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Breathtaking Essen’Ciel THOW from Baluchon

This is the breathtaking Essen’Ciel Tiny House on Wheels from Baluchon, a builder in France.


I might have to move to France just to live in one of these! I love the robin’s-egg-blue metal roof, and the gorgeous color scheme continues to the interior on the accent wall and kitchen hardware. The home has a loft bedroom, nifty pull-out steps, and a spacious bathroom and kitchen. The living room even features a pull out full-sized bed for company (or you if you hate steps!).

It was custom built for Marie-Laure, who upgraded from her small caravan to a tiny home!

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Breathtaking Essen’Ciel THOW from Baluchon

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From Baluchon (Translated using Google Translate):

The tiny house Essen’Ciel will not go unnoticed during its travels!
Its blue baccarat cover and its frame give it a unique style.
The house is furnished with many windows and built-in bins to grow outdoor plants. Upon entering the tiny house, we discover a large kitchen, which the owner wanted to dissociate from the living room.
The bathroom occupies a central place to separate the two rooms. It is equipped with dry toilets with stainless steel bucket and chip compartment, storage and a shower of 80×80 cm.
The living room is equipped with a small desk with drawer and a large convertible sofa that can offer two additional beds if needed. Difficult not to notice the large blue wall at the bottom of the living room, on which articulate shelves in the shape of branches all around an eye of beef of 80 cm in diameter.
Access to the bedroom is via a comfortable central staircase that has two retractable steps to save space when not in use.
The window of the room is particularly wide, to be able to ventilate the room quickly, and of course to offer a very clear panorama to its owner morning and evening.
The Essen’Ciel was delivered near Angers. This little house is the principal residence of Marie-Laure, and from time to time Philippe’s companion.

Looking for a price? It’s a custom build, so the new owner didn’t disclose. However, if you’d like a quote get in touch with Baluchon at [email protected].

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributing writer for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She is a coffee-loving wannabe homesteader who dreams of becoming self-sufficient in her own tiny home someday. Natalie currently resides in a tiny apartment with her husband, Casey, in Massachusetts.




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  • Barbara March 30, 2017, 11:40 am

    I dont see the size of this home. Yes, they do make a tiny sink.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee March 31, 2017, 8:30 am

      Hmm ya it wasn’t included in the write-up I found!

  • Liz March 30, 2017, 12:39 pm

    Architecturally, this house is magnificent. Instead of the usual box-like exterior lines, this one breaks up those linear planes in an attractive and appealing way. The center staircase is unique and I like how it provides full separation between kitchen and bath. I think it actually gives the illusion of more space. Too old to build it myself 🙂 so I would buy one in a heartbeat! Very, very well done!!

  • Paul Larsen March 30, 2017, 2:17 pm

    Great design . I love it inside and out. The center stair case with retractable steps is a great design. Only thing I would like is railings on the stairs and the loft, ( for those of us a bit over 20 ) The loft looks like it has plenty of headroom too. No bathroom sink ? No problem! That’s why those little plastic buckets were invented. Just fill from the kitchen sink and take with to the bathroom. I always thought part of tiny living is also living simple.

  • ZACHARY E MOHRMANN March 30, 2017, 2:44 pm

    Beautiful…! I love the Lunar Wall Scape looking thru the trees, a very nice touch, and very artistic as well as simple in it’s design… It’s just so thrilling to see that it works so beautifully with this tiny house…

  • S.R. March 30, 2017, 5:29 pm

    Beautiful! I really like this one. One of my favorites!!

  • Brian March 30, 2017, 6:34 pm

    Very nice. But…does anybody else think that central staircase is taking up a lot of useable space? I guess technically, the space used is the same no matter what….but that hallway it creates isn’t good for anything except walking. I also question the roof. Where does the water go when it rains? It looks like it will just run off the roof and run onto the windows. There doesn’t seem to be much overhang to channel the water.

    • James D. March 30, 2017, 8:34 pm

      Overhangs aren’t for channeling water, they’re for protecting the foundation from erosion but there’s no foundation on a TH on wheels… It’s the shape of the roof and the wall sidings that determines how the water is channeled…

      So the only negative of this design is there isn’t any protection for when you may want to get into the house while it’s raining but the house itself will be fine with rain…

      Besides, rain doesn’t always come straight down, so unless you have a large awning and not just a overhang then the windows are going to get wet no matter what…

      • Brian March 30, 2017, 9:21 pm

        Yes, but any water coming off that roof is going to run down the side of the house. I can see that wood siding turning colour. The roof valley is right over the 3 long windows. Anyway, still a nice house.

