Off-grid Minim House reimagines tiny living
December 2, 2013
The tiny house movement continues to build momentum, and the latest small home to catch our eye with a clever space-maximizing design is the Minim House. The trailer-based mobile micro-home is capable of operating on or off grid, and boasts some comforts often associated with a larger home.
The product of a collaboration between Foundry Architects and Brian Levy, Minim House was recently constructed by Element Design + Build, and is currently installed at Washington DC's Boneyard Studios, a burgeoning tiny home community established in 2012.
Inside the 19.5 sq m (210 sq ft) home, an open-plan interior offers a generous 3 m (10 ft) wide kitchen area, with multi-use surfaces, refrigerator, and ample storage space. Owing to this layout, the main lounge area is on the larger side for a self-styled "micro-home," and Levy reports that the couch will seat five adults, with room for several more guests on seats placed around the home.
Entertainment facilities include a window that becomes a cinema screen once a shade is pulled down from above and a small LED projector put into operation. There's also a small raised office space with desk that lifts to reveal a musical keyboard.
A full-size bed slides out from underneath the raised platform office to serve as a sleeping area, and the bathroom is a snug wet room and toilet, the latter screened with a shower curtain when the water is spraying.
The usual range of off-grid technology makes an appearance in the home, including an optional compostable toilet and 960 W roof solar array with integrated battery storage system. LED lighting, and rainwater collection and filtration are also on-board, and the house mostly uses the kind of low-power appliances often seen in small boats, but also has a hookup for full mains.
Minim House was constructed using standard SIPs (structural insulated panels), with a cypress facade that will eventually age to a light grey color. According to Levy, the simple construction and standardized materials allow a crew of two people to construct the house within just five days.
The price tag for this particular build came to US$30,966 in materials, though that figure did not include any labor costs. Those interested can purchase the plans for the home via the source link below.
Source: Minim Homes