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Idleness Turnkey Tiny Home Proves That Farmhouse Looks and Styling Isn’t Dead
There’s a new movement happening in the mobile home industry, tiny homes. Crews all over the world are experimenting with them, especially a team out in France, Baluchon.

Idleness Turnkey Tiny Home Proves That Farmhouse Looks and Styling Isn’t Dead

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If you’ve been keeping up with the news lately, you may have heard of Baluchon right here on autoevolution. Baluchon is a team comprised of engineers, designers, carpenters, craftsmen, and outdoor lifestyle lovers. Since 2016, this team has grown to offer countless designs and tiny home ideas to their customers.

As a sign of their growth, a recent wave of tiny home projects has just been revealed, among them a tiny house known only as Idleness, a farmhouse-style construction meant to offer the comforts of home and then some. Heck, in comparison to traditional RVs, travel trailers, and even campers, I'd rock one of these wood-covered homes any day.

Sure, there are some issues with using wood as an exterior building material. But thanks to advanced wood treatments, things like rot, mildew, and other issues can easily be resolved; with a tad of extra cash, most things are possible.

Now, the Idleness is a turnkey home, meaning that the only thing you'll need to do is possibly bring your clothes and shoes with you. Some foodstuffs would also be a wise choice. Other than that, just hook this sucker up to your tow rig, and off you go. A dual axle chassis supporting what could only be a steel frame makes up the base for the home.

On top of the frame, spruce is used in completing the wooden frame upon which all other elements are to be set. Since I mentioned some of the issues with using wood as an exterior element, note that Idleness uses cedar cladding with UV saturator and aluminum coverings on standing joints. To top it off, the Proclimat rain screen and OuatEco vapor barrier are in place too.

The home's interior walls are completed from spruce once again. To keep the interior unaffected by the outside temperatures, a beefy insulation system is in place. Overall, a mixture of insulators ranging from cotton, linen, and hemp is used in the walls, floors, and ceiling.

Now that you know this home is shielded from the elements, it’s time to see what awaits inside. Again, a massive use of wood completes every corner of the home, including cabinetry. But among all this wood, you’ll also find everything a normal home would include. Aside from a layout that features a living room that can be transformed into a sleeping space for two, and an elevated loft or bedroom, there's also a kitchen, dining area, and bathroom that really looks larger than my own.

Appliances in the kitchen include a residential gas cooktop, a large Klarstein fridge and freezer, and even a Whirlpool oven. Supplying the faucet with hot water is an electric heater from De Dietrich. This will also supply the shower with hot running water. I don’t feel that there’s any need to mention that electrical and plumbing systems are all in place too. But if you feel you want to add a bit more to your Idleness, just let Baluchon know if you’re ever in France.

How much can you expect to pay for Idleness? Well, it can be a tad tricky as Baluchon offers an array of ways to obtain your own Idleness tiny house. Let’s say you’ve only got €25,000 ($29,043 at current exchange rates) to invest in a mobile home. Well, for that price, this crew will send you a build-your-own kit to assemble in your backyard. Obviously, you’ll need to invest some extra cash in there somewhere, but it’s an option.

Next up, Baluchon offers pre-assembled shells starting at €55,000 ($63,896 at current exchange rates) that allow you to add the interior of your choice, but again, you’ll have to put in the extra buck to manufacture said interior. Or you can just dish out €85,000 ($98,748 at current exchange rates) or more and grab a turnkey edition, no assembly required; just throw it onto your hitch. Whatever your decision, Baluchon and their literal homes on wheels are something to consider if you’re ever in the market for a mobile home that is a tad different than what we’ve grown up with.

Editor's note: This article was not sponsored or supported by a third-party.


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