News Home & Design Seaside Tiny House Is Equipped With an Intriguing Stair Design One little tweak in designing the stairs can change a lot. By Kimberley Mok Kimberley Mok Twitter Writer McGill University Cornell University Kimberley Mok is a former architect who has been covering architecture and the arts for Treehugger since 2007. Learn about our editorial process Updated February 25, 2021 12:41AM EST Fact checked by Haley Mast Fact checked by Haley Mast LinkedIn Harvard University Extension School Haley Mast is a freelance writer, fact-checker, and small organic farmer in the Columbia River Gorge. She enjoys gardening, reporting on environmental topics, and spending her time outside snowboarding or foraging. Topics of expertise and interest include agriculture, conservation, ecology, and climate science. Learn about our fact checking process Share Twitter Pinterest Email Alternative Houses News Environment Business & Policy Science Animals Home & Design Current Events Treehugger Voices News Archive It's amazing to see how far and wide the tiny house movement has grown over the last decade that Treehugger has been covering it. So far, we've seen many gorgeous specimens from far-flung places like France, Italy, Iceland, New Zealand, and Australia – each of them unique to their climate and tailored to occupants' needs, yet still sporting that unmistakable "design DNA" that makes them part of the tiny house phenomenon. Today, we get a look at a couple of tiny houses in the northern European nation of Latvia. This handful of three tiny house rentals form the Tiny Village, Latvia's first collection of tiny houses, located in Bērzciems, a seaside village about one hour away from the capital city of Riga. We get a better look at the interiors from Roman and Ioana of Alternative House: The first tiny house that we get to see sports a simple angled roof, wooden siding and a large patio deck on the outside. Guests have access to a portable brazier, and apparently, the beach is right across the street. Measuring about 23-feet (7 meters) long and 8-feet (2.5 meters) wide, the interior of this first tiny house is minimalist and modern and is intended to accommodate up to two people. The kitchen includes a counter that's large enough for preparing food, as well as a sink and a portable electric stovetop. Thanks to a recessed lighting strip, the shelf above also doubles as a source of light, in addition to providing a place to put away cups. Alternative House Of particular note here in the kitchen is the clever reconfiguration of a design idea we've seen before: overlapping the stairs with the kitchen counter to save space. With this Latvian tiny house, the stairs have been pushed back to sit between the kitchen and the bathroom, a position that we've only seen maybe once or twice before. One advantage of this configuration here is that the stairs don't run along the length of the interior, which can translate to possibly cutting off light or views to the outside. On the other hand, one possible disadvantage here would be the height of the treads – they seem pretty tall! Alternative House To make the stair treads more multifunctional, they've been constructed to provide more space for storage within – a common tiny house design idea we have seen before many times. The main living space here isn't particularly mind-blowing, as the owners have decided not to install transformer furniture, but there is a dining table with folding chairs, a sofa, and a shelf. Alternative House The sleeping loft overlooks the living room, and is accessed via the stairs. Alternative House The bathroom presents a visually bold look, thanks to the patterned tiles. There's a small sink, shower, and a toilet. Alternative House Moving on over to the adjacent tiny house, the layout and feel here is a little different. The exterior is horizontally clad in wood (rather than vertically) and the roof is flatter. There are two entrances instead of just one, and the double patio doors here lead onto the wooden deck. Alternative House This tiny house can accommodate four people, thanks to a convertible couch that can be rearranged to form a large bed. Rather than a staircase, we have a mobile ladder here leading up to the sleeping loft. Alternative House The middle of the house includes a counter that can be used for dining or working. Beyond that we see the kitchen and enclosed bathroom. Alternative House Due to its L-shaped configuration and close proximity to the bathroom, the kitchen here feels a bit smaller than the previous house, though the counter space is about the same. We've still got the sink, tiny refrigerator, portable electric stove, and decent storage in the cabinets. Alternative House Looking into the bathroom, we've got the same hexagonal tiles as before, and the tiny sink and regular-sized shower and toilet. Alternative House Overall, it's great to see the idea of tiny living gaining traction in other parts of the world. There are a few intriguing tiny house design ideas here that potential tiny housers might be interested in experimenting with. But no matter how small these houses get, it's always amazing to see how much these micro-living spaces can change or enlarge, just with one simple tweak! To see more or book one of the tiny houses, visit Tiny Village Latvia on Facebook and Airbnb, and you can check out more of Alternative House at their blog and Instagram.