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The NestHouse Tiny Home in Scotland

This is the NestHouse tiny home.

It’s built by Jonathan Avery of Tiny House Scotland.

If you’re curious, it’s 25 square meters (269 sq. ft.) inside (including the loft space).

Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thank you!

The NestHouse Tiny Home in Scotland

Images © Jonathan Avery

Images © Jonathan Avery

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The NestHouse by Jonathan Avery of Tiny House Scotland

tinyhousescotland.co.uk

I started Tiny House Scotland in February 2014 as an overall banner for my experimental small scale eco building projects.

After many months of research and development I built the first prototype – the NestHouse which is now complete and undergoing testing. I am currently working on the next project – a road towable design called the NestPod which will start building very soon.

Tiny House Scotland represents my personal crusade to bring together the physics of building science with aesthetic design and individual craftsmanship to create a new alternative for small scale sustainable living. The aim is to create a holistic result which is beautiful and functional both inside and outside.

My lifelong passion for architecture and green design prompted me to design a beautifully crafted small wooden building with high quality sustainable materials, offering complete protection from the elements. A fundamental shelter with a totally comfortable interior that is light-filled, snug and charming.

The Nesthouse combines many innovative techniques in its construction. Unlike traditional architecture, the shell is conceived as a whole – not a series of interconnected and differently structured walls, floor and roof. My Snug Shell Concept with Advanced Framing techniques creates a stressed-skin timber frame shell which is heavily insulated but also has a further unbroken (apart from door and windows) outer shell of outsulation to remove virtually all thermal bridging, effectively providing a fully insulated combined roof/ wall / floor structure. The double or triple glazed windows ‘float’ within this outer shell. The Nesthouse is designed with a solar orientation so it had minimal glazing on the North elevation reducing heat loss while the Southerly elevation gains solar energy passively with large windows. A brise soleil will provide summer shading over the larger windows.

So my concept for a Moveable Modular Small Eco-house was born and I decided to call it the Nesthouse using the analogy of a bird nesting box – a compact, wooden, eco-friendly survival unit. This was the start of Tiny House Scotland – my business to design and build small-scale moveable homes in Scotland.

Indeed this was my main vision for the Nesthouse – full-time homesteading or micro-living – ideal for singles or couples who want to live sustainably on their land or as an affordable starter home in urban or rural areas. Of course the Nesthouse can just as easily be used as a studio, home office or holiday let, but I do believe that there is a greater purpose here; to provide affordable small housing units – whether for a young person on a Scottish Island beset by the holiday-home phenomenon or a communal housing co-operative like a Tiny House Community.

This holistic approach to living in a small house on a smallholding or small farm with varying degrees of self sufficiency, or even just taking a conscious decision to live more simply and closer to nature whilst working from home, could mean you could live debt-free without a mortgage.

The need for a sustainable small living options for people who cannot afford £100k plus for a house has to be a compelling argument in this era of housing shortage, not to mention the Planet’s need for us all to want and need less of its resources and practice consumption awareness. I hope in a small way that my Nesthouse can address some of these issues!

Jonathan Avery Nov 2016

Learn more at: Tiny House Scotland

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  • Sockeye November 4, 2016, 2:38 pm

    Well thought out and utilized storage spaces and I like that some of them are on wheels. And what’s not to love about that bathroom and soaker type tub! Nicely done.

  • Donna November 4, 2016, 2:43 pm

    What a delightful little cottage/tiny house. Not only has the functionality of the inside and outside shell/building been thoughtfully designed but the colors and living spaces are heavenly – and the bathroom – wow perfect! Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Joanna Chanin November 4, 2016, 3:08 pm

    How lovely. Beautiful use of color and design. I could live there in a heartbeat

  • oxide November 4, 2016, 4:40 pm

    I love the staircase! Much better than those ladders. The pictures show several configurations of the wheeled furniture — very clever. I’d probably make a couple cosmetic changes, like painting/staining all the raw plywood. And find a spot to hang a TV.

