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No expense spared for luxury tiny house build. Though brand-new, the Earth and Sky Palace tiny house has a pleasantly weathered appearance that helps it stand out in the crowded small living scene.

No expense spared for luxury tiny house build

Inside, the towable dwelling is laid-out on one floor and boasts some high-end additions that are unusual for a tiny home, including an app-controlled air-con unit. We asked builder Dan Huling, who makes his living as a theatrical prop and stage designer, about the impetus behind the home's design and were told that it was inspired by memories of the remnants of old mining towns in the Colorado Rockies, where he was raised.

Based on a 24 ft (7.3 m)-long trailer, the Earth and Sky Palace has a total of 200 sq ft (18.5 sq m) of floorspace and a steel frame. It's clad in reclaimed heart pine and blue stained cedar, with steel trim. The roof is lined with Onduvilla tiles and there's also a small steel pet door. The home is entered by a large sliding glass door. Insulation is spray foam and lighting is LED throughout. Heavy duty off-road caravan doesn't leave luxury behind. Last year, we looked at a number of new camping trailers built rough and tough on the outside and soft and luxurious inside.

Heavy duty off-road caravan doesn't leave luxury behind

One was the Off Grid from Australia's Lotus Caravans, and Lotus hasn't taken any time off from innovating tough shells with cozy-as-home interiors. This year it launches the new Tremor, a larger dual-axle trailer that'll follow your 4x4 to the roughest, most distant destinations to provide a sturdy roof, comfy bed, shower, hot meal and even clean clothes. Introduced last month as part of Lotus' 2017 lineup, the new Tremor looks much like the Off Grid and other Lotus models from the outside – a slab-sided, powerful block built from German composite and reinforced with diamond plate around the lower edge. The dual-axle Tremor is noticeably longer than the 14-ft (4.3-m) Off Grid we looked at last year, and the three available Tremor lengths are 19.5, 20.5 and 22 ft (6, 6.3 and 6.8 m). Source: Lotus Caravans. Lightweight tiny house built to withstand high winds. We don't see many tiny houses that can deal with extremes in weather.

Lightweight tiny house built to withstand high winds

The Leaf House 3 is one exception, and Tennessee-based Transcend Tiny Homes' new Amsterdam 24 model is another. The towable dwelling is remarkably lightweight, offers plenty of storage space for its size, and is rated to withstand very high winds. As its name suggests, the Amsterdam 24 is based on a 24 ft (7.3 m)-long double-axle trailer and has 292 sq ft (27 sq m) of floorspace.

It has fiberglass composite walls, which are very light and help bring the total weight down to just 8,340 lb (3,782 kg). To put that into perspective, this similarly-proportioned model with a standard wood frame and walls weighs a much more typical 13,200 lb (5,987 kg). "We laminate two skins of high strength phenolic resin based fiberglass on to a foam core," explains the firm regarding the makeup of the composite walls. " "The hurricane testing was done by Intertek, a global testing facility," the company's Randall Marmet told us. Float Studio creates sleeping spaces at bedding company's Manhattan offices. Dozing off at work is encouraged at mattress brand Casper's headquarters in New York, where employees can have meetings or take naps on beds provided at the office, designed by local firm Float Studio.

Float Studio creates sleeping spaces at bedding company's Manhattan offices

The fast-growing bedding company recently moved to a two-floor office in Manhattan's Flatiron District, designed by Float to reflect the brand's abundant New York subway advertisements. "We drew a lot of inspiration from some of the line drawings used in the subway campaigns," studio partner Nina Etnier told Dezeen. "We liked the tone-on-tone blues used in the illustrations and used that as a direction for the palette and materials. " The studio also wanted to incorporate the brand's focus on sleep into the design, so used colours to make the main level resemble the morning and the upper floor suggest night.

On entering the offices, a hallway from the elevator leads to the lobby on the lower storey. Coolmaterial. Elizabeth Herrmann Architecture + Design is a residential firm based in central Vermont that builds, remodels and restores with a combination of character and distinction you won’t find at other firms.

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When Elizabeth Herrmann was approached by a local artist to create something small, energy-efficient and beautiful on a tight budget she came up with this, the Micro House. The requirements were simple, but duanting: everything you need in a full-size house including a guest sleeping area, laundry machines and storage had to be fit into 430 finished square feet with a loft while still feeling spacious.

While the elevated Tiny House literally cuts corners in the layout, nothing is sacrificed in the gorgeous and clean design. You can still take a bath. You can still store all your gear in the basement and do laundry. Hibinosekkei installs micro-house in Japanese kindergarten to encourage independent play. Japanese studio Hibinosekkei has added a small wooden playhouse to a kindergarten in the city of Saga to encourage independent domestic role play.

Hibinosekkei installs micro-house in Japanese kindergarten to encourage independent play

Atsugi-based Hibinosekkei designed the small gabled playhouse within the open-plan corridors of the school. The 15-square-metre space houses toy versions of the typical amenities used to carry out household chores. The structure is made entirely from unfinished pine, with the exterior clad in horizontal planks and the interior lined in broad boards. A child-sized kitchen and laundry area, and a wood burner to all children to mimic the typical task carried out in a family home. The half-open gabled roof with exposed trusses allows natural light to flood the space. Houses don't come a lot smaller than this tiny London pad. Due to house prices in London being what they are, some shrewd firms are looking to turn even the smallest space into a viable home.

