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Ad Astra tiny house has a vivarium integrated into its staircase

Ad Astra tiny house has a viva...
The Ad Astra's staircase has an integrated gecko vivarium and a cat litter tray
The Ad Astra's staircase has an integrated gecko vivarium and a cat litter tray
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The Ad Astra's bathroom is relatively spacious and includes a bath/shower
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The Ad Astra's bathroom is relatively spacious and includes a bath/shower
The Ad Astra features a large U-shaped kitchen 
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The Ad Astra features a large U-shaped kitchen 
Stairs lead up to the Ad Astra's bedroom
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Stairs lead up to the Ad Astra's bedroom
The Ad Astra's staircase has an integrated gecko vivarium and a cat litter tray
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The Ad Astra's staircase has an integrated gecko vivarium and a cat litter tray
The Ad Astra's kitchen window lifts upwards to serve food outside on the deck 
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The Ad Astra's kitchen window lifts upwards to serve food outside on the deck 
The Ad Astra's kitchen features a pantry area
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The Ad Astra's kitchen features a pantry area
The Ad Astra's living area includes a nesting dining table 
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The Ad Astra's living area includes a nesting dining table 
The Ad Astra's living area includes a sofa with integrated storage
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The Ad Astra's living area includes a sofa with integrated storage
The Ad Astra's living area includes a sofa with integrated storage
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The Ad Astra's living area includes a sofa with integrated storage
The Ad Astra's kitchen includes a hand-trowelled concrete countertop 
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The Ad Astra's kitchen includes a hand-trowelled concrete countertop 
The Ad Astra's staircase has an integrated gecko vivarium and a cat litter tray
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The Ad Astra's staircase has an integrated gecko vivarium and a cat litter tray
The Ad Astra includes two lofts 
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The Ad Astra includes two lofts 
The Ad Astra's main loft is a small bedroom
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The Ad Astra's main loft is a small bedroom
The Ad Astra is heated and cooled with a standard mini-split 
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The Ad Astra is heated and cooled with a standard mini-split 
The Ad Astra's bathroom includes a composting toilet
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The Ad Astra's bathroom includes a composting toilet
The Ad Astra features a drop-down deck
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The Ad Astra features a drop-down deck
The Ad Astra (or to the stars) tiny house measures just 24 ft (7.3 m)-long and is based on a double-axle trailer
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The Ad Astra (or to the stars) tiny house measures just 24 ft (7.3 m)-long and is based on a double-axle trailer
The Ad Astra is finished in cedar lap siding, with recycled corrugated metal accenting
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The Ad Astra is finished in cedar lap siding, with recycled corrugated metal accenting
The Ad Astra is heated and cooled with a standard mini-split
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The Ad Astra is heated and cooled with a standard mini-split

Storage-integrated staircases are a very popular addition to tiny houses but this is the first time we've seen a lizard-integrated staircase. Following Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses' recent cat-friendly model, the firm has designed a compact dwelling with a staircase that hosts a vivarium for the owners' pet gecko, as well as an area for their cat.

The Ad Astra tiny house measures just 24 ft (7.3 m)-long and is based on a double-axle trailer. It's finished in cedar lap siding, with recycled corrugated metal accenting. A deck that's manually raised and lowered is fitted to the outside too.

The home definitely isn't as pet-centric as the Grizzly, for example, but its staircase is still pretty unusual and features a glass vivarium about halfway up, which can be accessed with a removable stair. Additionally, there's a small ventilated space for a cat's litter tray a few steps down.

The Ad Astra's staircase has an integrated gecko vivarium and a cat litter tray
The Ad Astra's staircase has an integrated gecko vivarium and a cat litter tray

The owners had seen the interior layout of Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses' previous Pequod model and liked it a lot, so that home was used as a starting point. The center of the Ad Astra is taken up by a snug living area hosting a sofa with storage underneath. Nearby is a nesting dining table with integrated seats and storage.

The Ad Astra has the same U-shaped kitchen design as the Pequod and includes a full-size fridge/freezer and oven with propane-powered four burner stove, plus a sink. Also notable is its pantry and a kitchen window that slides up to function as a serving window for the deck area outside.

The Ad Astra features a drop-down deck
The Ad Astra features a drop-down deck

Elsewhere on the ground floor is a relatively spacious bathroom with sink and vanity unit, composting toilet, and bath/shower.

There are two lofts in the Ad Astra. The first serves as the bedroom and is accessed by the staircase with the vivarium. The other loft is accessed by ladder and includes a flexible area with space for a queen-size mattress if the owners have guests over.

The Ad Astra runs from a standard RV-style hookup and, while already sold, commissioning a similarly equipped model would cost around US$73,000.

Source: Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses

3 comments
warren trout
The ever present 4 burner stove. Why not 2 burner and save the space? You having a big dinner party at the tiny house!
Mr T
So, every time someone stomps up and down the stairs, the lizard has to put up with the noise and vibration, and the image of huge feet moving towards and above it? Why do people keep treating animals like a possession, not a living thing?
Erwinecosmart
Well, having to jump on the critical train.... Who can make a bed with 4-5 feet of head space? Clearly stupid. No one with any ability to live in a tight space would not be making their bed correctly with tucked corners. As for the cat litter box. what a waste of pixels on my computer. Tiny homes with loft roofs that raise up or beds that lower at night make sense.