  • Carol Perry November 5, 2016, 3:14 am

    What a charming tiny home! Love the airy feeling you get when your inside. All the colors throughout the home co-inside with each other. Great idea as far as the matching furniture works well as storage pieces that just fit together nicely. The loft is a nice little retreat, awesome idea for the closet. Everything through out the home just matches perfectly. love the large deck that you find surrounding the home outside! Thank you for inviting me in.🌻🌹🌷🌸🌺

  • Peter Piper November 5, 2016, 12:36 pm

    Cute as a bug in a rug !!!

  • Betty November 5, 2016, 12:51 pm

    This one goes right to the top of my list of faves!

  • Gigi November 5, 2016, 12:56 pm

    I LOVE this nest! The windows open it to the outdoors and the interior color (although a matter of personal taste) is beautiful. Well done!

  • ROSEE November 5, 2016, 1:33 pm

    What a charming TH! So many spaces to use and clean lines throughout the whole inside. Good job!

  • Janet November 5, 2016, 1:45 pm

    Leave it to the Europeans to come up the with most well planned tiny houses. Every one I see utilizes space in the best way. Nothing looks cluttered. Clean lines, light colors, interesting containers, space savers make it look large and livable, bright and sunny. We Americans need to hire these architects and learn a lesson or two or more! I would put this on a slab today an move in tomorrow if I could.

  • Sparrow November 5, 2016, 2:18 pm

    This is my second-fave tiny house (first-fave is Zyl Vardo’s Moon Dragon). Everything is so well-placed and beautifully finished. And that bathroom – WOW! Crummy bathrooms are my pet peeve with TH’s, but this gem has no such problem. What’s the price for this?

    • Jonathan Avery November 6, 2016, 4:25 am

      Thanks for the kind comment Sparrow – I’ll happily take second stylistically to Zyl’s Moon Dragon which is on my fave list too(!!!); although that is a Vardo, rather than a heavily insulated near zero energy 7.5 ton house which is what the NestHouse is.
      The price for the NestHouse – as you see it in the pictures – around £47,000 GBP, but available as a shell finish from £32,000 https://tinyhousescotland.co.uk/nesthouse-pricing/

      • Natalie Natalie November 7, 2016, 8:46 am

        Thanks for the response, Jonathan :) — Tiny House Talk Team

      • Sparrow November 7, 2016, 11:53 am

        Thanks so much, Jonathan! Hmmm…converting that to U.S. dollars, a fully-built version would cost around $58,294. Not at all bad for what you get. I wonder what the Scotland-to-U.S. shipping costs would be? (gulp).

        • oxide November 25, 2016, 11:19 am

          If this designer sells the plans, I’m sure any good contractor can build that house in the US.

  • Patricia November 5, 2016, 3:31 pm

    This also goes on my list of favorites. Well planned out. I love everything about it—the color, the movable furniture, the stairs, and that cute tub. Plus the outside deck. Sigh, and it’s in Scotland. Maybe someday…..

  • Louise November 5, 2016, 3:39 pm

    This is a really nice living area from the real stairway to the loft, the bathoom & especially the many windows, makes it a cozy atmosphere

    • Natalie Natalie November 7, 2016, 8:47 am

      Yes it’s super cozy. And I love cozy! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Canyon Man November 5, 2016, 7:23 pm

    Excellent!

  • Sarah November 5, 2016, 9:45 pm

    The colors and general design (lots of storage) are wonderful! Way to go Tiny House Scotland!

  • Kath Brabbins November 6, 2016, 2:03 am

    What a little beauty. Design, form and colours in the beautiful highlands. Congratulations. Thank you for sharing

  • Pam Wright November 6, 2016, 10:19 am

    Absolutely gorgeous. The wood and colours are perfect. The clean lines and innovative storage solution are very trendy and tasteful.

