Design Tiny Homes Sakura Is a Luxurious Modern Tiny House for Cold Climates (Video) By Kimberley Mok Writer McGill University Cornell University Kimberley Mok is a former architect who covered architecture and the arts for Treehugger starting in 2007. our editorial process Twitter Twitter Kimberley Mok Updated October 11, 2018 ©. Minimaliste Share Twitter Pinterest Email Design Tiny Homes Architecture Interior Design Green Design Urban Design Tiny homes as we know them have come a long way in the last several years, evolving from a more cutesy, handmade aesthetic into a growing diversity of styles, and constructed with a growing array of new building techniques. These diminutive dwellings are also being made for colder climates, as we see in this impressive modern home built for a client by Minimaliste, a tiny house company from Quebec, Canada. It features a lot of smart small-space design ideas, from the seating area to the bedroom. Minimaliste's founder Philippe Beaudoin gives a tour of the Sakura tiny house below (there is a French version available too here): Coming in at 380 square feet, the Sakura's biggest draws include the convertible sitting/dining area, a large bedroom, a large-ish soaking tub, a three-level water filtration system, and the hydronic radiant heating in the floors. Check out the main seating area, which can transform into a dining area when the modular sofa pieces are moved around, and the coffee table opened up into a 22" x 60" dining table that can seat up to four. And yes, there is storage space hidden in these sofas as well. © Minimaliste © Minimaliste The kitchen is arranged on two facing walls, with part of the secondary upstairs loft coming down to form an alcove for the refrigerator and stove. © Minimaliste © Minimaliste The stairs leading up to the bedroom can be enlisted for storage. © Minimaliste As the home was built on a gooseneck trailer, the bedroom is well-situated over the front end of the trailer here. Even the bed itself can be lifted up to store things. © Minimaliste © Minimaliste © Minimaliste The bathroom is pretty spacious for a tiny home: there is a composting toilet and a small tub. © Minimaliste © Minimaliste © Minimaliste The secondary loft looks like a space for reading, and is also the place where one can go up and access the cedar roof deck, via an openable skylight. © Minimaliste © Minimaliste © Minimaliste The Sakura is well-insulated for winter climates and comes with a Lunos air exchanger with a heat recovery system. There are quite a lot of features, all of them listed here, and in regards to the in-house water filtration system, the company says: The water that can be supplied from two different source goes through the pressure regulator, a big sediments filter, fine sediments filter and finally through a water sanitizer. You can practically take water from the river! © Minimaliste It's a high-end, customized build that cost an eyebrow-raising USD $102,000 -- definitely on the pricier side for a tiny house (and considering the square footage you get). But that's the fascinating paradox of tiny houses: you can build one for cheap yourself, you can raise funds to build these as affordable housing -- or yes, you can also spend a big chunk of money. It's all possible, and that might be part of the allure for many people who are looking for mortgage-free alternatives to conventional housing. To see more, visit Minimaliste.