Mini-binge potential is there for Tiny House Nation with the first seven shows of Season 5 on Netflix, but I’m only on episode one. So far, it’s a pretty typical reality reno show: high-energy hosts, quick cuts, upbeat music, and bite-sized at around 24 minutes an episode. The storyline is simple: two renovation pros embark on an endless road trip, rolling in to help out on tiny home builds that are underway. That’s what I’ve got so far. I’ll see how far I get. For a four-minute sample: “Tiny House Nation: Mark & Nicole”.
“Here’s what living in a tiny house is really like, according to people who traded their homes for minimalism” is a really enjoyably light-reading, photo-loaded look at many of the things you’d first wonder about tiny home life: cooking, sleeping space, personal space, toilets, and lots more. Fun.
Wow, this cool woman really lays it out in an unignorably straight-up style. Under $3,500, huh?! Um…inspiring.
What to do with the bed when you’re up and about? If you have room for a loft or sleeping niche set up high and out of the way, that’s cool. Otherwise, the bed just lies there all day, taking up space in an unhelpful way. I’m going the folding futon sofa bed route for now, but the opening and closing’s a bit offputting, I’m always expecting the frame to collapse. Folding up against a wall is something to think about. You can get a folding (Murphy) bed hardware kit and DIY. Meanwhile, this is it for now.
Tiny Free House says: “I’m embarking on a little experiment. I’m going to build a tiny house that’s cross between Henry David Thoreau’s cabin at Walden Pond and a Tumbleweed-like Tiny House on wheels.” Pallet construction can be nearly FREE!
Tons and tons of impressively slick, green, expensive, clever takes on tiny living spaces… I’m spending hours going through the Architecture archive at MoCo Loco: The Modern Contemporary Design Blog, where high design and compact prefab homes are a central feature. In the pic, the K3 Modernist 9’x13′ prefab module from kitHAUS, installed at Big Sur, California. It’s pricey, starting at US$29,500 per unit (that’s 117 sq ft at around $250 per…), pretty typical of the cost of designer tiny homes. $250 sq ft is definitely not in the budget for this round… Still, lots of ideas and eyecandy—it’s all cool!