The tiny house movement has recently swept the architectural and artistic worlds, featuring smart, efficient designs that use every last bit of space and energy.
Miranda recently set out on a journey to create a beautiful, artistic tiny house. With the help of over 50 volunteers, Miranda started her public art project. One of her goals was to furnish the interior with completely handmade products.
The tiny house has a magenta exterior, creating a sharp contrast with nearby buildings and nature.
Miranda begins the tour of her tiny house project, starting with the first floor.
Due to obvious space constraints, Miranda turned to transformable products. Her staircase, for instance, folds into the wall, creating a new piece of artwork when flattened. She reached out to a woodworking friend to make the design possible. These are fashioned from maple. She stresses how important space efficiency is in the development of a tiny house.
Miranda proceeds to pull the stairs back out and walks up to the cute loft, above. She takes a seat on the bed, admiring the wooden ceiling.
Miranda proceeds to head back downstairs. She takes a seat in a little nook with pillows and more transformable furniture in the form of wooden, coverable drawers.
The space can be rearranged and the drawers can be pulled out to make a small guest bed. A side view of the home shows a sign that fittingly reads, “Big Art: Tiny House.”
Miranda even took the time to show off her newest prized possession – a colorful, tie-dyed hammock. It hooks right into the floorboards that make up the loft. One can even push off the walls to swing back and forth. The colors fit in perfectly.
Next, Miranda takes a step into the tiny bathroom, showing off her unique composting toilet. She admits that her designs focus on economic utility, as opposed to environmental, but she goes on to say, “I have become an accidental advocate for composting toilets.” She proceeds to outline some benefits of composting as opposed to conventional waste.
She then turns around and displays the shower, which is lined with blue, metal roofing material. Sweet and simple.
One of Miranda’s favorite pieces is her fold-out table, which fits perfectly into the wall. She obtained the table from a gentleman down the street that wanted to contribute to her project. It’s been around for generations.
Miranda estimates that there are at least 100 handmade pieces of art throughout her 160-square-foot space. The walls are lined with colorful decorations.
Miranda admits to learning so much during the process. Originally, she built the house as economically as possible, learning about budgeting and new materials she hadn’t worked with previously. She now advocates composting, admitting that dealing with her waste streams has been one of the biggest adjustments. She feels much more environmentally conscious now.
Miranda loves her tiny house. Now, she even runs the Annual Massachusetts Tiny House Festival once per year. The entire tiny house project has been incredibly rewarding, demonstrated in Miranda’s infectious enthusiasm.
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