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Clara’s ‘Cuartito Azul’ Tiny Home in Patagonia


Clara contacted us to show off the tiny house she had built and finished out in Patagonia. She lived in it for a couple of months before the pandemic forced her to travel, and now she has a friend living in it.

The simple off-grid design has a gravity-fed sink and a twin bed. The exterior, per the name, is a beautiful bright blue!

Enjoy the photo tour below!

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‘Cuartito Azul’ Translates To Little Blue Room 🙂

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The inside of it is simple and sweet!

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Time to wash up!

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View from the large picture window.

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Nothing better than trees!

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The view at night.

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Parking the THOW

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Clara’s Story:

Hi, I built this micro tiny house on wheels to live full time in Patagonia. I hired help for welding the trailer and for the shell, then did some of the insulation and finishings and a lot of painting myself!!!!

The initial building process took 6 months although after living in it I changed and would continue to change several things. I lived in it for two months then pandemic hit and I had to travel and the house is currently being lived in by a friend. I was inspired by the tiny house movement, overall I found that it reflected my values of consuming and owning less, also it empowered me to stop renting and to build my own house.
I named the house “cuartito azul” after a famous tango.

I am very thankful and very optimistic about the tiny house movement, I think that it is leading a lot of people closer to their dreams and to a healthier use of resources.

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Natalie C. McKee

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 two little kids. She and her family just purchased a small fixer-upper and are starting a self-sufficient homestead on their happy little acre.
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  • Avatar ernesto
    April 21, 2021, 2:50 pm

    seria bueno para los que queremos algo similar que nos expliques como la hiciste,yo tambien quiero dejar de alquilar y si la hago la puedo poner en la calle frente a la casa de mi hermana y vivir sin sobresaltos ,saludos.

  • Avatar Wiz Zard
    April 21, 2021, 2:51 pm

    Congratulations on a sweet little blue house! Most of the readers here are fairly sophisticated and would have the same questions we have about this, if you are willing to answer 🙂
    For example:

    1) You stated “…although after living in it I changed and would continue to change several things.” Exactly what would you have done differently up front, after having lived it the property? This would be very helpful to folks planning their own build to help them to avoid whatever mistakes were made on your first build of this property.
    2) We do see your little sink, perhaps it is a simple portion of your kitchenette, but do not see: 1) stove top/ microwave/oven or any bathroom facilities. Is there, in fact, any of these items stored inside in a cabinet somewhere, or a toilet/shower, etc somewhere, or does one need to go outside into a separate building for the rest of the kitchen and bathroom/toilet facilities ?
    3) Do you have any space allocated for the basic storage of everyday items such as clothing, cooking utensils, cups, plates, cutlery, coffee maker, books, generator, internet hookup, canned or boxed food,, refrigerator, tiny washer/dryer and some kind of HEATER, and. or solar panels & battery, etcetera? If so, can we see photos where these items are located?

    Thanks for showing us your little micro-build! We LOVE the way you have maximized the beautiful views with your picture windows! Because of the cold weather have you considered using shutters or double paned windows for insulation purposes in that snow-rich location? Or maybe even partner with a warm dog breed sporting a thick fur coat such as a husky or double-coated German Shepherd who can easily warm up an entire space of this size in any winter!

    Kindest Regards,

    • Avatar clara ines Pissolito
      April 21, 2021, 9:39 pm

      Hi Wiz Zard. There are answers to most of your questions. There is in fact a rather generous bathroom with a mini bathtub and a composting toilet inside the house (sorry, do not have nice pics of the bathroom). The bathroom is also where the closet is located (in addition to storage under and above the bed). There is also a kitchen with a sink and two gas hobs, not shown. One of the things I would change is the amount of space dedicated to the bathroom in such a small space, I splurged on bathroom floorspace because I wanted the tub (you know we all have our thing….), so the bathroom occupies 25% of the house. After living in the house I realized how little time I spent in the bathroom, even if I occasionally took a long bath, I would definitely go with a slimmer bathroom and more space in the main living area, I might I some point move the bathroom wall and make that happen. The other rather important thing I would change is not designing a separate sleeping area from the beginning since that is harder to change now. The bed now is the lounging, sleeping, setting things down area, etc. I did not want to build a house with a loft because I planned to park it in the middle of the forest uphill, but after seeing a lot of ingenious solutions for main floor sleeping I would go a different route if I was to build another tiny house. Then the story is that I designed and built most of the house before the pandemic and back then I did not spend much time at my house…of course now home-office days are here to stay for a lot of us and that changes a lot.
      Considering your questions regarding the Patagonian climate, all windows are double-paned and there is a wood stove that makes the teeny cuartito pretty warm. There is no refrigerator, I plan on building a passive clay cool box. As energy sources, there is propane for cooking and the hot water heater, wood stove for heat and occasionally I used a small electric heater. The house is connected to grid power part of the time, as power goes out very often in this remote rural location when tree branches mess with the wires we have the solar panels that are shared among two tiny houses on the property, and the batteries are stored in a small shed under the panels. Thank you for your interest, I hope that clarifies. Best luck to all tiny builders out there!

      • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee
        April 23, 2021, 2:58 pm

        Thank you so much for sharing all those details about your home!

  • Avatar Marsha Cowan
    April 21, 2021, 4:59 pm

    Sweet little nest! It seems to have everything you need in just the right amount of space. Good job!

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