Tiny modern house squeezes a lot of living into 136 square feet

Many of the tiny houses we show on TreeHugger have a decidedly traditional look, with gabled roofs and cutesy details. For some people, that's the definition of "home." But it never made a lot of sense; most tiny homes have lofts and gable lofts make lousy sleeping areas, your head is rarely at the highest part. They have lousy aerodynamics when you are taking it on the road. That's why Laird Herbert's tiny home that Kim showed earlier was so interesting; it was a modernist wedge.

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I thought I saw Laird's house for sale when I was perusing Tiny House Talk but it was in fact another modernist wedge by Greg Parham of Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses, that he calls a Boulder. It's not as technically sophisticated as Lairds (it needs trailer park hookups for water and sewer so it isn't completely self-sufficient) but it has some lovely touches and a real sense of humor.

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One big space saver is its alternating tread storage stair. These are far easier to go up and down than a ladder; once you get used to them they feel just like a conventional stair. I am a big fan of these.

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The dining room table cut from a tree is a nice touch;

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As is the tiny sink with the rough and ready faucets.

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Even the light fixture is fun.

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A nice design at a reasonable price, if you have a place to put it. This is one of many designs that are out there, as a real movement develops among people who want to avoid the mortgage rat race. They are not for everyone, and there are some problems that have to be solved, but we are going to see more of these.

One of the problems I am wrestling with is the definition of a tiny home vs a camper trailer. This unit is not self-sufficient and needs a trailer park hookup to live; others have the complete gear for self-sufficiency, from solar panels to composting toilets. Most of these are built on chassis with wheels to get around building regulations (It's not a home, it's an RV!) but depend on the kindness of strangers or friends for a place to park. This continues to be the unresolved.

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