Welcome to the tiny house project.
A tiny house is a trailer sized home that can easily be transported and situated anywhere because it is small enough to fit within highway regulations for travel on public highways. No special permits are required and they do not require a permanent foundation or services. Tiny houses are legal as nanny, or in-law suites in most city residential areas because they are not considered a permanent structure. Why a tiny house should be obvious. A tiny house can be built for under $50k and requires only minimal site preparation.
The goal of this project is to design and construct a very livable space without sacrificing any of the quality of living aspects that we have grown accustomed to from living in a city. I am particularly intrigued with wilderness living, or off-grid, where the structure can fit in among the trees without disturbing the site and which offers a wall of glass that can be rolled back for the summer months to ease the transition between indoors and outdoors. Allowing for the living space to include outdoor rooms. There is also the possibility of having multiple units that can be tethered together, each offering separate functions such as a kitchen, family room & bedrooms.
I think the other thing that is so fascinating about the tiny house movement is their versatility. They are moveable and adaptable to different site characteristics. Nestled in the woods among the trees, along a river bank or oceanside. They can even be dropped onto a floating barge for water-living. But probably most importantly, they support an aging lifestyle – at the time when most people are hitting the retirement homes, you could place yours in your kids backyard and still have some autonomy.
One of the nicest features of this design is the two large walls of glass that makes the living space appear connected with nature while still providing climate-controlled comfort.
On-grid – For a city installation where services are a simple hookup, the connection points are all located in a small heated space at the front of the trailer.
Off-grid – In a wilderness setting, all the utilities would be contained in a separate structure located several hundred metres away from the unit.
I am not a fan of the folded designs that are so popular among the tiny house movement such as loft spaces with ladders, or low ceilings in kitchens, bathrooms or bedrooms. Rather, I would like to see dedicated spaces. In order to achieve this on a small footprint, then new and novel approaches such as moveable walls and transformable spaces can be incorporated.