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Robert Merchel House For Cooks and Artists

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 1:35 AM

This tiny house on wheels is designed for a couple who likes to cook and do art. The first floor has a Japanese style bath and an open floor plan. The kitchen area is located near the front door with a vaulted ceiling because activities there primarily require standing. A loft is accessed by a ladder and provide a secondary space. It uses a passive solar design with low windows on the south side and skylights and high windows on the north to passively cool the home with breezes. Solar panels on the roof provides the electricity. Propane heats the water and is used for cooking. The home uses a simple pallet of white and wood creating a serene space.

Categories: 2014 Contest Submissions

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Reply Valora B Abbett
12:38 PM on July 19, 2014 
Very nice design!
Reply Knot-Kupid
1:10 PM on July 15, 2014 
Nice design though, for me, with a pinched disc, going up and down to a loft is no longer a realistic solution so I lean more toward say a Clei horizontal murphy bed for my rest and relaxation. I do wonder about the bath with the large soaking tub being open to the rest of the interior as moisture is the bane of the tiny space if left filled or if you filled it with hot water every time you wish to use it would defeat the conserving nature of the contest. I would probably do what that wily Englishman did and mount my soaking hot tub on the tongue, thus moisture problem solved though you then have to contend with fickle mother nature. Still, I like open floor plans with good lines of sight, and dislike so many designs with their cave like hallway interiors or worse the local Holiday Inn styles, as in stay for a night or two but not much more.

Bravo, sir, as a long time cook with a chef for a son, I love functional kitchen designs and that stool counter I assume might open for more dining space. And your sink actually looks like it could handle a few pots and pants after hosting a real culinary fete. ;) I assume here, since you enter the loft space between the twin bookshelves exactly where do you store the ladder, is it in one of the two entry closets? Over all a solid design that actually has a real kitchen and extra storage space and appears open for multiple functions, although, I would personally chose an interior sans oak wood accents and white walls. After awhile white and oak get to be a bit much.
You have here a very usable design though I'd substitute for me a horizontal murphy bed and repurpose the garden closet for a controlled wine storage closet Lol, but each to his own. Thanks for sharing your design and good luck to you in your future pursuits.

P.S. I would like to know your overall dimensions as the scale of 1/4" to a foot has no meaning when its published on the web in various digital rescaling. :)


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