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Tiny house has curves in all the right places

Tiny house has curves in all t...
The Curved 260 Micro Home is currently for sale and priced at CAD 90,000 (US$71,221) (Credit: Jenn Walton)
The Curved 260 Micro Home is currently for sale and priced at CAD 90,000 (US$71,221) (Credit: Jenn Walton)
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The Curved 260 Micro Home is currently for sale and priced at CAD 90,000 (US$71,221) (Credit: Jenn Walton)
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The Curved 260 Micro Home is currently for sale and priced at CAD 90,000 (US$71,221) (Credit: Jenn Walton)
The small sleeping loft has storage space and enough room for a double bed (Credit: Jenn Walton)
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The small sleeping loft has storage space and enough room for a double bed (Credit: Jenn Walton)
The interior of the home looks sensibly arranged and has plenty of light (Credit: Jenn Walton)
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The interior of the home looks sensibly arranged and has plenty of light (Credit: Jenn Walton)
A kitchenette sports propane burners and on-demand hot water plus plenty of storage space (Credit: Jenn Walton)
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A kitchenette sports propane burners and on-demand hot water plus plenty of storage space (Credit: Jenn Walton)
Drawing showing the layout of the Curved 260 Micro Home
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Drawing showing the layout of the Curved 260 Micro Home
Drawing showing the layout of the Curved 260 Micro Home
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Drawing showing the layout of the Curved 260 Micro Home
Constructing the Curved 260 Micro Home
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Constructing the Curved 260 Micro Home
Constructing the Curved 260 Micro Home
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Constructing the Curved 260 Micro Home
Constructing the Curved 260 Micro Home
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Constructing the Curved 260 Micro Home
The bathroom includes low flush toilet, shower with dual shower heads, sink, storage, and ceiling fan
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The bathroom includes low flush toilet, shower with dual shower heads, sink, storage, and ceiling fan
Chad Smith lived in a tiny house for four years with his young family and has been creating furniture and buildings for 25 years before launching Structural Spaces
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Chad Smith lived in a tiny house for four years with his young family and has been creating furniture and buildings for 25 years before launching Structural Spaces
The wood-burning stove should help keep the chill at bay
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The wood-burning stove should help keep the chill at bay
The tiny home features energy-efficient LED lighting
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The tiny home features energy-efficient LED lighting
The staircase (with integrated storage) leads to a small upstairs loft
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The staircase (with integrated storage) leads to a small upstairs loft
The bathroom includes low flush toilet, shower with dual shower heads, sink, storage, and ceiling fan
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The bathroom includes low flush toilet, shower with dual shower heads, sink, storage, and ceiling fan
The interior boasts a high-end finish
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The interior boasts a high-end finish
The stair storage space under construction
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The stair storage space under construction
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Canada's Structural Spaces is relatively new to the tiny house scene, but still brings plenty of experience to the table. Chad Smith lived in a tiny house for four years with his young family and has been designing furniture and buildings for 25 years. This all shows with the recently-completed Curved 260 Micro Home, which shoehorns a lot of home into just 260 sq ft (24 sq m), and uses high-quality materials meant to last.

The Curved 260 Micro Home weighs around 11,000 lb (4,990 kg) and sits on a custom trailer. It requires a wide-load permit for towing onto highways, ferries, and the like, and should be thought of more like a bespoke mobile home made with good quality materials, rather than an RV-type setup that you'd keep moving from spot to spot regularly.

The home measures 13.6 x 10.6 x 32 ft (4.1 x 3.2 x 9.8 m), including hitch, and stands out in a crowded scene of shed-like homes for its looks, being clad in cedar shingle siding and cedar trim. The attractive curved roof adds headroom and was created by using the natural curve of salvaged cedar log used in construction.

The tiny home features energy-efficient LED lighting
The tiny home features energy-efficient LED lighting

The interior of the two-story Curved 260 Micro Home looks sensibly arranged and spacious, and includes generous glazing to ensure ample natural light. The main living space has a wood-burning stove (there's also an electric heater), while the kitchenette sports propane burners and on-demand hot water. The bathroom features a toilet, sink and a double-head shower.

There's integrated storage in the staircase, which leads up to a small sleeping area with additional storage and enough room to fit a double bed.

The small sleeping loft has storage space and enough room for a double bed (Credit: Jenn Walton)
The small sleeping loft has storage space and enough room for a double bed (Credit: Jenn Walton)

The materials used are of a high quality for a home of its type and these include efficient Low-E windows, solid fir doors, and hardwood flooring. Insulation R-values are rated as R28 on the ceiling, and R20 and R14 on the floor and walls, respectively.

Though the home isn't currently outfitted to operate off-grid, Smith reports that it would be relatively trivial to make the changes and fit a solar or wind power kit.

Structural Spaces sees the Curved 260 Micro Home serving as a primary home, or additional guest quarters. It's currently up for sale and priced at CAD 90,000 (US$71,200).

Source: Structural Spaces

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4 comments
4 comments
natosoco
My main issue with these kinds of homes usually comes in the form of the interior - they just seem bland and generic. This one actually gets around that!
Rusty Harris
Heck, unless you live in San Fran, DC, NYC, you'd be better off just buying a 1000-1500 sq foot house here in the midwest.
nubwaxer
still only a travel trailer and not permitted by zoning laws in most incorporated cities except maybe in a trailer park.
Tom Lee Mullins
I think that is a really nice design. I would not mind living in that.