Edelweiss increases floorspace with stacked approach to small living
Some tiny houses increase living space by going extra wide, others expand in size – either upwards or outwards. However, Romania's Cabini takes the Edelweiss in a novel direction by stacking one tiny house on top of another.
Structurally, the Cabini Edelweiss consists of a support frame made from square metal pipes. This is insulated with a PIR sandwich panel using Rockwool, and finished in a fiber cement facade with wooden detailing. It was built at the firm's headquarters as two separate units before being transported by truck to a picturesque site in Rasca, Valea Fericirii, in Romania.
It measures 36 sq m (387 sq ft), spread over two floors and its interior looks light-filled thanks to floor-to-ceiling glazing, which has integrated blinds for privacy. The furnishings and finish are to a high standard and Cabini has added an audio system by Bang & Olufsen, as well as Schueco aluminum fixtures – though as usual with these types of models, the idea is to work with the client to choose the type of materials and appliances they want.
Much of the ground floor is taken up by a generously proportioned living room with seating and some storage space. Nearby is a kitchen with plenty of cabinet space, a sink, oven, and electric hotplate. The downstairs also contains the bathroom, which is finished in Neolith stone and has a shower, sink, and toilet.
A staircase leads to the upper floor. Most of this is taken up by a bedroom, which frames the view with generous glazing and, unlike most tiny houses, has plenty of room to stand upright. There's also a nice outdoor terrace area outside.
Cabini says that the price of the Edelweiss will vary depending on options chosen (buyers could opt just to have a single-floor unit, for example), but the model pictured costs US$100,000, including furniture and appliances. The firm says worldwide delivery is available and that it can also come as an off-the-grid setup with solar panels.
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Bathrooms are always under the stairs, this one caps the opposite end of the first floor in a very narrow fashion. As a tall man it appears I might have to keep the door open when sitting on the toilet - sure looks cramped! Then the stairs up to the bedroom floor with the big window on the entrance overhang - and a big sliding door at the top of the stairs makes me wonder how much head room there is coming up the stairs or heading down! I know some because of the angled bathroom ceiling. Besides, I'm too old and cranky for a tiny house with a narrow bathroom and entryway "living room" and stairs/kitchen. Like a used car salesmen might add - it sure looks nice, wait till you take it out where it belongs!