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Perseverance Tiny House w/ Floating Staircase

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This Baluchon build was created for Estelle, Gaëtan and their cat Mina, who live in this tiny house all year round in Loire-Atlantique, France. The couple chose a design with two connected lofts in case they ever add a baby to their family!

The 20-foot trailer includes everything you could want for a little family — a compact living space, a kitchen with plenty of room for making healthy meals, and a spacious bathroom. What do you think?

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Tiny house Perseverance

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I’m in love with the color of the cabinets.

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Here’s the kitchen and bathroom area.

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This is a neat two-part table.

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Easily grows for guests (or big projects).

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There’s a stove/oven combo and apartment-sized fridge.

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The glass is a great idea.

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The floating staircase!

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Composting toilet in the bathroom.

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The built-in shelving acts as the linen closet

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And here’s the corner shower.

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The parent and child lofts are connected by this great netting.

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And yes, it can support weight!

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Rope also blocks off the staircase.

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  • 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.
  • RAIN GUARD AND STEAM BRAKE — Proclimat rain screen and OuatEco vapor barrier (hygrovariable).
  • APPLIANCES — Gas stove, Klarstein refrigerator , De Dietrish hot water tank.
  • 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 — É 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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  • Hudson
    December 1, 2021, 10:07 am

    Ah, the floating staircase and the netting would be a “no” for me.

    • Eric
      December 1, 2021, 3:46 pm

      Same… floating stairs. OMG if only 1 should break instant injury. Possible permanent paralysis.
      Same would apply to the netting… possibly more risk.
      It’s definitely a NO from me.

      • James D.
        December 1, 2021, 10:49 pm

        Well, the floating stairs are usually built with re-enforced wall framing to mount to and the steps themselves are actually steel steps with decorative wood treads covering them. So extremely strong and will likely outlast the entire rest of the structure unless you try to drive a tank up them…

        While the netting has over 60 mounting points, which significantly spreads any load, with very thick cord that’s probably rated to handle over two dozen people before it even starts to get strained and also covers the opening to the stairs, making it virtually impossible to ever fall off the loft and is basically safer than even THOWs with railings.

        Add a hand railing to the stairs and it would be hard to call it anything but one of the safest of THOWs… At worst the netting may just need annual inspections and occasionally retensioning every several years and easy enough to replace if it ever wears out… You’d have to basically cut it and intentionally try to fall through for it to really be a risk…

        The only real downside is floating stairs are expensive and the netting is added cost as well…

        Otherwise, just a issue of how you feel about such design elements but no real reason to fear it unless you hire a bad builder who doesn’t do it right, which from what is known about Baluchon isn’t a issue…

  • Virginia (Ginnie) Kozak Kozak
    December 1, 2021, 6:23 pm

    The safety issues certainly overshadow the “nice” things like the color of the kitchen cabinets.

  • LargeMarge
    December 2, 2021, 7:36 am

    In the first portrait, I immediately noticed no cabinets above waist-level… a wonderful sense of visceral and visual openness.
    In the second portrait, I noticed taller cabinets occupied much of my attention… giving me a sense of blockage.
    I need a trampoline between lofts!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      December 4, 2021, 5:44 am

      Haha I like your trampoline idea!

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