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The Terra m2_Tiny House on Wheels Packs a 3-Level Interior Into a Very Compact Footprint

Terra m2 tiny is able to squeeze three levels into a very compact footprint, for all the creature comforts 14 photos
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Terra m2 tiny is able to squeeze three levels into a very compact footprint, for all the creature comfortsTerra m2 tiny is able to squeeze three levels into a very compact footprint, for all the creature comfortsTerra m2 tiny is able to squeeze three levels into a very compact footprint, for all the creature comfortsTerra m2 tiny is able to squeeze three levels into a very compact footprint, for all the creature comfortsTerra m2 tiny is able to squeeze three levels into a very compact footprint, for all the creature comfortsTerra m2 tiny is able to squeeze three levels into a very compact footprint, for all the creature comfortsTerra m2 tiny is able to squeeze three levels into a very compact footprint, for all the creature comfortsTerra m2 tiny is able to squeeze three levels into a very compact footprint, for all the creature comfortsTerra m2 tiny is able to squeeze three levels into a very compact footprint, for all the creature comfortsTerra m2 tiny is able to squeeze three levels into a very compact footprint, for all the creature comfortsTerra m2 tiny is able to squeeze three levels into a very compact footprint, for all the creature comfortsTerra m2 tiny is able to squeeze three levels into a very compact footprint, for all the creature comfortsTerra m2 tiny is able to squeeze three levels into a very compact footprint, for all the creature comforts
Tiny houses have come a long way from the early days when they embodied the minimalist approach to everyday living: compact, basic, and in touch with nature. But that's not to say that tiny living has lost that distinguishing feature completely.
Recent years, with all the unexpected developments they brought, including the terrible 2020 and the international health crisis, as well as the subsequent financial and housing crisis, have seen tiny houses emerging from the shadows to take center stage. Today, these mobile homes are considered – and sold as – suitable alternatives for long-term living, allowing owners to combine leisure and work on an everyday basis.

Of course, there's more to tiny living than this, but if you're reading this, chances are you're already familiar with their touted benefits. Suffice it to say that, with the boom of tiny houses came more variety, which explains why future owners today can choose anything between a compact, single- or dual-axle tiny and a palatial-like mini-mansion on wheels they can only move under special conditions.

The attention that larger park models have been receiving might create the impression that tiny houses have lost the original sustainability focus along with their initial purpose of being downsized versions of actual homes. Madeiguincho, a woodworking, design and architecture studio from Portugal, is here to prove us all wrong.

Terra m2 tiny is able to squeeze three levels into a very compact footprint, for all the creature comforts
Photo: @jrcarranca_photography
Madeiguincho homes are beautiful tinies that bring the focus back on the original features of tiny living, but they're also super works of (woodworking) art. They're outstanding for their rustic, minimalist design, as well as for the way in which they're able to take minimalism to the extremes without losing functionality.

These tinies aren't for everyone, and not just in the sense that they can only be had locally – Madeiguincho makes custom tinies on commission and doesn't ship their units elsewhere, like a regular tiny house builder does. They're for those who seek what tiny houses initially promised: a re-connection with the self and nature, a comfortable home with no distractions to help with that, in a scenery that will also do that.

The latest build is the second of a series of three custom projects designed for tourist couples looking to get away from the proverbial maddening crowd for a weekend or even an entire season. It's called the Terra m2_Tiny House on Wheels, and according to Madeiguincho, it's inspired "by the vast waters of the Alqueva reservoir and the traditional cork oak forests."

Terra m2 tiny is able to squeeze three levels into a very compact footprint, for all the creature comforts
Photo: @jrcarranca_photography
Portugal is the largest producer of cork in the world, so it only made sense to include it in the build. The Terra m2 has a wood and cork exterior that serves a triple purpose: it pays tribute to the source of inspiration, it helps the home blend in with the natural surrounding, and it offers excellent insulation.

The home sits on a double-axle trailer that's just 5 meters (16.4 feet) in length. That's another thing that makes Madeiguincho tinies stand out: they're rarely bigger than that, in keeping with the idea that downsizing should be just that – a notable reduction in living space.

Located in the Alentejo area, the tiny offers breathtaking views all around. But it's a beauty inside, as well, if rustic, minimalist interiors are your thing. Surprisingly, the home hides three different levels within that unassuming exterior, which is the only way it can offer all the basic features of a standard home.

Terra m2 tiny is able to squeeze three levels into a very compact footprint, for all the creature comforts
Photo: @jrcarranca_photography
Entry is done directly into the small kitchen, which is on what could be described as the main floor. Down a couple of steps is the bedroom, and up a few steps is the lounge area, which holds a pair of seats – small mattresses that double as couches, essentially. From here, you can climb even more stairs, this time with integrated storage, to make your way up to the rooftop "terrace."

The bathroom is on the same level as the kitchen and a wet one, by the looks of it. Photos only show the wooden shower that opens onto the deck, but we're assuming there's a composting toilet in there as well. We're also assuming a sink with vanity isn't, due to the restrictive space. If that's the case, this wouldn't be the first or only tiny house to do away with this feature in a restroom to keep the footprint as compact as possible.

The kitchen is equally compact, with just a single unit of furniture with an integrated sink. There's probably space inside to stow a portable stove of some kind and foodstuffs, but this is clearly not the kind of kitchen that allows you to prep large or complicated meals. If at all.

Terra m2 tiny is able to squeeze three levels into a very compact footprint, for all the creature comforts
Photo: @jrcarranca_photography
That shouldn't be a surprise, considering that the tiny is described as designed "for individuals to go on seclusion for a season or just few days." Terra m2 has a very clear mission, and that's to help whoever is inside to get back in touch with what's really important, whether that means the self or the surrounding nature.

It's still a functional home but one where functionality takes second place to an admittedly higher goal. More than anything, Terra m2 is an example of how downsizing can be of the most extreme variety without losing functionality or even a certain degree of comfort. Just imagine the experience of a cup of coffee in that lounge or on the terrace in the morning.

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About the author: Elena Gorgan
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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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