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Sep 20, 2016

Minimaliste Tiny Houses – Defying conventions

written by Minimaliste
categorie Blog

 


Hello everyone! No need to say that we’re so excited about the unveiling of our last project. There it is, our new baby, Le Chêne. Another tree name; as you guy may have realized, wood is our passion and we like to highlight this feature in every Minimaliste product.

Without going any further, I present to you the project. Pictures have been taken by JP, also a photographer. Le Chêne is a complete custom model, built to meet the requirements of our customer. With luxurious features, it just fits the park models category. It’s more than 340 sq/ft plus the 80 sq/ft loft space. The customer wanted spacious, we gave him spacious!

For me, this realization is a life accomplishment. It’s a dream that literally materialised in my hands. I’m going through all kinds of feelings right now. As the founder of the company, I’ve had the chance to build this house from A to Z, with my co-worker J-P Marquis, close friend and talented craftsman. But none of this would have been done without Elyse Tremblay, our new managing director and our investors Cédrick Vézina Paquet and Jean-Sébastien Dion.

Starting a company like Minimaliste in a context like Quebec’s hasn’t been a small task as you might guess. Believe me, I wasn’t in a comfort zone when I first started. Today, two and a half years later, I look back and see the progress that we’ve made. It brings a strong accomplishment feeling and feels very intense. I wish everybody could feel this, because if i’m able to do such a thing, anybody with will and perseverance can do so! Never give up on your dreams folks!

OUR TEAM

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EXTERIOR FINISH

White cedar was chosen for the exterior finish. Around 85% of the wood was protected with a polyurethane based varnish, to keep its natural color. The remaining cedar, mainly found on the front side of the house, was dyed black and was laid vertically to create texture. Each and every piece of cedar was sanded and treated manually, great patience work!

The location where The Chêne will be situated has a stunning view and is surrounded by nature. This is why we concentrated windows in the living area, combined with a10ft wide patio door to let the natural light fill the place.

INTERIOR FINISH

We are very pleased with the result of our interior finish. Having a reasonable amount of time to create our product allowed us to really put ourselves into it. Working with wooden materials all the time felt so good! The clients for sure had good taste. They chose a red oak engineered wood flooring, some 6 inches wide jointed pine that we painted for the interior walls, ceiling was covered with some 8 inches wide knotted pine that was dyed to echo the color of the floor. We think it gives the house a nice warmth, do you?

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A REAL FOUR SEASON!

This tiny home is mainly used for leisure purpose by these customers but it was very important for them to be able to access it at any time of the year, including during Quebec’s ruthless winter. This first version of Le Chêne is created to resist the blistering cold of northern places. With its quality insulation and a cutting-edge radiant floor technology, you will feel comfortable no matter what. On the other hand, summer can bring contrast with several weeks over 30 celsius, so an AC unit was installed to keep cool during hot times.

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BATHROOM

Designing the bathroom was our biggest challenge to this day. Why? This house is water self sufficient, which means it’s not connected to a pressurized water source. For this reason, we had 80 sq/ft to fit the toilet, self-supporting bath, vanity, 250 Gal potable water tank, 40 Gal hot water tank, full radiant floor system, water pump and even…storage. We managed to fit all this and we were able to add some nice Minimaliste details all over the place. The machine room is well located, totally optimised and is surprisingly really quiet.

 

STORAGE STAIRS

The whole stairs project was sort of a treat for us, so we kept it as our final step ( Get it, step? )
It’s russian plywood framed with red oak steps and stair nosing. We are satisfied with our choice of corner stairs and retractable first step, it allows us to minimize the length of the staircase, providing more space to circulate. The nice handrail was made out of recycled hardwood pallet, beautifully matching the rustic aspect.

 

WALL MOUNTED FOLDING TABLE

JP had this idea of designing a folding table that would look like a decoration once on the wall. He came up with this framed mirror concept and the customer bought it right away. A couple hours of work later, there it was. Very solid once in using position, it can accommodate 4 people sitting on stools, sharing dinner or playing cards.

 

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We consider ourselves really lucky to be able to do what we love, and it was a unique chance for us to create a build this house. Most likely, people rarely come up with a project so big in terms of dimensions for a tiny house on wheel, but this is Minimaliste; we can materialize the product that fits your need, custom tiny homes.

See you dreamers!

 

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EN VOIR PLUS (35)

  • Ashley lauer
    Sep 29, 2016

    How much in US dollars is the model you just posted?

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    • Cindy
      Apr 5, 2017

      Your home is beautiful! I love the table/mirror idea and the bathroom was amazing. I would love to live in this tiny home, maybe one day I will! You have created a beautiful tiny home.

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  • Dany Gschwind
    Sep 29, 2016

    Hi

    This thinny house is so great, i really love it!
    Could you deliver a house like that to Switzerland?
    How much is the price for this thinny dream?
    Kind regards from Switzerland
    Dany

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  • Marci Sawyer
    Sep 29, 2016

    How much for this tiny home?

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  • Andria
    Sep 29, 2016

    Hello! How much would this home cost? Would you be able to ship to Ontario???

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  • Peter Topping
    Sep 30, 2016

    Would you export this to Australia ?

