There are two main aims with the tiny house movement. The first is to reduce your footprint, doing more with less. The second is that it’s supposed to be cheap, as in sub-$ 50,000. But looking past the second aim, a company called New Frontier Tiny Homes is betting that there’s a market for luxury versions, and has thus created a $ 95,000 model.
Called the Alpha, it features reclaimed barnwood, walls that are spray-foam-insulated, hardwood floors, a ductless mini-split for the A/C and heat, granite countertops in the kitchen and a few interesting design tricks. Let’s take a closer look.
Here’s the front of the Alpha, which features sliding glass doors.
On the back we see this shou-sugi-ban-finished center portion.
That flips down to provide a deck.
Just inside the deck is a glass garage door that slides open.
Moving to the interior, on one side we’ve got the kitchen, which you’ll notice is elevated. We’ll get to why in a minute.
Inside the kitchen is a 33″ stainless steel sink;
a drawer-style dishwasher;
an 11-cubic-foot stainless steel ‘fridge;
and a sleek-looking induction cooktop.
Opposite the kitchen we’ve got the bed loft.
You ascend it by means of this ladder.
When it’s not in use, you can put on a felt ladder-moving hat and tuck the ladder away in this compartment.
The bed loft will fit a king-sized bed.
Beneath the bed loft is the bathroom, which contains a washer/dryer combo unit;
a small sink;
a composting, separating toilet that vents to the outside;
and a full-sized Jacuzzi tub.
Here’s the view from the throne.
And at the front of the bathroom is a tiny, and I mean tiny, closet. There’s room for two of Indiana Jones’ jackets and little else.
Now we get to why the kitchen is elevated. Anytime you want to have people over for dinner, Chris Hemsworth’s body double comes over and pulls out these benches.
The stairs to the kitchen pull out…
…revealing a folding table hidden within.
Now you can host dinner parties.
But whomever’s house this is apparently has lousy friends; while you can see that the table has clearly been set in the evening…
…these jerks don’t even show up until morning the next day.
I’d never invite them back. I’d be like “Why are you animals standing on my animal furs with your filthy shoes on?”
You can learn more about the Alpha, including lower-priced versions of it, here.