This is the NestHouse tiny home. It’s built by Jonathan Avery of Tiny House Scotland. If you’re curious, it’s 25 square meters (269 sq. ft.) inside (including the loft space).
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The NestHouse in Scotland: 269-Square-Feet of Bliss!
Images © Jonathan Avery
Images © Jonathan Avery
The NestHouse by Jonathan Avery of Tiny House Scotland
I started Tiny House Scotland in February 2014 as an overall banner for my experimental small-scale eco-building projects.
After many months of research and development, I built the first prototype – the NestHouse which is now complete and undergoing testing. I am currently working on the next project – a road towable design called the NestPod which will start building very soon.
Tiny House Scotland represents my personal crusade to bring together the physics of building science with aesthetic design and individual craftsmanship to create a new alternative for small-scale sustainable living. The aim is to create a holistic result which is beautiful and functional both inside and outside.
My lifelong passion for architecture and green design prompted me to design a beautifully crafted small wooden building with high-quality sustainable materials, offering complete protection from the elements. A fundamental shelter with a totally comfortable interior that is light-filled, snug and charming.
The Nesthouse combines many innovative techniques in its construction. Unlike traditional architecture, the shell is conceived as a whole – not a series of interconnected and differently structured walls, floor and roof. My Snug Shell Concept with Advanced Framing techniques creates a stressed-skin timber frame shell which is heavily insulated but also has a further unbroken (apart from door and windows) outer shell of outsulation to remove virtually all thermal bridging, effectively providing a fully insulated combined roof/ wall / floor structure. The double or triple glazed windows ‘float’ within this outer shell. The Nesthouse is designed with a solar orientation so it had minimal glazing on the North elevation reducing heat loss while the Southerly elevation gains solar energy passively with large windows. A brise soleil will provide summer shading over the larger windows.
So my concept for a Moveable Modular Small Eco-house was born and I decided to call it the Nesthouse using the analogy of a bird nesting box – a compact, wooden, eco-friendly survival unit. This was the start of Tiny House Scotland – my business to design and build small-scale moveable homes in Scotland.
Indeed this was my main vision for the Nesthouse – full-time homesteading or micro-living – ideal for singles or couples who want to live sustainably on their land or as an affordable starter home in urban or rural areas. Of course the Nesthouse can just as easily be used as a studio, home office or holiday let, but I do believe that there is a greater purpose here; to provide affordable small housing units – whether for a young person on a Scottish Island beset by the holiday-home phenomenon or a communal housing co-operative like a Tiny House Community.
This holistic approach to living in a small house on a smallholding or small farm with varying degrees of self-sufficiency, or even just taking a conscious decision to live more simply and closer to nature whilst working from home, could mean you could live debt-free without a mortgage.
The need for a sustainable small living options for people who cannot afford £100k plus for a house has to be a compelling argument in this era of housing shortage, not to mention the Planet’s need for us all to want and need less of its resources and practice consumption awareness. I hope in a small way that my Nesthouse can address some of these issues!
Jonathan Avery Nov 2016
Learn more at: Tiny House Scotland
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