Little Houses

Little Houses, Big Bang: Aspen Stunner Balances Minimalism and Luxury

Tiny home packs luxe details, modern conveniences into less than 300 square feet.

In recent years, the trend of luxury homes has been making its way into much smaller spaces. The modern tiny house movement started in the 1980s and gained steam in the late 1990s, according to a Curbed.com timeline. In the past decade, the tiny home movement has gone luxury, with custom tiny homes fitted with high-end finishes, custom details and more, proving that homeowners don’t have to sacrifice luxury living when paring down their belongings and living a simpler life in a tiny home.

A great example of this trend is this upscale Aspen tiny home, designed by Marco Gireaux of Borealis Tiny Homes and built in the heart of British Columbia in Prince George.

Constructed on a 24-foot custom trailer, the energy-efficient home features 200 square feet of living space in a lower level and a 68 square foot loft. Luxe details include radiant heating in the floor, insulated walls, a gel fuel fireplace, LED lighting, and a Lunos E2 heat recovery system.

The tiny home was designed with locally sourced materials top of mind. The home features milled aspen for the siding and loft, cedar siding, metal roofing, hardwood floors and bamboo countertops, as well as a sliding barn door in the bathroom.

The beauty of a small home is finding efficiencies for living space while still being able to fit a full-sized oven, refrigerator and sink. This home also has room for a dishwasher or a washer/dryer. Thoughtful details are peppered throughout the space that offer additional storage space including a hidden pull out kitchen cabinet, drawers hidden in a staircase, a computer desk that doubles as a dining table, hanging storage for pots, a pullout couch and more. The home is priced starting at $89,500.

While making a move to a tiny home may sound appealing, those interested should do their homework. A recent story from the Huffington Post outlines a significant barrier to tiny home ownership: you can’t use a mortgage to buy a tiny home, mainly because tiny homes can’t be appraised properly, and mortgages can’t be secured for a home that moves. A recent article from the Tampa Bay Times outlines additional considerations as well as some additional benefits.

Tom Alsani tells the Tampa Bay Times, "To me, a tiny house is very, very attractive. It’s a state of mind; it’s not about how big you have it but the level of contentment and happiness.’’