Downsizing is not a for-all solution, and it will most definitely not solve all the problems in our modern society, but it IS one way of experiencing a nomadic life with less stress. That's why it’s so popular in the first place. But just because you're making the switch doesn't mean you have to compromise on aesthetics or even luxury.
Custom tiny houses provide the perfect way to have a more personalized experience of downsizing, one where there's even less compromise in terms of the creature comforts you will enjoy, the finishes, and the overall quality of living. As with everything in life, if you have the extra cash on hand, you can make even a compact home on wheels feel much fancier than its compact layout would have you believe.
The Kubrick is a fully custom unit delivered by Tennessee-based builder Wind River Tiny Homes in 2020. It is one of the two or three units a year the builder agrees to in which they agree to full cooperation with the client. In simpler words, Wind River Tiny Homes doesn't do that many custom units, preferring to stick to their six models and the hundreds of permutations possible. But when it does do custom, something like The Kubrick becomes possible.
It sits on a double-axle trailer that's only 24 feet (7.3 meters) long – so quite small and in keeping with the company's motto of "less house, more home." It features a lofted layout, with the main sleeping area located up there and the possibility to sleep one more person on the living room couch in case of an emergency stay-over. But it's essentially a home for two, so it was designed exactly as the owner wanted it: bold, with striking styling, and heavy on minimalism.
For contrast, the interior is all shades of white, beige, and darker natural colors. Minimalism can come across as cold or not inviting in homes, but Scandinavian minimalism is a different breed, as you must know. The Kubrick uses contrast and clean, smooth lines to create cozy and home-like spaces that invite to relaxation and socializing.
The interior offers a small living room with a built-in couch, a spacious and fully-equipped kitchen, a bathroom, and the bedroom upstairs. There's a wood-burning stove for heating up the space and, to add an even more welcoming note to it, a staircase with integrated storage and plenty of glazing that allows in natural light and erases the boundary between interior and exterior to an extent.
In writing, there's nothing spectacular about the layout, but as the photos and videos attached show, the way The Kubrick works in real life is incredible. There's elegance to a space so small and sparsely decorated, and it goes beyond color contrasts or the choice of materials; it all boils down to good taste.