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Eroca’s 10’x10′ Micro Home Built Using Composite Steel

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I have a micro home with a 10’x10′ footprint with a loft. The inside is typical of many tiny houses: small living area, tiny wet bath, small kitchen and a loft area at the front and back accessed by a ladder.

Unlike most tiny houses of similar size, this one is made using modular, composite steel technology (CST), a patented process that uses tubular steel and dense foam to create an R20 rating on the panels. There is no wood in the construction of the walls, floor and roof. It’s about half the weight of wood and almost half the cost.

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100 Sq. Ft. Micro Home Built Using Composite Steel


Images © Eroca

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Images © Eroca

The house is made by MurchTech Consulting Corp.

Contact (John Murchie) at 604-306-7551 if you’re interested, there are other sizes available, this is one of the smallest ones.

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  • Cosy
    September 3, 2014, 8:56 pm

    The only word that came to mind when viewing this was ‘cold’. Maybe it’s all the white, but I usually prefer white over wood so I don’t think it’s the color.

    • Eroca Brawne
      September 4, 2014, 12:50 am

      It does look a bit cold in the photos because it was empty at the time. The previous occupant (a family member) caused a bit of interior damage, and I painted everything white for a fresh start. Once a bit of colour and with art on the walls – it’s quite cozy now.

  • Patricia
    September 3, 2014, 10:06 pm

    This company’s product sounds like it would be great as a TH on a trailer. Light weight, strong enough to withstand high winds, 20 year warranty. One problem for me is they are on the “other” coast.

  • Susan Stodola
    September 4, 2014, 9:40 am

    Wow……….10X10 really IS tiny. Probably a bit smaller than I could comfortably live in, but I love some of your idea’s……….The use of the lockers is genius!! Except for lower cabinets in a kitchen and closets in a bedroom, I would never put in deep cabinets or closets in a house I was building or remodeling. Not only does it chew up valuable floor space, but if you can’t see it when you open the doors, chances are you probably aren’t using the ‘stuff’ enough to justify the space. ‘Out of sight, out of mind’. And the walkway between the lofts is exactly perfect! Not crazy about the ladder, but that’s just me, and I do realize you are working with an exceptionally limited amount of floor space to begin with. Over all…..job well done!

  • Sarron
    September 4, 2014, 1:57 pm

    Beautiful! Am especially intrigued with the CST, lighter weight and lower cost! What’s its strength factor? Love the all white! There is SO much creative license in terms of an owner painting an accent wall and/or the play to choose personal accessories color! Constructively cautious, I would put the front door where the fold desk is to free up space between the front and bathroom doors. That valuable space’d be great for a soft comfy corner built-in seating area to open up as an extra bed if needed. Then I’d put the folding desk above the bench. The walkway and building materials? A stroke of genius! Thanks for sharing it!

  • Catherine Wilson
    September 5, 2014, 3:36 pm

    I see almost NO windows!!! Poor natural lighting, yuck!!
    Is this because of the constraints of using composite steel?

    • Eroca Brawne
      September 8, 2014, 2:53 am

      There are five small and one medium window. Composite steel does not prevent windows – in fact a model of this one was built with all sliding glass in the front (10′ side) and a window on the side, plus the five small ones. Since each home is custom made, people can have whatever they choose.

  • Doc
    September 7, 2014, 9:40 pm

    Catherine, there are 6 windows in a 10×14 space. Though small they ate there. You could make some larger, though you would loose some insulation value. You could also add a door with a window rather than the solid “cold” door pictured here. Good use of space provided, though not enough for me. Will be stealing some ideas here though. 😉

  • Lauri
    June 25, 2015, 8:19 am

    I really like this! I must have missed the price, though… If this could have 200 sf more attached to it, it would be perfect for me!

  • Emma F.
    June 25, 2015, 12:43 pm

    I need more windows, and a colorful space. I like it, otherwise.

  • Rich
    June 25, 2015, 2:07 pm

    I’m surprised that a Canadian firm is proposing a product with only R20 envelope. The concept is great; similar to sips, but I suggest more options.

