News Home & Design 650 Sq. Ft. Urban Micro Home Is a Small House for Outdoorsy Couple 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 May 12, 2020 Wind River Tiny Homes Share Twitter Pinterest Email News Environment Business & Policy Science Animals Home & Design Current Events Treehugger Voices News Archive Outfitted with smart home tech and lots of storage space for outdoor gear, this small home feels 'just right.' Often coming in at 400 square feet or less, tiny houses won't necessarily suit everyone. Fortunately, there's a happy middle between the ultra-tiny and the monster McMansion and its trendy but muddled cousin, the McModern. Yes, we are talking about the small house. The 650-square-foot Urban Micro Home by Tennessee's Wind River Tiny Homes is one example of a well-conceived small dwelling that combines modernist and industrial details. Located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the home was created for an athletic couple who are big fans of the outdoors, and who love to entertain. In response, a large, roll-up, double-paned glass door was added to allow the interior to blend with the outdoor spaces, which include a deck and an outdoor area, delineated with pea gravel. If you look closely in the carport, there's a custom-made pulley system that allows the clients to load gear easily onto the roof of their car. Wind River Tiny Homes Wind River Tiny Homes Built on top of a permanent foundation, the cedar- and metal-clad home incorporates an open plan layout for the living room and the kitchen. The high ceilings here make it seem quite spacious, in addition to offering interesting places to stores and display outdoor gear like a paddleboard. There's also a small office past beside the living room. Wind River Tiny Homes Wind River Tiny Homes Wind River Tiny Homes Wind River Tiny Homes Bike Gear Details Wind River Tiny Homes The clients love biking, so eye-catching details like these bike gears were cast into the concrete counters. The big sink has a built-in sliding drying rack and cutting boards to generate extra counter space, and the overhead fan uses energy-saving motion sensors, so it turns on only when there's someone around. Wind River Tiny Homes Understair Storage Wind River Tiny Homes Similar to other small spaces, the stairs here are a great place to add extra storage, as seen with these polygonal roll-out shoe racks. Wind River Tiny Homes The bathroom is hidden under the stairs too -- it's tiny, but adequate. Wind River Tiny Homes Bedroom with En Suite Bathroom Going up the stairs, we come into the bedroom, which also has its own small bathroom. Wind River Tiny Homes Goldilocks Size and Smart Tech In addition to having some smart home tech integrated into the home for automated temperature control, surveillance, and fire safety, the home is also outfitted with flexible adhesive Miasole solar panels on its roof. This is a great little house that's neither too big nor too small -- and if you want to build your own version of it, the plans are available for purchase here. To see more, visit Wind River Tiny Homes.