Welcome to Tiny Homes, an idea that is more popular with minimalists than with neighborhood associations and zoning boards. We'll point out the fun parts. Usually you'll have to check out the logistics and legalities, but this one is legit. This one is a rental, sort of.
How do you know if you want to live in a Tiny House? How tiny is too tiny for you? Well, you can always try before you buy, and do it with style. Here's a 68-square-foot AirBnB guest house in Fremont that, evidently, sleeps three and has a kitchen and bathroom. Oh yeah, and a lawn on the roof. Not many houses have roof lawns.
The owner is the builder, as is usually the case with tinies, and this one mined the recycle bins and yards to come up with the materials. The unique design and style that can't help but be memorable. Along the way he also invented a new type of bed, bath, and table. It's in Fremont, so you know it must be different.
Here's how he hid the tub. Most tiny houses skip the bath and use a shower instead. This one does both. This tiny isn't on wheels; so, he was able to go down. The tub is under a door fit flush with the floor. Open the door, step in, and hope someone doesn't close it on you. The bed beside it rolls up the wall as if it was a confused garage door. The table folds down and ladders abound.
The ladders, plus an extra handhold, lead to the loft bedroom; which has some privacy away from the kitchen and bath. But, it is still just 68 sq. ft., so just in case that feels too cramped the window opens onto the rooftop lawn. Because of course that's where you'd put the lawn, and the pink flamingoes.
If you have the time, watch the video. This is a dynamic home. Video can be better than photos.
If you can find style and comfort in 68 sq. ft., then a "conventional" tiny on wheels is going to feel palatial at 144 sq. ft. And, if claustrophobia sets in too soon, you haven't made too much of commitment. $79 per night. $553 per week. Who knows? Maybe you'll like it enough to try negotiating monthly or yearly rate.
Don't forget to mow the roof. He is patenting these ideas, right?
· Teeny Tiny Guestyhouse! [AirBnB]
· All Tiny Homes coverage [CS]
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