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Solar-powered tiny house sleeps a family of four

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Alpine Tiny Homes says it could build another solar-powered Brown Bear tiny house for US$73,000
Alpine Tiny Homes says it could build another solar-powered Brown Bear tiny house for US$73,000
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The Brown Bear measures 28 x 8 x 13.6 ft (8.5 x 2.4 x 4.14 m)
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The Brown Bear measures 28 x 8 x 13.6 ft (8.5 x 2.4 x 4.14 m)
The Brown Bear's kids loft overhangs at the rear, with space underneath used to stow away propane gas bottles and the family bikes 
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The Brown Bear's kids loft overhangs at the rear, with space underneath used to stow away propane gas bottles and the family bikes 
The parents' sleeping quarters is located in a loft above the Brown Bear's lounge area
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The parents' sleeping quarters is located in a loft above the Brown Bear's lounge area
The split loft kids bedroom is above the Brown Bear's bathroom
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The split loft kids bedroom is above the Brown Bear's bathroom
The Brown Bear's small lounge area with a couch and TV
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The Brown Bear's small lounge area with a couch and TV
Alpine Tiny Homes says it could build another solar-powered Brown Bear tiny house for US$73,000
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Alpine Tiny Homes says it could build another solar-powered Brown Bear tiny house for US$73,000
Most of the Brown Bear's ground floor living space is taken by a large kitchen and dining area
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Most of the Brown Bear's ground floor living space is taken by a large kitchen and dining area
Access to the Brown Bear's main loft is gained via ladder
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Access to the Brown Bear's main loft is gained via ladder
One half of the kids split loft in the Brown Bear
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One half of the kids split loft in the Brown Bear
A door on the dividing wall of the Brown Bear's kids sleeping loft swings open to reveal a flat screen TV and storage space
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A door on the dividing wall of the Brown Bear's kids sleeping loft swings open to reveal a flat screen TV and storage space
The Brown Bear's lounge area
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The Brown Bear's lounge area
The Brown Bear features a bathroom with composting toilet
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The Brown Bear features a bathroom with composting toilet
The Brown Bear offers a total floorspace of 352 sq ft (32 sq m)
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The Brown Bear offers a total floorspace of 352 sq ft (32 sq m)
The Brown Bear is heated and cooled with a mini-split AC/heating unit and gets hot water from a tankless water heater
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The Brown Bear is heated and cooled with a mini-split AC/heating unit and gets hot water from a tankless water heater
The Brown Bear measures 28 x 8 x 13.6 ft (8.5 x 2.4 x 4.14 m)
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The Brown Bear measures 28 x 8 x 13.6 ft (8.5 x 2.4 x 4.14 m)
The Brown Bear's bathroom includes a full-size shower
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The Brown Bear's bathroom includes a full-size shower

You could be forgiven for thinking that squeezing a family of four into a tiny house would be a push, but Utah's Alpine Tiny Homes manages it with the recently-completed Brown Bear tiny house. The off-the-grid towable home features a master loft with a queen-size bed for the parents and a second split loft for two kids.

The Brown Bear measures 28 x 8 x 13.6 ft (8.5 x 2.4 x 4.14 m) and is clad in tongue and groove, with metal roof and detailing.

Inside, the majority of the ground floor is taken up by a large kitchen and dining area, including a breakfast bar with stool seating for four, a good amount of custom cabinet space, propane-powered cooker, and full-size refrigerator and freezer. The countertops are quartz.

To one side lies a small lounge area with a couch and TV, while on the other side, behind a door, is the bathroom with full-size subway tile-shower, sink, and composting toilet.

Most of the Brown Bear's ground floor living space is taken by a large kitchen and dining area
Most of the Brown Bear's ground floor living space is taken by a large kitchen and dining area

The parents' sleeping loft is located above the lounge area and accessed by ladder, while a second loft bedroom above the bathroom is for the kids. This space is divided in half to give both children a measure of personal space, and also accessed by ladder. A door on the dividing wall swings open to reveal a flat screen TV and storage space.

The Brown Bear tiny house is heated and cooled with a mini-split air-conditioning and heating unit, and gets hot water from a tankless hot water heater. Generous glazing should ensure a good deal of natural light permeates within.

The tiny house gets its power from a standard solar power setup, however there's also a Humless backup solar generator, too.

The price for this particular Brown Bear model came in at US$63,000, though the solar power setup was purchased elsewhere. The total cost including the solar setup would come to $73,000.

Source: Alpine Tiny Homes

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