Gorgeous Custom Tiny Home With Amazing Interior

At just over 500 square feet, this little gem of an Argyle Laneway House was designed for the personal use of the homeowner and she let the Smallworks’ design team loose!

The result — a load of creative design and space solutions including a custom layout (the lofted upper floor was re-designed for a master with an en-suite and a large balcony), a “bamboo” inspired interior throughout the home (all FSC certified), including cabinets, custom bed unit, and stair railings, as well as a load of made-to-order built-ins and storage solutions that make this home special. Some highlights are:

• Hidden slide-out pantry in the kitchen

• Bed with bamboo headboard, side tables and built-in drawer storage

• Built-in closet/dressing nook

• Hide-away TV compartment with automated lift and bamboo cap

The definition of a tiny house is subjective, but for me, it's a home of 400 square feet or less, either on wheels or a foundation. I consider a home of between 400 and 1000 square feet to be small. Due to size specifications for rooms, clearances and distances between fixtures, building codes are a little more difficult for tiny houses to meet. (However, it is possible. Please see "Navigating Minimum Square Footage".) Small homes can easily meet building codes. Zoning is a challenge for both tiny and small homes, as many communities require houses to be 1,000 square feet or more.

Smaller homes are less expensive than larger ones in terms of taxes and building, heating, maintenance, and repair costs. In addition to costing less, small houses may encourage a less cluttered and simpler lifestyle and reduce ecological impacts for their residents.[2] The typical size of a small home seldom exceeds 500 square feet (46 m2).[30] The typical tiny house on wheels is usually less than 8 ft by 20 ft, with livable space totaling 120 square feet or less, for ease of towing and to exempt it from the need for a building permit.

Small houses may emphasize design over size, utilize dual purpose features and multi-functional furniture, and incorporate technological advances of space saving equipment and appliances. Vertical space optimization is also a common feature of small houses and apartments.

As small houses may be attractive as second homes or retirement houses which 2 out of five people are over 50, their increased utilization may lead to development of more land.[30] People interested in building a small home can encounter institutional “discrimination” when building codes require minimum size well above the size of a small home. Also, neighbors may be hostile because they fear negative impacts on their property values. There has also been opposition based on this fact, due to concerns about increased taxes.

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