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Barbara’s Baluchon Tiny House with Folding Step-Stool Built-In


Barbara wanted a tiny house for full-time living, and the name “Orana” comes from the Tahitian word for “hello.” And her Baluchon-built tiny home on wheels is most definitely welcoming!

Huge sliding doors lead into the living room, with a couch and desk area for working-from-home. The kitchen is compact (no refrigerator, per the owner’s request), and the bathroom has a large standing shower and corner composting toilet. Enjoy the tour below!

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Full Time in her 19-ft. Modern Tiny Home Custom Built by Baluchon

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There’s a large, modern window on the side of the tiny house.

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The loft ladder stows away nicely.

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Here’s her wonderful tiny kitchen. How do you like the cabinets?

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Two burner cooktop is perfect for one person and saves valuable counter space.

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But wait…what’s that?

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Ta-da! A genius pull-out stool! As a short person, I just love this.

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The teal couch looks like a great place to relax.

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Little desk with a nice bulb light overhead.

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Her bedroom loft with built-in shelving.

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How do you like it so far?

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Here’s her roomy shower.

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The washer/dryer combo unit fits right in the bathroom.

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Minimalist shelving and a customized compost toilet perfectly set in the corner.

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What do you think of this tiny house?

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Highlights

  • FRAME
    • Baluchon trailer with paint option.
    • Useful length 6 meters.
    • Spruce class 2.
  • INSULATION
    • Cotton, linen and hemp for the floor, the walls
    • and the ceiling.
  • WINDOWS AND DOOR
    • Mixed wood / aluminum joinery.
    • Double glazing.
    • HARDWARE STORE
    • Würth.
  • RAIN GUARD AND STEAM BRAKE
    • Proclimat rain screen and OuatEco vapor barrier (hygrovariable).
  • APPLIANCES
    • Saunier Duval instantaneous gas water heater , Sauter gas hob, Klarstein freezer
  • PARQUET / FLOOR
    • Heat treated solid Landes pine.
    • Blades screwed onto joists and glazed.
  • BLANKET
    • Aluminum trays with standing joints.
  • CLADDING
    • Cladding cedar with
    • UV saturator. Aluminum trays covering with standing joints.
  • PANELING
    • White raw Picea natural planed spruce.
  • LAYOUT
    • Solid oak and spruce.
  • VENTILATION
    • Lunos dual-flow CMV + air extractor.
  • ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT
    • Legrand switchgear and LED lighting.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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  • Bryan O'Connor
    November 12, 2021, 11:41 am

    Too many windows! but i like the layout.

  • vee
    November 12, 2021, 11:45 am

    This is “sweet”! Love the wood, the esp. large windows, the bedroom loft. Only change for me would be a bit of a larger desk and love the kitchen but must have a fridge!!! (The little pull out stool is great)!!

    • James D.
      November 12, 2021, 12:53 pm

      The Klarstein freezer is listed among the appliances and can be seen under the counter to the right of the sink, just above the bottom drawer…

      The stool is a commercial product from Hideaway Solutions, the Step 180 Plus, which costs about $595.00 – $615.00… If you’re interested in getting one, and it’s called 180 because it can fold out in either side direction to help reach both those upper cabinets but still store away in that one spot…

  • Marsha Cowan
    November 12, 2021, 12:39 pm

    This is absolutely gorgeous! I love it! So pretty and organized, warm and cozy, sleek yet homey. I really like this one.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      November 12, 2021, 1:41 pm

      Same! Baluchon does such an awesome job.

  • Eric
    November 12, 2021, 2:11 pm

    Seldom do I say it, and I must say for good reason, but man that stool is S H E E R G E N I U S. But it sure is expensive.

    • James D.
      November 12, 2021, 2:41 pm

      Unfortunately, that’s true of many space saving furniture manufacturers. There’s a lot out there that would be wonderful to use in smaller spaces but many of them charge a very high premium and there’s presently not enough competition to bring that down…

      Though, if you have access to a CNC you could probably just carve this out of a thick sheet of plywood and install hinges for a more reasonable price… The full extension slide out rail will probably be the hardest component to find but something similar could be improvised to get it to work…

    • Natalie C. McKee
      November 14, 2021, 6:34 am

      Right? I didn’t realize until James commented that it was so pricey!!

  • Linda Baker
    November 12, 2021, 10:26 pm

    I’m assuming that the HWH is on the kitchen/bath wall – too bad it couldn’t be mounted outside or on the floor/ceiling triangle area above the bathroom door, would have made room for at least some open shelving. Don’t understand why no refrigerator but to each their own – a solid half wall in the loft could have provided some more shelving for clothing storage bins, books etc. An overhead fan could cool the entire place and circulate heat as well – and yes, the stool is cool

    • James D.
      November 13, 2021, 1:07 am

      It’s small but the Klarstein freezer is listed among the appliances and can be seen under the counter to the right of the sink, just above the bottom drawer…

      Mind, France and many European countries have different standards for the kitchen and food storage. Like most of the world doesn’t refrigerate eggs and milk, for example… How they pasteurize the milk, allows it to last longer than the process used in the states and they use a different system to ensure the eggs are safe to eat as well that actually benefits by not refrigerating them…

      They’re also used to smaller kitchens and aren’t as reliant on high energy appliances like microwaves, etc. Along with usually being more traditional in food shopping, with farmer markets, etc. eating fresh foods more often and even on a daily basis…

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