Due to the country’s towing laws, French tiny houses give firms less room to work with than their US counterparts. With this in mind, Baluchon had a real challenge to make the 6.5 m (21 ft) long and 4 m (13 ft) high Calypso suitable for use as a full-time home for a family of three.
The recently-completed Calypso is clad in red cedar, with one section charred in the Japanese Shou Sugi Ban method that’s often used to preserve wood, but appears to be decorative in this case.
Inside, the tiny house should have plenty of natural light thanks to generous glazing and the finish looks to a high standard. It does look a little cramped in there though, even for a tiny house.
The bathroom includes a composting toilet and shower/bath, but no sink as there wasn’t deemed enough room – the family will have to avail themselves of the kitchen sink. The ground floor kids room has its own door for privacy, which is an obvious benefit over having the kid sleep in a loft directly opposite (and in full view of) his or her parents, as is the case with most tiny houses.
The kids room features a raised bed with two wardrobes underneath, accessed with a removable staircase that can be used to store toys. There’s also a small desk so the child can do homework. A ladder leads to the parents’ sleeping loft, which includes a double bed.
The home gets electricity and water from a standard hookup. The insulation is sheep’s wool on the floor, cotton, linen and hemp in the walls, and wood fiber in the ceiling. Lighting is LED throughout.
We’ve no word on the total price for this one, those interested in learning more will need to get in touch with Baluchon.