  • Resa November 6, 2016, 6:36 pm

    OMG! Will you marry me? Everything everyone else said and more. Utterly charming and livable. Thanks for sharing. I will be stealing some of your ideas with impunity.

    • Natalie Natalie November 7, 2016, 8:49 am

      Hahahah Resa you cracked me up :) — Tiny House Talk Team

  • tanya hohe November 6, 2016, 8:38 pm

    A M A Z I N G!!! By far my favorite!! Like no other I have ever seen!! After the election figured I would be packing up and moving to Canada!! Think I could deal with Scotland!! lol

    • Natalie Natalie November 7, 2016, 8:49 am

      Scotland is a lovely place :) — Tiny House Talk Team

    • Claude November 14, 2016, 12:36 pm

      Go for it Tanya, we have lots of space for nice people..

  • Kathy November 8, 2016, 1:34 pm

    What a charmer! I love the well thought out storage under the stairs… love the real stairs period! That tub! The color scheme is wonderful; the whole house looks like an old friend with open arms to welcome you home. I want it….I need this house!

  • NVSBLTY November 8, 2016, 1:42 pm

    Very “original” as far as one can be in a tiny house! Great layout and ideas! Very pleasant setting!

  • jenn November 8, 2016, 6:42 pm

    Love the modular well thought ideas. One the best designs I’ve seen.
    Look forward to the movable version.

    • Jennifer Jacobs November 8, 2016, 6:49 pm

      Please remove this. I corrected it below. Thanks

  • Jennifer Jacobs November 8, 2016, 6:45 pm

    One of the best modular designs I seen yet. Look forward to seeing the towable version.

  • Marsha Cowan November 8, 2016, 8:24 pm

    Oh my gosh! It’s perfect! The stairs, the fireplace, the tub surround, everything! Absolutely lovely!

  • Brian Williams November 9, 2016, 4:21 am

    This is my first comment as I finally found a “Tiny House” which I think I could actually live in for a long period of time. I feel the combination of abundance of sunlight and strategically placed living area (Toilet/Shower and stairs for sleeping areas) well planned. One point I would enjoy is a bit more “Solar / Eco” measures such as sun panels etc. Otherwise, great build and awsome creativity!

    • Jonathan Avery November 10, 2016, 6:22 am

      Many thanks for your comments Brian! The NestHouse prototype does not have solar panels yet but it is available as a full off grid version or indeed hybrid with batteries and mains hook-up. It does a lot of work with its solar orientation though (a la Passivhaus methods) so its required energy input is very low. Oh, and while you guys are recovering from Election fever (ouch!) – here is my manifesto for Tiny House Scotland!! https://tinyhousescotland.co.uk/tiny-house-scotland-the-manifesto/

    • Natalie Natalie November 10, 2016, 10:09 am

      I’m so glad it inspired you, Brian! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • ZACHARY E MOHRMANN November 9, 2016, 8:56 am

    Great Scott what a awesome color choice… Very placid, and calming, something you might find in a hospital or a institutional resort of sorts…..! Lmao….! No really…! I like the color, very calm and soothing….. Not overly out there to the point where you just want to scream……….

    • Natalie Natalie November 10, 2016, 10:09 am

      I totally agree! Super calming… — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Lisa D Lucas November 11, 2016, 10:13 am

    Sweet!

    • Karen Rogers November 11, 2016, 10:57 am

      Beautiful, amazing home in lovely Scotland. Nicest I have seen in this size and amazingly functional.
      Someday, someone will figure a way to have a higher bed in a loft.

  • Angela November 11, 2016, 11:22 am

    Absolutely perfection.

  • Claude November 11, 2016, 3:19 pm

    Nice little house in a wonderful country. Go for it Natalie.

    • Natalie Natalie November 14, 2016, 11:48 am

      Alas, if only we were staying here longer :) — Tiny House on Wheels

  • Kathy November 11, 2016, 4:29 pm

    Luv that bathroom!

