An Elevated Lounge Makes This Compact Tiny Home Both Cozy and Modern

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Photo: Absolute Tiny Houses/Facebook
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Forget rustic cabins – this compact, easily transportable tiny house proves that size limitations can't get in the way of ingenious design and modern styling. The result is a fresh-looking split-level home that offers homely comfort with minimal effort.
Boasting less than eight meters in length (7.8 meters/25.5 feet) and a standard 2.4-meter (7.8 feet) width, this Kiwi tiny house doesn't seem to have room for too much innovation. Still, you'd be surprised to discover what can be done even with the space restrictions of such a compact dwelling. It's all about using the available floorspace in the best way and adding high-quality finishes that completely transform the interior.

This show home created by Absolute Tiny Houses is a demonstration of what a custom split-level tiny house from this builder can offer. This particular layout is a harmonious compromise between single-level configurations and ones with one or two lofts. It aims to offer the main benefits of both by combining a ground-floor bedroom with an elevated lounge. A split-level layout is a great space-saver in compact models like this show home and a way to add functionality without creating clutter in these small spaces.

Having a traditional-style bedroom is one of the main perks of single-level layouts, compared to lofts. This show home is too small to feature a completely separate bedroom with large windows and additional storage space but big enough for a cozy compromise. The area underneath the elevated lounge can fit a large two-person bed and is somewhat private and open at the same time. Since there are no windows, the forward placement of the bed creates a sense of openness that prevents this bedroom from becoming isolated and cramped.

Split\-Level Show Home
Photo: Absolute Tiny Houses/Facebook
Unlike typical lofts, the split-level layout makes the elevated lounge easily accessible via a few fixed steps. This open-plan room is definitely the home's main attraction. It flaunts the classic design of a living room with a big, L-shaped sofa, a wall-mounted TV, and a stylish coffee table. Beauty is in the details, and they were all carefully added to create an ultra-cozy and inviting ambiance.

The carpeted flooring, the oversized works of art behind the sofa, and the vibrant, colorful décor items add comfort and a stylish touch. The most striking feature is the architecturally integrated lighting that frames the overall décor beautifully. The same type of lighting adds visual interest to the bedroom underneath. Throughout the house, LED lighting adds vibrancy and highlights the premium finishes. At night, this cozy interior blossoms under these cleverly added lights with a striking effect.

There's no protection wall or any separating element between the lounge/bedroom area and the kitchen. On the one hand, this is essential for not obstructing the view and creating a sense of smooth flow from one end of the house to the other; on the other hand, it takes away some of the privacy, which might become uncomfortable long term.

Split\-Level Show Home
Photo: Absolute Tiny Houses/Facebook
Even though it can't benefit from oversized windows that would make it more luminous, this tiny home manages to avoid excessive clutter and darkness. In addition to the modern lighting, it features large glass doors that keep it connected to the outdoors. Most NZ tiny homes boast these kinds of doors, and they work just as effectively with long, single-level models or compact versions such as this one.

This show home features a well-equipped kitchen in the center. The modern materials used for the countertop, the cabinets, and the backsplash add a luxurious touch. LED lighting is strategically incorporated here as well, not only for convenience but also as a decorative element. Although compact, this kitchen comes with ample storage both under and above the countertop. On the other hand, there's not enough room for a full-size fridge, but a mini one is enough for one or two people. The kitchen is flanked by the bedroom and lounge on one side and the separate bathroom on the other side.

The bathroom is as stylish as such a small space can be. The color scheme is highlighted by black accents and blue accessories for a more visually striking effect, and tiny shelves help keep things organized.

Split\-Level Show Home
Photo: Absolute Tiny Houses/Facebook
This split-level version shows that even the most compact tiny homes can be elegantly designed and styled, and it's a comfy option for vacation rentals. This Kiwi builder offers a wide range of options in terms of size and customization so that anyone can find the right home on wheels for them, whether it be a fully custom family-size tiny house or an ultra-compact studio on wheels. It also encourages future owners to add solar packages for greater sustainability, particularly in New Zealand's natural environment. Pricing for the custom versions starts at NZD 189,000 ($111,200), and the largest solar kit will add NZD 16,990 ($10,000) to the final cost.
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