This is the Essen’Ciel Tiny Home on Wheels.
It’s built by Baluchon, a French tiny home builder.
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Sorry, but I just don’t like the wonky book case; it would drive me insane, and I own several birds, too. I don’t like the lack of railings for the master bedroom, either; too easy to fall down; a disaster plus major injury just waiting to happen.
I wouldn’t say it’s really dangerous, it’s not actually that easy to fall out of bed and the stairs are right there even if you do and at worst you’d just tumble down a few step… about no worse than falling out of a hammock…
It’s not like other lofts where you would drop straight down seven feet to the floor… and the stairs don’t even go straight down…
Besides, there’s the couch bed you can use instead and leave the loft as a guest bed or private area…
Or you can just add some removable block that you can put in place when sleeping in the loft… a pull up or drop down bed guard rail or other solution…
Remember, most Tiny Houses are custom built so you don’t have to stick to what another customer wanted them to build…
I think I’d end up sleeping downstairs and use the loft to stow guitars and amplifiers. (lol) Even the smallest drop and I bruise easily. 🙂
I love, love, LoVe the wonky bookcase… adds visual interest. Question… how many people who live in THOW’s do you think own birds? I haven’t any statistics (surprise, surprise) but I’d hazard a guess at somewhere in the range of 0.5% of owners would have birds… which would be kept in… wait for it… cages! Otherwise they’d (shock, horreur) fly away.
PS I very much like the fold-away stairs. This is clever, inventive, and quite practical. I like this a lot. Should be standard in most THOWs.
I forgot to say that in every other way (except the bookcase and the lack of railings) I think this is a REALLY nice build. The outside is interesting and quite beautiful to look at, as is the inside. It has been very well done and would be very pleasant to live in. This is a double axle, so I’m guessing that the total length is about 20′ which is a perfect size for a single or a road warrior. Very excellent job. 🙂
I’m so glad you like it Lisa!
I thought it was very clever!
I like the dark wall…great contrast and the two large windows across from the couch. The kitchen area was great.
Yes the accent wall is awesome!
Charming design. Any recommendations for a single level tiny home that would accommodate a wheelchair or scooter? It’s actually the single thing that makes a tiny home unsustainable. I don’t use a scooter, but after being hit by a car and thrown by a thoroughbred, I find stairs or ladders difficult. (Up is fine, down is challenging.)
Other than that, most designs seem pretty usable, except there are VERY few that are actually accessible to our older or disabled friends. (Which could wind up being US!
However, I know there are A FEW accessible designs, and I could see the “loft space” being redesigned as creative storage that could be accessed using a dumbwaiter like system.
Japanese apartments are noted for things like fold down sinks, floor storage, and other space-permitting designs, and I really like the traditional Japanese housing notion that uses outdoor space as part of indoor space. (It’s very western to create boxes, but slide out awnings and fold down outdoor kitchen tables can be seasonally very useful, while blurring the aesthetic “edge” of the house.
Hi Kathy! Here is something I wrote up for a Q&A that might be helpful: — NextDoor Housing has a “Drop Home” that’s a larger park model you can use as an accessory dwelling unit. These are designed for aging relatives or folks with limited mobility.
— FabCab’s homes aren’t specifically designed for the aging or handicap, but their designs are open and functional.
— Elder Cottages are designed with aging relatives in mind, but they are all made ADA accessible. From the website, “Each of our homes is designed with accessibility in mind, from 36” wide openings and ADA showers to brighter lighting and accessible appliances. Additional mobility enhancing features are available, such as a vertical platform lift that can be fitted to the front porch for those unable to manage steps or a ramp.”
— MEDCottages are intended to be a somewhat temporary ADU, but you could get creative. From the website, “The MEDCottage is a mobile, modular medical dwelling designed to be temporarily placed on a caregiver’s property for rehabilitation and extended care.”
Also, keep in mind that many tiny home builders build custom homes, which means it’s worth contacting them and asking if they could build according to ADA guidelines.
There’s also new technology coming out that should increase the range of options…
Like a product that’s presently awaiting approval for release is Scalevo, which is a automatic stairclimbing motorized wheelchair… It also acts as a lift, for being able to reach things normally too high…
There’s a few youtube videos of it if you want to check it out…
ADA Guidelines, however, are just guidelines and don’t necessarily mean following them will allow for a ideal living environment for all…
So it’s good to work with a builder willing to work out custom solutions and for the customer to know what works for them…
But smart home technology and other developments are starting to provide more solutions…
There are cabinet hardware that can be motorized to allow the shelf to be brought down to you instead of needing to reach up… Similarly, you can have motorized flip out trays from the cabinet that can bring out appliances like heavy mixers for you… Motorized dryer racks that fold up into the wall when not needed, etc.
Besides Murphy beds, there are also bed options that can be stored in the ceiling that can be either pulled down with a pulley system or motorized… So you can still make use of vertical space without requiring a loft…
But it will require a fair bit of improvising and making up your own solutions for the builder to then put together for you…
Though, some things are almost made for Tiny Spaces… Walk in baths can take up much less horizontal space than a regular bath, for example…
I designed and built mine to be accessible and convertible. It’s not that hard. I fell 3 weeks after moving in, and broke my right leg and arm. I hadn’t planned on needing the features so soon, but it worked out perfectly for me. I can even install a Foley lift over my bed if I need it. I have cabinets that can easily be swapped out for lower, open counters, and most furniture that I do have is on casters. Easy peasy.
stainless steel bucket in the bathroom is a nice touch….beats Homer’s orange bucket, for style.
Yes I agree!
I encourage viewers to go to the builder’s website. Sure it’s in French but the pictures are in everybody’s language. Other perspectives that aren’t shown here. Even more amazing!!!!