Tiny Houses

Bite-sized Nugget tiny house is a weekend getaway on wheels

Bite-sized Nugget tiny house i...
Despite being just 12-ft long, the Nugget has a total floorspace of 102 sq ft
Despite being just 12-ft long, the Nugget has a total floorspace of 102 sq ft
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The Nugget measures just 12 ft-long, yet looks quite roomy inside
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The Nugget measures just 12 ft-long, yet looks quite roomy inside
The Nugget's kitchenette
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The Nugget's kitchenette
The Nugget's composting toilet
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The Nugget's composting toilet
The Nugget's shower
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The Nugget's shower
The Nugget's sleeping area
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The Nugget's sleeping area
The Nugget's sleeping area
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The Nugget's sleeping area
The Nugget has a total floorspace of 102 sq ft (9.4 sq m)
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The Nugget has a total floorspace of 102 sq ft (9.4 sq m)
The Nugget weighs 4,500 lb
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The Nugget weighs 4,500 lb
Modern Tiny House appears to have made the most of the limited space available
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Modern Tiny House appears to have made the most of the limited space available
The Nugget has LED lighting installed
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The Nugget has LED lighting installed
Top-down view of the Nugget's sleeping area
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Top-down view of the Nugget's sleeping area
The Nugget runs totally off-the-grid
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The Nugget runs totally off-the-grid
The Nugget gets power from a roof-based solar array
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The Nugget gets power from a roof-based solar array
The Nugget also includes an inverter and battery setup
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The Nugget also includes an inverter and battery setup
The Nugget has a 100 gal (378 l) fresh water tank and pump
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The Nugget has a 100 gal (378 l) fresh water tank and pump
The Nugget measures just 12 ft-long
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The Nugget measures just 12 ft-long
The Nugget weighs 4,500 lb
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The Nugget weighs 4,500 lb
The Nugget is clad in pine siding and is topped by a metal roof
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The Nugget is clad in pine siding and is topped by a metal roof
Despite being just 12-ft long, the Nugget has a total floorspace of 102 sq ft
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Despite being just 12-ft long, the Nugget has a total floorspace of 102 sq ft
The Nugget's storage box hides propane gas bottles
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The Nugget's storage box hides propane gas bottles
Closeup of the Nugget's storage box 
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Closeup of the Nugget's storage box 
The Nugget runs totally off-the-grid
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The Nugget runs totally off-the-grid
The Nugget weighs 4,500 lb
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The Nugget weighs 4,500 lb
The Nugget measures just 12 ft-long
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The Nugget measures just 12 ft-long
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Modern Tiny Living recently put the finishing touches to a model that makes your average tiny house look spacious. Though it measures just 12 ft (3.6 m)-long, the off-grid Nugget nonetheless has a bathroom, kitchenette, and sleeping area squeezed into its small frame.

The Nugget tiny house is clad in pine siding and topped by a metal roof. It's based on a single-axle trailer and weighs 4,500 lb (around 2,040 kg). Total floorspace comes in at a mere 102 sq ft (9.4 sq m). By comparison, Timbercraft Tiny Homes' Retreat measures 416 sq ft (38.6 sq m) and Escape's Vista comes close, but not quite close enough, with 160 sq ft (14.8 sq m).

Columbus, Ohio-based Modern Tiny Living markets the Nugget as a weekender, and we'd agree – full-time living in this thing would definitely pose a challenge. That said, the firm has done quite a lot with the limited space available. The kitchen includes a large sink, copper faucet and hickory butcher block countertops. A mini-fridge is installed but surprisingly no stove, perhaps the plan is for the owner to use a portable camping model.

The bathroom has some privacy thanks to a pocket door and includes a composting toilet and shower, while the bed (which doubles-up as a lounge area) includes integrated storage space.

The Nugget has a total floorspace of 102 sq ft (9.4 sq m)
The Nugget has a total floorspace of 102 sq ft (9.4 sq m)

The Nugget runs totally off-the-grid and includes a roof-based solar array connected to an inverter and batteries. A 100 gal (378 l) fresh water tank and pump ensures there's always water on-tap, and a propane heater and water heater will keep both the home's occupants and the water suitably warm.

On that note, the insulation is rated to R-28 in ceiling and floors and R-21 in the walls, which seems about right for a tiny house like this that isn't geared towards tackling extreme temperatures.

The Nugget is currently up for sale for US$36,000.

Source: Modern Tiny Living

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4 comments
Grunchy
This is just stupid now. $36,000 for a camper? It's also a junky homemade camper. People will do a lot better buying an ordinary, factory-built lightweight camper that tows better. In fact every "micro house" on gizmag is junk and stupid & inferior to campers.
DavidRogerBrown
Does anybody actually buy these overpriced things? Could be used as a moveable guest house or vacation home in a rural setting. Could easily be built by a handy person for half the price.
flylowguy
It's a travel trailer built out of wood house materials. Let's call it what it is, not a 'tiny house'.
Tom Lee Mullins
I think that is really nice. I do think it is a lot of money for something so small.