Tiny Houses

Compact tiny house goes big on features thanks to space-saving design

Compact tiny house goes big on...
The River Bank’s kitchen includes some space-saving furniture including a drop-down table and movable cabinetry
The River Bank’s kitchen includes some space-saving furniture including a drop-down table and movable cabinetry
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The River Bank’s kitchen includes some space-saving furniture including a drop-down table and movable cabinetry
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The River Bank’s kitchen includes some space-saving furniture including a drop-down table and movable cabinetry
The River Bank measures a total length of 7.2 m (23 ft)
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The River Bank measures a total length of 7.2 m (23 ft)
The River Bank is based on a double-axle trailer and is clad in vinyl
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The River Bank is based on a double-axle trailer and is clad in vinyl
The River Bank's large double glass doors really open it up to the outside
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The River Bank's large double glass doors really open it up to the outside
The River Bank includes a small living room with a sofa and a pegboard wall
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The River Bank includes a small living room with a sofa and a pegboard wall
The River Bank's bathroom looks snug, even by tiny house standards. It includes a shower, sink, and a composting toilet
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The River Bank's bathroom looks snug, even by tiny house standards. It includes a shower, sink, and a composting toilet
The River Bank includes a home office with a desk and space for the owner to rest their legs below
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The River Bank includes a home office with a desk and space for the owner to rest their legs below
The River Bank's main bedroom has a lowered platform area for standing upright on, making it easier to get dressed
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The River Bank's main bedroom has a lowered platform area for standing upright on, making it easier to get dressed
The River Bank's bedroom has a double bed and is topped by a skylight
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The River Bank's bedroom has a double bed and is topped by a skylight
The River Bank's main bedroom features a wardrobe and some drawers
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The River Bank's main bedroom features a wardrobe and some drawers
The River Bank's washer/dyer is hidden behind a movable cabinet
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The River Bank's washer/dyer is hidden behind a movable cabinet
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Though it has a total length of just 7.2 m (23 ft), the River Bank tiny house, by New Zealand's Build Tiny, actually packs quite a lot of features into its compact frame thanks to some clever space-saving design. The home includes movable furniture, lots of storage space, a relatively well-proportioned kitchen with a dishwasher, and an upstairs home office.

The River Bank is based on a double-axle trailer and its exterior is clad in vinyl, while the interior is finished in plywood, which will be painted later by the owner. It gets power from a standard RV-style hookup but has been wired ready to receive solar panels when the owner upgrades to an off-the-grid setup in the future.

The River Bank's large double glass doors really open it up to the outside
The River Bank's large double glass doors really open it up to the outside

Visitors enter the home through large double glass doors to find the living room to their right. This is pretty small and consists of a sofa area facing a pegboard panel on the wall that's used for configurable shelving.

Nearby is the kitchen, which takes up much of the available floorspace downstairs. It includes a folding breakfast bar, a movable cabinet on wheels that reveals a hidden washer/dryer (a removable section of countertop is a clever way to provide access to add the washing powder), plus a pair of retractable clotheslines that run from one loft to the other. There's also a sink, fridge/freezer, two-burner propane-powered stove, the dishwasher – which is still a rare luxury in a tiny house outside the US – and a microwave.

Elsewhere on the ground floor is the bathroom, which looks snug even by tiny house standards, though does contain a shower, sink, and a composting toilet.

There are two typical tiny house-style lofts in the River Bank and both are accessed by a twin staircase that includes a few storage-integrated steps. One of the lofts serves as a home office and includes yet more storage space and a place to sit at a desk with legs dangling down in a gap in the floor – which is definitely more comfortable than sitting awkwardly cross-legged, though still not exactly ergonomic. The other loft, meanwhile, is used as a main bedroom and contains a double bed, storage space, and a skylight, as well as a lowered platform for standing upright while getting dressed.

The River Bank includes a home office with a desk and space for the owner to rest their legs below
The River Bank includes a home office with a desk and space for the owner to rest their legs below

The River Bank was delivered as a turnkey build ready to move in, including furniture and appliances, though we've no word on the price of this one.

Source: Build Tiny

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Daishi
Most of these purpose built tiny houses are approaching $100k and I don't think I have seen one yet I like more than the $50k Boxabl Casita that Elon Musk lives in. The downside of them is that you have to unfold them on site and they are considered more of a traditional dwelling and less like a camper which has implications in building permits and taxes. Considering they only mortgage for about $200/each it's tempting to put a handful on a plot of land and rent them out. There is a tour up on youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6Zf_AaiyC8