Tiny Houses

Tiny house pays homage to classic Airstream trailer

Tiny house pays homage to clas...
The base model Tiny Stream starts at €23,500 (roughly US$26,600)
The base model Tiny Stream starts at €23,500 (roughly US$26,600)
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Straight off the bat it's worth noting that the Tiny Stream doesn't really look that much like the Airstream
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Straight off the bat it's worth noting that the Tiny Stream doesn't really look that much like the Airstream
The kitchen includes stove, washing machine, refrigerator, and a long counter
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The kitchen includes stove, washing machine, refrigerator, and a long counter
The base model Tiny Stream starts at €23,500 (roughly US$26,600)
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The base model Tiny Stream starts at €23,500 (roughly US$26,600)
The tiny home's shower
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The tiny home's shower
Towing the tiny home
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Towing the tiny home
Towing the tiny home
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Towing the tiny home
The tiny house is attractive and offers a nice change from the stereotypical shed-on-wheels aesthetic
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The tiny house is attractive and offers a nice change from the stereotypical shed-on-wheels aesthetic
The home sports a curved roof, aluminum siding and small covered porch area
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The home sports a curved roof, aluminum siding and small covered porch area
This model gets its electricity from a solar power array
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This model gets its electricity from a solar power array
La Tiny House's models can be outfitted to run on or off-the-grid
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La Tiny House's models can be outfitted to run on or off-the-grid
This model sports a battery array for backup juice
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This model sports a battery array for backup juice
The composting toilet and water heater
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The composting toilet and water heater
The floorspace available depends on the size chosen but downstairs will measure between 10 - 15 sq m (107 - 161 sq ft)
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The floorspace available depends on the size chosen but downstairs will measure between 10 - 15 sq m (107 - 161 sq ft)
The long counter
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The long counter
Inside the kitchen
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Inside the kitchen
The kitchen includes stove, washing machine, refrigerator, and a long counter
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The kitchen includes stove, washing machine, refrigerator, and a long counter
The upstairs sleeping loft measures between 5 - 7 sq m (53 - 75 sq ft)
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The upstairs sleeping loft measures between 5 - 7 sq m (53 - 75 sq ft)
The stairs leading to the main sleeping area
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The stairs leading to the main sleeping area
Inside one of La Tiny House's other completed tiny homes, the Tiny Appalache
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Inside one of La Tiny House's other completed tiny homes, the Tiny Appalache
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French firm La Tiny House drew inspiration from the vintage Airstream trailer while designing its Tiny Stream tiny house. While the miniature dwelling doesn't closely resemble the Airstream's classic styling to us, the approach definitely paid off, resulting in an attractive home that's a welcome change from the stereotypical shed-on-wheels.

In addition to the Airstream, Tiny Stream's design also reflects French tiny house towing laws, which require that the home not exceed 3.5 metric tons (7,700 lb), whereas US tiny homes can be significantly heavier at 4.5 metric tons (10,000 lb). Interestingly, La Tiny House's homes can also be removed from the trailer, potentially allowing them to be set on foundations if building permits allow.

Like most tiny house companies, La Tiny House is keen to make the Tiny Stream fit the customer's needs. The homes can measure between 4 and 7 m (13 - 23 ft) long and sleep between two to six people, depending on the size chosen. Downstairs floorspace measures 10 - 15 sq m (107 - 161 sq ft), while the sleeping loft comprises 5 - 7 sq m (53 - 75 sq ft).

The exterior is clad in wood, plus aluminum siding, with a curved roof and porch that offers a semi-outdoor area that can be used for dining. Inside, the home features a snug living space and kitchenette that includes stove, washing machine, refrigerator, and a long counter. The bathroom sports a small cubicle shower and composting toilet, while stairs lead to a loft sleeping area with double bed.

The long counter
The long counter

La Tiny House currently offers three main tiny house models, each of which can be outfitted to run either on or off-the-grid. The recently-completed Tiny Stream shown here runs from solar power with a battery array.

The base model Tiny Stream starts at €23,500 (roughly US$26,600), with extras like an awning and fitted bathroom available at cost. The other models are similarly priced.

Source: La Tiny House (in French) via Treehugger

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5 comments
Fairly Reasoner
Homage to Airstream ... except for dragging it in the wrong direction.
Martin Hone
More back woods cabin than Airstream !
nulo
The one you climb up stairs over the counter top and kitchen sink takes 1st prize for careless planning!
Nik
Its still just a wooden shed dumped onto a trailer, with the aerodynamics of a brick. I'd hate to be towing this construction over a large, high bridge, with a strong crosswind, its likely to become airborne, and the fuel consumption caused by wind resistance while towing could be astronomical. As a mini holiday home, fixed in one location, its probably OK, but as a mobile device, it fails, miserably.
DexterFord
It's called a trailer. Unless you're an overprivileged hipster, I guess. I wonder what "Tiny Home" weenies think when they drive past huge mobile home dealers. Do they know what all those big white things with wheels are? If you want one, you go to what we humans call a mobile home dealer. If you want a cheap one, get an old used one. Then you can staple up all the redwood-strip ceilings you want. Smart people have been building these for centuries, first as covered wagons, then as trailers and mobile homes when the automobile was invented. No matter how many cedar shingles you put on it, if it has wheels and you can live in it, it's a mobile home.