With all of the ingenious, creative tiny homes out there, you’d think that by now we’d have reached Peak Tiny House, exhausting all the possibilities of life in a space smaller than 500 square feet. To think so, though, would be to underestimate human imagination!
Rather than using up all the possible ideas for unique tiny homes, the proliferation of the tiny house movement just inspires more and more innovation, with each builder and designer getting inspiration from the trials and errors of those who came before.
Plus, with these environmentally-friendly abodes becoming more trendy and popular by the day, a wider variety of people are deciding to move into one— and bringing their own idiosyncratic needs with them! They say that necessity is the mother of invention, after all, and sometimes that necessity is a client with an utterly unique list of needs and desires.
Our current favorite tiny house designer and problem-solver is Ana White, one half of a wife-and-husband tiny-home-building team in Alaska. She’s giving us a tour of her latest project, a trailer-turned-tiny-house for a client who requested the one thing you wouldn’t expect in it: space.
Yes, the person looking to downsize his living space in a trailer requested open space; we couldn’t believe it either. More incredibly, though? Ana delivered. Take a look at THIS:
Look at all that space! As Ana says, you could totally have friends over, entertain, do yoga— all without feeling cramped at all! Granted, compared to a living room in a more conventional home, it’s small, but for a tiny home in a trailer? It’s downright, luxuriously spacious!
Sometimes the challenges of tiny home design – or home design in general, for that matter – are meeting the rules and regulations of each particular area the house will stand in. This particular one is based in Alaska, like Ana, and one of that cold state’s requirements is that all the tanks, plumbing, and equipment for what we might think of as “modern living amenities” have to be inside the home, not exposed to the elements.
You see the problem there. How does Ana accomplish satisfying this requirement without sacrificing space? Well . . .
She raised up the kitchen! (The bathroom’s up there, too.) While we’re used to seeing beds and bedroom areas lofted in tiny homes, usually the rest of it stays on one level. That makes lifting up the kitchen not only novel, but smart: there’s a compartment allowing the owner to slide under and maintain their tiny home easily, all without braving the outdoors or dismantling their little home.
That’s just the tip of this iceberg when it comes to all the innovations in this home. To see how Ana handled the request for a guest bedroom, a holiday-friendly kitchen table, and a laundry area – yes, they’re all there! – plus much, much more, watch her video tour below.
What do you think of all of Ana’s innovations in this tiny house? Do you think they’ll ever advance to a day where you’ll want them, or do you prefer your more conventional home? How many of you out there have already embraced the tiny home revolution? Tell us what you think!