Tiny Houses

A contemporary take on the tiny house

A contemporary take on the tin...
Significant thought was obviously paid to the home's energy-efficiency and durability
Significant thought was obviously paid to the home's energy-efficiency and durability
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Building the tiny house
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Building the tiny house
The tiny house is insulated with sheep's wool
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The tiny house is insulated with sheep's wool
The tiny house has a total floorspace of 16 sq m (172 sq ft)
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The tiny house has a total floorspace of 16 sq m (172 sq ft)
Some serious thought was paid to the home's sustainability and durability
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Some serious thought was paid to the home's sustainability and durability
The home is clad in thermally-modified softwood, which is heated and cooled in an effort to lend it properties similar to tropical hardwood
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The home is clad in thermally-modified softwood, which is heated and cooled in an effort to lend it properties similar to tropical hardwood
Building the tiny house
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Building the tiny house
The tiny house takes shape
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The tiny house takes shape
The tiny house has a total floorspace of 16 sq m (172 sq ft)
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The tiny house has a total floorspace of 16 sq m (172 sq ft)
Building the tiny house
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Building the tiny house
According to Jonker, the thermally-treated wood is lightweight and strong, and will last for years untreated
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According to Jonker, the thermally-treated wood is lightweight and strong, and will last for years untreated
Installing the kitchen area
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Installing the kitchen area
The kitchen includes a fridge/freezer, sink, a full cooker, and an area that Jonker uses as a work desk
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The kitchen includes a fridge/freezer, sink, a full cooker, and an area that Jonker uses as a work desk
Closeup of the kitchen sink
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Closeup of the kitchen sink
Closeup of the home's siding
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Closeup of the home's siding
The house features operable skylights atop the bedroom area
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The house features operable skylights atop the bedroom area
Inside the tiny house 
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Inside the tiny house 
Entering via the generous glazed doors which open wide to let the outside in, a visitor is greeted by a relatively large and open interior space
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Entering via the generous glazed doors which open wide to let the outside in, a visitor is greeted by a relatively large and open interior space
The sleeping area
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The sleeping area
The bathroom
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The bathroom
The tiny house measures 16 sq m (172 sq f
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The tiny house measures 16 sq m (172 sq f
Significant thought was obviously paid to the home's energy-efficiency and durability
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Significant thought was obviously paid to the home's energy-efficiency and durability
A large deck area adds plenty of living space
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A large deck area adds plenty of living space
Stairs with integrated storage lead to the sleeping area
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Stairs with integrated storage lead to the sleeping area
Inside the tiny house
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Inside the tiny house

Netherlands-based tiny house enthusiast Marjolein Jonker's new home is definitely one of the more attractive examples of small living we've recently come across. The off-grid tiny house eschews the popular cute miniature cottage look in favor of a more clean-lined and contemporary design that also looks a little more roomy inside than your typical home on wheels.

Jonker's home was designed for her by small living specialists Walden and built by Dimka Wentzel of Tiny-House.nl. The home comprises a total floorspace of 16 sq m (172 sq ft) and sports a large deck to increase living space.

Entering via generous glazed doors, a visitor is greeted by what looks like a relatively large and open interior, with a nice high ceiling thanks to its distinctively-shaped roof. An L-shaped seating area is situated directly to the left, while to the right lies a wood-burning stove, which offers heat for the home. The kitchen includes a fridge/freezer, sink, an oven, and a countertop.

A bathroom with composting toilet and a half-sized bath and shower is located toward the rear of the home. Stairs with integrated storage lead to the loft, which includes a double bed and more storage space.

Entering via the generous glazed doors which open wide to let the outside in, a visitor is greeted by a relatively large and open interior space
Entering via the generous glazed doors which open wide to let the outside in, a visitor is greeted by a relatively large and open interior space

Significant thought was obviously paid to the home's energy-efficiency and durability. It's clad in (sustainably-grown) thermally-treated softwood, which is heated and cooled before use in an effort to lend it properties similar to tropical hardwood. According to Jonker, the wood is lightweight and strong, and will last for years untreated.

Sheep's wool was used as insulation (like the Three Glens house), and to ensure that the various appliances and fridge/freezer can run off-the-grid, a solar power setup was installed. This comprises three 300 W solar panels, an inverter, and two 12.8 V batteries. A monitor displays how much juice is left.

Source: Marjolein in miniature (in Dutch)

1 comment
Buellrider
Nice build. I'd like to see two tiny homes that come together to form a decent sized abode. Think manufactured home in how they deliver each half and put together at the owner's site. In this case the halves would be pulled together or separated as needed for transporting. Maybe a roll-up aluminum door for when the halves are separated and moving down a road to the next destination. This might allow enough room for both a loft bed and main floor bed. Not so claustrophobic because of the up-scaled size. Spend the winter down south and summers on a lake up north and with ample elbow room.