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Woman’s Legal Tiny House in the Netherlands

This is a story of one woman’s legal tiny house on wheels in the Netherlands.

According to Tiny House Europe on Facebook, “Marjolein Jonker is now living with her two kitties in a wonderful tiny house in the city Alkmaar, where the council has provided her with a small, green plot of land.”

In addition, “she’s also travelling the country, giving lecture and raising awareness about living tiny and consciously in small dwellings and convincing councils to provide spaces for tiny houses.”

Woman Living Legally in a Tiny House in the Netherlands

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Video: Victron Energy Installation in this Tiny House

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!

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  • Debbie Johnson May 29, 2016, 3:22 pm

    I love the concept, but sure would have loved to see more of the inside. I saw no bathroom, only a straight through version of the home.

  • Misty May 31, 2016, 5:02 pm

    I agree, more views would have helped. Personally, I don’t like the stairs. It seems they are more artsy than functional, especially in a small space. On the plus side, I am happy to learn that a forward thinking country like the Netherlands is promoting these rather than making rules against them, as the U.S. seems to be stuck on doing. Tax deadbeats and the like do exist, but most who are doing this or want to are simply law-abiding folks who want the options such a home provides. If the Trumpster becomes President, I may move. Canada seems to be a good option.

  • Michael June 12, 2016, 7:15 pm

    A nice modern THOW. Its not really big 8′ by 24′. Ground clearance is very low because of the 13″ rims but looking on the trailer manufacturer website they have a 14″option which raises height above street from 17″ to 22″ which gives 5″ more clearance.
    Europe has other regulations when it comes to THOW. The main issue is brake system. Usually trailer towed by cars or pick up trucks are limited to lbs 7,716. everything above requires air brakes which increases weight and costs.
    I love the electric installation which is known in the US from boats. Very reliable!
    Well done!

  • Rev June 12, 2016, 9:46 pm

    Five stars for the alternating-tread stairs! A great space saver!

  • Shoshana Melech-Shalom July 23, 2016, 5:41 pm

    I love the design completely. Agree with above comment, would like to have seen more photos and of the bathroom. Also more of an explanation and photos of the off-grid systems. Very interested in those things and this house boasts those systems. Lovely all in all.

  • Robynne Catheron July 23, 2016, 6:05 pm

    I love this, and her for forging ahead and raising awareness! If only the US would get off thei greedy little money-grubbing paws and allow tiny houses on private property. It makes no sense to not allow at least rural property owners to live in whatever makes them happy, whether it’s a mansion, a THOW or a tent.

    • Michael July 23, 2016, 7:16 pm

      Very true, it shows how far our over regulated system is turning from assistance to the opposite.

  • jm July 24, 2016, 7:55 am

    And yet they let homeless people sleep wherever…

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