Escape has made a name for itself in the tiny house community with its Park Model RV and Traveler tiny homes, which offer an excellent finish and well thought-out features. Its latest model, the Vista, promises the same craftsmanship but at a lower price, and features optional off-grid technology, very generous glazing, and a space-saving layout.
The Vista measures 20 x 8.5 x 9.6 ft (6.1 x 2.6 x 2.9 m) and rests on a trailer for easy towing, with total weight of roughly 6,000 lb (2,720 kg). The interior comprises a total floorspace of 160 sq ft (14.8 sq m), so it's significantly smaller than Escape's previous offerings, but nowhere near the smallest tiny house we've seen.
The exterior is clad in clear cedar siding and metal trim. Access is gained via a glass door, and the windows are energy-efficient Low-E windows – which is important, as the Vista sports about as much glazing as one could reasonably want from a tiny house, hence its name (obscured glass is also available for the privacy-conscious).
The Vista's interior is all on one level and split between a kitchen, dining and living area, bathroom, and bedroom area. The available photos show what appears to be a well-proportioned interior and the glazing should help make the small space feel less cramped.
Storage space – the achilles heel of any tiny house – includes under-bed storage, large cabinets, shelving and handy little nooks. Amenities include a shower and composting toilet in the bathroom, sink and counter in the kitchen, and an optional pop-up flatscreen TV in the bedroom area.
The interior walls are clad in aspen and the floor decked in oak laminate. Insulation comes in the form of closed cell foam, and air-conditioning is available, too – though as usual with these tiny house packages, pretty much every feature can be upgraded to suit, providing you're willing to pay. Indeed, the Vista can also be outfitted with off-grid technology, including a roof-based PV array, battery storage, and inverter.
The Vista will set you back US$39,900, though that's an introductory price for its basic package of amenities and will eventually rise to $46,600.
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