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Sakura tiny house takes colder climes in its stride

Sakura tiny house takes colder...
The Sakura measures 32 ft (9.7 m)-long and has a total floorspace of 380 sq ft (35 sq m)
The Sakura measures 32 ft (9.7 m)-long and has a total floorspace of 380 sq ft (35 sq m)
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The Sakura's bathroom includes a full-size bathtub/shower, sink, and a composting toilet
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The Sakura's bathroom includes a full-size bathtub/shower, sink, and a composting toilet
Another shot of the Sakura's bathtub/shower
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Another shot of the Sakura's bathtub/shower
A small staircase leads to the Sakura's main bedroom
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A small staircase leads to the Sakura's main bedroom
The Sakura's bedroom is pretty spacious for a tiny house and has plenty of headroom to stand up straight
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The Sakura's bedroom is pretty spacious for a tiny house and has plenty of headroom to stand up straight
Minimaliste really focused on maximizing storage space with the Sakura
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Minimaliste really focused on maximizing storage space with the Sakura
View towards the Sakura's bathroom and second loft 
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View towards the Sakura's bathroom and second loft 
The Sakura's coffee table can be extended upward and unfolded to serve as a dining table
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The Sakura's coffee table can be extended upward and unfolded to serve as a dining table
The Sakura's staircase can be pushed out of the way to make more room
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The Sakura's staircase can be pushed out of the way to make more room
The Sakura's staircase can be pushed out of the way to make more room
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The Sakura's staircase can be pushed out of the way to make more room
Closeup shot of the Sakura's kitchenette
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Closeup shot of the Sakura's kitchenette
The Sakura's kitchenette features an electric cooker
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The Sakura's kitchenette features an electric cooker
The Sakura's master bedroom features lots of storage space
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The Sakura's master bedroom features lots of storage space
The Sakura's second loft is going to be used as a reading nook but has plenty of room for another bed
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The Sakura's second loft is going to be used as a reading nook but has plenty of room for another bed
A pocket door leads to the Sakura's bathroom
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A pocket door leads to the Sakura's bathroom
The Sakura measures 32 ft (9.7 m)-long and has a total floorspace of 380 sq ft (35 sq m)
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The Sakura measures 32 ft (9.7 m)-long and has a total floorspace of 380 sq ft (35 sq m)
The Sakura's living room
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The Sakura's living room
View towards the Sakura's second loft
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View towards the Sakura's second loft
Top-down view of the Sakura's main living area, showing raised coffee table
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Top-down view of the Sakura's main living area, showing raised coffee table
The Sakura's rooftop terrace
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The Sakura's rooftop terrace
The Sakura's composting toilet
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The Sakura's composting toilet
The Sakura's bathroom sink
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The Sakura's bathroom sink
Another shot of the Sakura's bathroom sink
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Another shot of the Sakura's bathroom sink
View towards the Sakura's main living area and bedroom
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View towards the Sakura's main living area and bedroom
The Sakura's second loft is going to be used as a reading nook but has plenty of room for another bed
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The Sakura's second loft is going to be used as a reading nook but has plenty of room for another bed
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Canada isn't known for its balmy winters so Quebec-based tiny house firm Minimaliste had some work to do to make sure the Sakura tiny house was suitable for year-round living. It features plenty of insulation, fancy underfloor heating to keep the owner warm at night, plus some clever design to make the most of the limited space available.

Based on a triple-axle trailer, the Sakura measures 32 ft (9.7 m)-long and has a total floorspace of 380 sq ft (35 sq m). It's clad in white cedar, with steel accenting, and has a small rooftop terrace accessed from inside.

On entering, visitors are presented with the living room, which features a large couch that has storage underneath and can be rearranged. There's no dedicated dining area, but the coffee table can be extended upward and unfolded to serve as a dining table.

Top-down view of the Sakura's main living area, showing raised coffee table
Top-down view of the Sakura's main living area, showing raised coffee table

Next to the living room is a kitchenette with sink, countertop, custom cabinets, washer/dryer, full-size fridge, and a second countertop. Unusually, the owner opted for an electric oven instead of a propane model, as we see in most tiny houses.

A pocket door leads to the bathroom, which includes a full-size bathtub/shower, sink, and a composting toilet.

Back in the main living area, a small staircase (which can be pushed inward to save space) leads to the main bedroom. It's relatively spacious for a tiny house and has plenty of room to stand up straight. It includes storage space in the form of shelving and cupboards, and the bed lifts up too, to stow bedding and belongings within.

On the opposite side of the home is a loft that's accessed by movable ladder. Though it has enough space to be used as a bedroom, in this case it will serve as a small reading area. Another small ladder provides access to the rooftop deck.

View towards the Sakura's second loft
View towards the Sakura's second loft

The heating for this one is pretty unusual and consists of hydronic radiant underfloor heating (the first we've seen in a tiny house), a small air-conditioning unit, and a ventilation system with heat exchangers.

The walls are rated at an R-value of R21, while the roof and floor are rated R35. Minimaliste reports that the Sakura can handle temperatures as low as minus 40 °C (- 40 F) without issue, which brings to mind another Canadian tiny house, the Leaf House Version 3.

The Sakura gets all electricity from an RV-style hookup and also includes a three-step water filtration system on-board. It was commissioned by a customer, so has already gone to its new home, and cost a total of CA$130,000 (around US$102,000).

Check out the video below for a tour of the home.

Source: Minimaliste

Tiny House on wheels, The Sakura (ENGLISH VERSION)

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1 comment
Brenda Johnston
Thank you for posting in English. Beautiful and thoughtful craftsmanship. Love all the hidden storage! Clever use of material in the tub surround. Very nice design. I’m in Alberta so the climate is also a concern for me. I’d love more info on this model, costs, codes, specs.