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172 Sq. Ft. Garden Studio Tiny House with 102 Sq. Ft. Terrace

This the Garden Studio tiny house by Modular Mini Houses.

It’s a 172 sq. ft. prefab tiny home with a 102 sq. ft. terrace.

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172 Sq. Ft. Garden Studio Tiny House by Modular Mini Houses w/ Beautiful Bathroom and Windows…

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Video Tour of the Studio Garden Mini House

Learn more: http://www.minihouses.co.uk/

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  • Jerry Dycus
    September 5, 2018, 1:42 pm

    Great in every way but it should be 10′ wide making it far more spacious feeling. With a non wheel TH, no reason to restrict width.
    Great roof, porch that adds so much.
    I prefer couch, murphy, etc beds though as really make it more viable in this size so the same room can be used all the time.
    I live in a 10×16 studio that proved it for me after living in 6′-8-12′ and finally 10′ wide, the best.

    • James D.
      September 5, 2018, 9:35 pm

      Actually, it’s not the wheels but the need to be easily movable without needing a moving permit that requires designs fit within road legal size limits…

      So this may not have wheels but since it is designed to be easily movable by truck then means it still has to fit within those road legal size limits or it will require a special moving permit each time it is moved.

      However, they call it modular because you can link multiple units together to form a larger structure… It just gets assembled at the destination but leaves you the option to disassemble and move it again later.

      If you don’t mind needing a moving permit then even a THOW can go much wider, typically 10-12 feet wide but the limit is more around 14 feet wide in the states, though this modular unit is I believe for the UK market and they tend to have much more strict rules.

      While modular houses can be any size and THOWs can be modular too…

      • Jerry Dycus
        September 5, 2018, 9:51 pm

        A up to 12′ wide permit is like $12/yr, not a problem in the states. YMMV
        Any commercial truck towing it likely already has a wide load permit.
        I’ve designed my THs to be moved by flat bed tow trucks or trailers.
        Tow trucks can give nice discounts during slow times of the day.

        • James D.
          September 6, 2018, 12:13 pm

          Actually, it’s not that simple as there are tremendous variations in licensing requirements from state to state. For instance, certain states do not require movers to be licensed there. While over half of all states require that local movers have US DOT numbers… Among other differences.

          While the federal government regulates all interstate moves, local moves are regulated by the individual states in which a motor carrier operates. These requirements also apply to long-distance movers when passing through the individual states and not just the requirements of their home state.

          There’s also practical differences in that not all roads/routes are going to be rated for oversize loads or be all rated to handle the same weight limits, which can both limit route options and can require routes to be pre-approved before they can be taken.

          Some areas will require you to meet additional requirements like having an escort and there’s the effect on traffic to consider and where the road path will have any other obstructions like low bridges, low power lines, etc. that could effect the move and how practical it will be to move it regularly.

          You are correct that the moving company can cover many issues and make the process much easier on the client but it won’t always be that simple and can effect where the structure can be moved to and when…

          While it would not help those who plan on moving the structure themselves…

          Not to mention leaving open other moving options like being able to ship the structure by train or boat, which as this is a UK product is what would allow it to be easily shipped to the states… Everyone’s situation isn’t going to be the same but the idea of standards is to cover most situations with minimum effort.

          While moving permits and other options like modular designs helps cover those with less common situations, which actually covers a lot but is less practical for a mass produced product, which is why products like shipping containers are so standard even internationally.

          Understand, I don’t disagree on your point that wider is better but there are reasons why so many products follow these restrictions… There are trade offs to everything, but that’s also what’s great about a market that promotes so many custom options…

  • Chuck
    September 5, 2018, 5:48 pm

    So, um, what do you do with the big green chair when the bed is folded down?

    • Alison
      September 5, 2018, 7:32 pm

      You can buy Murphy beds that have a sofa attached. It somehow folds up right under the bed when you pull the bed down. They are also available with a desk, where you don’t even have to take stuff off the desk when you lower the bed. Ingenious space savers. I don’t know if that’s what they used here, but I know they are available.

      • Eric
        September 12, 2019, 6:51 pm

        Well I had the same question and you know, the green chair is a stand alone… definitely not a fold under the Murphy be type. So, from my perspective, shifting it every night would get old really, really quick.

