In being partial to the modern aesthetic, one of TreeHugger's main gripes about some tiny homes is that they can be a bit overly cutesy and derivative. Of course, we've nevertheless showcased a number of 'cute' tiny houses that are remarkably well done, and the NestHouse, built by Jonathan Avery of Tiny House Scotland, is yet another one.
Seen over at Tiny House Talk, the NestHouse features a pared-down modern, modular design with a tinge of retro flavour -- most ostensibly from its vintage-looking refrigerator and touches of robin egg blue everywhere. Avery writes that the Danish concept of "hygge" or relaxed well-being informed his key design ethos of simplicity and comfort:
It's not hard to locate the Scandi inspiration in [the NestHouse's] colourful painted wooden form - both externally and internally. But I now realise that my Scandi-phile tendencies are rather more innate - keep life simple, enjoy the basics and above all be content. This is a required mindset anyway for micro-living, because there have to be compromises - but this is why the small house movement is gaining traction with those who find the many artificial pressures of modern life to be rather pointless and exhausting.
Stepping in, one can see that there has been a lot of thought put into the home's layout to create a light-filled, holistic space, both inside and out. Kitchen and seating are pushed to one side, so that a full table for dining or working can be placed centrally.
In the seating area, there is an interesting arrangement here of the woodstove and stairs that isn't commonly seen in a tiny house. The woodstove has been placed in the middle of the space, while the stairs going up to the sleeping loft snakes around it, which seems to be a more space-efficient alternative than having it go up one side of the house. In addition, there's storage space under the stairs, with a set of clever pull-out furniture for storing books and more.
The whole living space can be reconfigured around, with plenty of room to spare. The ceiling-hung drying rack is quite smart too.
The sleeping loft has ample leg room. The bathroom, situated under the sleeping loft, has a nice little soaking tub -- a tiny house luxury.
Avery describes how the whole home has been designed to be as insulated as possible:
My Snug Shell Concept with Advanced Framing techniques creates a stressed-skin timber frame shell which is heavily insulated but also has a further unbroken (apart from door and windows) outer shell of outsulation to remove virtually all thermal bridging, effectively providing a fully insulated combined roof/wall/floor structure. The double or triple glazed windows ‘float’ within this outer shell.
Avery is currently working on his next design, the towable NestPod. According to the Guardian, about 10 structures based on the NestHouse are going to be built next year as part of a social initiative to end homelessness. All things considered, this retro-ish, Scandinavian-inspired modern design is one of our new favourites, and it is also apparently quite affordable: it's priced starting at USD $21,540 for a basic shell to $48,150 for a larger size and more options. For more information, visit Tiny House Scotland.