If you are intrigued by the tiny house idea of living, but not quite sure if it suits you, you can now test drive it during your vacation. A beautiful cluster of tiny houses, called Tiny House Village, has been built in the Oregon forest, for people to enjoy for short periods of time. The houses range from 178 to 261 square feet, and sleep two to five guests. They cost between $129 and $139 per night to rent, depending on their size. There is a communal area in the middle of the camping site, so you can socialize with other tiny house enthusiasts. This seems like a fun and safe way to experience the confined realities of mortgage-free life before making it permanent. Or just an unusual outdoorsy vacay alternative. Check out more photos after the break.
As much as I love kitchen gadgets, I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about an appliance before. Sweepovac is a brilliant little vacuum that you install right in your cabinet. You sweep dirt and schmutz toward to the opening, and it gets sucked in without a trace. How cool is that? I’ve only seen this idea once before, as part of an upscale and pricey kitchen line. Sweepovac costs under $200. And the installation is doable. Watch the video after the break to see the product in action. Available for purchase here.
This video shows a delightful report on living and entertaining in one of New York’s smallest spaces. It made my weekend.
The Jean Hanger is a brilliant invention by Toronto based designer Steven Sal Debus. It is meant to do one thing, and it does it well. Specifically dedicated to hanging jeans, the hanger will save space and simplify the process of caring for your precious denim. It’s great for drying jeans as well. Made from solid wood. Currently Kickstarting.
This lovely renovation of the 161-square-foot apartment is a proof that there is hope for any space, however tiny, to be livable and chic. Studio Batiik transformed a dingy old attic into a light and beautiful pad, inventive in its flexibility. The kitchen is raised above the main level, providing an ample space to hide the bed and free the room for dining and entertaining. When the bed is away, the kitchen counter unfolds to fit four guests comfortably. It is even possible to hide the bed half the way, add pillows, and turn it into a lounging spot. Every bit of non-slanted wall is used for storage. The tiny space next to the bathroom houses a small desk, with the natural light coming from the window. See the photos after the break for a full tour.
Speaking of clever tech, this little device called Knocki, developed by Texas based designers Jake Boshernitzan and Ohad Nezer, can help you smarten up your home in many different ways. The discreet disc, attached to any vertical or horizontal surface, turns this surface into a remote control for a wide range of tasks, from turning the lights to controlling your security alarm, tapping into your favorite tunes, setting or snoozing an alarm, even brewing your coffee right from your bed. The list goes on and on. And all this goodness can be achieved without the wiring, installation, complexity and expense of many alternative smart home control systems. Yay! Currently Kickstarting.
This 309-square-foot apartment in Hong Kong is astonishing. Designed by studio LAAB, it utilizes clever tech to maximize space and nest functionality virtually on the same spot. The tiny dwelling features such amenities as full size kitchen, bedroom, full bathtub, guest bedroom, home cinema, gym, and even catwalk and lounging areas for the three feline occupants. The place can be fully transformed based on the time of the day, thanks to clever smart home technologies. Watch the video after the break for the mind-blowing tour.
This new Kickstarter made my week. Hangbird is a hanging drying rack that frees your living space by drying your clothes beneath the ceiling. A godsend for a small apartment. The product was born out of necessity. After several dialogues with his wife, Hangbird creator Samuel Kutter found a functional solution for drying his family’s laundry: a hanging drying rack. Interest soon spread for this unusual design among friends and family. Many wanted one too. He therefore decided to develop a real product inspired by an old Victorian model and started his own venture. Practical, appealing, and sustainably produced. I especially love the fact that you can choose the piece in different sizes to fit whatever crazy space you have. Pledge here to get buy.
This beautiful hydroponic garden system, called Foop, has been developed by the Japanese company Barakan Design. I love how compact an unobtrusive the piece is, blending beautifully with any surroundings. And as someone who has a very curious cat, I appreciate the closure, allowing the greens grow undisturbed. The Foop garden communicates with an app on your device, allowing you to track the growing cycle of the plans and add more water as needed. Available for purchase here.