Energy-efficient Tiny Drop is 150 sq. ft. hybrid of teardrop trailer & tiny home

Architend / Tend Building
© Architend / Tend Building

Teardrop trailers are beloved by many road-trippers, thanks to their compact, lightweight and aerodynamic design, so perhaps it was only a matter of time before someone morphed them into a teardrop-tiny house hybrid. That's exactly what Houston, Texas-based Architend and Tend Building has done with the Tiny Drop. Larger than a regular teardrop trailer, it comes packed with lots of features that save on energy costs and promote healthy indoor air quality.

Architend / Tend Building© Architend / Tend Building

Coming in at 150 square feet, the Tiny Drop is a middleweight in tiny house terms. According to the builders, the home's shell consists of a "continuous thermal blanket, advanced home sealing technology, a ventilated rain screen and sun barrier" to create an ultra-energy-efficient structure. Non-toxic finishes, in addition to a fresh-air system and combustion exhaust controlled furnace were used to create a healthier indoor environment. The interior appears to have been deliberately left un-finished, so visitors on the Tiny Drop's nationwide tour can get a closer look at the details of how it was made.

Architend / Tend Building© Architend / Tend Building
Architend / Tend Building© Architend / Tend Building

Two long counters are facing each other; one is a workspace/dining area, the other is for the kitchen. At one end lies the seating area.

Architend / Tend Building© Architend / Tend Building

At the other end where the pop-out is located is the bathroom, which is pretty spacious with its shower stall, sink and high-end composting toilet. Its layout actually feels larger than even most other tiny house bathrooms.

Architend / Tend Building© Architend / Tend Building
Architend / Tend Building© Architend / Tend Building
Architend / Tend Building© Architend / Tend Building

The upstairs loft is accessible via a ladder (though at first glance, we weren't sure which one... it appears that the wooden ladder-like structure on the right is a kind of screen or for hanging things?).

Architend / Tend Building© Architend / Tend Building

The small sleeping loft is made larger by the two openable skylight windows, which give a great night-gazer's view, as well as lots of sunlight and ventilation.

Architend / Tend Building© Architend / Tend Building
Architend / Tend Building© Architend / Tend Building
Architend / Tend Building© Architend / Tend Building
Architend / Tend Building© Architend / Tend Building

The Tiny Drop has the capability to filter its own water and get its power from rooftop solar photovoltaic panels, giving the occupants the option to go off-grid if needed. This adorable, eco-friendly and functional teardrop-tiny house hybrid is currently on tour, check out the details on Architend and Tend Building.

[Via: Tiny House Talk]

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