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No expense spared for luxury tiny house build

No expense spared for luxury t...
Luxury features in the Earth and Sky Palace include replica embossed alligator skin wallpaper, and a section of wall covered in late 1800s antique pressed tin
Luxury features in the Earth and Sky Palace include replica embossed alligator skin wallpaper, and a section of wall covered in late 1800s antique pressed tin
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The Earth and Sky Palace is clad in reclaimed heart pine finished in linseed oil and blue stained cedar, with a steel trim
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The Earth and Sky Palace is clad in reclaimed heart pine finished in linseed oil and blue stained cedar, with a steel trim
The Earth and Sky Palace's kitchen area
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The Earth and Sky Palace's kitchen area
The Earth and Sky Palace measures a total of 200 sq ft (18.5 sq m)
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The Earth and Sky Palace measures a total of 200 sq ft (18.5 sq m)
The interior of the Earth and Sky Palace is all laid-out on one floor
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The interior of the Earth and Sky Palace is all laid-out on one floor
Builder Dan Huling says the inspiration behind the design derives from the remnants of old mining towns in the Colorado Rockies
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Builder Dan Huling says the inspiration behind the design derives from the remnants of old mining towns in the Colorado Rockies
The Earth and Sky Palace includes a small two-seater dining area
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The Earth and Sky Palace includes a small two-seater dining area
The Earth and Sky Palace gets its electricity from a hookup but can be outfitted for solar power
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The Earth and Sky Palace gets its electricity from a hookup but can be outfitted for solar power
The Earth and Sky Palace's bathroom
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The Earth and Sky Palace's bathroom
The Earth and Sky Palace's bathroom
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The Earth and Sky Palace's bathroom
The Earth and Sky Palace's double bed
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The Earth and Sky Palace's double bed
The bathroom in the Earth and Sky Palace is hidden behind a sliding partition
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The bathroom in the Earth and Sky Palace is hidden behind a sliding partition
The Earth and Sky Palace includes some high-end appliances, such as an app-controlled air-con unit
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The Earth and Sky Palace includes some high-end appliances, such as an app-controlled air-con unit
The Earth and Sky Palace is clad in reclaimed heart pine finished in linseed oil and blue stained cedar, with a steel trim
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The Earth and Sky Palace is clad in reclaimed heart pine finished in linseed oil and blue stained cedar, with a steel trim
The Earth and Sky Palace is based on a 24 ft (7.3 m)-long trailer
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The Earth and Sky Palace is based on a 24 ft (7.3 m)-long trailer
The Earth and Sky Palace is clad in reclaimed heart pine finished in linseed oil and blue stained cedar, with a steel trim
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The Earth and Sky Palace is clad in reclaimed heart pine finished in linseed oil and blue stained cedar, with a steel trim
Luxury features in the Earth and Sky Palace include replica embossed alligator skin wallpaper, and a section of wall covered in late 1800s antique pressed tin
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Luxury features in the Earth and Sky Palace include replica embossed alligator skin wallpaper, and a section of wall covered in late 1800s antique pressed tin
The Earth and Sky Palace's $1,000 shower head
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The Earth and Sky Palace's $1,000 shower head
Construction photo of the Earth and Sky Palace
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Construction photo of the Earth and Sky Palace
Construction photo of the Earth and Sky Palace
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Construction photo of the Earth and Sky Palace
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Though brand-new, the Earth and Sky Palace tiny house has a pleasantly weathered appearance that helps it stand out in the crowded small living scene. Inside, the towable dwelling is laid-out on one floor and boasts some high-end additions that are unusual for a tiny home, including an app-controlled air-con unit.

We asked builder Dan Huling, who makes his living as a theatrical prop and stage designer, about the impetus behind the home's design and were told that it was inspired by memories of the remnants of old mining towns in the Colorado Rockies, where he was raised.

Based on a 24 ft (7.3 m)-long trailer, the Earth and Sky Palace has a total of 200 sq ft (18.5 sq m) of floorspace and a steel frame. It's clad in reclaimed heart pine and blue stained cedar, with steel trim. The roof is lined with Onduvilla tiles and there's also a small steel pet door.

