This 327 Square Foot Prefab Tiny House in France Lets All the Light In

updated Apr 29, 2020
We independently select these products—if you buy from one of our links, we may earn a commission. All prices were accurate at the time of publishing.

When it comes to charming, serene getaways, a place like this cabin in the French countryside immediately comes to mind. Located in the coastal region of Charente-Maritime region countryside, the fittingly named La Petite Maison is a 387-square-foot tiny house designed by architecture studio 2m26.

The small dwelling is constructed entirely of locally sourced wood. The interior features wood furniture built mostly using the same locally sourced Douglas fir. Concrete verticals enable the home to slightly hover off the ground.

Despite its conservative size, the home is neatly divided into four rooms.  Screens and movable doors allow occupants to move from space to space with ease while granting access to ample natural light to illuminate the interior. The doors and shade also offer privacy and provide shade from the sunlight. 

On the benefits of the home’s open, airy design, 2m26 tells Dezeen, “By playing with the two layers of sliding doors and shutters, both intimacy, protection and complete openness can be enjoyed in only 36 square meters.”

The living room decor includes a round, three-legged table with complementary stools that also function as set of side tables. There are also two high-back chairs. The kitchen doubles as a workspace which leads to a modest bedroom equipped with built-in shelving and a storage area. Adjoined to the bedroom is a bathroom with a toilet, sink and shower. 

Like all the other structures built by 2m26, the pre-fab home was built on site with recyclable materials and effortlessly blends in with the surrounding landscape. The building process allows for minimal noise pollution and impact on the environment. Additionally, the simple assembly process allows the customer to save money by assisting in the on-site construction. The structure is also designed to be disassembled with ease.