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Off-grid tiny house keeps toes toasty in the coldest climes

Off-grid tiny house keeps toes...
Minimaliste says that the Laurier can handle temperatures as low as minus 40° C (- 40° F)
Minimaliste says that the Laurier can handle temperatures as low as minus 40° C (- 40° F)
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The Laurier's living room includes a sofa bed and wall-mounted TV
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The Laurier's living room includes a sofa bed and wall-mounted TV
Another view of the Laurier's living room
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Another view of the Laurier's living room
The Laurier's mirror, on the left wall, can be pulled downwards to use as a table
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The Laurier's mirror, on the left wall, can be pulled downwards to use as a table
The Laurier's storage-integrated staircase
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The Laurier's storage-integrated staircase
Top-down view of the Laurier's kitchen
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Top-down view of the Laurier's kitchen
The Laurier's master bedroom
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The Laurier's master bedroom
The Laurier's master bedroom has plenty of headroom
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The Laurier's master bedroom has plenty of headroom
View of the Laurier's living room from the loft
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View of the Laurier's living room from the loft
The Laurier's loft
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The Laurier's loft
The Laurier's mirror, in use as a table
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The Laurier's mirror, in use as a table
The Laurier's mirror, in use as a table
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The Laurier's mirror, in use as a table
Visitors enter into the Laurier's living room
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Visitors enter into the Laurier's living room
The Laurier's kitchen has plenty of floorspace
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The Laurier's kitchen has plenty of floorspace
The Laurier's bedroom includes storage space and a table on wheels that can be moved over the bed
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The Laurier's bedroom includes storage space and a table on wheels that can be moved over the bed
The Laurier's table on wheels in place over the bed
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The Laurier's table on wheels in place over the bed
The Laurier's table on wheels in place over the bed
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The Laurier's table on wheels in place over the bed
The Laurier's shower
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The Laurier's shower
The Laurier measures 32 ft (9.7 m)-long
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The Laurier measures 32 ft (9.7 m)-long
The Laurier's storage-integrated staircase includes a pull-out bottom step
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The Laurier's storage-integrated staircase includes a pull-out bottom step
Closeup of the Laurier's kitchen sink
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Closeup of the Laurier's kitchen sink
The Laurier's shower
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The Laurier's shower
The Laurier's toilet
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The Laurier's toilet
The Laurier measures 32 ft (9.7 m)-long
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The Laurier measures 32 ft (9.7 m)-long
Minimaliste says that the Laurier can handle temperatures as low as minus 40° C (- 40° F)
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Minimaliste says that the Laurier can handle temperatures as low as minus 40° C (- 40° F)
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Quebec's Minimaliste, the firm behind the Sakura tiny house, recently completed another towable dwelling that can handle very cold weather. The difference with the Laurier is that it runs off-the-grid with solar power and is warmed with a novel propane-powered underfloor heating system. It also boasts some clever storage ideas.

The Laurier measures 32 ft (9.7 m)-long and has a light-colored cedar exterior with metal accenting and not very much glazing. It serves as a full-time home for a retired woman in North Carolina who has some physical health issues, so the interior is designed with her comfort in mind.

Visitors enter into a living room with sofa bed, TV, and storage space. The kitchen looks spacious for a tiny house and includes cabinets, full-size appliances, cooker, USB plugs, sink, and a closet. There's also what Minimaliste calls its "mirrored table," which is a large mirror affixed to the wall that can be lowered to serve as a dining table when required. It's supported with a hydraulic strut and a couple of stools are nearby for seating.

Further into the tiny home, a door offers access to the Laurier's bathroom, which contains a shower, composting toilet, the smallest sink you'll ever see, and more storage space. Another door leads from here to the master bedroom, which has enough headroom to stand upright. It also has generous storage and a rolling table that enables the owner to use it while lying in bed.

Back in the main living area, a storage-integrated staircase leads up to the loft, which can be used as a guest bedroom or for additional storage.

The Laurier's living room includes a sofa bed and wall-mounted TV
The Laurier's living room includes a sofa bed and wall-mounted TV

We've no details on the insulation used in the Laurier, but Minimaliste reports that, like the Sakura, it can handle temperatures as low as minus 40° C (- 40° F).

The owner is kept warm with a novel propane-powered underfloor heating system which doesn't require a grid-based electricity hookup. The firm says this is the first time such a system has been used in a tiny house.

"Several challenges awaited us during the construction of the Laurier, since the beginning, from the start, we were bold in our design," says the firm. "The biggest challenge was the realization of a hydronic radiant floor system with propane, and not electric as what we have developed and installed until now. Our client wanted her home to be energy self-sufficient, and her heating source to be a radiant floor system.

However, with the help of experienced engineers, we managed to design a system working on propane and the 12 V [solar] energy system. Protected by a soundproof box, this heating system is the best heating system that a tiny house on wheels can have. We are proud to be the only tiny house company to have developed and installed this type of heating system in one of its homes!"

The Laurier's mirror, on the left wall, can be pulled downwards to use as a table
The Laurier's mirror, on the left wall, can be pulled downwards to use as a table

As well as the underfloor heating, the Laurier has ventilation with integrated heat exchangers and a standard ceiling fan. The solar power system consists of eight batteries, a like number of 260 W solar panels, regulators, and an inverter.

We have no price for this one but those interested in Minimaliste building them something similar can get in touch with the firm for more details.

Source: Minimaliste

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