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This Rustic Tiny Home Flaunts a Clever Layout That Offers Versatile Functionality

The tiny house movement has changed the lives of many. It has taught people to live with less and has led to a more sustainable lifestyle. It has helped people looking to minimize their environmental footprint to adopt more eco-friendly living practices, including choosing sustainable materials for their compact dwellings.
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Through the extensive use of natural and recycled materials, Germany-based Berghaus Tiny House creates mobile dwellings that are not only compact and lightweight but also enchanting, encouraging people to live more intentionally, connect with their surroundings, and enjoy life in a more sustainable way.

Designed to last for generations, each of their tiny homes takes the name of a mountain. The model we are looking at in this piece is called Taunus, after a mountain range in the northwest of Frankfurt, Germany, and though it boasts a traditional appearance on the outside, it is filled with modern amenities on the inside.

Taunus is a 21.6-foot-long tiny house whose clever layout offers versatile functionality. Prospective owners can use this model as a permanent or temporary residence, a vacation home, or even a personal or company office. As a home on wheels, the design is perfectly capable of fulfilling your dreams of living off the grid in a little rustic wooden cabin. Moreover, its compact size offers you great freedom of movement, so there is nothing preventing you from embarking on memorable road adventures.

Taunus tiny home on wheels
Photo: Berghaus Tiny House
Taunus is built on a hot-dip galvanized tandem trailer, braked with a jockey wheel, and looks quite similar to the builder's Vaalserberg model but stands out through its increased versatility. Its exterior is finished in a combination of sheet steel and thermal pine siding, giving it a cabin-in-the-woods look.

A full-light French door opens to reveal a surprisingly spacious interior characterized by minimalism. The rustic look is carried inside through the extensive use of spruce wood. The interior favors functionality rather than luxury, but it also integrates modern technology and off-grid capabilities for optimal comfort regardless of your location.

In a compact home, clever use of the limited square footage is imperative, and Taunu doesn't disappoint. The open-plan layout, minimalist design, and oodles of windows, some of which are huge, have a magnifying effect, making the interior appear more spacious than it actually is. Divided between a living room, kitchen, bathroom, and a lofted bedroom, the available interior space makes this home suitable for a small family or a travel-loving couple.

Taunus tiny home on wheels
Photo: Berghaus Tiny House
The living room area is commodious enough to fit a convertible sofa and a television mounted on the opposite wall. Two huge windows, one covering the entire width of the wall, inundate the space with natural light and allow inhabitants to take in the outside views.

As mentioned, this tiny house can also serve as a home office. In this case, the builders can install a glass wall with a sliding door to separate the kitchen area from the actual working space, which would take the place of the living room.

The kitchen is the heart of the compact home and combines the rustic look given by the wood cabinetry with modern premium appliances. There is plenty of storage space inside those cupboards and drawers, while functionality is boosted by an electric stove and oven, a range hood, a sink, and a refrigerator. A washer-dryer unit is also neatly tucked under the countertop.

A discreet pocket door separates the kitchen from the bathroom, which is quite small but offers all the basics for your sanitary needs. It is fitted with a cabin rain shower, a hot water boiler, a small vanity sink, and a flush toilet.

The bedroom of the Taunus tiny home is in the loft lying above the bathroom and can be accessed via a removable wood ladder. It is spacious enough to easily fit a double bed or mattress. Like most loft bedrooms, it has a low ceiling, so don't expect to be able to stand up in here.

It should also be mentioned that there is no window in the loft, which some people might consider an inconvenience.

Taunus tiny home on wheels
Photo: Berghaus Tiny House
Under the ladder leading to the loft, there is a tall, built-in closet that can be used for storing clothes and other belongings.

For heating, the house relies on infrared floor heating and an air conditioning unit with a heating function.

The team at Berghaus Tiny House claims they are building tiny dwellings for the future with eco-friendly features such as materials that withstand time, an easy-to-maneuver design, and an energy-efficient heating system and cooling. Taunus's cozy interior, with its rustic charm and massive glazing, makes it a true haven for travelers who want to benefit from all the comforts of home while exploring the world. It would also be perfectly adequate to be used as a modern and comfortable mountain cabin or vacation home.

No pricing information for this particular design has been revealed, but previous models in the builder's portfolio hover around the $60,000-$70,000 mark, so we assume Taunus would have a similar price tag.

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About the author: Ancuta Iosub
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After spending a few years as a copy editor, Ancuta decided to put down the eraser and pick up the writer's pencil. Her favorites subjects are unusual car designs, travel trailers and everything related to the great outdoors.
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