But these small, mobile homes are also very beautiful, and their beauty seems to be directly proportional to these other qualities.
For the past two decades, tiny houses have been gaining ground over other alternative housing solutions. The international health crisis of 2020, in particular, has fueled a boom in demand for these mobile dwellings, as they promised more mobility, less financial stress, and a reduced carbon footprint.
Tiny Heirloom is a name with a solid reputation on the North American market. They offer a series of standard models and even more custom units to nationwide clients, and they often make headlines for the latter, which employ specific color combinations and unique layouts that immediately get attention. On the tiny house market, distinctive styling is almost as important as cost or features.
And distinctive styling is exactly what these Tiny Heirloom units have! The latest addition to the lineup, which doesn't have an official name yet, is a good example of that.
From afar, it doesn't look like this tiny is any different from the countless models that have flooded the market in recent years. The green door and the slightly rustic silhouette are perhaps the only two giveaways, but it's the former that holds the key to its "magical" secret. That's a very special shade of green chosen as the highlight of the home and extending inside by means of custom cabinetry.
It might seem silly to call green cabinets "magical," but it's what makes this tiny stand out and become a very cozy, highly personalized space. We're taught not to place too much emphasis on physical appearance, but this is one case where it might play the deciding part.
Given the fact that this is a park model, there's enough space inside to accommodate an entire family, as long as the family isn't bigger than four. The upstairs loft is made for a king-size mattress, with room to spare for a small storage unit that doubles as a privacy wall. The access staircase integrates storage – and a litter box for all you cat-loving tiny dwellers out there.
Downstairs, there's a brightly-lit lounge with another matching storage unit, but it could be easily swapped for a couch to turn the space into a secondary bedroom or a guest room. The centerpiece of this space is a wood-burning stove that adds to the rustic vibe of the place – and helps with heating, of course.
The bathroom is a three-piece unit, with a composting toilet, a walk-in glass shower, and a sink with vanity. On space considerations, the washing machine is integrated into the stairs under the loft in the kitchen.
Though small compared to a brick-and-mortar home, this custom unit feels less constricting because it's bathed in natural light from all sides, thanks to large windows. Like with other tiny homes we’'e discussed over the years, abundant lighting and multi-functional spaces/items are key to turning these mobile units into self-sufficient, comfortable homes. This unit has both.
What it doesn't have is a price tag. It's customary for tiny house builders not to list the prices of their custom units and this one is no exception. As a reference, a much smaller, production-series Heirloom-X unit from Tiny Heirloom starts at $89,900.