Affordable yet Incredibly Functional….
This is a tiny house generation and people are flocking to downsize by getting rid of their excess material possessions and moving into the teeny tiny little homes. Sometimes it’s hard to see how this lifestyle is possible though, but then it’s through people like this Bay area couple who show us the functionality of their little compact world. Let’s take a look!
Engh and Jallifier are part of a small but growing group of tiny house dwellers who care about economy, simplicity, the environment and energy efficiency. Type “tiny house” into Google and you’ll find dozens of blogs, books and classes. A company called Tumbleweed with an office in Sonoma, Calif., can sell you a tiny house or set you up with a course to build one yourself. A small house guru named Jay Shafer is planning to build a community of little cottages in Sebastopol, Calif.; another expert named Ethan Waldman is selling a book titled Tiny House Decisions.
The houses are popping up everywhere from tony Montecito, Calif., to remote mountain ranges in the Southern United States. Prices to build these cute cottages with multipurpose living spaces range from $30,000, to $100,000 and up for tricked-out accommodations.
The walls of their home that’s now parked in the Santa Cruz Mountains outside La Honda are paneled in white-washed knotty pine and dark wood accents bring contrast and a rustic, yet sophisticated look. The kitchen is equipped with full-size stainless appliances and a double farm sink. The bathroom is luxurious with a shower that’s the same size as the one the couple had in their apartment. The loft adds extra square footage, and accommodates a king-size mattress and a Moroccan-style lounge area filled with pillows and carpets.
Clever built-ins make smart use of the space: the loft stairs provide storage, the bar eating area in front of a large window collapses, and a comfy bench converts into a desk.
The total cost for the home was about $80,000, and they paid an extra $15,000 for solar panels that allow them to live off the grid. Covering their costs required taking out a five-year loan. “It’s basically like a car loan,” Jallifier said.
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