Less stress is a given when you don't have a mortgage hanging over your head or you get to just pack up and go, move to another location whenever you feel like it. The events of recent years, including the 2020 international health crisis, brought tiny houses from the fringe into the spotlight, turning them into a viable housing alternative for people of all ages, from all walks of life, and most countries.
Acorn Tiny Homes is a Canada-based builder of tiny homes that has been catering to those looking for more whimsical, artsy builds that, nonetheless, want for nothing in terms of comfort and functionality. The Sakura is also all these things, but one thing it's not is mobile. Instead, it's an instance of importing the principles of tiny living to the housing segment: a tiny house in every way but one.
Whatever Sakura lacks in mobility, it makes up for in low environmental impact and off-grid capabilities. The model is a foundation-only unit that, due to its compact size, is ideal for "anyone looking to reduce their environmental impact, age in place, downsize, or rent while in school." It's tiny living without the part about uprooting frequently or having to search for parking spots when you do.
The house measures just 21.5 feet in length and 10.5 feet in width (6.5 by 3.2 meters), so it offers a living space of just 225 square feet (21 square meters). It's very compact, yet it's able to offer all the basic features of a home and sleeping capacity for as many as four people. It's not magic or anything: Sakura does that by hiding stuff in plain sight, including the kitchen.
Indeed, this tiny home features an invisible kitchen, with every appliance hidden behind sliding cabinet doors. Even the bedroom is invisible, hiding under the platform on which sits the living room slash lounge slash guest bedroom. You actually enter directly into the bedroom, but the bed is stowed away, so all you see is a fold-down workspace that could serve as a dining table.
Sakura might lack wheels, but it packs surprise after surprise. The "get” of this unit is that it's designed to be low-impact on the environment, highly durable, and semi-customizable, and with the right budget, it can be rendered fully off-grid as well. It also offers every creature comfort of a larger unit, including a surprising amount of storage and sleeping for four people.
The standard spec includes triple-glazed energy-efficient windows, insulated floors, walls, and ceiling, tank-less water heater and ductless Mini split with heat pump, and an ERV (Energy Recovery Ventilator). Optionally, you can add a solar system to go off the grid, home automation, or you can play with the layout or upgrade the metal exterior siding to something fancier (faux stone or real wood).