Tiny houses are a world away from the cottage-like abodes that used to make up the majority of the market. These days, they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes to cater for a range of lifestyles.
This contemporary tiny house serves as mobile accommodation for both temporary and permanent occupancy. It has been dubbed “Trailer” by its designers, an English firm who go by the name of Invisible Studio.
From the designers: “A self built prototype relocatable £20K house, constructed from materials sourced from construction waste and locally grown unseasoned timber. This building is designed to be able to be legally transported on a public highway and used as permanent or temporary accommodation.”
The structure for the home (which is composed on timber) was prefabricated off-site in a workshop. When ready, the trailers removable “bogey” was used to transport the framing to the site – a forested location in Bath, England. The externals were then clad in a mix of corrugated polycarbonate sheeting and steel.
On the inside the walls are lined with shuttering plywood (plywood that’s used to form structural concrete elements). The wood was simply cleaned off before being put to use. All the interior joinery has been made with plywood off-cuts – this includes the creation of the two staircases.
The gable ends, which are clad with the polycarbonate sheeting, allow lots of natural light to filter into the home and practically element the need for windows (although there does appear to be at least one skylight). Insulated was scavenged from other sites, while the doors were found in a skip and the skylights were “damaged” and got for a bargain.
The whole project is an exercise in reused and re-purposed construction. From the designers: “The project aims to provide a super low cost, versatile, useable space that could act as a kit of parts for any self builder to improvise around or easily adapt. While conceived as a domestic space, it could easily function as a workspace or something else.”
Photos © Piers Taylor