Anyone who visited the 13m² tiny house of Vina Lustado and meet its owner is surprised by at least two facts. Firstly, it was designed and built for permanent residence, and Vina is not going to move from here. Secondly, the hospitable hostess of the tiny house regularly throws parties for a large company of her friends and believes that there is simply no better place for entertainment.
We invite you to go on a tour of the amazing home of Vina Lustado together with its owner.
$40,000 of initial investment
- Owner: Vina Lustado, designer;
- location: Ojai, California, USA;
- area: 13 sq. meters, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom.
Vina, who has been designing residential and commercial real estate for more than 20 years, has managed to create many extravagant homes. But she herself has always been closer to the simplicity and unpretentiousness of the furnishings of small guest bungalows and apartments ranging from 40 to 50 sq. meters.
At some point, she learned about the existence of the Tiny House Movement community, uniting people who are engaged in the construction of houses with an area of less than 20 square meters. meters on trailer platforms
Vina listened to a seminar by Dee Williams, an employee of Tumbleweed, a small-housing company , and was tempted to embrace the idea of moderate living, which involves reducing the amount of materials used and the cost of money. Lustado was taken aback by the project of a tiny house that nevertheless satisfies all her needs.
Vina spent a year of her life and about 40 thousand dollars designing and building a house to which she was able to move in early 2014. Her new home is located in the Californian town of Ojai on a half-hectare plot. Lustado shared all the costs with her lover, who has a stable income from renting his own house.
Vina erected the structure on the base of a trailer, rather than on a concrete foundation, and thus avoided problems with local authorities forbidding the design of permanent houses of less than 55 square meters. Wheels, on the other hand, are an attribute of a mobile, temporary home, and allow you not to adhere to strict legislative norms. At the same time, Lustado carefully observes all building safety rules.
The main requirement for the future home was autonomy. The power source is four batteries powered by 3 solar panels. The 30 liter propane tank powers the fireplace, stove and water heater. You have to pay only for the water that enters the tiny house through the garden hose.
The terrace is the same size as the usual living or dining rooms in houses. The pillars are made from fallen trees found in Vina’s domain. Planks from another old mansion were used for the flooring, so the couple did not have to purchase anything other than fasteners.
Outside, the tiny house is clad with cedar panels. The French doors, bought for the occasion from a second-hand shop, were rebuilt and painted by Vina himself. True, it took several months.
A path connects the tiny house with a small hut in the woods, which contains a toilet connected to a septic sewer system. At night, Vina uses a compost compost closet disguised as a bench in the bathroom, as local laws do not allow for this type of full-size fixture.
Cozy ecological interior
The interior decoration consists of a built-in table, mezzanine and a sofa. A familiar carpenter made all the furniture, cladding and floor vulture panels from wood, certified by the US Forest Stewardship Council.
Vina’s lover takes care of the trees in the surrounding area. He put a lot of his own effort into building the tiny house.
Lustado has set a goal to involve the public in the project. Local artists and craftsmen made frosted glass windows, textiles and pillows for her.
There is a storage compartment under the sofa seat. By the way, this soft linen mattress with hemp filling can be carried over to the mezzanine above the table, and then it serves as a guest bed. A small cabinet on wheels moves to the sofa and turns into a dining table.
Vina really wanted a fireplace, and she found the smallest one possible. It cost the hostess $ 3,000, but the presence of a double-walled chimney and the ability to shut off the burner remotely without getting out of bed make this device a truly luxurious purchase.
Tall trees around the tiny house partially shade the solar panels, so Vina has to use electricity very economically. She does not use a hairdryer, toaster or other appliances with heating elements for fear of blowing the fuses. Nobody is going to cut down trees, but Lustado intends to install additional panels at a higher height in the near future.
The surface of the solid IKEA countertop is sufficient for cooking. To the right of the sink is a pantry with a hidden laundry basket. There is a small fridge under the table with no freezer as Vina thought it would take up too much space. The tall, stenciled wardrobes fit the entire wardrobe of Lustado and her boyfriend.
A horizontally extended window above the stove serves as a source of light and scenic views in the kitchen. The two gas burners were originally designed for use in campers. An additional induction hob is installed in the cabinet. A bread basket-sized water tank is located under the worktop.
The mezzanine can be climbed by stairs.
Vina did not even discuss the presence of a glass roof. She always wanted to sleep under the stars, and was ready to pay any money for her dream. As a result, the construction cost 1 thousand dollars. The window opens easily and can serve as an emergency exit in case of fire.
Vina claims she can shower for as long as she wishes. She does not have to think about the consumption of hot water at all.
In the nearby town of Ventura, Lustado rents a small warehouse to store his work supplies. Equipment and clothing for traveling, cycling and hiking in the mountains are in the van of a trailer belonging to Vina’s lover. She regularly puts things in order in her possessions and twice thinks about the decision to acquire anything.
Here Vine is more comfortable than anywhere else. An extraordinary woman repeats that she is not going to leave her house, and if she decides to move, her home will move with her.
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Originally posted 2020-07-21 14:57:16.