        • James D. March 30, 2017, 11:08 pm

          No, first the roof line isn’t flush with the walls and the roof is specifically shaped to make the water slide off and outward from the house… Metal roofing is practically impervious to rain and snow because of the way it is designed to interlock and because the surfaces are hard and slippery.

          Those lines you see on the roof are there to help channel the water and get them up to speed by the time it reaches the edge.

          So most of that rain would just be sliding right off and out to the sides of the house…

          Second, I already pointed out to you that rain doesn’t always fall straight down so nothing really would ever prevent the walls from getting at least some rain on them… But that leads to the next point…

          Third, it’s the job of the siding to deflect the rain too, not just the roof… This is why the siding is treated and high resistant to water as well…

          You’d have to use untreated wood with no protective layer to have any issue but if you did that then the moisture alone will eventually rot and mold them out… Besides, if you’re really worried then just paint the wood for extra layer of protection…

          Really, the sun will cause far more discoloring over time than the rain ever would… Unless it’s acid rain but if that’s the case then you have a lot more to worry about than just the rain…

    • Marie-Josée Bouliane April 12, 2017, 2:57 am

      I think that the staircase put this way makes you gain one window and with it more light !

  • Eric March 30, 2017, 8:08 pm

    I agree – this is one of the best laid out and coolest THOW I’ve seen. I love the wood and the finishes and especially the creative use of space – and really love the shelves! I may steal that idea. For $18,000… you can’t beat it. Imagine what they could do with a little more space and a bigger budget? For me, I’d want an apartment-sized fridge, a flushing toilet or at least a composting one versus a bucket and sawdust. and, of course, I’d want it to be 10′ wide. Which is what I live in now and it’s barely wide enough. (inside dimensions of 9’8″x24′, no loft, and none needed and plenty of storage space, perfect sized kitchen, etcetera). I’ve given up on THOW’s. Too thin for me (I’m 6’4″) and too hard to find a place to park or land to buy that I can park it on without having to build a 1,000sf main house to put it next to. Also not into lofts at all. My dream is for someone to come up with a NICE THOW, like this one, only with pop-outs on both sides to get it to 12′ deep, and then have your normal 28′ length. Then find a THOW community/park to buy into. I don’t want to “rent”. Kinda defeats the purpose.

    • Dianne Longson March 30, 2017, 11:37 pm

      Eric,
      I really like your thinking. Even though I love the concept of THOW, I agree with everything you say. And I’m not 6′ 4″ LOL
      Cheers

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee March 31, 2017, 8:17 am

      Well that’s a plan!

  • Danielle DiLisio March 30, 2017, 8:38 pm

    This is a lovely house and a work of art. I love the stairs and how they placed them in the center of the room instead of the usual wall placement.
    It looks very roomy.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee March 31, 2017, 8:14 am

      Yes “work of art” is the perfect description.

  • Mike April 5, 2017, 8:32 am

    Amazing Tiny House. One of the best designs of the last few years. I get that the space under the stairs opens up into the bath in part so the central stair makes sense. My thought is one of those alternating step stairways would take up less floor space and be quirky enough to harmonize with the rest of the design. I still give it a 100 score. Really good.

  • Anne July 25, 2017, 9:32 pm

    This is probably my favorite genuinely tiny tiny house designs… well, possibly ever. Would need a sink in the bathroom to feel comfortable though. Sinks are important, especially when you don’t have a dishwasher or laundry machine in your abode. I’d personally need to go a little bit bigger than this though, as a pastry chef I need at least an apartment size fridge/freezer and a decent oven or it wouldn’t be practical. Maybe just stretch it out a few more feet to fit the fridge in next to the door and make a touch more kitchen space and I’d be good to go. I love the finishes and the planters. It’s so lovely and whimsical. Seems to have decent storage as well. What a gem. For someone who doesn’t cook (or moreover, store food) as much as me, it’s quite a practical little home. I always love when there’s at least an easy option for downstairs sleeping even if the primary bed is lifted because then if you get hurt, have a bit too much to drink, or need to sleep an extra body you have options.

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