  • Angel
    June 25, 2015, 7:59 pm

    WAYYY to much white……needs relaxing light colors but not all white

  • Karen R
    June 25, 2015, 9:52 pm

    Very attractive and efficient, but too small.

  • Jane
    June 25, 2015, 11:18 pm

    The toilet shows through the front door??

    • Amy Rodgers
      June 26, 2015, 2:47 am

      I rhink you would keep the bathroom door closed

    • HUNTER
      June 26, 2015, 8:28 am

      Jane, that’s because the bath door was open…

  • Jannelle
    June 26, 2015, 3:31 am

    Front door should open out.
    Bathroom door should be a bi-fold.
    This would rectify waste of space in entry area, where they need to allow for the doors to open. Otherwise great. I’m into Tiny, but I’m really into Micro designs even more.

    June 26, 2015, 8:33 am

    this certainly qualify’ s as tiny. I like the design but also think more windows would “open”
    up the space. white does expand rooms “size” but i , speaking for myself, think this is overdone. I never though I’d say that! since i do love white. once living in this tiny i expect one would adapt to the size, and settle in. very cute ideas though.

  • Eric Williams
    June 26, 2015, 10:02 am

    I really like this, but personally, I’m far too messy a person to survive all that white. Maybe some mirrors would make it more open feeling as well? With it being all metal, would there be an increased danger in lightning storms? I know this can be the case with metal roofs in some areas…..

  • Fred
    June 26, 2015, 4:41 pm

    Am intrigued with the CST system. I want to design something similar to be used as a hurricane shelter. We currently live in a mobile home and the nearest public shelter is some miles away. Would it be strong enough to be placed partially or fully below grade? Fred NC Florida.

  • ItsRoni
    June 26, 2015, 11:56 pm

    Great job showing the house from every angle! A lot of people neglect to do that.

  • Sucreily Reyes
    June 27, 2015, 11:56 am

    If I were the Owner I would change the Bathroom Door For an Slide Door, because It save space from the living Room, maybe put the Entry door to open to outside, and save space, and put a tv in that wall, with an entertainent system!

    • John
      July 5, 2015, 5:49 pm

      I agree with you on an outside swinging front door but there is no wall to have the bathroom door to track into. A wall could be built where that book case / bar table is but that would cut off the kitchen too much from the living area.

      • Dick
        April 23, 2016, 3:33 pm

        How about a barn door? Yes it would slide over those open cabinets when open, but you don’t need to leave the bathroom door open all the time.

  • Mary Dixon
    June 28, 2015, 8:38 am

    My favorite feature is the way the two loft areas are connected giving more storage space and ease of access to both areas by same method. Another thing I might do is switch the front door and the window to avoid making the bathroom the view when walking in the house. Someone else mentioned using a bi-fold door for the bathroom. I’d also try to rearrange the sink and toilet so it would be easier to divide the shower from the toilet where there could be a rack to hold towels, etc, and other things that could be damaged from spray from shower.

  • Mark C.
    June 28, 2015, 7:59 pm

    Personally, 10′ x 10′ is a little small for my wife and I. A 10′ x 14′ or 12′ x 12′ plan might ease the space requirements, as neither of us is slim! I did notice the floor plan shows the bathroom door opening opposite the way it is actually built. It would probably be safer the way the floor plan shows, since it would lessen the chances of doors knocking into each other or collisions between someone entering the house and anyone exiting the Loo.
    I also have issues with all white, but understand very well the damage caused by family members, especially on their way OUT for the last time! A good white color paint (or primer) seems to be an excellent base to even out repairs and for a start on further color treatments, whether paint, curtains, or pictures are used.

  • Robert Mellors
    July 1, 2015, 2:34 pm

    This looks great, but I’m in the UK and I suspect it would not get planning permission and would thus not be allowed. Do you know of any in the UK? and if so, how they overcame the problem of gaining planning permission?

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