Much like how camping can come in a a more luxurious, "glamping" version, so too can tiny homes come in more expensive variants that are equipped with all the bells and whistles you might imagine, in addition to the off-grid options. Positioning itself as the "first luxury, custom tiny home manufacturer in the U.S.," the motto of Oregon City-based Tiny Heirloom Homes is to "downsize, don't down grade," offering extra services like legal help, models that can be customized from top to bottom, and tiny smart home automation, thanks to a partnership with Nest Labs.
The interiors do look gorgeous. And elongated.
These homes -- even the base models -- use high-end flooring materials, granite for the countertops (though not the greenest choice) and include stainless steel appliances, composting or incinerating toilet, washer/dryer combo unit, a Dickinson p12000 heater, basic wind or solar package and shipping. We like the sliding barn-style doors too. It doesn't come cheap at USD $75,000, but that price includes the company handling all the associated legal stuff, and also includes a flight out to their workshop to see your tiny home under construction.
The company is also rolling out their Tiny Heirloom Home Automation System soon, which will include "hands free lighting, voice activated door locks, automated thermostats, auto-leveling jacks, tank level indication and propane level readings and bluetooth surround sound. All this run from an iPhone or Android device. No wifi necessary." Pretty convenient for the hands-off homeowner.
Another apparent advantage is that their homes, which will weigh between 8,000 to 18,000 pounds, are classified as travel trailers, whereas other tiny homes are classified as park model RVs, which requires getting a permit prior to moving it (we'd love to hear any commenters' experiences on this aspect). Loans from the bank are also apparently easier for travel trailers.
Here are a few images of what appears to be a smaller sized model, measuring 128 square feet.
Now, is living in a tiny luxury home at odds with the downsizing ethos of the movement? It's hard to say, but for many, living with less does not necessarily mean a spartan existence in a tiny space; it can mean saving money on the stuff and space you don't need, and splurging instead on the elements that you do want. And for some, we guess that may mean granite countertops... Check out more over at Tiny Heirloom Homes.