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Mar 19

Tiny House Boasts Something High and Something Low

Posted by: Jim Lillie

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Jim Lillie

Tiny House Boasts Something High and Something Low

A new model of tiny home designed by French maker Optinid uses the company's signature sliding roof, but with a twist: In addition to sporting a roof that opens up to allow inhabitants to enjoy nice weather, the Axelle model boasts underfloor heating that can keep the interior spaces comfortable when the weather turns cold.

The Axelle is currently located in the Rhone-Alpes area of France and is based on a double-axle trailer that's almost 20 feet long. Floor space totals 219 square feet -- almost as much as some so-called micro-apartments, which are little more than cramped hotel rooms -- and the living space is finished in Douglas fir with some polycarbonate accents.

When visitors or prospective buyers enter the Axelle, they find themselves in the home's living room area, which includes a small loft that can be accessed by scaling a ladder.

There's an office area with a desk, and next to that is a kitchen with a couple of electric burners, sink, oven, retractable table, and storage space.

New Atlas reports that the other end of the Axelle contains a bathroom, which includes a toilet, shower, and sink.

Stairs with integrated storage beckon inhabitants to the bedroom, which can hold two people comfortably. This is where the sliding roof can be opened and travel on rails to reveal a puffy clouded day or star-filled night.

The underfloor heating is somewhat unique, in that it isn't featured in many tiny homes. In the Axelle, however, the device is evidently strong enough for inhabitants to walk barefoot in the winter.

The Axelle boasts 4-inch-thick insulation in the roof and walls; a slightly thicker layer is installed in the floor.


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