Off-grid writer's retreat offers a tiny place to create
Boston-based startup Getaway was recently formed by a group of Harvard students to provide tiny houses for rent to those wanting to escape the grind or give tiny living a test-drive (something we'd recommend trying before diving in with both feet). Its latest diminutive dwelling, the Lorraine, offers up to two occupants a comfortable off-grid writer's retreat, well-provisioned with everything that's required to get in the mood to create.
Functioning much like the KantoorKaravaan, the Lorraine measures 160 sq ft (14 sq m), and comes stocked with food provisions, bicycles, board games, and books. The firm says that it's named in honor of a beloved grandmother, and that it was designed in hopes of encouraging Americans to use more of their vacation time to get out and reconnect with nature.
Constructed primarily from timber, the Lorraine is dominated by an open space comprising living, dining and work areas, with a long work surface spanning from kitchen to bedroom. The small kitchenette features a two-burner propane stove, vintage-style Coleman cooler, and a sink. The bedroom, meanwhile, boasts a queen-size bed, and there's also a composting toilet and shower on board.
The Lorraine runs totally off-the-grid, and all electricity comes from a solar array. The retreat was designed by Wyatt Komarin, Addison Godine and Rachel Moranis, and built very quickly indeed by Patrick Mulroy.
"We move at a very fast pace, building a house in about four weeks," says the firm. "This is an unbelievable timeline compared to most architecture and construction projects, but the fun part is that we can almost immediately learn from our design and construction decisions and use that learning as we dive into a new house."
The Lorraine is based in an undisclosed rural area just under two hours' drive from Boston. For those interested, it's available to rent at a price of US$99 per night.