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Magnolia tiny house rides out the winter in comfort

Magnolia tiny house rides out ...
The Magnolia can take temperatures of up to -30° C (minus 22 degrees Fahrenheit) in its stride
The Magnolia can take temperatures of up to -30° C (minus 22 degrees Fahrenheit) in its stride
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The Magnolia's bathroom includes a shower 
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The Magnolia's bathroom includes a shower 
The Magnolia's kitchen includes a breakfast bar
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The Magnolia's kitchen includes a breakfast bar
The Magnolia's main bedroom is on the ground floor
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The Magnolia's main bedroom is on the ground floor
The Magnolia's kitchen includes a farmhouse-style sink
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The Magnolia's kitchen includes a farmhouse-style sink
The Magnolia's kitchen includes quite a bit of storage space
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The Magnolia's kitchen includes quite a bit of storage space
Top-down view of the Magnolia's main bedroom
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Top-down view of the Magnolia's main bedroom
The Magnolia has a total floorspace of 425 sq ft (39 sq m)
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The Magnolia has a total floorspace of 425 sq ft (39 sq m)
Visitors enter the Magnolia into an open living area with an entertainment center and some storage space, as well as a sofa
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Visitors enter the Magnolia into an open living area with an entertainment center and some storage space, as well as a sofa
The Magnolia's bedroom includes a king-sized bed
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The Magnolia's bedroom includes a king-sized bed
The Magnolia measures 34.5 ft (10.5 m)-long
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The Magnolia measures 34.5 ft (10.5 m)-long
The Magnolia's main bedroom is accessed by sliding door
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The Magnolia's main bedroom is accessed by sliding door
The Magnolia includes two ceiling fans
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The Magnolia includes two ceiling fans
The Magnolia's bathroom includes a shower
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The Magnolia's bathroom includes a shower
The Magnolia's bathroom includes a composting toilet
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The Magnolia's bathroom includes a composting toilet
The Magnolia's secondary bedroom is accessed by removable ladder
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The Magnolia's secondary bedroom is accessed by removable ladder
View of the Magnolia's secondary bedroom 
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View of the Magnolia's secondary bedroom 
Top-down view of the Magnolia's living room
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Top-down view of the Magnolia's living room
The Magnolia's secondary bedroom is accessed by removable ladder
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The Magnolia's secondary bedroom is accessed by removable ladder
The Magnolia's exterior is finished in cedar
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The Magnolia's exterior is finished in cedar
The Magnolia's main bedroom is accessed by sliding door
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The Magnolia's main bedroom is accessed by sliding door
The Magnolia's exterior is finished in cedar
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The Magnolia's exterior is finished in cedar
The Magnolia can take temperatures of up to -30° C (minus 22 degrees Fahrenheit) in its stride
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The Magnolia can take temperatures of up to -30° C (minus 22 degrees Fahrenheit) in its stride
The Magnolia is based on a triple-axle trailer 
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The Magnolia is based on a triple-axle trailer 
The Magnolia's bathroom includes a custom vanity unit
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The Magnolia's bathroom includes a custom vanity unit
The Magnolia's main bedroom is accessed by sliding door
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The Magnolia's main bedroom is accessed by sliding door
The Magnolia's bathroom includes a composting toilet
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The Magnolia's bathroom includes a composting toilet
The Magnolia measures 34.5 ft (10.5 m)-long
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The Magnolia measures 34.5 ft (10.5 m)-long
The Magnolia's living room includes a sofa and entertainment unit
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The Magnolia's living room includes a sofa and entertainment unit
The Magnolia's exterior is finished in two-tone cedar, with the black sections burnt using the popular Japanese Shou Sugi Ban technique of charring wood to preserve it
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The Magnolia's exterior is finished in two-tone cedar, with the black sections burnt using the popular Japanese Shou Sugi Ban technique of charring wood to preserve it

With winter having arrived in the Northern Hemisphere, a lot of tiny house owners will be feeling the chill. Not the occupants of the Magnolia though, as it's designed to withstand even Quebec's harsh cold. It's a large model and offers a relatively spacious interior for a tiny house, including a full-size living room and large downstairs bedroom.

The Magnolia, by Minimaliste, is based on a triple-axle trailer and measures 34.5 x 10.5 ft (10.5 x 3.2 m), which means it's too wide to tow without a permit and is considered a park model. It has a total floorspace of 425 sq ft (39 sq m) and its exterior is finished in two-tone cedar, with the black sections burnt using the popular Japanese Shou Sugi Ban technique of charring wood to preserve it, like the El Toro.

Visitors enter into a living area with a high ceiling, an entertainment center and some storage space, as well as a sofa.

The nearby kitchen has a breakfast bar and quite a lot of storage space. The countertops are quartz and the kitchen features an oven, farmhouse-style sink, stainless steel fridge, dishwasher, and a separate washer and dryer hidden away in a cupboard space.

Further into the home is the bathroom, reached by sliding barn-style door. This includes a custom vanity unit, a neat composting toilet that can be hooked up to be used as a standard flushing toilet if preferred, and a shower, plus a utility area with hot water tank and filters.

The bathroom also connects to the downstairs bedroom, which has a high ceiling and a king sized bed with integrated storage, plus some shelving over the bed. The secondary loft is back in the main living area and reached by removable ladder. It'll be used for storage space but can fit a double bed if the owners have guests staying over.

The Magnolia measures 34.5 ft (10.5 m)-long
The Magnolia measures 34.5 ft (10.5 m)-long

The Magnolia runs from a standard RV-style hookup and was built using SIPs (structurally insulated panels). It has good insulation and a high level of airtightness, helping it to maintain a steady temperature using little energy.

Three mini-split units, a heat recovery air exchanger and a couple of ceiling fans also help control the interior temperature. Minimaliste tells us that because of all this, the home can withstand temperatures of -30° C (minus 22 degrees Fahrenheit) without requiring an undue amount of heating.

The Magnolia starts at CAD 129,500 (roughly US$95,000). Minimaliste's videos are fun and informative and the one below is worth checking out.

Source: Minimaliste

Tiny house on wheels: The Magnolia

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