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Evan Vause Tiny Modern House

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Off Grid Modern


The concept is for a clean and open plan - with simple and clearly laid out spaces - all with an element of whimsy. Like a small suite - the luxuries are included, anticipating that the necessities will be also be revealed.

The Plan is for a small 160 square foot (10x16 feet), modern, off grid house. The simple rectangular shape and mono pitched roof allow for ease of construction. The doors act as windows that open up the corner of the space - creating a feeling of a vast expansion of the small house and an awakening to the opportunity that lies beyond. The living, dining, and social areas are separated from the private areas by shelving units that contain books as well as general storage and the cooking area. The shower and water closet spaces utilize angled interior walls to once again open up the spaces in unanticipated ways - enlarging the areas and creating surprises with the corners themselves. An optional desk folds down from the wall for space saving. Optional skylights allow a view to the stars and natural light for the bathroom. Solar panels double as a shade structure over the door.

The guitar pick shaped deck at the entry provides additional outdoor space for cooking and socializing. There is an outdoor shower for fair weather, and the propane is stored next to the shower. The toilet is designed to be removed for emptying and cleaning from the rear door. This way, it does not have to make its way through the main space. A slit window is provided above the lavatory - a place where windows are rare - but in this case, welcome.

Construction is 2x4 wood studs, with T-111 siding. Plywood over a homemade wooden rafter made from 2-2x4's creates the roof structure. A basic metal roof and plywood interiors (painted) make the materials easy to purchase at a home builders supply or lumber store. The unique door can be made from 2 french doors or custom built to suit the individual.

Design by Evan Vause, architect - Cypress Architecture & Design

Renderings by Lelee Laosy


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