No matter how many small house designs you look at, each one is always a bit different, and the same can be said for this "Solar Decathlon" tiny house design. A team from Vermont’s Middlebury College designed and built this tiny house for the Solar Decathlon 2013. InSite, as this tiny house is known, is intended to meet the needs of young Vermont families.
The team who designed this tiny house focused on energy conservation and passive technologies that don’t require a lot of ongoing maintenance. They also used a lot of locally sourced and reclaimed materials such as the barn wood siding, this in turn helps promote the local economy. The InSite tiny house has a 971 square foot floor plan, and that does not include the mechanical room. In the main living space of this modern tiny home, a large island separates the kitchen from the sitting area and the corner dining nook. The home’s steel structural skeleton and ductwork were left exposed in the living area for an industrial chic look, with wood finishes adding warmth, all adding a unique touch to the space.
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