Even if tiny homes are built small, they don't have to feel like little claustrophobic boxes with gabled roofs. We've seen a number of designers play with this potential space in different ways, such as using a shed roof that gives more headroom, or even curving the roof to create a more spacious feeling. Vancouver, Canada's Chad Smith of Structural Spaces takes the latter route with this stunning build that features a custom-built curved roof, its beams milled out of an unwanted cedar tree that was not growing straight.
Smith, who has lived in a tiny house for years, created this contemporary 260-square-foot space that has a great double-height entry space with a woodstove that you see as soon as you come in.
To the right of the entry is the bathroom, which has these great triangular windows flanking the space.
He tells the story behind the genesis of the curved roof in this interview with Tiny House Talk:
The reason why that has that curve and that building existed, it’s because ten years ago on Hornby when I moved to the spot where I moved my little building there was a big curved cedar tree, and the [owner of] the property [said] she was logging that section of the property. And I was like don’t cut that, leave it as a whole tree. And she was like well why. And I was like there’s a beautiful beam in that or a couple. And I could build something with that someday and it would be really inspiring to me so can you leave that. So she ended up doing that. And I ended up using it in lofting mill which is a chain saw saw mill you just have kind of like a bar than attach it to your chain saw and cut beams with it.
The sleeping loft is situated in between the two ends of the tiny home, under the apex of these curved cedar beams. The space has some nice raw edge details.
It's great to see designers thinking outside of the box in making tiny homes that stand out. With this exceptional design from Smith, we see that the natural textures of the home have been offset with the darker colours, giving it an more modern feel and creating a tasteful balance between the two polarities. The home is apparently for sale; you can find out more via Tiny House Talk and Structural Spaces.