Like the people who create them, each tiny house is a unique creation, often designed to carefully respond to the varying needs of its inhabitants. Some are built by college students testing out a mortgage-free lifestyle, while others are constructed for empty nesters looking to downsize after their children leave home. There’s also a good number of smaller-sized homes built by those simply looking to consciously ditch the wasteful, over-consumerist way of life,
and to find a way around the unaffordable housing market and get out of the so-called “rent trap.”And like the diverse multitudes of people they house, tiny homes come in all kinds of styles, whether that’s of the more rustic bent, or of the ultra-modern flavor. Coming from Germany, Tiny Lofts is one tiny house builder that manages to mix these two polar opposites (and even add a tiny touch of luxury) in their latest model, the 265-square-foot Tiny Loft One!
The Tiny Loft One has a modernist appearance from the outside, thanks to its metal cladding from top to bottom and its simple yet bold gabled design. However, these more modern, industrial components are offset by the more traditional cedar shingling that covers the front and back facades, providing a lovely contrast.
We love how firewood storage has been incorporated into the frame around the entrance door – making it not only convenient to grab some wood when needed, but also adding an intriguing visual component. Once inside, we see that the layout is quite different from the “typical” tiny house that might have its kitchen situated along the length of the house. In the Tiny Loft One, the kitchen is located on the short side of the house,
right up against the residual spaces left by the entry corridor. It’s a departure from the oft-used layout of the kitchen “work triangle” that attempts to minimize the amount of movement and effort needed to go between stove, sink, and refrigerator – admittedly, it really does reduce the amount of space that this kitchen occupies. In any case, everything is well-lit, there’s plenty of wall-hung shelving and cabinetry to store kitchen appliances,
and utensils and chairs are hung off the walls to maximize space. The addition of a fold-down dining table helps to clear off some extra floor area too. Above the kitchen, we see a secondary loft that can be used for even more storage, or as an option, with a larger mezzanine built to accommodate a guest or for work. The living room evokes a balance between modernity and homey rusticity and feels open and airy,
thanks to the high ceiling, and the huge patio doors leading out to the outdoor deck. When weather permits, the doors can be fully opened to bring the outdoors inside, while increasing the usable floor area as well. Upstairs in the main sleeping loft, there’s enough space for a larger mattress, shelving, and an operable window to let in the fresh air. The bathroom is below the main bedroom, and what a bathroom it is! It’s quite roomy by tiny house standards.
Perhaps that’s the best thing about tiny houses – you can build it to your liking, downsizing on some things, but not compromising on other things (like a proper bathtub for soaking in).
There are a lot of things to like about this somewhat modern, somewhat rustic tiny house, from its compact kitchen to its (relatively) giant bathtub. It’s quite affordable too, with prices starting at $59,850 depending on which customizable options are chosen. To find out more, visit Tiny Lofts.