Josh Wynne has built a small tiny house to accommodate his old aged father, Mike Wynne who has some health issues that limits his mobility. Incorporating many features, Mr. Josh has built this house stylish, functional and sustainable-small in size, less maintenance and cleaning and easier to get around. The house has been built on his rural property on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
“All favor a retiree on a fixed income who is inevitably going to have changing needs through the course of ownership,” Wynne says. He dubbed what he calls the “tiny-ish” house “Mike’s Hammock.” After Hurricane Irma came through recently and left the house unscathed, it confirmed to him that he’d built a structure that could withstand a big storm.
The house is 604 sq ft (56 sq met) in size having one bedroom, one bathroom while outdoor porches and mechanical/utility space adds 436 sq ft. Due to Sabal palms in surrounding, the house has been cantilevered above its foundation that look like floating in the trees. The house has been efficiently built with mostly local and recycled material. He says that only one dumpster of waste is enough this entire project of house built from recycled material. He says that “The Southern yellow pine for the framing material is lumber from the construction site of a nearby housing development and was treated with boric acid for termite control”.
Engineered wood has been used for roof framing requiring no crane to install. “It minimizes impacts by utilizing trees that are younger and using them more efficiently than solid-sawn lumber,” says Wynne. Wood paneling inside the home is the same Southern yellow pine as same used for framing. There is an energy-efficient central cooling and heating system in the home- custom-made and said the energy bill averages only $25 a month, even in summer. “We designed a smart, double-wall exposed metal duct to distribute the air efficiently while simultaneously adding to the interior decor.”
Kitchen layout has been designed keeping in mind to accommodate the possibility of mobility impairment. There are IKEA cabinet bases with only full-extension drawers for easy access.
Matthew Hofmann has been working for around a decade to design mobile living spaces and has a long line of vintage trailer conversions to show for it. By launching their new Living Vehicle the firm envisions to craft a mobile home from head-to-toe, designed to entice outdoor enthusiasts toward sustainable and mobile living for extended periods of time.
Living Vehicle 27 ft (8-m) frame has been designed to ride off-road with five-inch tube rigid aluminum frame finished with aluminum exterior, giving it the glistening appearance of Airstream trailer looking like a boxier. The firm says that it has been designed for the folks who looking for full-time home for long-term mobile living.
The Living Vehicle mobile home has capacity to sleep six. There is a convertible double sofa and hidden EuroLoft-style bed that folds into the ceiling by way of an electronic switch, in addition to a queen-sized memory foam mattress in the bedroom. A 32-inch LED TV along with four-speaker sound system with Bluewooth connectivity has been installed in living area.
The kitchen includes stainless steel sink, two-door refrigerator and gas stovetop. Hiding the pull-out drawers and overhead storage cabinets, a full size floor-to-ceiling pantry has been installed in kitchen. The bathroom features a skylight, lovely wooden detailing, radiant towel warmer and rainfall shower head.
Making it a mobile living place for four seasons, Hoftmann Architecture has fitted it out with doubled-paned windows and insulation. The Living Vehicle also features the plumbing, heating and ventilation system.
If the owner wants to get convenience of grid-connections and municipal water supplies, a 600-W solar array can be mounted on the roof along with a 24-V lithium battery bank and 4000-W inverter. A Wi-Fi and LTE antenna are installed on the roof to get nearby internet or cellular signal and then to distribute it wirelessly throughout the vehicle.
The firm says that this self-contained Living Vehicle could support two people living off-grid for a month or longer. Living Vehicle price starts at US$129995 but deliveries available in spring (US) of 2018.
We’ve seen so many off-grid tiny homes with larger size which were made for families but those who are in search of tiny home for couple can choose RoadHaus tiny house by Wheelhaus. It’s a pint-sized dwelling with high ceiling and generous glazing and with a small deck as well.
It’s actually a smaller and updated version of Wheelhaus’Wedge house and firm has made it serving as tiny house, backyard office or a guest house. Its size is flexible and measures between 160 to 240 (14.8 to 22.2 sq m).
Owner of the tiny home can get access from the deck through a sliding glass door, then enter into a small living area with couch with a TV mounted on the rustic wall. A kitchenette is also next to this equipped with fridge/freezer, microwave, two-burner stove, sink, cupboard space and shelves for storage of different items. There is a direct access to the bathroom with a tiled shower, sink and toilet.
A bedroom with cozy double-size bed is set at end of the house. There is no loft for sleeping but Wheelhaus says that sloping area of roof allows for small storage loft.
RoadHaus’s frame is steel made and lightweight however exterior is finished with painted cement board siding with black metal trim. Sloping ceiling varies in height between 9 to10 ft but topped by corrugated metal roof.
The home gets power from standard RV-style hookup. Weight varies but max weight is 25000 lb (11,339 kg) as it depends on the size of the model and finished and fixtures chosen by the buyer. Insulation values are R-25 and R-35 for walls and roof respectively. RoadHaus price starts at US$63,500.