Greetings from Austria! 🙂
Today we are sharing another interesting small home that aims to strike a happy balance between ease of transport and size. Named Simple Home, the small dwelling sports four integrated legs that enable it to be easily transported by truck and left in its intended location without the need of a crane, hoist, or other machinery. Designed by Austrian Gerhard Feldbacher, the flatbed truck and foldaway legs make the Simple Home much easier to transport and set up (no crane is required) than its equivalent; container homes. The house itself is 8.5 feet wide, and 25 feet in length (2.6-by-7.6 meters). Its width is the maximum you can tow without requiring special permits.
Currently on sale for 25,000 Euros in Vienna, Austria, Feldbacher offers different materials and interior layout, and a larger version dubbed Home to Stay that’s not designed to be moved. Hemakes use of RV style pop-outs to increase the overall space available to a user. The bedroom found on the right-hand-side is contained in a small but adequate pop-out, with just enough space for the bed. In the main body of the unit you’ll also find a living room, kitchen and dining area, and a bathroom. The end wall of the living room features floor-to-ceiling storage units. If you want the space to feel less cluttered, you can “close-off” the kitchen.
The structure of the house is actually made of 4-inch-thick Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), which is then protected by a ventilated rain screen that’s finished with larch siding. It features 10 cm (4 in) thick wooden walls and roof, and a larch ventilated facade. Insulation comes in the form of wood fiber insulation (sheep’s wool is optional too), and the whole thing weighs in at a rather heavy 10,000 kg (11 US tons). There are three main points of entry for natural light: the front wall which features glazed out-swing patio doors and an adjacent floor-to-ceiling window, the back bedroom wall which is again, completely glazed, and a smaller window unit in the bathroom.
The exterior deck to the front of Simple Home can be folded up when you need to transport the house. As pointed out by Lloyd Alter, it brings up the question of whether or not tiny houses should be built on utility trailers, or just a chassis. Often, tiny houses on trailers are towed once to their final location, and there’s no further use of the trailer.
The home features a swap body system, very much like those used to transport some containers. It’s low-tech and works as follows … once the flatbed truck which Simple House sits upon has reached its intended location, the home’s four long legs are unfolded, thus allowing it to stand under its own weight and the truck to drive away. To move the home again, the process is reversed.
Simple Home can run from either a grid hookup or, optionally, an off-grid solar-based power system, and Feldbacher put it through its paces while traveling around Central Europe and attending festivals last year. As standard, water comes from a hookup and waste water can be connected to a sewer or tank.
So what do you think? Would you live here? 🙂