Rebecca's Custom Tiny House
| by Cocoon Tiny Homes
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This tiny home was designed with the future in mind and features for growth and change are built into it. One of the impressive features of this tiny home is its openness - the home is unobstructed from the upstairs bedroom at one end to the open plan living space at the other, a bold choice! To provide flexibility for the owner, the wall between the office and the upstairs bedroom has large framed openings so that shutters can be installed giving the owner the choice to open up the space or close it off. Another feature for change is in the double height living area, hidden in the walls is additional structure and wiring to allow for a loft to be added if desired. The features for change continue to the outside where hot and cold taps and power outlets are installed as you move out through the back door allowing for an outdoor laundry to be added. Z flashings at the front and back of the house provide the option to build watertight shelter against but not connected to the house and a modular deck system creates an outdoor space that can be added to and modified with the changing needs of the owner. Material choices ensure the ease of maintenance from the vertical steel cladding to the maintenance free composite decking. The use of double glazed uPVC windows and doors keeps heating costs low ensuring a dry and quiet space inside. The house is future proofed for solar panels that will reduce operating costs further - cupboard space with a power source under the stairs has been carved out to accommodate a solar unit.
The driver for this home design was based on the idea that it could be a forever home for its owner. It's designed to operate as a modern home offering an open plan living and kitchen area, 2 bedrooms, a dedicated bathroom, an office and ample storage - this home has everything it needs to support comfortable living in the long-term. It's designed with the owner's changing life and needs in mind, the stairs have been carefully mapped out to have a comfortable rise. When the bad hip or knees set in, the option of a downstairs bedroom in this home allows a life with young children to become a life with grandchildren. One of the annoyances that can come with living in a tiny home and cause people to move on is having to duck or hunch in parts of the home, by creating a dropped floor in the shower and a bulkhead over the lower floor bed it was possible to get a clear head height throughout the upper level allowing easy navigation through the spaces and making this tiny home one for the long term.
This home has many detailed features of quality and detailed workmanship including: The vertical white panels above the slimline window joinery to give the feeling of height and definition from joinery and cladding. Inside the home, the architrave panels above the floor to ceiling windows extend to the ceiling. The placement of mirrors in the kitchen splashback and at the top of the stairs visually trick the eye into the spaces looking bigger than they are. The bespoke cabinetry in the kitchen with its soft oak tones and breakfast bar cut on a soft angle, giving comfortable space for two breakfast bar stools. In the bathroom, a lowered floor was designed into the steel subfloor of the home to accommodate the shower, giving height to the shower cubicle while still allowing for the step down platform above in the bedroom to give full standing height. There is also a floor to ceiling window in the shower which involved waterproofing. The bathroom floor and step down shower are all tiled and the walls are lined with Norwegian waterproof wall panels making the bathroom a fully waterproof area. The slimline custom made vanity is waterproof acrylic and extends along one wall of the bathroom running into the shower space. The full wall of mirrors above the vanity also give a beautiful aesthetic bouncing off from them all of the textures and colours of the bathroom. In the downstairs bedroom, the bulkhead with the hidden LED light. The hidden stair storage in the stair steps and the kitchen cabinetry forms the wall of the stairway, also with clever hidden storage along the top of the kitchen cabinetry (accessible from the stairway).
A fully equipped functional kitchen sits at the heart of this home around which the other spaces are organised. This kitchen is a place to live, designed not only for cooking and cleanup, it is a place to sit and share a drink or a meal - it is a place to be rather than a space to move through. Large double doors opposite the kitchen open onto a deck and extend the space. The clever design of the kitchen joinery has it performing several functions. A full height cupboard exists to one side creating a space for taller household items such as a mop and vacuum and features the all important power outlets to charge said vacuum. The overhead cupboards along the wall create a shelf for plants, lighting, decorative items and those practical pieces such as the wifi modem and automatic bug spray thingy. The back of the kitchen acts as a space divider giving support to the stair. Flowing on from the kitchen is the living area, deceptive in its size - the lofty space gives it volume while the wall lights ground it and keep it cosy. A rug and chair are placed beyond the line of the carpet extending the space and making it feel generous. This is a space where you can relax and be entertained. The Samsung frame TV is mounted flat against the wall with a small niche built in behind to hold the connect box, this TV displays artwork when not in use, transforming the space into a social one where the TV is no longer the focus. Behind the kitchen exists the stairs to the upper level, taking advantage of the negative spaces, drawers are integrated into the steps and sizable cupboards above the kitchen bench are accessible on the journey up. The timber handrail hides a sensor light that illuminates the steps as you approach. A place of work greets you at the top, the mezzanine office overlooks the living area and captures views out into the landscape providing an inspiring place for creativity and focus. Further along, a sanctuary awaits when it is time to rest. The queen size bed is elevated on a platform of drawers keeping this bedroom clean and functional. Back on the lower level a right turn at the base of the stairs leads to a generous bathroom behind a cavity sliding door. The space is equipped with low level cupboards that extend the full width of the room and support the basin, shallow enough not to intrude on the space but long enough to provide plentiful storage - this space is functional and practical without being cluttered. Beyond the bathroom - tucked away at the end of the house is the second bedroom - a perfect and playful space for a little one, a sliding panel can be pulled across the full height window darkening the room so the little one can be tucked up for bed and sleep peacefully while activity continues in the rest of the home. On the outside through the back door is another door to the house - this door is half sized and opens to reveal the void space under the stairs - another cupboard, this one big enough to fit an electric lawnmower, a weed whacker, crates and tools. Power supply to this cupboard exists to charge batteries and future proof for possible installation of a solar panel unit.
Aesthetic Appeal & Special Features
As you approach this home it looks more like an object balanced at the crest of a hill than it does a building, there is a striking contrast between the dark cladding and the white joinery that slices the exterior and reveals glimpses of the warm and welcoming spaces inside. Entering the house from the darkness outside you are enveloped in light. Expansive white walls reach skywards to connect with the ceiling of the double height space. Floor to ceiling sheer curtains accentuate the height and decorate the walls with texture and movement. The thoughtful placement of wall lights in the living area pull the space back to human scale and provide a warm glow that fills the room. Accents of golds, pink and blue reflect the horizon at sunset and give life to the room. The use of reflection and light anchor the design of this home and delight the occupier. Mirrors are used to reflect light and visually extend the space - there are moments of magic when the headlights from faraway cars throw watery reflections from mirrors across the ceiling and when the recessed strip lights under the kitchen cupboards reflect in the mirrored backsplash and form a glowing cross suspended in space. Throughout, plants are placed with nearby lights that decorate the walls with playful shadows. A beautiful curved timber pendant is suspended between glass and mirror reflecting upon itself over and over again, it holds court in the centre of the house, glowing from within and casting twisted shadows on the nearby wall and ceiling. The bathroom is a haven, a mirror lines the vanity wall and extends the space beyond its limits, dusty pink and coral tones cover the wall and floor and potted plants reside peacefully, complimenting the space with tones of muted green. Upstairs, the bedroom is soft and luxurious, the elevated bed beckons with sun puddles spilling from landscape windows that frame the view. Downstairs the room has a playful twist - midnight blue paint covers the bulkhead and back wall creating the canvas for a space mural that comes to life at night with hundreds of glowing stars.