Increased demand for tiny houses has sparked a wider variety of models on offer because that's how the market works.
Today, whether you're a solo traveler, one half of an influencer couple, a large family, or an empty-nester looking for a fresh start, you can get the home of your dreams as long as you have the money (or the financing) for it, the right builder, and a good idea of what exactly your dream house should look like.
The Villakula is one such tiny house. At 395 square feet (36.7 square meters), it's tiny only in name, and it's designed to resemble a fixed home in both comfort and features. It's a 2020 build from Texas-based Indigo River Tiny Homes that's about to re-enter the market as a pre-loved unit, and we're looking at it because it proves that tiny living doesn't always have to mean a lot of compromising.
Based on the Homesteader model with the Deluxe package, this mobile home is 36 feet long (11 meters) and 10 feet (3 meters) wide. It sits on a triple-axle trailer rated for 24,000 lbs (10,900 kg), features a wooden frame with board and batten siding, and uses expansive glazing to bask the interior in natural light – so much of it that it seems wrapped in glass from inside.
The unit has a dual-loft configuration, but the novelty here is that one of the lofts offers stand-up height and double full-size wardrobes. The Villakula was a first in many ways for Indigo River, from being the "biggest and baddest" tiny they had built to featuring the largest kitchen and the largest bathroom up to that moment, and a bike shed up front, with access from the outside only.
The U-shaped kitchen takes up almost half of the ground floor and features only residential appliances. There's a four-burner gas range with a grill in there, a microwave, a double-door fridge with freezer, and heaps of storage and counter space. Next to the kitchen is the dining area, which wasn't yet furnished at the time the video tour below was shot but which now features a table with four seats.
The bathroom is also unlike what you'll see in standard-sized tinies. For one, it features a laundry station with an alcove you can use for storage. Secondly, it's large enough to fit an oversize bathtub, and it also has a flushing toilet with a bidet and a double vanity. If you think this "tiny" home is fancier than most city apartments and even some city homes, you're right. It really is.
The list of features also includes a tankless water heater, a mini-split and a heat pump, quartz countertops and premium fixtures, Ikea cabinets with a gloss finish, and standard RV hookups for water and electricity.
For the rest of us who might not be looking to buy right now or aren't based in the U.S., a tiny home like Villakula is a gorgeous example of how tiny living has adapted to demands for more space and more comfort, to the point where it could rival traditional houses built on the ground. It's how tiny living is moving out of the "tiny" territory and into the "wheeled mansion" one.