Teardrop trailers are beloved by many road-trippers, thanks to their compact, lightweight and aerodynamic design, so perhaps it was only a matter of time before someone morphed them into a teardrop-tiny house hybrid. That's exactly what Houston, Texas-based Architend and Tend Building has done with the Tiny Drop. Larger than a regular teardrop trailer, it comes packed with lots of features that save on energy costs and promote healthy indoor air quality.
Coming in at 150 square feet, the Tiny Drop is a middleweight in tiny house terms. According to the builders, the home's shell consists of a "continuous thermal blanket, advanced home sealing technology, a ventilated rain screen and sun barrier" to create an ultra-energy-efficient structure. Non-toxic finishes, in addition to a fresh-air system and combustion exhaust controlled furnace were used to create a healthier indoor environment. The interior appears to have been deliberately left un-finished, so visitors on the Tiny Drop's nationwide tour can get a closer look at the details of how it was made.
Two long counters are facing each other; one is a workspace/dining area, the other is for the kitchen. At one end lies the seating area.
At the other end where the pop-out is located is the bathroom, which is pretty spacious with its shower stall, sink and high-end composting toilet. Its layout actually feels larger than even most other tiny house bathrooms.
The upstairs loft is accessible via a ladder (though at first glance, we weren't sure which one... it appears that the wooden ladder-like structure on the right is a kind of screen or for hanging things?).
The small sleeping loft is made larger by the two openable skylight windows, which give a great night-gazer's view, as well as lots of sunlight and ventilation.
The Tiny Drop has the capability to filter its own water and get its power from rooftop solar photovoltaic panels, giving the occupants the option to go off-grid if needed. This adorable, eco-friendly and functional teardrop-tiny house hybrid is currently on tour, check out the details on Architend and Tend Building.
[Via: Tiny House Talk]