There is just something quintessentially domestic about that most basic of building shapes we come to recognize and represent in our earliest childhood sketches. This prefab house manages to capture that essence without tapping too much into impractical sentimentality – it lacks that sense of self-sacrifice all too common in cramped dwelling designs. Yes, it’s a “tiny house,” but it’s more livable than you might think.
Behind its basic outline and beyond its shockingly small amount of space (250 square feet) are a series of simple and effective techniques for maximizing interior space and minimizing the building’s ecological footprint.
Lofted sleeping and storage areas are part of the equation, as well as the reduction of interior doors and walls to provide essential privacy and division without causing clutter or blocking lines of sight.
Dwelle is the UK company behind this A-frame house series, with visions beyond their so-far-built concepts with sketches that show the independence of the interior layout (and interstitial space sporting recycled-newspaper insulation) and the cladding of the exterior (which can range in materials as desired).
“We have a produced a range of award-winning buildings that can be customised to create a very personal home. They are flexible, adaptable and modular. High levels of sustainability and low-energy consumption is standard, but with optional extras clearly priced, they can be self-sufficient and zero-carbon. They also provide very healthy internal spaces – maximising natural light with air quality that is totally free from solvents and harmful emissions, with intelligent heating and controlled humidity.”
“The main element of the building system comprises of prefabricated engineered timber panels. Airtight yet breathable and insulated with both sheep’s wool and wood fibre, these panels create very high performing walls and roof. There’s a subtle palette of natural cladding materials offered. The upper part of the house can be clad in timber (larch or western red cedar), zinc or lightweight cladding panels, whilst the base can be clad in a tile, brick or stone. The roof can incorporate optional roof lights and integrated-flush solar PV panels. “