Houses don't come a lot smaller than this tiny London pad

With this in mind, Studiomama has transformed a tiny former minicab (taxi) office into a full-time home using clever custom furniture and interior design. No prizes for guessing the size of the aptly-named 13 Sq Metre House (139 sq ft), but to put it into perspective, there's around half the floorspace of most tiny houses we see nowadays. Naturally, Studiomama had a real job on its hands to make the north London dwelling livable. Collaborating with local firms Commission by You and Viaduct, Studiomama drew inspiration for the interior layout from caravan and boat interiors and outfitted the home with custom plywood furniture units. Most of the interior is taken up by a single space which has everything but the bathroom. FHHH Friends arranges flexible rooms over split levels at Grown House. A skylit stairwell ascends through the split levels of this tall and narrow house in Seoul to a roof terrace with separate entrances for people and cats.

FHHH Friends arranges flexible rooms over split levels at Grown House

Local studio FHHH Friends designed the property to replace a much smaller brick building. The difference in height between the building that previously occupied the site and its new concrete-topped replacement prompted the architects to give the project the title, Grown House. Svelte house shoehorned into narrow city plot. All modern cities feature small vacant plots considered unsuitable to build houses on, but the SkinnyScar house proves that in the right hands, even a free space of just 3.7 m (12 ft) wide can be put to good use.

Svelte house shoehorned into narrow city plot

Designed by architects Gwendolyn Huisman and Marijn Boterman, the ultra-svelte home is a masterclass of interior design in a tight space. The SkinnyScar house is located in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on a plot that sat unused since the 1980s due to its perceived undesirability. It's not the skinniest house we've seen by any means, but this one actually seems like it would be comfortable as a full-time home.

The exterior is clad in patterned black brickwork and the street-facing side features two large windows which extend outward, plus another two windows partly hidden behind the masonry. Inside, there's a total floorspace of 140 sq m (1,506 sq ft) spread over three floors. The 5 best luxury tiny houses on the market. While there are still cheaper models available, tiny houses seem to have risen in price lately, reaching the kind of money that could buy a full-size home in some areas.

The 5 best luxury tiny houses on the market

For those who can afford it, these higher prices do offer attractive features like off-grid tech, additional space and high quality materials. With this in mind, we've chosen our five favorite luxury tiny houses on the market today. To be clear, by luxury we mean homes that cost around US$70,000 and up, with a focus on novel features, comfort, quality materials, or additional space. Brick and Wonder TIny Houses. What do the swankiest homes for sale on planet earth look like? And where are they? And how much do they cost? Even if you — like us — are not planning on buying one this week, beholding them is a great exercise in motivation. So we're teaming up with our friends at Brick & Wonder to bring you a weekly collection of architect-designed properties currently on the market.

This week: five of the most desirable tiny homes in America, and beyond. Used shipping container turned into tiny home for two. The recently completed Intellectual Tiny Home is based on a 40 ft (12 m)-long recycled shipping container and has a total floorspace of 320 sq ft (29.7 sq m). Unlike the Custom Container Living model that was cut and extended vertically to fit in a loft bedroom, this container home is laid-out on one floor. Still, there's enough room inside for two people. Access to the home is gained by a couple of double French doors and the exterior has cedar shelving attached, which can be used to create a green wall. Inside, the home includes one bedroom with queen-size bed and storage space. Off-grid tiny house built for work, rest and play. The Rocky Mountain Tiny Home (not to be confused with the firm of the same name) is based on a triple-axle 28 ft (8.5 m)-long trailer, but overhanging lofts bring its total length to 32 ft (9.7 m).

Its exterior is clad in wood with metal detailing and features an overall contemporary look. Wedge-shaped family home is squeezed into an awkward plot. The plot that the Acute House is located on previously held an old weatherboard home that had fallen into disrepair. However, rather than destroy it completely, Oof! Architecture retained many of the materials from the old house to incorporate into the new residence. "We tried to retain its weathered character by re-using as much original fabric as possible from warped weatherboards and fence palings to random accumulations such as door knobs, vents and street numbers," says the firm. "Like fragile museum artifacts, these were carefully removed, labelled, stored and re-installed in their original location on a new mount that not only highlights their charms by contrast but allows the house to live again in a new way.

" Build your own tiny house with Bunk Box plans. The Bunk Box is based on a 16 ft (4.8 m)-long double-axle trailer. There's 125 sq ft (11.61 sq m) of floorspace on the ground floor and another 72 sq ft (6.6 sq m) in the sleeping loft. The interior decor is pretty odd as it isn't finished with wood paneling or drywall, leaving the framing exposed. According to PAD, this adds an extra 7 in (17.78 cm) in width of usable space. Bliss Mobil Expedition Vehicle. Can we all just stop for a second with the bubbles? UK floating home offers a taste of luxury on the water. Freedom tiny house offers big house comforts in a small space. As the tiny house scene continues to grow, we're seeing increasing numbers of large and luxurious builds.

Wee Studio completes crowdfunded treehouses next to a stream in Beijing. This pair of stilted wooden huts are set among poplar and hawthorn trees in a stretch of woodland at the foot of Mount Wuling in Beijing's Miyun District (+ slideshow). Tiny home's unusual layout maximizes available space. France's Baluchon recently put the finishing touches to its latest tiny house, the Odyssée. In a bid to make use of every inch of available space, the firm designed an unusual interior layout that includes an upstairs lounge, a kitchen that's split into two, and an additional small bedroom that could serve as a child's room or guest room.

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