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Efficient Tiny House Crafted By Ex-Boat Builder Can Go Off-Grid

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The airy abode generates enough solar energy power itself and do a load of laundry

When a former carpenter and boat builder constructs a tiny house for you, you're going to expect stellar woodworking and craftsmanship. This is precisely the case with this rad tiny house designed by Jeff Hobbs of New Zealand tiny home builder Room to Move. Erected from structural insulated panels (SIPs), the dwelling features a sloped roof and covered deck, where makes for an airy, breezy interior, especially factoring in the large operable windows and skylights as well.

In the main living area, an L-shaped sofa sits on custom-designed wooden volumes that also serve as storage. The kitchen features polished wooden counter, bespoke cabinetry, and shelving. Sustainability is the other main component of the house. Hobbs put in a rainwater collection system on the roof, as well as a 600-watt solar system that allows it to go fully off-grid. In fact, according to devoted tiny living chronicler Living Big in a Tiny House, the solar energy generated is enough to power the house, heat water, and on a sunny day, "run a load of washing in a normal, domestic washing machine." This all sounds great, which is not surprising then that, per Treehugger, the whole thing cost $77,000 to build.

Living Big in a Tiny House recently toured the home with its owner, Briar Hale, all moved in. Check it out: