Tiny Houses are starting to gather attention in countries outside of the US, and this curvaceous tiny house, dubbed Tinystream, can be found in France. It’s been built by the French tiny house builder, La Tiny House. To date, the company has completed 15 different models.
Many European countries already have plenty of small dwellings; they’re often found in their historic cities where the “bigger is better” motif didn’t hold ground in the past. However, it hasn’t stopped tiny houses becoming a bit of a phenomenon on the continent, with more tiny house builders popping up with each passing week.
In Europe, tiny house builders have to deal with a reduced maximum trailer weight of 3.5 tons (7,700 lbs) versus the American standard of about 5 tons (10,000 lbs). This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as it forces designers to produce more innovative, lightweight solutions and to minimize the size of the homes.
The Tinystream, which takes inspiration from vintage Airstream trailers, is composed of a lightweight steel frame. The exterior is finished in wood siding, while the interior is a mix of white walls and bare wood. The house extends to the outside with a small sheltered exterior deck.
The layout features a small living area next to the patio doors, followed by a breakfast bar on one side and the kitchen on the other. The back of the house is occupied by the bathroom. It contains the home’s hot water heater, a composting toilet and a shower and sink.
A small circular staircase provides access to the loft, which has space for a queen size bed and clothing storage. Each of La Tiny House’s homes can be hooked up to utilities, or kitted out with solar panels. Prices range from 23,000 – 45,000 euros ($26,400 – $50,500). They also have the option of partially finishing the homes for DIYer’s and those on a tighter budget.