300 Square Feet of Fun
Yes, compact living is gaining more and more popularity, and there’s a good reason for that. This family of 3 decided to downsize in Australia and hand built a small solar-powered house for themselves. The tiny space is double story with stairs going up to the bedroom loft. Vibrant colors are used in the interior, alongside the natural warmth of wood. Take a look! And be sure to watch the video on page 2.
Many believe that it’s impossible to raise a family in a space that’s under 300 square feet, but there are brave souls experimenting with doing just that in a tiny house — and like anything else, it depends a lot on thoughtful design to maximize the space available. Fred and Shannon Schultz are raising their young daughter in a home that measures under 200 square feet, located in Australia, which obviously helps that they can spend a lot of time outdoors. But the beautiful thing is how Fred, who is a tiny home designer, builder and consultant, has handcrafted the modern but warm interior, which features a self-made wood-stove and hot water heater. To the left of the seating area is the kitchen, and a convenient fold-up breakfast table. There’s a lot to like about this kitchen: it feels spacious the way it’s arranged; the design incorporates a wall-mounted dish-drainer, a ladder up to the child’s loft that’s integrated as part of the shelving, and a nicely done alcohol-burning stove and prep area. Outside, the home boasts a full solar array, designed to be have one fixed row and one that is adjustable.
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