A new house from old materials
An easy-to-construct tiny house made from second-hand materials and shaped around the needs of its inhabitants.
Groningen, the Netherlands
Private home owners
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The cost of renting or buying a house is ever increasing in the Netherlands. This has encouraged the development of alternative models of inhabitation, a prime example of which is the “tiny house” living.
This was the case for our clients, who wanted to build themselves their own, sustainable tiny house. By pre-fabricating some parts and using second-hand materials they kept the budget low, while integrating long-term energy-saving solutions.
From the beginning of the project we had to deal with site restrictions. The house’s footprint was limited by the Tiny House community to 50m2, while the total volume had to be less than 145m3.
We started by defining the minimum dimensions required for each space and activity, designing the house from the inside, out.
How to fit all your daily activities within 50m2?
A house designed
The house is organized around a central common space; the heart of interactions. Each one of the functions is located in a separate module/volume. There are 3 modules in total, designed and dimensioned to be easily transported on-site, once they are prefabricated, by the owners, in a nearby warehouse.
Besides the practical reasons, this modularization allowed the creation of separate living zones, which interact with each other while ensuring privacy.
The entrance of the house is located on the north side, directly opening up to the central space, where a comfortable kitchen with an inviting dining table are welcoming dinners with friends, work, games and socialization. On the west side, a double-height volume hosts the more private and auxiliary functions, allowing for privacy and protecting the open terrace from the sun.
Tiny but spacious
The central room has large openings towards the south, towards an open terrace, an extension of the living space, bringing abundant daylight in and creating a spacious indoor feeling. Continuous views in both axes blur the boundaries between indoor and outdoor, allowing the residents to connect to their surroundings. Sliding partition walls are used instead of fixed walls, to expand or divide the space, depending on the users’ activity, or time of the day. Besides, as much built-in storage as possible is provided, minimizing the need for added furniture and maximizing the open space.
Towards a net-positive house
One of the main reasons for the house owners to build their own Tiny House, was to be more connected with nature and to reduce their carbon footprint. To answer their wishes, and follow our net-positive strategies, we integrated several sustainable solutions.
Our 5 net-positive strategies implemented in the Tiny house: