Best of Tiny Houses - Secret Getaways for treehuggers and everybody else

  These top 5 Tiny Houses prove how comfortable little spaces can be and are definitely worth a visit

Arcana Mirror Tiny House
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Author: Julia Schindler

Tiny house: Small inside, great potential

Tiny House - Cosy, high-quality, chic and not at all as small as you might think from the outside. The designs offer great quality of life in small spaces and encourage people to think about the importance of owning a lot. Although micro houses focus primarily on function and practicality, mini houses also show how aesthetics and luxurious design can work in small spaces. Thus, our top 5 should also inspire you to look at sustainable living from a different angle.

  1. Luxury Tiny House (tailoreditinyco)
  2. Das Wikkelhouse
  3. APH80
  4. Fincube
  5. Arcana

1. Luxury Tiny-House (tailoredtinyco) in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia

How tiny: 22sqm - 9x2, 40x4, 60h meter

Lisa Trantner and Matt Hobbs planned and built their Tiny House themselves. The chic black box with a corrugated iron façade is reminiscent of a container house. But the idyllic living space is significantly enhanced by the addition of a spacious terrace with awnings. Also, the tiny house appears wide and open with many windows, such as a large skylight.

During the day, it is naturally flooded with light. At other times, large ceiling lights in the living room in particular create a cosy atmosphere. A real design highlight in the Tiny House interior: Light bulbs hang in various lengths from a lattice entwined with plants.

  Source and copyright by The Tailored Tiny Co.

Downstairs is a living room, a full kitchen with a white marble countertop, and a spacious bathroom. The staircase, which runs above the kitchen's closet system, leads to two bedrooms connected by a hallway. In addition, both rooms are equipped with a large double bed.

You can also stand upright on this floor. Overall, every space has been used efficiently throughout the house and the open living space has been visually enlarged by mirrors.

The Australian couple has strongly considered the issue of sustainability in the definition of their living space, insulation, use of recycled materials as well as their wastewater system for biological waste. They still get their water and energy from the public grid - but the house is to become completely self-sufficient.

 Source and copyright by The Tailored Tiny Co.

2. Wikkelhouse, various locations

How tiny: per segment 5,5sqm - 4,5x1, 2x3, 5h metres - total size variable

The Dutch studio "Fiction Factor" has developed an innovative living concept for a modular Tiny House made of corrugated cardboard. It is quick and inexpensive to build, environmentally friendly and durable. It can withstand the effects of the weather for over a hundred years and with the help of a protective coating, its lifespan can be extended.

The Wikkelhouse is machine-wrapped and glued from 24 layers of cardboard. The sandwich structure of corrugated cardboard and wood is robust and insulated. Flax additionally serves to insulate against noise and heat. A protective film makes the construction waterproof.

photo credit © Wikkelhouse / Yvonne Witte

Any number of module segments can be assembled one behind the other to create individual Tiny Houses. These are normally placed on a substructure, whereby a staircase and terrace are added to the entrance area. In addition, solar panels can be mounted on the roof. Inside the Tiny House, a unique wooden charm is created and creativity is offered the possibility of individual furnishing.

Only a built-in kitchenette and a wood-burning stove can be booked prefabricated. However, small round windows can be added in a variety to extend the exposure through the glass front of the house.

3. APH80, various locations

How tiny: 27sqm - 9x3x3, 5h meter

The Spanish architecture firm "baton Arquitectura" has developed "APH80", a series of comfortable mini-houses that can be transported and relocated via a truck. The houses have a rectangular basic shape with a gable roof and are completely clad in grey cement wood panels.

Foldable panel elements serve to cover the windows and doors during transport - to form a completely closed façade. The Tiny House has a huge glass surface made of sliding door elements as well as two simple windows on the sides. This gives the living space natural light and a closeness to the landscape. Furthermore, the wooden surfaces of fir wood inside are delicately whitewashed.

The core of the mobile house is formed by a freely furnishable living room and an integrated kitchenette. In addition, the adjacent areas to the right and left contain a bedroom for two people and a bathroom with a built-in standard shower. The majority of the materials used are recyclable and the concept is self-sufficiently expandable.

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4. Fincube in Unterinn, South Tyrol, Italy (model house)

How tiny: 47sqm - 7x7x5h meter

Designer Werner Aisslinger developed a somewhat more spacious Tiny House for living in the countryside. The façade of the square "Fincube" consists of a 360-degree panoramic window front framed by a wooden skeleton construction. As a result, an open feeling of space and a luxurious ambience is created.

The Tiny House stands on four support points, which become a visual base through the wooden cladding. The construction makes it possible to move the house to another location within a few days by dismantling and assembling it. In addition, the flat roof can be greened or equipped with a solar system. Electricity, water and sewage connections are provided via the regular network.

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The efficient electric radiant heating is a special feature. The materials used - wood, glass, ceramics and steel - are as sustainable and recyclable as possible. The living space has an open design and is divided into areas by modular wall and functional panels, starting from the centre of the room. This makes efficient use of the room volume and sets the scene.

The sequence of rooms - hallway, kitchen, living room, bedroom, bathroom - is based on a spiral structure. Furthermore, the three-metre-high interiors are clad in larch and Swiss stone pine. In addition, the purist basic design of the rooms offers plenty of scope for individual furnishing.

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5. Arcana in Canada

How tiny: 26sqm

Arcana's micro houses are intended to offer the possibility of getting back to nature and thus to a better sense of well-being. Scientists have shown that time out in nature reduces the stress hormone cortisol and blood pressure. The Tiny Houses become one with their surroundings and pursue the goal of not only having no visual impact on nature, but also of not harming the landscape ecologically.

Sustainability does not only run through the architecture of the micro houses. The tiny houses also support the local economy by working with local manufactures and craftsmen to furnish the Tiny Houses inside. In addition, audio guides on flora and fauna are being developed with local experts for guests' discovery of the surrounding nature.

Source and copyright by Arcana

The Tiny Houses should also reflect nature on the inside and bring people and nature into harmony. That is why the micro houses have large windows and consist of natural materials such as wood. They are reduced to the essentials, but still offer a high-quality luxurious stay.

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Inspired by the tiny house lifestyle

Through the creative realisations and loving details, it quickly becomes clear that living in Tiny Houses also brings about a change in attitude and encourages new thinking. Even if you don't live in a mini house, Tiny Houses serve as a great source of inspiration for sustainable living.

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