Let me introduce you to Marjolein, who is building her dream tiny house in the Netherlands with the help of her team: Dimke (the builder).
Here’s Marjolein and me (Maria) showing you around
Marjolein’s tiny house is not only an architectural marvel, but also a statement on modern living.
By downsizing her living space and focusing on eco-friendly materials and solar energy, she promotes a philosophy that encourages a simpler, more mindful way of life.
Her journey of building her tiny home and learning to live with less has already started to change her life, inspired by the growing tiny house movement in the Netherlands.
- Marjolein’s tiny home prioritizes sustainable materials, solar energy, and a simple lifestyle
- The growing tiny house movement in the Netherlands reflects a shift toward more environmentally conscious living choices
Meet the Team
Marjolein is the owner and future resident of the tiny house.
She fell in love with the concept of tiny houses for their environmentally friendly aspects, simplicity, and focus on reducing unnecessary consumption. Marjolein has been working on downsizing her belongings and is excited about living a simpler life in her new home.
Dimke is responsible for the actual construction of the tiny house. He began working on the project in February, and the goal is to complete the house by mid-May.
Dimke is dedicated to ensuring the house is built efficiently and with eco-friendly materials, such as Eco-board and sheep wool insulation.
Vincent is the designer behind Marjolein’s tiny house. He was introduced to the concept of tiny houses by his sister, Elena, and was instantly impressed with the idea of living more efficiently and simply.
He joined Elena and Marjolein in starting a design studio for tiny housing and brought Marjolein’s dream home to life with innovative, space-saving solutions like real stairs with built-in fridge, an L-shaped couch that converts to a dining area, and a loft bed where one can sit upright.
House Design and Structure
The house is constructed with eco-friendly materials such as sheep wool insulation, wood fiberboards, and formaldehyde-free Eco-boards.
The exterior uses a European pine that doesn’t require painting and naturally grays over time, further emphasizing the home’s commitment to sustainability.
Living in a Tiny House: Why?
One of the main reasons for living in a tiny house is the environmentally friendly aspect of it. By choosing to live in a small space, one can reduce energy and water consumption significantly.
When designing a tiny house, people often prioritize using eco-friendly materials such as sheep wool insulation, wood fiber boards, and formaldehyde-free products to ensure it has a minimal environmental impact.
Additionally, incorporating solar panels allows for an off-grid lifestyle, relying solely on renewable energy.
Another key motivation behind living in a tiny house is the pursuit of a simpler lifestyle. With less space in the home, there is a reduced focus on material possessions, encouraging people to declutter and live with only essential items.
This limitation often results in a more mindful approach to consuming resources and a greater emphasis on appreciating the important things in life.
Adapting to a tiny house may involve prioritizing features to match one’s preferences and values, such as a spacious kitchen that fosters cooking and socializing, while still maintaining a minimalist approach overall.
Embracing simplicity not only helps in reducing consumption but also leads to a sense of peace and satisfaction with a life that has less clutter and distraction.
House Comfort and Functionality
The tiny house uses a wood-burning stove called “The Hobbit” as the primary heating source. This charming stove has a large pipe and adds a cozy feel to the living space.
Additionally, there’s an infrared heating panel installed as a backup to maintain a comfortable temperature during the winter.
The kitchen, a priority for the homeowner, is located along a window extending to a good size.
The space features a unique window that opens up like a bar, perfect for serving food to friends on the patio in the summertime. The layout offers a pleasant view while cooking and the opportunity to enjoy natural light.
Bath and Toilet Area
The bathroom is accessed through a sliding door, designed to save space, and includes a sitting bathtub with a showerhead and a composting toilet.
The spacious area ensures a comfortable experience when using the bath and toilet facilities.
Working Desk Area
A designated desk area provides a comfortable space to work within the tiny house. The homeowner can focus on their tasks while being surrounded by the functional and eco-friendly design of their home.
The bedroom is located upstairs, designed with enough space to sit upright in bed.
The sleeping area features some storage space and a wardrobe, primarily situated upstairs. Skylight windows bring in natural light, and the angled ceilings add an aesthetic touch.
Follow Her Journey
Virtual Portal and Interaction with the Tiny House Society
Marjolein is an enthusiast in the Netherlands who has decided to take her love for tiny homes to the next level by building her own.
She, alongside designer Vincent Hofden and builder Dimke, showcase the progress of Marjolein’s tiny house on her blog.
Marjolein has also made a significant impact within the Dutch Tiny House community through her Tiny House Netherlands Facebook page, where she shares her experiences, knowledge, and useful tips on designing and building a tiny house.