Tiny Houses

Five people and a cat can squeeze into this compact tiny house

Five people and a cat can sque...
Tiny House Road Runner measures 6 m (19.6 ft) in length
Tiny House Road Runner measures 6 m (19.6 ft) in length
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Tiny House Road Runner measures 6 m (19.6 ft) in length
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Tiny House Road Runner measures 6 m (19.6 ft) in length
Tiny House Road Runner's owners didn't want a fridge, despite the home having enough space for one, and have a space to store vegetables instead
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Tiny House Road Runner's owners didn't want a fridge, despite the home having enough space for one, and have a space to store vegetables instead
Tiny House Road Runner's kitchen includes an oven with four-burner propane-powered stove, sink, and some cabinetry
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Tiny House Road Runner's kitchen includes an oven with four-burner propane-powered stove, sink, and some cabinetry
Tiny House Road Runner's living room includes a small drop-down dining table with seating for two
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Tiny House Road Runner's living room includes a small drop-down dining table with seating for two
Tiny House Road Runner is kept a comfortable temperature with a wood-burning stove
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Tiny House Road Runner is kept a comfortable temperature with a wood-burning stove
Tiny House Roadrunner's living room has a sofa bed that sleeps twoz
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Tiny House Roadrunner's living room has a sofa bed that sleeps two
Tiny House Road Runner’s sofa bed, shown in the bed position
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Tiny House Road Runner’s sofa bed, shown in the bed position
Tiny House Road Runner's main bedroom is reached by removable ladder
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Tiny House Road Runner's main bedroom is reached by removable ladder
Tiny House Road Runner has a second, smaller loft bedroom over the living room that seems best suited for storage but will also sleep one
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Tiny House Road Runner has a second, smaller loft bedroom over the living room that seems best suited for storage but will also sleep one
Tiny House Road Runner's kitchen has some wardrobe space and shelving for the owners' clothes
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Tiny House Road Runner's kitchen has some wardrobe space and shelving for the owners' clothes
Tiny House Road Runner is finished in cedar, with black aluminum accenting
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Tiny House Road Runner is finished in cedar, with black aluminum accenting
Tiny House Road Runner has a spruce frame and a mixture of cotton, linen and hemp insulation
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Tiny House Road Runner has a spruce frame and a mixture of cotton, linen and hemp insulation
Tiny House Road Runner's bathroom includes a toilet and shower
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Tiny House Road Runner's bathroom includes a toilet and shower
Tiny House Road Runner's bathroom looks very small, even for a tiny house, and doesn't include a sink
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Tiny House Road Runner's bathroom looks very small, even for a tiny house, and doesn't include a sink
Top down view of the Tiny House Road Runner's living area
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Top down view of the Tiny House Road Runner's living area
Tiny House Road Runner's main bedroom is a typical tiny house-style loft bedroom with a low ceiling. It also has generous glazing and a little storage space
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Tiny House Road Runner's main bedroom is a typical tiny house-style loft bedroom with a low ceiling. It also has generous glazing and a little storage space
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French firm Baluchon always manages to squeeze a lot of living space into its tiny houses, but its latest model can somehow sleep an impressive five people – plus a cat – in a home measuring just 6 m (19.6 ft) in length. The compact dwelling also features a focus on storage space and maximizing natural light inside.

The Tiny House Road Runner is so-named because its owners lived in the desert in New Mexico for a while. It's finished in cedar, with aluminum detailing. It has a spruce frame and a mixture of cotton, linen and hemp insulation, and a modern style similar to Baluchon's far smaller Tiny House Nano.

As visitors enter into the home, the living room is located on the left. This contains a sofa bed that sleeps up to two people, some storage space, and a small drop-down dining table for two. Additionally, a very small wood-burning stove provides heat. The glazing is generous in here and the room looks filled with natural light, helping to flatter the small space.

Nearby is the kitchen area. This contains an oven with a four-burner propane-powered stove, a sink, and cabinetry. Despite there being sufficient space to install a fridge, the owners didn't want one, preferring a pantry to store their vegetables. A large wardrobe is nearby for storing clothes. The kitchen opens to a snug bathroom that contains a shower and toilet.

Tiny House Road Runner's kitchen has some wardrobe space and shelving for the owners' clothes
Tiny House Road Runner's kitchen has some wardrobe space and shelving for the owners' clothes

There are two loft spaces in the Tiny House Road Runner. The main bedroom is reached by removable ladder and is a typical tiny house-style loft bedroom with a double bed and some storage space.

There's also a loft over the living room that's again reached by removable ladder. This one is much smaller and looks best suited for storage, though it will sleep one at a squeeze – but the lack of a safety rail here could lead to a very painful bump in the night should a sleeper roll too far.

Add the sofa bed and you have a capacity of five – which obviously wouldn't be a very comfortable way to live for long, though might be handy in a pinch when guests visit (Baluchon lists the official sleeping capacity as four or five).

The tiny house now serves as full time home to its two owners and their cat and though we've no word on price, Baluchon lists its prices for finished homes as around €65,000 - €85,000 (roughly US$78,000 - $102,000).

Source: Baluchon

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4 comments
4 comments
aksdad
But is it big enough to swing the cat in it?
Bodger
And back when such acts were considered fun, how many people managed to fit into a telephone booth?
CAVUMark
This would be great at the Running Bear nudist camp since there is no need for clothes.
Kevin Ritchey
A pretty useless endeavor. A very niche product that doesn’t fit into a normal person’s life.