Solar-powered tiny house doesn't skimp on the home comforts
Tiny houses are all about balance. The smaller they are, the less comfortable they tend to be. Go too big and you may as well just live in a normal-sized home. Greater Chattanooga, Tennessee-based firm Wind River Tiny Homes recently completed an off-grid tiny house that appears to get this balance just right, offering ample storage space, a nice interior layout, and plenty of home comforts too.
The Chimera measures 8 x 24 ft (2.4 x 7.62 m) and is clad in stained grey pine. It sports a metal roof and an exterior storage box, while the glazing is housed in aluminum clad wooden window frames.
Entering via the sole door, visitors are greeted with a snug living space featuring a couch with integrated storage that folds out into a guest bed. Heating comes in the form of a tiny wood-burning stove and a mini-split heating and cooling system, while a ceiling fan also helps to keep the interior cool. Propane is used for the hot water heater and cooker.
The main living area leads to a relatively large looking kitchen. This includes a four-burner cooktop and oven, a microwave, a slide-out pantry, a folding cedar dining table, and concrete countertops. The entire interior of the tiny home looks finished to a very high standard.
At the opposite end of the main living area lies a small bathroom with composting toilet, sink, and a tiled shower.
A large staircase with built-in shelving, cupboards, a washer/dryer, and a fridge leads up to the main loft sleeping area, which includes a queen-sized bed and yet more storage.
A secondary storage loft area is accessed by climbing a custom pipe ladder and also houses the onboard solar power management system, which includes battery backup and inverters.
The Chimera pictured has already been sold and fetched US$84,000. Tiny homes by the firm start at $25,000.
Source: Wind River Tiny Homes