Tiny Houses

Off-grid tiny house is home to a family of four

Off-grid tiny house is home to...
La Sombra Tiny House runs off-the-grid with a roof-based solar power array 
La Sombra Tiny House runs off-the-grid with a roof-based solar power array 
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La Sombra Tiny House includes a neat little clothes airer on a pulley system
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La Sombra Tiny House includes a neat little clothes airer on a pulley system
La Sombra Tiny House's downstairs includes a living room, small dining area, kitchen, and bathroom
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La Sombra Tiny House's downstairs includes a living room, small dining area, kitchen, and bathroom
La Sombra Tiny House is based on a double-axle trailer
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La Sombra Tiny House is based on a double-axle trailer
La Sombra Tiny House is heated with a mini wood-burning stove
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La Sombra Tiny House is heated with a mini wood-burning stove
La Sombra Tiny House's kitchen includes a removable unit on wheels 
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La Sombra Tiny House's kitchen includes a removable unit on wheels 
La Sombra Tiny House's staircase has integrated storage space 
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La Sombra Tiny House's staircase has integrated storage space 
La Sombra Tiny House includes a shower, sink and composting toilet 
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La Sombra Tiny House includes a shower, sink and composting toilet 
La Sombra Tiny House is clad in vinyl siding
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La Sombra Tiny House is clad in vinyl siding
La Sombra Tiny House has two loft bedrooms
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La Sombra Tiny House has two loft bedrooms
La Sombra Tiny House's staircase includes storage space 
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La Sombra Tiny House's staircase includes storage space 
La Sombra Tiny House has a glazed door 
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La Sombra Tiny House has a glazed door 
La Sombra Tiny House's secondary loft is accessed by ladder
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La Sombra Tiny House's secondary loft is accessed by ladder
La Sombra Tiny House's secondary loft is the kids room
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La Sombra Tiny House's secondary loft is the kids room
La Sombra Tiny House's bathroom includes a shower, sink, and composting toilet 
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La Sombra Tiny House's bathroom includes a shower, sink, and composting toilet 
La Sombra Tiny House's main bedroom has a wardrobe
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La Sombra Tiny House's main bedroom has a wardrobe
La Sombra Tiny House's kitchen includes a propane-powered oven and four-burner stove
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La Sombra Tiny House's kitchen includes a propane-powered oven and four-burner stove
Another shot of La Sombra Tiny House's secondary bedroom. There's only one bed pictured but it's usually home to three children
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Another shot of La Sombra Tiny House's secondary bedroom. There's only one bed pictured but it's usually home to three children
La Sombra Tiny House measures 8 m (26.2 ft)-long
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La Sombra Tiny House measures 8 m (26.2 ft)-long
La Sombra Tiny House includes a composting toilet 
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La Sombra Tiny House includes a composting toilet 
Shot of La Sombra Tiny House's small bathroom sink
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Shot of La Sombra Tiny House's small bathroom sink
La Sombra Tiny House's kitchen includes a full-size fridge and freezer 
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La Sombra Tiny House's kitchen includes a full-size fridge and freezer 
La Sombra Tiny House includes two bedrooms 
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La Sombra Tiny House includes two bedrooms 
Top-down view of La Sombra Tiny House's living room
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Top-down view of La Sombra Tiny House's living room
La Sombra Tiny House is heated by a wood-burning stove
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La Sombra Tiny House is heated by a wood-burning stove
La Sombra Tiny House sleeps four as standard but can sleep another couple of people in a pinch with the sofa bed
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La Sombra Tiny House sleeps four as standard but can sleep another couple of people in a pinch with the sofa bed
La Sombra Tiny House's main bedroom includes a queen-sized bed 
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La Sombra Tiny House's main bedroom includes a queen-sized bed 
La Sombra Tiny House runs off-the-grid with a roof-based solar power array 
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La Sombra Tiny House runs off-the-grid with a roof-based solar power array 
La Sombra Tiny House's kitchen also includes a dishwasher and quite a bit of cabinetry 
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La Sombra Tiny House's kitchen also includes a dishwasher and quite a bit of cabinetry 

New Zealand's Build Tiny recently completed a new model for a mother and her three children. La Sombra (The Shadow) Tiny House is a small but flexible home that can run on or off-the-grid, can be towed on its trailer or detached and installed permanently, and can also fit a couple of extra guests on a sofa bed if required.

La Sombra Tiny House measures 8-m (26.2 ft)-long and is based on a double-axle trailer that can be removed from the home's underside if needed (such as if it's going to be installed somewhere permanently). It's finished in grey vinyl cladding and looks very similar to the Green Hill Farm Tiny House from the outside.

Visitors enter the home via a glazed door. To the right lies the living room, which includes a sofa bed, some shelving, and a TV unit. Nearby is a very small table and chairs, while a little further away still is the kitchen.

This is pretty well-stocked and has relatively generous cabinetry for a tiny house, as well as a sink, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, propane-powered oven with four-burner stove, and washing machine. Additionally, there's a tiny wood-burning stove installed for heating and a clothes airer on a pulley system that will be used for drying clothes when the fire's burning.

Over on the opposite side of the home from the living room lies the bathroom. This has a shower, composting toilet and a sink.

There are a total of two loft-style bedrooms in La Sombra Tiny House. The first is for the kids and is accessed by ladder. Over on the other side, and reached by storage-integrated staircase, is the master bedroom. This contains a queen-sized bed and a wardrobe, plus some additional storage cubbies.

La Sombra Tiny House's staircase has integrated storage space 
La Sombra Tiny House's staircase has integrated storage space 

The tiny house gets power either from a standard RV-style hookup or from a roof-based solar panel array that's connected to an inverter and batteries kept in an external storage box. Due to towing weight restrictions in New Zealand, some appliances and off-grid gear must be removed to shed weight before it can hit the road legally.

The total cost for La Sombra Tiny House, including all appliances and off-grid system, was roughly NZD 130,000 (approximately US$84,000).

Source: Build Tiny

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