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Off-grid writer's retreat offers a tiny place to create

Off-grid writer's retreat offe...
The Lorraine measures 160 sq ft (14 sq m), and comes well-stocked with provisions
The Lorraine measures 160 sq ft (14 sq m), and comes well-stocked with provisions
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The Lorraine comes well-stocked with food provisions, bicycles, board games and books
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The Lorraine comes well-stocked with food provisions, bicycles, board games and books
Getaway hopes to encourage Americans to use more of their vacation time to get out and reconnect with nature
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Getaway hopes to encourage Americans to use more of their vacation time to get out and reconnect with nature
Constructed primarily from timber, the Lorraine is dominated by an open space comprising living, dining and work areas, with a long work surface spanning from kitchen to bedroom
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Constructed primarily from timber, the Lorraine is dominated by an open space comprising living, dining and work areas, with a long work surface spanning from kitchen to bedroom
The composting toilet
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The composting toilet
The Lorraine runs totally off-the-grid
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The Lorraine runs totally off-the-grid
The tiny dwelling comprises a relatively large open space which includes living, dining and work areas
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The tiny dwelling comprises a relatively large open space which includes living, dining and work areas
A long work surface spanning from kitchen to bedroom
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A long work surface spanning from kitchen to bedroom
The small kitchenette features a two-burner propane stove, vintage style Coleman cooler, and a sink
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The small kitchenette features a two-burner propane stove, vintage style Coleman cooler, and a sink
The bedroom boasts a queen-size bed
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The bedroom boasts a queen-size bed
The Lorraine measures 160 sq ft (14 sq m), and comes well-stocked with provisions
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The Lorraine measures 160 sq ft (14 sq m), and comes well-stocked with provisions
A long ribbon window offers natural daylight inside
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A long ribbon window offers natural daylight inside
The shower
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The shower
Building the Lorraine
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Building the Lorraine
It is constructed primarily from timber
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It is constructed primarily from timber
It was designed by Wyatt Komarin, Addison Godine and Rachel Moranis, and built very quickly indeed by Patrick Mulroy
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It was designed by Wyatt Komarin, Addison Godine and Rachel Moranis, and built very quickly indeed by Patrick Mulroy
"We move at a very fast pace, building a house in about four weeks," says the firm
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"We move at a very fast pace, building a house in about four weeks," says the firm
The Lorraine is based in a rural area just under two hours' drive from Boston
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The Lorraine is based in a rural area just under two hours' drive from Boston
For those interested, it's available to rent now, at a price of US$99 per night
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For those interested, it's available to rent now, at a price of US$99 per night
Moving the Lorraine
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Moving the Lorraine
The firm says that it is named in honor of a beloved grandmother
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The firm says that it is named in honor of a beloved grandmother
Boston-based tiny house rental startup Getaway was recently formed by a group of Harvard students to offer tiny houses for rent
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Boston-based tiny house rental startup Getaway was recently formed by a group of Harvard students to offer tiny houses for rent
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Boston-based startup Getaway was recently formed by a group of Harvard students to provide tiny houses for rent to those wanting to escape the grind or give tiny living a test-drive (something we'd recommend trying before diving in with both feet). Its latest diminutive dwelling, the Lorraine, offers up to two occupants a comfortable off-grid writer's retreat, well-provisioned with everything that's required to get in the mood to create.

Functioning much like the KantoorKaravaan, the Lorraine measures 160 sq ft (14 sq m), and comes stocked with food provisions, bicycles, board games, and books. The firm says that it's named in honor of a beloved grandmother, and that it was designed in hopes of encouraging Americans to use more of their vacation time to get out and reconnect with nature.

Constructed primarily from timber, the Lorraine is dominated by an open space comprising living, dining and work areas, with a long work surface spanning from kitchen to bedroom. The small kitchenette features a two-burner propane stove, vintage-style Coleman cooler, and a sink. The bedroom, meanwhile, boasts a queen-size bed, and there's also a composting toilet and shower on board.

A long work surface spanning from kitchen to bedroom
A long work surface spanning from kitchen to bedroom

The Lorraine runs totally off-the-grid, and all electricity comes from a solar array. The retreat was designed by Wyatt Komarin, Addison Godine and Rachel Moranis, and built very quickly indeed by Patrick Mulroy.

"We move at a very fast pace, building a house in about four weeks," says the firm. "This is an unbelievable timeline compared to most architecture and construction projects, but the fun part is that we can almost immediately learn from our design and construction decisions and use that learning as we dive into a new house."

The Lorraine is based in an undisclosed rural area just under two hours' drive from Boston. For those interested, it's available to rent at a price of US$99 per night.

Source: Getaway

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6 comments
Nicolas Zart
Heaven! Simply heaven! Although a $99 a pop, you better write a best seller in order to stay enough months to write the book. I like the idea though. Remove electricity and any EMF or other interference, and you have a perfect place to work. Solar panels, a battery for storage, a laptop, and that's all you need.
Bob Flint
I work & create all day in 56 square foot cube farm, I think you could do this in a $50 tent, backpack, beside a bubbling stream.
Magnetron
Come on Gizmag? This is nothing but an ugly, badly built shed on an chassis.
Harvard students you say?
Scion
I love the way youngsters build a poorly designed caravan, call it a "tiny house" and think they've come up with something. Head down to your local Caravan World and you'll find a great assortment of better designed and built "tiny houses". You can go to a place called a "caravan park" or should it be a "tiny living estate" and pay less than $99/night. Sheesh.
Tom Lee Mullins
I think it would not only be a great place to write bu also a great place to create artwork.
I think it is a neat retreat-from-everything place.
SeanLively
How about a couple of breathless articles about how easy it is to find somewhere to park these tiny living slices of heaven?