This post is brought to you by Squarespace. Whether you need a domain, website or online store, make it with Squarespace! Happy New Year to you all! 2017 has been an amazing year for us as we’ve travelled the globe seeking out some of the best examples of small space design. To kick start 2018 we want to look back over our last year and our 5 favourite tiny homes of 2017. Coming in at number 5 we have Kathleens stunning tiny house on wheels. Built by Nelson Tiny Homes in British Columbia, the house is a real beauty and comes in at just under 40 ft (or 12 meters) in length. This tiny house is just a small part of an off grid haven.
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Situated on 380 acres of pristine wilderness with private hot-springs and abundant wildlife, the home is powered by a small solar power station which also supplies energy to a series of incredible geodesic greenhouse domes which produce a constant supply of organic food. Now that’s a place I would love to call home! In 4th place, we look up into the trees to this beautiful small home constructed by the TreeHouse masters in Washington. We all loved playing in trees when we were little, but this was a phase that the team at Nelson Treehouse and Supply never quite grew out of. This treehouse is definitely not for kids though and is a fully functional home, in fact from the inside if it weren’t for the spectacular views you’d never know that you were actually in a treehouse. To capture the true essence of being in the trees though, there is a stunning balcony giving you remarkable views of the surrounding forest. Truly a masterful build! Number 3 takes us back down to ground level and to the enchanting forest cabin of Jacob Witzling. This whimsical cabin looks as though it comes directly from the pages of a storybook.
Situated in the magical pacific north west forest of the Olympic Peninsula, this cabin was almost entirely constructed from reclaimed materials, from demolition windows to a floor that was rescued from an old bowling alley, each part of this fairytale cabin has a unique story to tell. The moss covered roof helps the cabin to truly blend into it’s green surroundings. If you dream of having a little cottage where you can escape the real world, then this may just be the place for you. Our number 2 home is back on wheels, this time though in the form of a converted school bus. Inside it’s hard to imagine that this bus was once used for transporting kids to school, with the raised roof and lining transforming the cold metal exterior into a warm and welcoming house on wheels. The Midwest Wanderers skoolie is a comfortable home for the young family of 3 who live a life of travel and adventure taking their home with them all across North America. This skoolie is completely off grid, with water storage and solar power allowing this intrepid family to truly venture off the beaten track.
And finally, in our number 1 spot for 2017 we have this Breathtaking Tiny Home on wheels in Japan. Built by master craftsman Tagami Haruhiko this is also one of the absolute smallest homes that we have toured this year. Japan is a country already world famous for it’s small space designs and so it should come as no surprise that we found our favourite home of the year here. Wherever possible, this tiny house was expertly crafted from locally sourced materials. Beyond the aesthetics though, lies a true design marvel as the home is able to transform and reshape itself to suit the needs of it’s inhabitants. Seamlessly, the house is able to shift from being an open space to an office, an office to a kitchen, a kitchen to a dining room and a dining room to a bedroom. This principle of transformation is largely inspired by the traditional and multifunctional Tatami room, found in so many Japanese homes.
Best of all, this home is incredibly small and lightweight making it easy to tow and take with you wherever you go. So there you have it! Our favourite 5 2017. Be sure to let me know in the comments below what your favourite tour was. 2018 will be another big year. We are currently posting in Australia, so get ready for lots of amazing tours from Down Under as well as a return visit to North America. Make sure you’re commentd and hit the get notification bell to make sure you catch all of our 2018 episodes. I want to extend a massive thank-you to Squarepsace for sponsoring this post.
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