We've covered some of the reasons why the tiny house movement hasn't become a big, mainstream phenomenon, but it appears that at least one of the big barriers -- laws -- may be easing in some places, not just in the United States but in Europe too. It doesn't hurt too that tiny house designs seem to get better and better with maximizing space, like this 24-foot "Artisan Retreat" from American tiny house builder Handcrafted Movement that's also decked out with a gorgeous interior.
Stepping in, the tiny home features one of the most comfortable-looking living rooms we've seen yet. Well-lit with a triptych of windows, the convertible couch sits across from a large, built-in entertainment/display center. There's lots of integrated storage here, even a clever, custom-made planter-table-cup-holder combination, and well-placed lighting throughout. There's a real flight of stairs going up, with storage hidden in them, and a substantially sized refrigerator tucked underneath.
Going up to the copper-railed sleeping loft, one encounters underfloor storage cabinets for clothing. There's 4 feet of head space here at the apex, thanks to the sweeping shape of the roof, which is covered with light-weight, high wind-resistant, eco-friendly roofing tiles. The walls themselves are insulated with recycled denim and covered with eco-friendly sustainably certified materials, and salvaged old-growth woods are used throughout the project.
The sunny bathroom features the same warm combination of wood and copper.
This really feels like a well-appointed living space. The house is being sold on Tiny House Listings for USD $69,950 -- including all the furnishings and decor. As founder of Handcrafted Movement Matt Impola says, the tiny house movement is about remaking the image of the American Dream of having that big beautiful house into something still beautiful but more sustainable, as well honouring the country's entrepreneurial spirit:
This is about playing a part in the rebirth of American ingenuity and quality in manufacturing. Having spent over a decade in the construction industry and taking on many different roles in the building of 1000+ new residential homes, I've had the opportunity to develop many skills. Additionally, spending extensive time traveling the world has opened my eyes to different cultures, design principles and materials. I'm excited to combine that experience with my passion for craftsmanship, the arts, stewardship and sustainability to create truly one-off creations.
Part of the challenge with reinventing the American Dream is getting people to consider the possibility that bigger is not always better -- and that small changes can have big impact in the long run. It's true that tiny houses aren't for everyone, but it's nevertheless necessary to at least get the discussion going about possible alternatives. More over at Handcrafted Movement.