The home is entered by a large sliding glass door. Its small kitchen includes a posh Verona oven with propane-powered stove and a solar power-ready fridge (i.e. the fridge is energy-efficient and can be run either from 12 V DC or 110 V AC). There's also a butcher's block countertop, porcelain sink, custom cabinetry, and a small dining area with two adjustable stools.

The Earth and Sky Palace gets its electricity from a hookup but can be outfitted for solar power
The Earth and Sky Palace gets its electricity from a hookup but can be outfitted for solar power

The Earth and Sky Palace has no separate living room as such, which is the price paid for having the bedroom on the ground floor. That said, the bed can be converted into seating and there is also a small storage/bedroom loft that's accessed by a stowed away ladder.

The bathroom lies behind a sliding partition and includes a brass sink, toilet, and walk-in shower – the latter sporting a US$1,000 shower head. Indeed, there are other expensive little touches throughout the home, such as replica embossed alligator skin wallpaper, and a section of wall covered in late 1800s antique pressed tin from a prison in Nebraska.

The tiny house has in-wall wiring for a 5.1 surround sound/home theater system to be installed and the Friedrich air-con unit is controllable by an iOS device (we're not sure if Android works too). A Thelin Hearth gnome pot belly direct vent gas heater is also installed.

Builder Dan Huling says the inspiration behind the design derives from the remnants of old mining towns in the Colorado Rockies
Builder Dan Huling says the inspiration behind the design derives from the remnants of old mining towns in the Colorado Rockies

The Earth and Sky Palace gets power and water from standard hookups, and the toilet is plumbed for a septic tank (it was originally envisioned as a guest house). It is "solar-ready" though, which means all the space necessary for batteries, wiring, etc is ready for a solar power system to be dropped-in with relative ease if the owner wanted to take it off-the-grid.

Insulation is spray foam and lighting is LED throughout. The propane-powered tankless water heater is touchscreen-controlled.

The Earth and Sky Palace is currently up for sale for $74,000.

Source: Handsome Little Devils

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6 comments
6 comments
NatalieEGH
As this home is already using such touches as a $1000.00 shower head, I would like to propose a couple of changes.
1. Change the bed into a murphy bed. This would allow that area to be used as a small living area. With as light as many current generation televisions, DVD players, ... are, you could probably attach a television to the bottom of the murphy bed allowing it to be an entertainment system also. I believe a custom murphy beds run $1,500 - $10,000. This would necessitate the storage under the bed be moved (unless their is a strap or something to hold items in place when the bed is raised. If the storage must be moved, I would suggest something like a current generation military wall locker. It would combine a closet to hang up items and drawers for storage of other clothing. 2. Change the fireplace/oven and stove to something like this "http://www.houzz.com/photos/81281410/Wood-Burning-Cook-Stove-North-Black-Left-Flue-traditional-gas-ranges-and-electric-ranges". I believe there are models that are able to use firewood, wood pellets, or natural gas. This would provide both home heating when needed and as the cooking range and over while reducing footprint therefore increasing user floor space. Multi fuel models start around $1,700 depending on source and go up to about $17,000.
CharlieSeattle
Very warm feel to the interior. Nice!
Fairly Reasoner
... still can't come right out and say "trailer," I guess, but "towable dwelling" comes tantalizingly close.
ljaques
No expense spared to make it look like a run-down Appalachian squatter hut. Hoooee, dat tasteful!
Grunchy
Tiny houses will be a short-lived fad. There is constant psychological pressure from living in such condensed quarters. I'm pretty sure that as the rest of the world develops, overpopulation will diminish with time. We are fast approaching Peak Humanity: there will be no lasting need for such tiny little houses, except for 'bug out' shacks.
marycr8on
The bathroom and gas range are the only things I like about this. It's dark and depressing, there is nowhere to sit and relax, and there is just so much wasted space. Who wants to look at the underside of a kitchen sink as you walk in the door? This could be so much better, especially for that amount of money.