Introduction video: https://youtu.be/zKfPTxZge-Q
Where I live in Los Angeles, housing is very dense and private property is rare and expensive. LA’s house ownership is among the lowest in the nation due to the density of housing. Tiny homes are a great solution to these issues. They are fully accomodated homes that take up much less space and property than regular sized homes, averaging at about 350-500 square feet. I decided to design a fully sustainable tiny home, taking into account not only the indoor space but the outside as well, including a sustainable garden, compost bin, and solar power. My design connects to UN development goals 7 and and 11, which are affordable and clean energy, and sustainable communities.
The needs/accomodations for this house include:
- at least three people
- shower, sink, cabinets, toilet
- fridge, counter space, oven, pantry, lots of cabinets and shelves
- couch, television, bookshelf
- table for at least two people and chairs
- space for planters, compost
- water system, solar power
Using different levels in the house was crucial to fitting all these rooms into the 360 square foot space. Both of the bedrooms are lofts, one resting above the kitchen and the other above the bathroom. I made the garden on the roof to save space on the site. To incoorperate different means of storage, I built a storage cube staircase, where each step is made of storage drawers stacked on top of eachother. I also added a few storage blocks around that could function as seats for the dining room and coffee tables. These storage boxes would be on wheels so that they could be moved around the house as needed.
(To get good angles of the interior of the house I removed some walls and the roof for the photos. Photos of the exterior are shown with all walls and roof.)