Tiny Houses

Contemporary tiny house is small but well-formed

Contemporary tiny house is sma...
We've no word on the price for this model, but Baluchon's tiny houses typically start at €60,000 (roughly US$65,000)
We've no word on the price for this model, but Baluchon's tiny houses typically start at €60,000 (roughly US$65,000)
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The Essen'Ciel's colorful lounge includes a sofa bed
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The Essen'Ciel's colorful lounge includes a sofa bed
View of the Essen'Ciel's ceiling from the loft bedroom
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View of the Essen'Ciel's ceiling from the loft bedroom
Essen'Ciel's lounge has some interesting shelving units
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Essen'Ciel's lounge has some interesting shelving units
The Essen'Ciel measures 6 m (19.6 ft)-long and is based on a double-axle trailer
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The Essen'Ciel measures 6 m (19.6 ft)-long and is based on a double-axle trailer
The Essen'Ciel's shower
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The Essen'Ciel's shower
The Essen'Ciel's kitchen
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The Essen'Ciel's kitchen
The Essen'Ciel's bathroom lies to the left of this shot (behind the door) while the right leads to the kitchen
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The Essen'Ciel's bathroom lies to the left of this shot (behind the door) while the right leads to the kitchen
The Essen'Ciel is based on a double-axle trailer
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The Essen'Ciel is based on a double-axle trailer
The Essen'Ciel's ground floor is divided by its staircase
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The Essen'Ciel's ground floor is divided by its staircase
We've no word on the price for this model, but Baluchon's tiny houses typically start at €60,000 (roughly US$65,000)
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We've no word on the price for this model, but Baluchon's tiny houses typically start at €60,000 (roughly US$65,000)
The Essen'Ciel's couch being pulled out into a bed
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The Essen'Ciel's couch being pulled out into a bed
View towards the Essen'Ciel's lounge from the kitchen area
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View towards the Essen'Ciel's lounge from the kitchen area
The Essen'Ciel's loft bedroom
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The Essen'Ciel's loft bedroom
The Essen'Ciel is based on a double-axle trailer
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The Essen'Ciel is based on a double-axle trailer
The Essen'Ciel's bathroom cabinets
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The Essen'Ciel's bathroom cabinets
The Essen'Ciel's loft bedroom
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The Essen'Ciel's loft bedroom
The Essen'Ciel's staircase features removable steps to save space when not in use
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The Essen'Ciel's staircase features removable steps to save space when not in use
The Essen'Ciel gets its electricity from a standard RV-style hookup
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The Essen'Ciel gets its electricity from a standard RV-style hookup
The Essen'Ciel's toilet
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The Essen'Ciel's toilet
Close-up shot of the Essen'Ciel's shelving unit
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Close-up shot of the Essen'Ciel's shelving unit
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France's Baluchon recently completed a colorful tiny house on wheels that features the contemporary styling and space-saving design. With a usable length of just 6 m (19.6 ft), the firm has managed to squeeze in a relatively spacious kitchen and room to sleep up to four people. The Essen'Ciel is a lot of house crammed into a small space.

The Essen'Ciel's design mixes together elements of Baluchon's previous models. Look closely and you'll be reminded of the Escapade's distinctive three windows, while the roof resembles the Calypso's.

As we've mentioned before, French firms have relatively little space and weight to work with compared to the USA due to towing laws, and trying to work around this constraint makes for some noteworthy interior layouts from that part of the world.

The Essen'Ciel's ground floor is divided in two by a staircase that leads to the sole sleeping loft. Interestingly, the first two steps can be retracted when not in use to save space. This seems a little fussy, but if room is seriously lacking, we'd pick a fussy staircase over having to climb a ladder every time. Elsewhere in the tiny house, there's a small colorful lounge that includes a sofa bed and some unusual angular shelving

The Essen'Ciel's colorful lounge includes a sofa bed
The Essen'Ciel's colorful lounge includes a sofa bed

A bathroom with shower is hidden behind a door and the rest of the ground floor is taken up by what looks like a pretty spacious kitchen – spacious for a French tiny house, that is – though it's nowhere near the size of the kitchens offered in the supersized American models, of course.

It's also not as packed with high-end amenities as we're used to seeing stateside, and includes a modest two-burner stove and a small fridge. As it's reached by a small hallway created by the staircase and a large closet, it should feel quite separated from the rest of the home, though.

The Essen'Ciel is based on a double-axle trailer and gets electricity from a RV-style hookup. The exterior is clad in cedar and Baluchon installed sheep's wool insulation in the floor, cotton, linen and hemp in the walls, and wood fiber in the ceiling.

We've no word on the price for this model but Baluchon's tiny houses typically start at €60,000 (roughly US$65,000).

Source: Baluchon (in French)

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3 comments
Tom Lee Mullins
I think that is really nice. I would not mind living in such a small place.
RolandReagan
If it is on a frame with wheels it is a trailer not a house. No house i know of has tail lights.
exodous
I've been in a few tiny houses and when they are well made they put my 'normal' house to shame. I think most people focus on size more than quality. I'd rather live in a really well made house that uses quality fixtures than a large house that skips on quality so you can have a large front room.