210 Square Foot MODERN Tiny House- WITH NO LOFT!

Categories: Tiny House

Designed by Foundry Architects and Brian Levy, Minim House design stands on the shoulders of others: House 227 from the great folks at Yestermorrow, the hidden platform bed from Front Studios, the not-so-tiny homes from Stephen Marshall at Little House on a Trailer, the Solo designs from MiniHome, plans from Wheelhaus, and Idea Box’s MiniBox.  Yet the design integrates some of the best elements from these plans, adds its’ own unique elements and advances the thinking on micro house design (see these innovations under ‘Design’ tab.

Minim House also responds to my personal perceptions of the current state of small house-on-wheels design and use:

a) tiny houses are…too tiny.  The average size of an American prison cell is 50-80 square feet, with no kitchen or bath.  A FEMA trailer averages 240 square feet.  Most tiny homes on wheels average 65-140 square feet.  It is well and good to minimize certain material things (clothes, unused items, etc), but I sense that having to dispense with beloved long rows of books, a piano & guitar, bowl mixer and pasta maker, and a freezer that can handle a bucket of ice cream might start to chip away at my ability to live a cultured, full life at home.  Minim House has exterior dimensions of 10’8”x22′, with approximately 210 feet of interior space.  Among other elements this includes room for a 10′ galley kitchen with full sink and 8 cu ft refrigerator freezer, washer/dryer, enough space for a seated dinner party of 6, a 5′ clothes/utility closet, 75+mason jars of food, 75+ books, a full size keyboard, and guest sleeping on the 6.5′ couch.

b) tiny houses don’t move all that much.  Every situation is different, but my sense is that most tiny homes may move 1-2x a year at most.  This being the case, there is little reason to keep them at a legal width of 8’6”.  Going up to 11′ wide off a standard trailer bed (with proper structural engineering review) greatly increases the usability of the space, and wide load permits are easily available with a few hours of advance planning.  Compared to the many hours to be spent in the structure, this seems a small price to pay for a far more functional and comfortable space.

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