        And btw, the Murphy beds with attached sofa, well the sofa ain’t exactly comfortable. For me that is a total deal breaker there.

  • D. Pedersen
    September 6, 2018, 3:24 am

    I do not get the placement of the TV screen. It would leave the viewer in a very strange position with the neck – head needs to be bend backwards – which is not very healthy for the neck. I have seen this high placement in several tiny houses. Makes no sense. Seems like it is a “it even had a TV” to get people to buy the house.

    And I agree on the placement of the stove. Wrong place – I have been working as a cook. The sink and stove should have been placed with a bigger space between them. Else there should be some kind of a cutting board covering the sink to make up for the lack of counter space for placing utensils etc. while cooking.

    • D. Pedersen
      September 6, 2018, 3:28 am

      Though I do like the overall design. It is nicely done and not too dark as many tiny houses tend to be.

    • James D.
      September 6, 2018, 1:39 pm

      A monitor isn’t necessarily being used as a TV… It could be there just for watching feed from security cameras, smart home status display, it can be just for the kitchen so someone has something to watch while cooking or having hands free recipe viewing, etc.

      It’s a bit too small to view from the couch or bed for example. So placement only matters to someone who would be standing in the kitchen and not from a sitting position.

      Though, many small spaces do just simply have limited wall space to place a TV in a convenient location that won’t interfere with other functions of the home but it also depends how the TV is mounted as you can simply have a moveable arm mount that’ll allow a TV to be lowered and angled for more optimal viewing and then placed back up and against the wall for storage when not used… While some are meant for spaces that converts into beds and laying down you would naturally find it easier to look more up…

      As for the kitchen, there are other considerations like where to place the venting, where the mini-fridge goes and how that limits where you can put the sink, where to place the house thermostat and other specialty control panels, etc… Counter top designs are often influenced by what’s around them…

    • Eric
      September 12, 2019, 6:55 pm

      Really? I see plenty of room to the right of the sink. Ditch the printer and there’s more room. Add in the sliding in and out table even more room. And its highly unlikely that you’d be catering for crowds on a regular basis. So I really don’t see an issue with counter space for cooking… at all.

  • Sparrow
    September 6, 2018, 11:14 am

    The amount of wasted space via that porch makes my head spin. Hard pass.

    • James D.
      September 6, 2018, 12:22 pm

      The porch is added space, it’s attached once the unit is placed on a site… They also allow the units to be attached to each other, which is why they call it modular…

    • Michele Bellon
      August 30, 2019, 5:28 pm

      I am much more interested in outdoor space than indoor space. It just depends on your priorities I guess. I like this.

      • Eric
        August 31, 2019, 7:05 am

        Outdoor space doesn’t account for all that much during dark, cold winter months in a heck of a lot of places.

        Having an indoor space that works for those inhabiting the TH is imperative however. Not enough space is likely to see frayed tempers, relationship discord etc. So it needs to work for the inhabitants, with emphasis on the plurality of the residents.

        • Michele Bellon
          September 3, 2019, 1:42 am

          Right. It depends on your priorities.

    • Linda
      August 31, 2019, 2:28 am

      Outdoor space is key to tiny living!
      My 8×24 is in process of interior design. I’ve hot my builder doing a deck around the front and one side 3/4’s down.

      My place is wooded and full ofwildlife

      • Michele Bellon
        September 13, 2019, 3:29 am

        That sounds wonderful.

  • Kathy
    August 30, 2019, 5:32 pm

    I like the looks of this micro THOW very much. I love the murphy bed and sofa when trying to get maximum living space out of a small small house. All the white (melamine?) helps too. I would love to see a design for this house at 10’ wide. It needs clothing storage and storage for the usual space-taker-uppers – mop, broom, cleaning stuff, extra TP and PT, pantry goods etc. But definitely keep the design and ambiance! A pleasant and comfortable looking home!

  • gordon
    September 12, 2019, 1:59 pm

    The link to the site is suspended? I like the concept but agree wider would be better. The murphy bed is a good choice for something this size. There are some nicer larger couch/M-beds available.

  • Christine
    September 12, 2019, 9:06 pm

    I can’t get the video tour to work. Is it just me?

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