The Best Tiny Homes of 2015

The Best Tiny Homes of 2015

Another year, another vigorous parade of tiny homes, which have swarmed out from a small movement of people wanting to live more efficiently into a mainstream that, whether out of curiosity or necessity, is simply enamored by small-space design. From the super eco-friendly to the ultra-glam, from customized DIY masterpieces to clever designs manufactured to sell, 2015’s best micro homes prove that there are endless, brilliant ways to live small.


In Austin, Texas, interior designer and home renovation reality show pro Kim Lewis created a ravishing 400-square-foot dwelling from two trailers, complete with a high-contrast kitchen, reclaimed wood flooring, a storage/laundry platform, and enviable outdoor entertaining space. (Photo by Molly Winters via Lonny)


Muji jumped into the tiny house game this year with a trio of designer micro homes—this “hut of wood” by Naoto Fukusawa features a kitchenette, bathtub, and fireplace, all composed in a minimalist, rather Zen manner. (Photo via Muji Hut/Facebook)


↑ Demonstrating the power of DIY and serious customization, this impressive 160-square-foot tiny house was built to house a family of 3 and cost under $30,000. There’s a host of Pinterest-worthy features to be found, including bookshelves hidden in the structure’s gabled entrance and miniature bedside stands and lamps. (Photo via Tiny Tall House)


We can do a whole recap on the year’s best shipping container homes, but this $20,000 one offers a particularly remarkable take on the tiny home. The 355-square-foot abode is fully off-grid, powered by rooftop solar arrays, and includes a modern kitchen and shower inside. (Photo by Japhet Alvarez/S7vn Photography via Inhabitat)


Tiny house for rent? Yep, the idea came true via Getaway, a new Boston-based startup that wants to help urban dwellers reconnect with the countryside by booking temporary stays at well-designed tiny homes. The first model, available for $99/night, is an 160-square-foot abode that has enough sleeping space for four, a kitchen, work/dining table, plus a host of green features like a composting toilet and solar electricity. (Photo by Kataram Studios)


Tiny house builder Escape Homes came out with a couple of dashing new models this year, including the 319-square-foot Escape Traveler XL pictured above, which sleeps eight people and offers full-size appliances, along with optional washer/dryer and dishwasher options. Pricing starts at $72,800. (Photo courtesy of Escape Traveler)


One Seattleite shows how to bring smart home technology into a 400-square-foot Airstream trailer with style. A few high-tech highlights? Sensors that track the Airstream’s propane levels, “robots” to turn lights on and off, and one-button access to controls for lights and security cameras. (Photo by Darren Hendrix)


The futuristic Ecocapsule, a solar and wind-powered portable dwelling that recently went on sale for $86,000 each, offers the ultimate escape. The 67-square-foot dwelling is outfitted with built-in cabinets, racks, desk, folding bed with mattress, and kitchenette, and can last about four days at a time per full battery charge. (Photo by Tomas Manina, courtesy of Ecocapsule)


It’s extreme makeover, micro home edition in this 1978 Airstream that was rehabbed by architect Suchi Reddy and designer Sara Meltzer. The swanky new pink and white interior scheme is full of polished details like Corian countertops and a meticulously tiled bathroom. (Photo courtesy of weR2)


The Wohnwagon, an adorable modern caravan manufactured in Austria, offers aggressive sustainability on the road. Coming in three models, the smallest clocking in at just 174 square feet, the mobile dwelling employs sheep’s wool as insulation, recyclable spruce and wood-fiber panels as cladding, and is entirely off-grid thanks to rooftop solar panels. (Photo via Wohnwagon)


Certainly one of the boldest tiny house designs we saw this year, the 140-square-foot Toy Box Tiny Home features a sliding glass door, built-in planters, reconfigurable storage/seating, a floating cabinet for cooking ingredients, and a loft big enough for a king-size bed. (Photo via Toy Box Tiny Home)


Have we reached peak Tiny House in 2015? Maybe, considering there’s now a company that makes fully-customizable “heirloom” tiny houses that start at $79,000 each. With touches like granite countertops, bamboo flooring, and more, the tiny houses from Tiny Heirloom Homes do look pretty good though. (Photo via Tiny Heirloom Homes)
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