Tiny Houses

French tiny house offers rest and relaxation in the Alps

French tiny house offers rest ...
The Ondine measures 6 m (19 ft)-long and reaches a height of 4.1 m (13.45 ft)
The Ondine measures 6 m (19 ft)-long and reaches a height of 4.1 m (13.45 ft)
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The Ondine's living room area is light-filled thanks to three large windows
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The Ondine's living room area is light-filled thanks to three large windows
The Ondine is clad in red cedar
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The Ondine is clad in red cedar
The Ondine has a spruce frame and cotton, linen, hemp, and wood fiber insulation
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The Ondine has a spruce frame and cotton, linen, hemp, and wood fiber insulation
The Ondine reaches a height of 4.1 m (13.45 ft)
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The Ondine reaches a height of 4.1 m (13.45 ft)
The Ondine is clad in red cedar
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The Ondine is clad in red cedar
The Ondine measures 6 m (19 ft)-long 
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The Ondine measures 6 m (19 ft)-long 
The Ondine's tiny wall-mounted washing machine 
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The Ondine's tiny wall-mounted washing machine 
The Ondine's shower
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The Ondine's shower
The Ondine's W.C.
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The Ondine's W.C.
The Ondine's toilet
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The Ondine's toilet
Top-down view of the Ondine's living room
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Top-down view of the Ondine's living room
View towards the Ondine's second loft
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View towards the Ondine's second loft
The Ondine's bedroom
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The Ondine's bedroom
The Ondine's kitchen sink
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The Ondine's kitchen sink
Lighting in the Ondine is LED throughout
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Lighting in the Ondine is LED throughout
The Ondine's kitchen
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The Ondine's kitchen
The Ondine's kitchen
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The Ondine's kitchen
The Ondine's secondary loft is accessed by removable ladder
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The Ondine's secondary loft is accessed by removable ladder
The Ondine's storage-integrated staircase
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The Ondine's storage-integrated staircase
The Ondine's staircase has an alternating step layout
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The Ondine's staircase has an alternating step layout
The Ondine's staircase has an alternating step layout
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The Ondine's staircase has an alternating step layout
The Ondine's' propane heater
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The Ondine's' propane heater
The Ondine's secondary loft is accessed by ladder
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The Ondine's secondary loft is accessed by ladder
The Ondine's main living area
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The Ondine's main living area
The Ondine measures 6 m (19 ft)-long and reaches a height of 4.1 m (13.45 ft)
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The Ondine measures 6 m (19 ft)-long and reaches a height of 4.1 m (13.45 ft)
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French tiny house firm Baluchon has made a name for itself designing very small and lightweight homes, like the Escapade and Odyssée. Its latest model, the Ondine, is similar in style to those and serves as both a full-time home and workplace to a masseur in the Alps.

The Ondine measures 6 m (19 ft)-long and is clad in red cedar, with a spruce frame and cotton, linen, hemp, and wood fiber insulation. The home reaches a height of 4.1 m (13.45 ft).

Visitors enter into the kitchen, which is a bit more fully-featured than some of the other models we've seen from Baluchon in the past and includes a propane-powered cooker with four hobs and a fridge/freezer, as well as stainless steel sink and storage space.

The living room is quite large and empty to allow the owner to set-up his massage table when he has a client visiting and doesn't include a couch, just some cushions on the floor and a table, so he can sit and take tea. It looks like a pleasantly daylight-filled area thanks to three large windows.

The Ondine's main living area
The Ondine's main living area

A wardrobe nearby provides more storage space and a small Dickinson propane stove handles heating duties (they're meant for boats but are very popular in tiny houses). There are two lofts in the Ondine. The main loft is accessed by a Japanese-style alternating tread staircase with integrated storage. The secondary loft is reached by removable ladder and is used mostly for storing the massage table when not in use.

The bathroom includes a propane-powered water heater and shower. A tiny wall-mounted washing machine is also installed above the toilet. Lighting is LED throughout.

The price for the Ondine came in at around €68,000 (about US$80,000).

Source: Baluchon

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4 comments
dougspair
...And yet another 'Tiny' house....with an enormous price....!
Fairly Reasoner
It seems that the French have as good a handle on this overpriced trailer phenomenon as anyone. And, yes, I do want to drag my clean laundry across the toilet when it's done.
Nik
Why must nearly all of these tiny houses look like converted chicken huts? A little imagination could be applied, and something far more attractive produced.
Tom Lee Mullins
I think that looks relaxing.