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5 tiny houses we loved this week: From a rustic stunner to a low-income rental

Including a few new purchase options

Another week, another fresh crop of tiny house news. Here, we catch you up on the standout projects you should know.

Escape Vintage, the latest model from Wisconsin-based tiny house builder Escape Homes takes a traditional turn, offering an overhanging gabled roof, classic double-hung windows, and a real, lower-level bedroom in addition to a lofted space. The base cost is $59,800, with a turnaround time of 30 days.

Over in Detroit, a social services organization recently unveiled the first of a community of tiny houses built for low-income residents in the city. Seven more are expected to complete by October, with a goal of 25 total provided funding comes through. This first model clocks in at 300 square feet and features a kitchenette, sleeping alcove, bathroom, and a bright living/dining area. Rent will be $300 a month plus heating.

One of the most impressive tiny houses we’ve seen lately, the 204-square-foot "SHED" is incredibly functional and even includes a 24-square-foot gear room for the owners’ outdoor equipment. Other neat touches include LED task lighting in the kitchen, a porcelain tile alcove in the shower, cable lighting system, and custom built-in shelving with a walnut outlet shroud.

The highly Instagrammable hanging plants outside this mossy tiny house hints at how stylish it is inside—leather sofa, anyone? Featured on a recent episode of Tiny Luxury on the DIY Network, the rustic-chic, super lightweight 100-square-foot abode was built for a roaming artist couple by Portland's Tiny Heirloom.

Originally part of Washington D.C.’s Boneyard Studios, one of the earliest micro home communities in the U.S., the roughly 210-square-foot Minim House has won three American Institute of Architects awards, plus spotlights in Dwell, the Washington Post, and on HGTV. Now, the sleek modern design emphasizing an open, multi-functional living area is available for purchase either as plans or a pre-built home.

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