Many of the tiny houses we've seen are built as modified versions of Jay Schafer's original Tumbleweed home. But in the last few years, we've also seen a growing number of unique, self-built tiny homes that don't look anything like the original Tumbleweeds, showcasing people's individual creativity in building for their own needs and their particular climate, whether they are modern, eclectic or just plain out of this world.
Seen over at Tiny House Swoon, this 180-square-foot tiny dwelling is built on a 18-foot trailer by Squamish, British Columbia resident Kequyen Lam. There's a few unique characteristics to this home -- most notably, there's lots of storage for bikes, as Squamish is well-known as an outdoor enthusiasts' getaway. We get a quick video tour from Lam himself here:
The first thing we see is that the home features double patio doors to let in light and to completely open one side of the home to the outdoors.
There's a propane heater in one corner of the sitting room, a couch in the other, and further back are the two kitchen counters and storage drawers facing each other. There's plenty of underfloor storage, accessible by a hatch door.
The sleeping loft and bathroom are stacked on top of one another at the rear of the home. There's a skylight over the sleeping loft, as well as the sitting room, to bring in more natural daylighting. A neat oscillating ceiling fan is a source of cooling and ventilation during hot days.
In the bathroom is an extra exit door, made for bringing in and getting out bikes, and right beside it, Lam has also built in extra storage space for his mountain bikes. It's another good example how the process of downsizing gets people to keep only what they absolutely cannot live without -- in Lam's case, it's the two-wheelers.
A view of the back, with a generous shed added in on top of the trailer tongue.
As we've said before, tiny homes aren't for everyone, but those who are choosing to live a bit smaller can also relish in the fact that they don't have to live in a cutesy version of a country home -- in fact, they can design and build anything that suits them. More over at Tiny House Swoon.