We are extremely proud to present you our latest model, the Sakura. It has a overall dimensions of 10 ½ ft X 32 ft, for a total of 380 sq/ft including the loft space. The client had a lot of trust in our team, so it gave us the opportunity to push our creativity to the limit and offer an outstanding design. Unlike the model Chêne, which was for recreational use (20 weekends/year), the Sakura was built as a primary residence. Let us show you round this achievement!
We will go through everything from the super-duper finish (LOL) to the different systems featured in this model.
First things first, a weak foundation doesn’t make a good home ; it has to be solid. That’s why the Sakura sits on a galvanized steel trailer. It offers a great protection against rust, making your trailer last way longer. We decided to standardize this type of trailer for every tiny house we deliver in Canada. The gooseneck shape allows people to stand tall in the bedroom, which is a big plus in terms of comfort and general use. It also evenly spreads the weight of the house from the tri axle to the fixation on the towing truck.
The exterior finish was not only chosen for the great look, but also for its good durability. Indeed, the white cedar with semi-gloss varnish combined with high end ‘’Prestige’’ type steel sheets offers a great protection against water and is meant to last for a long time. The blue color was chosen by the client; she wanted a unique look for her house in order to stand out from the crowd. We were a bit skeptical at first, but when we took the tiny-house outside with the sun revealing the nice contrast of the wood and steel….we we so stoked!
One of our favorite place in the house is actually outside the house: the rooftop. We installed a red cedar terrace that is accessible from the 40’ X 40’ skylight in the loft. The roof has an 8 degrees angle so we managed to build a leveled structure to create that cozy 80 sq/ft terrace which we are really pleased of. This is exactly the type of innovation the client expected.
Because Minimaliste is always on a development process, we give ourselves the mission to be aware of the upcoming technologies in terms of construction methods, eco-features and energy. Thereupon, the Sakura is a 4 season product, but what makes it different from the others is that we applied the acquired skills from our Ecological building design certificate with SolutionEra. What does it bring us? We reach a new performance level in terms of airtightness, soundproofing and building insulation. For numbers people : the walls are R21 (up to R30), the roof and the floor are R35 and this applies to any of our tiny houses on wheels. Our homes are built so they can breathe, which is the key for durability.
INTERIOR FINISH AND DESIGN
The design process for the interior finish is a hard labor. It starts with the architectural plans, evolves through the construction and ends up with the classic Minimaliste touch. Taking a step back after each project forces us to consider new materials, such as vinyl floor for example. It has great properties such as water resistance, scratch resistance and heat conduction (better than wood) which is great when combined with our heating floor.. It is also very light and quite cheap. For the walls, we chose the same pine we used in the Chêne. The color in the Sakura is a luminous white, giving the impression of a bigger space and contrasting perfectly with the ceiling, floor and furnitures.
The loft space extends on the top of the kitchen cabinets, adding an extra 20 sq/ft under the longest window we ever installed. This idea came up during the finish part of the construction. Personally, this is one of my favorite features, it gives a nice point of view of the house and it’s a brightful spot, perfect for plants,fresh herbs or simply lounging. The access for the rooftop through the skylight brings a nice warm light that brightens the loft and the house itself. Overall, we think this area is simply gorgeous!
We can’t avoid them! The are essentials elements that give life to the whole house. The challenge with tiny houses is to manage to fit considerable size installations in considerably small space. Water tanks, heating or cooling systems, power units are hard to locate and require a wise thinking. We are satisfied with the whole mechanical of this tiny-house.For the Sakura and any other home that’s meant for cold climate, the hydronic radiant floor is a must have. We are the first tiny-house company to offer that type of system. The variant with that model is that we had to bring the pipes to the bedroom, which was the weakest spot of the house in terms of exposure to cold…before the nice warmth began to emanate from the floor! For a good air exchange, we put up a Lunos air exchanger with a heat recovery system which is included in every of our houses. For hot summers, we placed the AC unit on top of the cabinets so the cold air can spread in the open area. There’s also fan in the bathroom and a hood vent in the kitchen. The Sakura features an all in one washer/dryer and just like in the Sequoia and the Chene, we installed a Nature Head composting toilet. The client wanted a full size shower/bath and we went off the beaten tracks with a white coated diamond plate that contrasts nicely with the dark wooden ceiling.
The whole project is a result of countless hours of brainstorming and we racked our brains with all the space-saving features. One of the coolest thing we put up in terms of plumbing was this three steps water filtration system. The water that can be supplied from two different source goes through the pressure regulator, a big sediments filter, fine sediments filter and finally through a water sanitizer. You can practically take water from the river!
For the living area, we built a butterfly table that is 22 inches X 30 inches when set as a coffee table, but turns into a 22 inches X 60 inches dining table when deployed. It can easily accommodate 4 people and you can use the storage/modular couch to set it all around the table. The bottom/movable part of the bedroom staircase can be pushed inside the upper part to clear space in the entrance. There is storage for boots behind it and the whole piece hides perfectly the electrical panel.
It’s a great pleasure for us to present you this creation, which represents a lot of hard work for us. We invite you to watch our video tour that guides you through every aspect of this tiny-house on wheels.
«Too many people go through life waiting for things to happen instead of making them happen.» -Sasha Azevedo
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