Tiny Houses

French tiny house serves as full-time home to a family of three

The Calypso family home from Baluchon
The Calypso family home from Baluchon
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The Calypso family home from Baluchon
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The Calypso family home from Baluchon
The Calypso features LED lighting throughout
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The Calypso features LED lighting throughout
The kids room inside the Calypso includes removable steps that serve as a small toy box
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The kids room inside the Calypso includes removable steps that serve as a small toy box
View from the sleeping loft inside the Calypso
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View from the sleeping loft inside the Calypso
The Calypso's kids room includes two wardrobes
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The Calypso's kids room includes two wardrobes
The kids bedroom in the Calypso includes a small desk
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The kids bedroom in the Calypso includes a small desk
The Calypso's bathroom includes a bath and shower but there was no room for a sink (the kitchen sink is deemed close enough)
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The Calypso's bathroom includes a bath and shower but there was no room for a sink (the kitchen sink is deemed close enough)
The Calypso's bathroom also includes a composting toilet
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The Calypso's bathroom also includes a composting toilet
The Calypso's bathroom is to the left and the kids bedroom is to the right of this shot
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The Calypso's bathroom is to the left and the kids bedroom is to the right of this shot
The Calypso includes a couch that can serve as a guest bed and has storage space underneath
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The Calypso includes a couch that can serve as a guest bed and has storage space underneath
A little additional storage space is accessible from the Calypso's loft bedroom
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A little additional storage space is accessible from the Calypso's loft bedroom
View from the Calypso's loft bedroom
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View from the Calypso's loft bedroom
The Calypso's loft bedroom
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The Calypso's loft bedroom
The Calypso's loft bedroom is accessed via ladder
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The Calypso's loft bedroom is accessed via ladder
The Calypso's kitchenette and dining area
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The Calypso's kitchenette and dining area
This storage area includes a clay pot for the Calypso's owners to keep wine cool
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This storage area includes a clay pot for the Calypso's owners to keep wine cool
The Calypso's kitchen includes a two-burner stove
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The Calypso's kitchen includes a two-burner stove
The Calypso's kitchen sink
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The Calypso's kitchen sink
The Calypso's kitchen also includes a wine rack
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The Calypso's kitchen also includes a wine rack
The Calypso's siding includes a section of wood charred in the Japanese Shou Sugi Ban method
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The Calypso's siding includes a section of wood charred in the Japanese Shou Sugi Ban method
The Calypso is clad in red cedar siding
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The Calypso is clad in red cedar siding
Generous glazing should ensure the Calypso has plenty of natural light inside
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Generous glazing should ensure the Calypso has plenty of natural light inside
Detail shot of the Calypso's siding
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Detail shot of the Calypso's siding

As we've previously explained, due to the country's towing laws, French tiny houses give firms less room to work with than their US counterparts. With this in mind, Baluchon had a real challenge to make the 6.5 m (21 ft) long and 4 m (13 ft) high Calypso suitable for use as a full-time home for a family of three.

The recently-completed Calypso is clad in red cedar, with one section charred in the Japanese Shou Sugi Ban method that's often used to preserve wood, but appears to be decorative in this case.

Inside, the tiny house should have plenty of natural light thanks to generous glazing and the finish looks to a high standard. It does look a little cramped in there though, even for a tiny house.

The main living space includes a dining area that sits three, a kitchenette, and storage space. Further into the home lies a sofa with integrated storage that can serve as a guest bed.

The Calypso's kitchenette and dining area
The Calypso's kitchenette and dining area

The bathroom includes a composting toilet and shower/bath, but no sink as there wasn't deemed enough room – the family will have to avail themselves of the kitchen sink. The ground floor kids room has its own door for privacy, which is an obvious benefit over having the kid sleep in a loft directly opposite (and in full view of) his or her parents, as is the case with most tiny houses.

The kids room features a raised bed with two wardrobes underneath, accessed with a removable staircase that can be used to store toys. There's also a small desk so the child can do homework. A ladder leads to the parents' sleeping loft, which includes a double bed.

The home gets electricity and water from a standard hookup. The insulation is sheep's wool on the floor, cotton, linen and hemp in the walls, and wood fiber in the ceiling. Lighting is LED throughout.

We've no word on the total price for this one, those interested in learning more will need to get in touch with Baluchon.

Source: Baluchon

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