Tiny houses are charming, and a great way to simplify and streamline your life—but the tradeoff, for many tiny house designs, is having to struggle up a ladder at night to reach your tiny peaked loft bedroom. Forget where you are in the morning, and you may just whack your head on the tiny adorable roof of your tiny adorable home. But the Escher, a creation of New Frontier Tiny Homes, takes a different approach: it has a bedroom you'd actually want to wake up in.
Like a lot of tiny houses, this one is built on a trailer base. In this case, the home's bedroom is built out over the gooseneck part of the trailer, so it has quite a bit of headroom compared to the typical loft bedroom—and windows that keep it from feeling claustrophobic.
The bed, which lifts up to reveal storage below, is accessed via a little step in the home's kitchen, so getting out of bed in the middle of the night does still seem a bit precarious. (Maybe it's possible to dangle your feet over the edge and sort of slide to the floor?) Still, I'd take this over climbing down a ladder any day.
The unit—titled The Escher—has other interesting features besides just sleeping space—the kitchen looks pretty well appointed, with a combination washer/dryer and a drawer dishwasher, which is more than I can say for the kitchen in my tiny New York apartment. In the main living area, a retractable overhead door on one side and a sliding glass door on the other open the space up to the outdoors. (Although there isn't much space to lounge—perhaps one is meant to lounge outside?)
Opposite the kitchen is the bathroom, and a little hallway with a fold-down desk. From the hallway, a ladder leads up to a loft, where there's a second bed.
In the main living area, benches and a table pull out from under the kitchen platform, making it possible to have a dinner party for quite a few people in your tiny home. The New Frontier website touts this as a home for a family of three, with the sleeping loft as a "space for the baby." I'm not sure I'd want to carry a baby up and down a ladder, but I can see this making a great vacation home for a family with a few of kids old enough to climb safely, or for a couple who has frequent overnight guests.
Tiny homes like this exist in a sort of liminal space between RVs and mobile homes: more comfortable than an RV, more portable than a mobile home. I think the criticism that they're really just glorified trailer homes is a valid one—but it makes sense that, in a time when people are starting to think critically about the sustainability of the typical sprawling American home, designers are re-examining the possibilities presented by small (and portable) homes. Whether you could ever see yourself living in one or not, they're definitely fun to look at—full of fun little nooks and crannies and clever solutions to the problem of living in a smaller space.
You can see a lot more photos of the Escher at New Frontier Tiny Homes.
via Tiny House Talk