Tiny House UK

by Christina Nellemann on July 1st, 2013. 23 Comments

The burgeoning tiny house on wheels movement has officially made its way over the pond in style. Mark Burton’s Tiny House UK company in Surrey is creating spacious, modern and beautiful designs that he is currently marketing to the United Kingdom which is also suffering from a housing crisis.

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One of Mark’s designs has been featured on the UK’s “The One Show” where you can get an idea of how many people fit into the little space (the show features eight) with a full kitchen, a loft bed, a comfortable sofa bed with storage, drop-down tables, fireplace, flat screen TV and toilet/shower combo. There is also another bed/storage area above the door. The interior of each of his homes are clean, streamlined and contain modern appliances. The house is made to seem even larger with its dormer windows in the loft and additional windows under the eaves above the door. Continue Reading »

Canopy & Stars Tiny Houses

by Christina Nellemann on June 10th, 2013. 8 Comments

The name of this vacation rental company in the United Kingdom might have picked the best name to describe the simplicity of staying in or living in a tiny house. Canopy & Stars have taken it a step further and offer handpicked quirky and eco-friendly small places to stay within Europe. They include tree houses, cabins, vardos, caravans, barges, yurts and more. Several of their properties caught my eye and stilled my heart: two shepherd huts on wheels in Hampshire, two shepherd’s huts located at a farm in Norfolk, and a train carriage in Wales.

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Alex Evan’s Wiggly Tin shepherd huts (one pictured above) are located in Hampshire in the South Downs National Park. The huts (named Beacon and Butser) are completely off-grid and contain raised beds with storage underneath and wood-burning stoves. Showers and a bathroom are accessed in a nearby converted shepherd’s hut. Continue Reading »

HGC Log Cabin Kits

by Christina Nellemann on February 25th, 2013. 11 Comments

The Home & Garden Centre in Monmouthshire, Wales has a large selection of garden cabin kits that are currently only delivered to Wales, England and the Scottish Lowlands, but I saw that some of the designs and styles of these kits contains some details not seen in other kit structures and which could be translated over to other stationary tiny houses.

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Some of these finished kits have built-in decks and covered porches, large windows, double doors and sit well in a garden or on a deck. The company sells kits for traditional and contemporary style log cabins, log cabins that will fit into the corner of a piece of property as well as smaller structures like saunas and and tool sheds. The packages come in complete kit form with detailed instructions for installation and optional extras like insulation kits and underfloor heating. The sizes of the cabins range from about 50 square feet to about 215 square feet. They range in price from $2,200 to just under $5,000. Continue Reading »

Log Pod

by Christina Nellemann on December 17th, 2012. 15 Comments

A few years ago, Kent covered the Pod, an innovative and mobile tiny house designed primarily for camping. Another company in the United Kingdom has upped the ante on this type of building with the Log Pod, a portable wooden structure that comes in two beautiful designs. The Log Pod can be used as an office, mediation or retreat space, in a campsite or as a tiny house.

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The company designs and sells two different designs: the Log Pod and the Gothic Pod. The Log Pod has an angular roof and is 11 feet by 7.6 feet, and because of its raised foundation can be placed on slopes, uneven ground or even in flood prone areas. It has a 4 foot deep covered porch with a glass door in the front and a rear fire escape rear window. Lights and electricity come standard. The Gothic Pod has an arched roof and curved interior lines. It’s the same size and has the same amenities as the Log Pod, and it is wheelchair accessible. Continue Reading »