It’s time for the revelation! We are ready to introduce our sixth turnkey tiny house on wheels, the Laurier! This 10ft x 32ft tinyhouse undoubtedly represents the result of the experience accumulated since the beginning of this beautiful adventure. The Laurier is the fourth house we built in our new shop on Orleans Island, in Quebec. Already, our facilities and equipment have improved and our expertise in the field is growing daily! For this model, our team had to excel again. From the beginning, we knew that this model was going to be our most ambitious and heaviest project to date. Designed for a retired North Carolina lady with physical limitations, the house has been designed to respond as effectively as possible to the ergonomic needs of our client. Let me introduce you the Laurier in more detail!
We have been waiting a long time to finally get to design a light-colored exterior style. We were delighted to hear that our client accepted our first proposal for exterior design; a white cedar wood, with a color that resembles its natural color. White was also used for roofing, moldings, windows and metal cladding accent. The use of this color reflects the source of our inspiration for the exterior design of our homes, which is unsurprisingly, the style of minimalist design. Without flafla, we want to keep the models of our homes as simple as possible, while keeping our own Minimaliste touch.
Self-sufficient radiant floor
Several challenges awaited us during the construction of the Laurier, since the beginning, from the start, we were bold in our design. The biggest challenge was the realization of a hydronic radiant floor system with propane, and not electric as what we have developed and installed until now. Our client wanted her home to be energy self-sufficient, and her heating source to be a radiant floor system. The challenge of this application was the inability to operate this system with 12V battery power. Indeed, the electric boiler which is used to heat and pump the glycol in the pipes and which works on the 220V, is much too energy-consuming. However, with the help of experienced engineers, we managed to design a system working on propane and the 12V energy system. Protected by a soundproof box, this heating system is the best heating system that a tiny house on wheels can have.
We are proud to be the only tiny house company to have developed and installed this type of heating system in one of its homes! As for the mechanics of the house, as for other homes designed, it is found in the bathroom. On the one hand, there is the radiant floor system and on the other, a second propane water heater for domestic hot water with the water filtration system. The walls that define the bathroom were also used to install all the control panels of the house. It includes the thermostat, control for Lunos air exchangers, control of the 4000W inverter, the regulator which indicates the performance of the solar panels, as well as the switches for the lights and the bathroom fan. . This luxurious house of 400 pc, including mezzanine space, has the property of being completely autonomous in electricity, with a solar energy system.
solar energy in the Laurier
The 2KW solar energy system is similar to the one we installed in the Eucalyptus, with some small improvements. For connoisseurs, the system includes 8 deep-cycle 6V AGM batteries, 8 260W solar panels, 2 regulators and one 4000W inverter. This time, we have installed the entire system ourselves to ensure the control and quality of the system, as well as to integrate the expertise to our know-how! Running a home of this size with an integrated system is not as easy to say as it is to do!
Those who know our second model, the Chêne, recognize the same layout for the kitchen section, with the same type of stairs found in both houses. This kitchen model is very similar to the Chêne kitchen. However, the Laurier is a house intended to be inhabited full time, unlike the Chêne which was rather considered as a second home. Thus, there are several elements in the design that add a more luxurious aspect to the kitchen. The glass ceramics, the illuminated glass cabinets, the solid wood countertop, the stainless steel appliances, the retractable mirrored table and the storage staircase, which were built to measure, give a high-end character to the Laurier.
big living room
I was lucky enough to sleep 2 nights in this house! It was possible for me to test the different systems and to notice some details of the house that were not visible during its construction. I can confirm, the Laurier lounge is very comfortable! This room is ideal for a large divan facing the rest of the house. The layout of the couch allows to relax while enjoying the view of the open kitchen. This IKEA storage couch is the same that was chosen for the Chêne design. It is a choice based on excellent comfort, quality and price. Also, our client wanted a television so we installed a 32 “LCD TV on a 180-degree wall mount so that she could watch it while doing the dishes, for example! Above the couch, a large window with bars, overhung by a long shelf, is framed by sections of storage and lights that amplify the warmth of the room.
The famous miror table
The second version of our mirror table was entitled to some improvements! This time, everything is made of solid wood and it is easier to maneuver, thanks to the hydraulic piston that helps support the table. This counter is very convenient to eat or to work. In addition, when closed, it serves as a mirror and reflects the brightness of the living room windows. Soon, you will be able to order our custom furniture! Stay tuned!
In all the models we have built so far, the bathroom is the longest and most complex room to make. It is often the smallest room, but it usually houses the mechanics of the house. Several elements are found in this tiny room, including the shower, of course! In the Laurier, there is a huge 36 “x 36” shower, with a glass door and fiber cement shower panels. We certainly do not feel cramped in this shower! The toilet chosen by the client for this house is a Separett Villa Compost Toilet. For projects where the presence of a septic tank on the installation site of the house is not an option, we offer two types of compost toilets. These two toilets are different and each have their positive and negative aspects. At this point, it is a personal choice. The mechanics for the heated floor are in the bathroom and it is in this room that the pipes are the hottest. Moreover, in this room the heat of the heated floor is very appreciated!
The biggest bedroom in the world!
The bedroom in this house has asked for more attention from our team. The physical limitations of our client imply that there may be times when she will spend more time there, in the bed. In addition to optimizing the storage space and being ergonomic, the room had to be pretty, comfortable and well illuminated both day and evening. The team took the challenge ! The major achievement is undoubtedly the table that fits into the furniture bottom. It rolls over the bed to create a work area or dining table while sitting comfortably in bed. Also, we have integrated a 12V USB socket for charging phones during the night! A custom-designed double storage bed, a large cabinet with sliding door and two large shelves above the bed ensure the storage of this room.
The loft of this house is mainly used to accommodate guests or to create additional storage space. The two custom oak railings, the curtain to close the space between the two bedrooms and the access to the loft’s storage extension, make this room a safe and convenient place.
This tiny house was a real pleasure to design and build. We consider ourselves very lucky to be able to live our passion and do what we love most in life! Every day, we work hard to realize our dreams. For Minimaliste, the tiny houses movement is an opportunity to expose an unconventional way of life and to demonstrate that the number of square feet of a home is not relative to the level of happiness of the people who live there! Using and optimizing the space in a more thoughtful way is one of our priorities. The ability to pay less, live in a healthy environment and reduce its ecological footprint is part of Minimaliste’s vision. And this vision does not stop there! We have a lot of projects and ideas in mind, continue to follow us and read us, we have not finished surprising you!