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  • Theresa
    Sep 30, 2016

    I love, love, love this tiny house!! Beauty and function perfectly combined. Can you tell me how much this cost? Great job guys!

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  • EDNA SMITH
    Sep 30, 2016

    Do you sell plans for your thw?

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  • sue
    Sep 30, 2016

    I . Love. This….! beautiful job
    what is under the bed behind the short door ?

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    • Minimaliste
      Oct 3, 2016

      Thanks! You can see a picture of what is behind the short door, its the mechanic room, with the radiant floor system and the off the grid water system.

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  • Debra Dodge
    Oct 1, 2016

    I LOVE this beautiful tiny house, I am 64 year single woman who wants to change my life style to a more simple, non wasteful one. I currently live in Niagara Falls, Ontario & more than willing to travel to see your work. i would appreciate information on the cost of home and if you can deliver it to my location.
    Thank you and congratulation for your contribution to a sustainable future to the planet. Truly, Debra Dodge 289-686-0119

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    • Minimaliste
      Oct 3, 2016

      Thanks Debra for your kind word! The easiest way would be to contact us there : http://minimalistehouses.com/en/soumission/ So we can have your information. We deliver anywhere in north America so there is no trouble with Niagara falls.

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  • Genevieve Acuna
    Oct 3, 2016

    This house is spectacular! Is there a video tour? It’s very close to what I envision for my future tiny house in Toronto. How are the laws there for tiny houses?

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    • Minimaliste
      Oct 3, 2016

      Thanks Genevieve! You can see a quick video tour on youtube, but we are going to shoot a longer video tour with explanation soon. Here is the youtube link: https://youtu.be/AEbMJ5h1ZJU

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  • AB
    Oct 3, 2016

    What is the price for the Le Chêne? Do you have a payment plan? please email me.

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  • Dave Paquette
    Oct 3, 2016

    You should post a price list for these small homes and then the add ons for the extra stuff. Example like a Renali tankless hot water heater. A jacuzzi type bath tub, an off the grid solar package, back up heating by propane – also off grid. Small induction stove top. Super efficient small fridge & freezer or just super efficient fridge. LED lighting. An incinerator toilet. A over hang roof and optional pop up roof and patio on top.

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    • Minimaliste
      Oct 4, 2016

      Thanks Dave! Yes we a currently working on a price list, with a base price for each model, what its included in this price plus all the options 🙂

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  • Anna
    Oct 7, 2016

    I agree that a price list is essential.
    If I don’t see a price list I begin to think that the proprietors are’t sure how to run busineess or they want to continue to raise prices as they get more popular.

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    • Minimaliste
      Oct 7, 2016

      Anna, we are still telling the price to anyone who’s asking us, by email, its very easy and its not a secret. Like i said, we are working on it, and its not that easy to build a public price list for a custom service like we do, thanks for your understanding.

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  • Anne Darrah
    Oct 16, 2016

    I love the convertible couch in the living room. Would you be able to provide me the source for the sofa unit?

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    • Minimaliste
      Oct 18, 2016

      Its from IKEA!

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  • Sally Vedder
    Jan 29, 2017

    Hands down, this is the BEST tinyhouse design I’ve seen (of the thousands I’ve looked at). Elegant, Clean lines, Efficient use of space, EVEN spaces left over for more wall shelves or storage loft (if needed). THANK YOU for this!

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  • Tim Leadabrand
    Feb 7, 2017

    How much did the finished house weigh?(towing) And rough cost estimate for similar?

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  • T’Hayla Ferguson
    Apr 4, 2017

    I agree with several of your posters — this is really one of the very best tiny house models I have ever seen!! and I completely love that you are in Quebec Canada! I have bookmarked you and will keep visiting and saving$ We are looking for land now! Thank you – your YouTube Video is what drew us here – amazing! Subtitles or your amazing English — just the best! Thanks!

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  • Catherine Guay
    Apr 5, 2017

    I just moved to Yellowknife NWT, is the house insulated well enough to withstand the cold?

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    • Minimaliste
      May 2, 2017

      Yes! We build custom tiny houses, we insulate them depending on where the house is going to be. The Chene design can go down to -40C.

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  • Gigi
    May 12, 2017

    I am not needing a real super insulated model. I am staying in USA and out of real cold temps. I really like your models. The rustic one is too small, and the one in the youtube video is too big-with the big couches. The other one looks perfect cause I love bath tubs, not showers. Can u give me a base price, or any pricing? And I need storage, cause I want to live in it as my permanent home. Gigi

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    • Minimaliste
      May 15, 2017

      Hi! Please use the Quote form on our website for any question concerning pricing, thanks 🙂

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  • Blue Chip Plumbing
    May 22, 2017

    Thanks for posting. You do a great job articulating your thoughts and I
    really enjoy reading your site. Just wanted to say keep up the good work!

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    • Minimaliste
      Jul 28, 2017

      Thank you very much! 😀

      Reply
  • Becky
    May 31, 2017

    What are the measurements of the trailer? I’m planning on building my own tiny house. I love this plan it looks so spacious which makes me think that it is an extremely long trailer. There are requirements for driving it on the road without getting special permission. Thanks!

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  • Zach Reichert
    Aug 9, 2017

    How much is this to build? L0ve for ypu guys to buipd my tiny house.

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