  • ZACHARY E. MOHRMANN November 11, 2016, 10:55 pm

    Ahhh….! It’s Lake Placid again, or that’s what I call this one, because of it’s paint color…. I love it, very peaceful….!

    • Natalie Natalie November 14, 2016, 11:49 am

      Yes the peaceful decor is wonderful. — Tiny House on Wheels

  • Ann November 12, 2016, 5:07 am

    Absolutely love it! And what a beautiful interior. Love that you can take pieces outside when the sun shines. And that lime green door is delicious!

  • jm November 12, 2016, 12:16 pm

    Nicely done. I would think ok for 1 person. Might be tight for more. And Trump might build a wall around Scotland just because he can.

    • NVSBLTY November 12, 2016, 4:19 pm

      jm, you must be the size of more than one person if you think that this tiny house is only big enough for one person!There is plenty of room! And what is with the disparaging remark about Mr. Trump? This is not a site for political jabs!

      • jm November 14, 2016, 12:08 pm

        Donald Trump has lost tens of millions on Scottish golf courses, accounts show | US news | The Guardian
        Donald Trump has lost nearly £26m ($31.8m) building his golfing empire in Scotland, his company accounts show – a sum that means the Republican presidential candidate has avoided paying any UK corporation tax on either of his two resorts. There is also an apparent discrepancy between the accounts and his filings last year to the US Federal Election Commission (FEC), the regulator which controls election spending.

        Donald Trump fails to deliver on golf resort jobs pledge | The Independent
        The American entrepreneur Donald Trump has failed to deliver on pledges to create thousands of jobs through a supposed billion-pound investment that were key to planning approval for his hugely controversial Scottish golf resort, an investigation has found.
        By his own admission, Mr Trump has created no more than 200 of his promised 6,000 jobs and is thought to have spent just £25m on the scheme while bulldozing environmentally sensitive areas of the Scottish coast, according to a new analysis of the scheme’s finances.

        Donald Trump Scotland visit dredges up U.K. controversies – CNNPolitics.com
        Trump called Michael Forbes, a local farm owner who rebuked Trump’s entreaties, a “village idiot” and called his farm “disgusting,” a “slum and a pigsty.”
        He called other houses “ugly” and vowed to block their view — and he did.

        Sound familiar? Everyone in Scotland hates him. Well since this post is about a house in Scotland…

        • Claude November 14, 2016, 12:44 pm

          Wow, class can not be bought even with a billion, you have to be born with it!

        • Bill Burgess November 25, 2016, 3:23 pm

          That report hit was a mistake sorry…What I wanted to state was NOBODY is more anti Fascist GOP than myself…But Natalie and Alex try to present WITHOUT bringing in what has happened to the USA spiraling down into oblivion Banana Republic…We get that every other line from the REST of the World daily. Instead lets extol the great presentation of a structure that has a great on your hands and knees sleeping area…And I too Love it..

  • Susanne November 12, 2016, 4:30 pm

    Trump and his mail order, magazine posing bride making most of us crazy these days!!!!!

  • Jonathan Avery November 17, 2016, 6:53 am

    If you loved the NestHouse – please vote for it at Tiny House of the Year 2016 please – there are categories for different features as well as overall Best Tiny House.
    http://tinyhouseoftheyear.com/
    Thanks for all the great comments here (except the trump bit!) Jonathan Avery Tiny – House Scotland

    • Bill Burgess November 25, 2016, 3:45 pm

      Went to your site..Not really a conversation place. So I will state I have never been to heaven, but I have been to China. And what you might look at is some way to expand the sleeping area where older people can stand up. Worldwide a lot of people not built like Jackrabbits or young and drunk and twenty might consider your product…Which is odd for me..as THAT is my only complaint. Every other aspect is WAY UP on the WOW Meter.

  • Liam November 17, 2016, 7:04 pm

    This is pretty much the coolest, best designed Tiny house I’ve ever seen. It’s fantastic and a credit to the designer.

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