Tiny Houses

Compact tiny house serves as full-time home for two

Compact tiny house serves as f...
The Utopia consists of a spruce frame atop a double-axle trailer
The Utopia consists of a spruce frame atop a double-axle trailer
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The Utopia's bedroom includes a closet and a double bed
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The Utopia's bedroom includes a closet and a double bed
The Utopia's bathroom includes a small bath/shower
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The Utopia's bathroom includes a small bath/shower
The Utopia is designed as an updated take on Baluchon's previous Escapade model
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The Utopia is designed as an updated take on Baluchon's previous Escapade model
The Utopia's bathroom includes a composting toilet
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The Utopia's bathroom includes a composting toilet
With its lack of oven, the Utopia's kitchen seem best suited to those who like to eat out a lot
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With its lack of oven, the Utopia's kitchen seem best suited to those who like to eat out a lot
The Utopia looks to have a reasonable amount of storage space, considering its size
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The Utopia looks to have a reasonable amount of storage space, considering its size
The Utopia's kitchen cabinet
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The Utopia's kitchen cabinet
The Utopia's couch faces a large window
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The Utopia's couch faces a large window
Inside the Utopia
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Inside the Utopia
The Utopia measures 6 m (19.6 ft)-long
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The Utopia measures 6 m (19.6 ft)-long
The Utopia serves as full-time home for a young couple
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The Utopia serves as full-time home for a young couple
The Utopia weighs in at 3,435 kg (7,572 lb)
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The Utopia weighs in at 3,435 kg (7,572 lb)
The Utopia consists of a spruce frame atop a double-axle trailer
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The Utopia consists of a spruce frame atop a double-axle trailer
Staircase leading up to the Utopia's bedroom
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Staircase leading up to the Utopia's bedroom
The Utopia features a large 2.7 m (8.85 ft)-tall window
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The Utopia features a large 2.7 m (8.85 ft)-tall window
The Utopia's exterior is clad in cedar
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The Utopia's exterior is clad in cedar
The Utopia's dining table seats two
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The Utopia's dining table seats two
The Utopia's kitchen sink
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The Utopia's kitchen sink
Inside the Utopia
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Inside the Utopia
The Utopia's bedroom includes a double bed
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The Utopia's bedroom includes a double bed

France's Baluchon recently completed its latest tiny house, the Utopia. An updated take on its Escapade model, the towable dwelling measures just 6 m (19.6 ft) long. Despite its small size, it serves as full-time home to a young couple in the Paris area.

The Utopia is accessed by a small porch and visitors enter into the main living area, which includes a couch placed in front of a large 2.7 m (8.85 ft)tall window. Behind it is a dining table for two situated next to a large window.

Further back into the home lies the kitchen. This has some counter and cupboard space, as well as a gas water heater, sink, and fridge/freezer. However, there's no oven, so all food must be prepared on a small two-burner stove.

There doesn't appear to be a washing machine either. Perhaps the residents plan to eat out a lot and use a laundromat, but it does highlight the kind of sacrifices required to live in these small tiny homes, especially when compared to some of the larger models across the pond.

The Utopia serves as full-time home for a young couple
The Utopia serves as full-time home for a young couple

The Utopia's bathroom includes a composting toilet and a small bath/shower. Back in the main living area, a space-saving staircase leads up to the sole loft bedroom, which features a double bed and some storage space.

Structurally, the home comprises a spruce frame atop a double-axle trailer, with sheep's wool, cotton, linen, hemp and wood fiber insulation. Its exterior is clad in cedar and the interior is finished in spruce paneling. Lighting is LED throughout and it gets power from a standard RV-style electric hookup. Total weight comes in at 3,435 kg (7,572 lb).

We've no word on the price for this one, though the Escapade model it's based on cost €42,500 (roughly US$52,500).

Source: Baluchon

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Douglas Bennett Rogers
Most of these could benefit from some very solid augers built into the corners. Even large mobile homes move irritatingly in strong wind.