Building an Eco-friendly Tiny House for Off-The-Grid Living

Published On June 6, 2016 | By Maria Fredgaard | Tiny Houses (on wheels)

In April, we visited Marjolein in the Netherlands.

She is building this super cute tiny house on wheels in a very short time. She was already half-finished by the time we visited her, and now that we post this she is done and actually live in the house!

She showed us the half-finished house, and it was nice to be able to get a glimpse of the building process. We talked about the lifestyle, the design of the house and why she has decided to live in a little house on wheels.

See the half-finished tiny house and hear Marjoleins story

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The house is very unique.

The design is made especially for this build by three young Dutch architects, who just finished their education and started their own design studio to design this house.

The design is made especially for this build by three young Dutch architects, who just finished their education and started their own design studio to design this house.

The walls are stuffed with sheep wool for insulation. It’s a great natural material for insulation, and it’s eco-friendly like the rest of the house.

Here you can see the sheep wool:

sheep-wool

And the wooden fiber boards to cover the wool:

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It’s a great natural material for insulation, and it’s eco-friendly like the rest of the house. Very effective, and often used in eco-friendly projects like this one.

Here you can see the side of the house half covered:

insultating-walls

Tiny wood burning stove and skylights

The house has the coolest little wood burning stove called “The Hobbit, as the main heat source.

It will also have an infrared heating panel.

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One of the best parts of the house is the skylight windows.

The ceiling is extended on one side to be able to put in these windows that really lets the light into this small space.

Light is very important in small spaces, because small dark spaces often end up feeling claustrophobic.

Lots of interesting angles

From the outside you get a good sense of the different angles and lines of the design:

Here’s the house from the side:

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and from the front:

front-house

and the backside of the house:

backside

All these different angles make the house very interesting to look at.

skylight-windows

The sleeping area is built in as a sleeping loft like you find in most tiny homes.

You can sit upright in the bed area.

Here you can see the deck where the bed will be, as well as storage and wardrobe space:

sleeping-loft-deck

Dutch tiny house trailer made especially for this house

The architects contacted a Dutch boat company and convinced them to create the perfect trailer for building this tiny house.

It’s the maximum width and length in order to drive the house around on the Dutch roads.

trailer-tiny-house

The bathroom will have a sliding door and a bath tub once it’s finished

It’s pretty nice to be able to fit a bathtub inside a tiny house on wheels, but it’s also a pretty small tub:

bath-but-tiny-house

We will try to visit Marjolein again on a future trip around Europe, and do a video tour of the final result.

Links:

Marjoleins website: www.marjoleininhetklein.com/
Tiny house NL: www.tinyhousenederland.nl/
Architect: www.waldenstudio.nl/

 



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