing if they wanted a house. This is how they came up with the idea they can make a house on their own without spending anywhere near as much money. The result of their plans is a 140 square foot house, which they designed and built by themselves. Although the space seems small, their tiny house has a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom and a storage area.
Our next house on the list is meant for relaxation and productivity. It was conceived by designer Robin Falck as a place to work and relax. Due to Finland’s permit laws regarding building, you don’t need any special approval. Actually, you don’t need a building permit for this kind of building because it’s considered too small. Designer Robin Falck named this cabin in the wood ‘Nido’, which is the Italian equivalent for ‘bird’s nest’. The total area is 96 square feet and provides its owner with a bedroom, a living room, a relaxing deck and lots of storage space. One of the biggest advantages was the price – the total cost came in at a mere $10,500.
Another example of a functional small house is ‘Diogene’. Created by the famous Italian architect Renzo Piano, this home on wells is only on 79 square feet. After designing massive structures like The New York Times Building (Manhattan) and The Shard (London), the Italian designer received a challenge: to build a small house for minimalist living. The house was made public in 2013 as a prototype for the German furniture company Vitra. The tiny house is divided in two – the first part contains a living room accessorised with a folding table under the window, with a folding sofa in front of it. The second part of the house contains a shower, a toilet and a kitchen. More so, the house is very eco-friendly when it comes to water. It is collected, filtered, cleaned and then reused. The house produces its own electricity through its solar panels.
5. Rome, Italy
This tiny house used to be an abandoned alleyway shanty. Designer and architect Marco Pierazzi decided that he can do something good with the space, so he bought it and transformed it. This tiny house is just minutes away from the Pantheon and Saint Peter’s Square, so the opportunity was even bigger. After he renovated it, the designer lived there with his wife until the birth of their first child. He couldn’t bring himself to selling the tiny house. So now it’s least out as a holiday rental for travelers that need a comfortable place near the main tourist attractions. In this small place he built a kitchen, a bathroom and a small bed.
4. Idaho, USA
The hard times in someone’s life can change one’s character. A divorce is one of the most difficult things life can throw at you. The process can often make people re-access their lifestyle choices when faced with new challenges. This was the case of Macy Miller, who used her knowledge as an architectural designer to transform a small empty block of land into her dream house. Her cottage measures 196 square foot and only cost her $11,400. She is currently living there with her new husband and child.
3. Washington D.C. USA
One day Jay Austin decided that she wanted to change her lifestyle. She decided to build this tiny house of 140 square meters. She wanted a harmonious home which was friendly to the environment. This is how ‘The Matchbox’ was born.
2. Toronto, Canada
This tiny house was built 1912. The man who did it saw this space between two big houses and came up with the idea of building a small house between them. The house has a kitchen, bedroom, laundry and bathroom. He lived inside this house for 20 years together with his wife, impressive!
This house belongs to a couple that wanted to try something different. They built it by themselves on a trailer with wheels, making it completely mobile. They accessed an internet page which offered them plans and sketches, to which they made some minor adjustments. They lived in the tiny house for three years but decided to sell it when they decided to start a family.
Tiny Houses Are Awesome!
Tiny houses aren’t spacious but they are comfortable and cozy. They are a much cheaper alternative than an ordinary house and can be built almost anywhere. You can use recycled materials and make them 100% sustainable. All you need is an imagination, an open mind and a bit of patience won’t hurt either! Are tiny houses for everyone? Probably not. But it might be a perfect solution if you are a student on a budget, retiring, or looking to travel in comfort. There are many tiny house owners who find this lifestyle convenient and say they wouldn’t trade their tiny house for anything in the world!
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