Tiny Houses

Tiny house almost doubles in width at the push of a button

Tiny house almost doubles in w...
The Aurora tiny house will set you back around US$75,000, depending on options chosen
The Aurora tiny house will set you back around US$75,000, depending on options chosen
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Zero Squared offers off-grid options for the Aurora tiny house at cost, including a solar power package and a composting toilet
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Zero Squared offers off-grid options for the Aurora tiny house at cost, including a solar power package and a composting toilet
The Aurora features a Murphy-style bed 
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The Aurora features a Murphy-style bed 
The walls and roof of the Aurora tiny house feature structural insulated panels with an R-rating of R-26 and R-42, respectively
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The walls and roof of the Aurora tiny house feature structural insulated panels with an R-rating of R-26 and R-42, respectively
The dining area in the Aurora tiny house
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The dining area in the Aurora tiny house
The Aurora tiny house is all laid-out on one level
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The Aurora tiny house is all laid-out on one level
Render of the Aurora tiny house from the viewpoint of the storage loft
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Render of the Aurora tiny house from the viewpoint of the storage loft
The Aurora tiny house expands in size from 8.6 ft (2.62 m) to 15.1 ft (4.6 ft) with the push of a button
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The Aurora tiny house expands in size from 8.6 ft (2.62 m) to 15.1 ft (4.6 ft) with the push of a button
The Aurora tiny house is available for pre-order
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The Aurora tiny house is available for pre-order
It's not actually built yet, but the Aurora tiny house will be based on a 26 ft (7.9 m) double axle trailer
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It's not actually built yet, but the Aurora tiny house will be based on a 26 ft (7.9 m) double axle trailer
The Aurora tiny house will set you back around US$75,000, depending on options chosen
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The Aurora tiny house will set you back around US$75,000, depending on options chosen
The Aurora tiny house weighs roughly 14,000 lb (6,350 kg)
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The Aurora tiny house weighs roughly 14,000 lb (6,350 kg)
The Aurora tiny house is clad in smartboard siding, while the roof is corrugated metal and the walls are painted wood pine
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The Aurora tiny house is clad in smartboard siding, while the roof is corrugated metal and the walls are painted wood pine
The Aurora tiny house in its expanded state
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The Aurora tiny house in its expanded state
Floorplan of the Aurora tiny house
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Floorplan of the Aurora tiny house

Tiny house builders walk a tightrope: make a home too large and it'll be tricky – or even illegal without a special permit – to tow it on a public road, while too small and the result is a cramped shoebox. Canada's Zero Squared aims to offer the best of both worlds with a tiny house that expands in width at the push of a button to offer more living space when parked.

It's not actually built yet, but the Aurora tiny house will be based on a 26 ft (7.9 m) double axle trailer and comprise a relatively spacious maximum floorspace of 337 sq ft (31 sq m). This is thanks to its RV-like slide-out system, which, like the Tiny Idahomes model we covered recently, is waterproof, and moves with electric motors. In all, the home expands in width from 8.6 ft (2.6 m) to 15.1 ft (4.6 m).

Inside, the Aurora will be arranged on one floor, except for a small storage loft area accessible via ladder. The layout includes a dining area with seating for up to four, a kitchenette, small lounge, and a bathroom with shower and toilet. In addition, an office space reveals a Murphy-style bed that can be pulled-down to serve as a bedroom.

The Aurora tiny house is all laid-out on one level
The Aurora tiny house is all laid-out on one level

The tiny house will weigh roughly 14,000 lb (6,350 kg) and be clad in smartboard siding, while the roof will be corrugated metal and the walls will be painted wood pine.

The walls and roof will feature structural insulated panels (SIPs) with an R-rating of R-26 and R-42, respectively. Heating and cooling will come from a Mini-Split air-conditioning system, and hot water will be provided by a tankless hot water.

While it will get its electricity from a standard RV-style hookup, Zero Squared offers off-grid options at cost, including a solar power package and a composting toilet.

The Aurora tiny house is available for pre-order now – to be clear, the images shown are renders and not the final build – and the firm plans on building a show model soon. Zero Squared's parent company, the Westwind Design Group also encourages people to come and tour the facility in which they're being made and meet the team involved.

The cost will come to around US$75,000, depending on options chosen.

Source: Zero Squared

3 comments
Milton
very cool. This is one tiny home I could see myself living in. I would ditch the internal wall if possible though.
Leonard Foster Jr
why do they keep going backwards? $75K you can buy a mean 2nd hand motor coach with sliders and legal to travel anywhere.
Fairly Reasoner
NOW, can we just start calling them trailers?