I love Tiny Homes enough as it is, but when I see a tiny with a twist I am mesmerized! When it comes to saving space and making the most of what you got to work with, nobody compares to Europeans. I stumbled across the company Optinid based out of Rhône-Alpes in Southeast France. When you see their designs, there’s no doubt Eric, Christopher, Jonas and Yoann are creating some unique tiny homes.
I have to begin with my favourite part, albeit the part that would never be viable in Canada. They call it a “Sunroof” and they aren’t far off. If you live in a sunny climate, this is a feature that will have you sold! They are the first to ever introduce the idea of a retractable, roof allowing you to sunbathe by day, and stargaze by night!
What they do on the inside to conserve space and make sure everything has a purpose is amazing as well. From utilizing a tabletop as part of the stairs to the seating area transforming into a bed.
Looking at the exteriors of their tiny homes is also a treat. They utilize low sloped double roof lines in most cases to maximize interior space. Their selection of materials and colours also makes for a beautiful exterior.
Here’s a short video of the sunroof in operation.
Check out their Facebook page for more photos of their designs.
I recently saw a comment on one of my posts from a man named Steven Vincent. He simply said “Check out Roatan ! I DID AND MOVE HERE 10 YEARS AGO !!!” I asked him if he meant the island in Honduras and he confirmed it was. He went on to tell me he has built two tiny homes there and is in the process of building four more on his own land. The best part is there are no bylaws or codes holding him back. That’s not to say he is cutting corners or building them shabby, because as you will see in the photos, they are built with some pretty heavy timber.
Hopefully he will provide us some more interior photos soon…Enjoy!
Check out the Fenix Eco Cabins page for more info & photos.
Alright, this may be the biggest and most exciting news I have seen in a long time regarding the Tiny Home Movement… Turns out there is an organization, sorry, an “Association” that is being put together to plan, design and build “Tiny Towns”.
The idea comes from Edward Peterson, whose knowledge and past experience in construction, alternative energy, marketing and business will come in handy putting together the pitch for the tiny home communities slated to be erected across Canada. As most of you know, tiny homes in urban centers are a difficult pitch!
The basic idea is to create close to 60,000 tiny home sites in 133 Tiny Towns across Canada. Of the sites, roughly 5,392 of them are planned to be Social Program houses. The Tiny Town Association plans to create about 1,591 full-time jobs within the towns.
Right now they are looking for corporate sponsors, volunteers, etc to build up the Association. I have a feeling this could be huge!
Check out their website for more information and to sign up to keep in the loop.
I came across a Facebook post about Zyl Vados. For those who don’t know, as I didn’t before now, this post is about Tiny Homes that are beyond your traditional shed-roofed boxes (which I am not against for the record).
Abel Zyl is the Founder of Zyl Vados, a company based out of Olympia, Washington that creates “unforgettable tiny houses and art structures”. He has over twenty-five years experience in residential building and has also done AC electricity, theatrical lighting, mechanical drafting and marine construction (which shows in most of his tiny home designs). Abel is also a founding member of the American Tiny House Association and is the consulting board member for construction and design.
As mentioned on his website, he (and his work) have been featured on HGTV, National Geographic News, Forbes Magazine, OPB’s State of Wonder, ADR Germany TV, The San Francisco Globe, and in the book Tiny Homes on the Move, by Lloyd Khan.
Abel has been building Tiny Homes since 2007, long before the whole “Tiny Home Movement” picked up steam. His designs begin as pencil sketches, and then models and finally, beautiful handcrafted works of art.
There is no question, Zyl and his team, and Family, create some of the most eye-catching tiny homes ever seen! Visit the Facebook page and Instagram account to see way more awesome photos.