Whether you’re building a shipping container getaway or opting for a more traditional tiny house, it can be hard to cram all of life’s necessities in a small footprint. But if you live someplace with a temperate climate, an indoor-outdoor design can give an expansive feel without adding more square feet.
Oregon-based Tiny Heirloom have made a name for themselves with a show on HGTV and a focus on luxury tiny homes. In 2016 they built Iki Hau’oli Hale, a Hawaiian tiny home for clients in need of a dream vacation house.
Measuring in at 400 square feet and currently located in Maui, Iki Hau’oli Hale uses two separate trailers. The first is a 290-square-foot deck with room for dining and a view of the ocean. The other 43-foot trailer provides the main living quarters with plentiful skylights, a copper roof, and lots of windows.
Inside, a professional-grade kitchen—the client is a chef and recipe developer—features quartz countertops, a full-size refrigerator, a five burner stove on the island, three picture windows, and a farmhouse sink. A two-person high-top counter provides a place to dine, and the kitchen opens up to 140-square-foot living room with reclaimed wood accents. A full-size Chesterfield sofa sectional provides plenty of seating, and a double-sided see-through fireplace is a centerpiece of the house.
The tiny home features two sleeping areas: a 75-square-foot loft accessed by a retractable set of accordion stairs that drop down from the ceiling, and a rear master bedroom that uses a queen-sized Murphy bed to maximize space. Throw in the high-tech circulating shower and a custom Carrera marble countertop in the bathroom and you have a retreat that blends luxury into small spaces.
In order to take advantage of the temperate Hawaiian climate, Tiny Heirloom also used two different three-panel opening glass NanaWall SL60 systems that fully retract. Whenever the weather allows, the panels open the living room and master bedroom up to the outdoors.
Constructed at a cost of $250,000 and shipped from Portland to Hawaii, Iki Hau’oli Hale was the largest and most expensive micro home Tiny Heirloom had built up to that point. What say you, Curbed readers? Is this tiny home your island dream built small?