One of the main complaints about tiny homes is that they are too small, especially for people with kids. Of course, there is a whole spectrum of sizes and shapes for smaller homes, and "tiny" (anything under 300 square feet) is only one part of that range. For some, something around 500 square feet or so will hit the sweet spot, giving a lot more elbow room as in this wonderful, small 400-square-foot urban home for a couple and their baby and dog.
Created by Idaho-based builder Tiny Portable Cedar Cabins, the 12' by 28' Urban Cabin is a mix of rustic and modern aesthetics, topped with a shed-style roof. It's officially categorized as a park model RV, which means that it can be moved on the road with a semi-trailer truck, but it's meant to be hauled around less often than its skinnier tiny cousins. Here's a quick video tour of the interior:
The extra square footage certainly opens up the interior a great deal, as you can see from the main sitting room, which shares space with a kitchen tucked at one end. The large windows help to bring in light and a sense of connection with the outside, enlarging the space further. The ceiling has been done with blue pine.
The kitchen has recycled glass counters, space for a full-sized refrigerator, and a large shelf for overhead storage.
At the other end is the bathroom -- outfitted with a roomy shower and composting toilet.
On the other side of the bathroom is the nursery, which is quite large for a small home such as this and obviously can be easily converted into a child's room as they grow.
The stairs look like they are a bit on the narrow side, but aren't a ladder at least; they lead up to the loft, which definitely looks like it's the head-banging type. I think the baby won out here.
The outside is clad with dark-stained cedar, and the metal roofing material has been made to weather naturally.
It's true that the size of tiny homes probably won't fit everyone and their dog, but as we can see with a growing number of examples, there's a huge diversity of what small and more energy-efficient homes can look like. Homes can be smaller, more sustainable, and just as attractive, without having to go into "tiny" territory. The base price for this 400-square-foot urban cabin is a reasonable USD $45,000 -- it's made to order and many upgrade options are available. To find out more, visit Tiny Portable Cedar Cabins.
[Via: Tiny House Talk]