The tiny house movement is definitely here to stay. More and more people are learning that scaling down is the answer to living big—figuratively, of course. Tiny homes are made to give you exactly what you need and none of the excess that you don’t. You can still have high-end features and little luxuries throughout your home.
With tiny living, you can achieve off-the-grid energy independence, live a more green lifestyle and save money in all sorts of different ways. Take a look at some of our favorite tiny houses and see how grand tiny living can be.
This beautiful example is the home of Greg Parham of Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses. He calls it the San Juan, in honor of the county in Colorado where he lives.
The Glasshouse Treehouse is owned by Treehouse Master Christina Salway. It was built with about 75 salvaged windows that provide a 360-degree view of the surrounding woods. The house has a slide pole taken from a firehouse, and there's a custom hanging daybed inside.
Elevated Tiny House
This tiny home is built on top of logs. Nestled in the Netherlands, this unique tiny house features glass doors, a front porch and an eye-catching elevated design. The house looks like a covered wagon or a camper, a shape that instantly stands out.
24-Foot Timberwolf Tiny Home
Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses created the 24-foot Timberwolf tiny home in Minnesota. This tiny house has a solar system that's completely off the grid. Inside, the house has an elevator bed that's suspended above the living room space. There's a wood stove and a fully-functioning kitchen with a propane cooktop and microwave. Real wood was used throughout, including maple, oak and walnut.
Space by Ecocapsule
The retro futuristic-looking tiny homes made by Ecocapsule have solar panels and space for a guest room inside. Made for off-grid living, this tiny home is perfect for traveling. It looks a bit like the old-school campers that were so popular during the 1960s and has a future-style look that pays homage to the scifi design of that era.
The Natura is dedicated to nature. It has wood paneling on the exterior, a corkboard layer on the front and tons of natural light. The loft bedroom has a king-sized bed. The kitchen is outfitted with energy-efficient appliances. The Natura comes with pre-installed solar panels. In other words, it has everything you need to live large while living in a tiny house.
Plum Construction created an adorable seaside tiny home in Galveston, Texas. The house sits on stilts and has a hidden patio. Made with reclaimed wood that was salvaged from a 100-year-old building, this tiny home has a loft with a queen bed, an outdoor kitchenette, a hammock and a projector with a speaker system. If you'd like to check it out, you can book a stay there on airbnb.
Finding Your Favorite Tiny Home
Is tiny living the right decision for you? Many people have found that scaling down is a great way to move up in life. Take a look at the different styles of tiny homes available. If tiny living interests you, look for local companies that may offer tiny house models you can get a look at from the inside. This way, you can get a sense of how it feels to be inside a tiny home. From there, you can start to think about what tiny living might mean for you and whether this is the right choice for your life.
And if you’re not ready to try tiny living all the way, consider tiny vacationing. There are many tiny house rentals available all over the world so you can get a taste of the tiny living life on a part-time basis. Once you learn more about the tiny house movement, you can make your own list of favorite tiny homes.