Living in the round can be very low maintenance when your dwelling is a 200-square-foot yurt with a 16-foot diameter. The secret of the circus tent-like house is the way the roof struts snap into place and push against each other, giving it an inherent strength. With the stars visible through its clear central hub, the yurt is a handy mother-in-law cottage, buildable on a backyard deck. “Just put her out there,” says Ralf Martin, a principal of Turtleback Nomadic Yurts.
Good design can make small feel as spacious as big. With double French doors, a skylight, cathedral ceilings and a sleeping loft that fits a king size bed, this tiny Craftsman style bungalow is a mini-castle. Hitch it to a trailer and tow it to your kingdom.
Tiny house living can be an adventure. Back in the days of the wild west, this two-level 16-foot long by 8-foot wide gypsy wagon would have seemed palatial albeit compact. The Victorian-style caboose has tongue-and-groove-pine siding, dark red trim with brackets at the corners, six windows and a 10-pane entry door. Inside, wainscoting wraps the living room capped with a chair rail and the floors are hardwood. A sleeping loft has a barrel ceiling and room for a king-sized mattress. An antique-style water crock provides water in the kitchen. And yes, for those dusty days on the plains, a shower can be added in the bathroom.
**At press time, this home had been recently sold.
At 196 square feet, this 14x14 modern studio with a six-foot deck didn’t start out as place to live. The modular, panelized structure, which comes in several sizes, was designed to be an “accessory building” for use as studio, office, meditation room or backyard guest or pool house. Tiny house aficionados clamored for more. Outfitted with a bathroom and kitchenette and placed on skids or stilts, they can call it home.
Call it dollhouse chic. At 261 square feet, this pint-sized, light-filled bungalow oozes curb appeal. Available with a sleeping loft upstairs or a cathedral ceiling, “The Loring” is a simply designed 16-foot 10-inch tall home that can be built for $22,500 worth of materials on your own lot.