Last week I was invited by the team from Mill Home to view their brand new Tiny House at the RAI Amsterdam, during the Building Holland convention. The Tiny Loft, as the house is named, was temporarily placed right in front of the entrance of the convention centre where it drew many curious visitors. Of course, I was very excited to check out this new addition to the Mill Home Tiny House portfolio. So, Tuesday around noon, right after the opening of Building Holland, I was there to admire the lovely Tiny Loft. I even got a VIP entrance ticket, haha! Marjolein in het klein, VIP :D
Wow! It’s so big! That was my first thought when I saw the Tiny Loft. The entire house including the covered porch measures 30 m2. But it seems that much bigger! What a beautiful house. The practical layout combined with the tasteful interior and colour scheme makes it a very modern and comfortable home. Trendy even! It is equipped with the latest technology; from a solar panel roof that functions even if the light is diffuse to a smart toilet with built-in fountain that recycles the water you use to wash your hands to flush the toilet with. Upstairs in the loft you can easily sleep two persons, downstairs there is a comfortable cubby bed that you can roll into anytime you like. You even have room for guests to sleep over, I think that’s a smart solution. There is plenty of space, a huge wardrobe/storage cupboard that would make many women jealous, beautiful use of materials like birch panels on the walls and ceiling.. You’ve done great job there guys!
The entire team of Mill Home was present and I finally got the chance to meet Auke, one of the designers from Mill Home. While visitors of the convention were admiring the Tiny Loft inside and out and asked tons of questions to the team, I sat down with Gerard to talk about the awesome projects the company is undertaking. For example, the Tiny House street in Hardegarijp, a town in the province of Friesland. The five Tiny Lofts that will form the Tiny House street in Hardegarijp will be placed in June this year, on June 12 they are planning a festive opening. The five Tiny Houses have all been sold. Mill Home will also be renting four Tiny Lofts on the former Coberco compound in Arnhem. If you are interested in these houses in Arnhem, you can let them know through the Mill Home website. You can also tell them if you are interested in living in a Tiny Loft in another location in the Netherlands. If they receive enough requests, they will contact the municipalities and try to start a project at the location of your interest. You can find more information about the Tiny Loft, including pricing, on their website as well.
The Tiny Loft really is a very nice home. I could have easily lived in it, that would not be a punishment so to speak ???? Though I do like the fact that I have a unique house that was designed especially for me. The greatest aspect of the Tiny Loft is, besides the beautiful looks, that you don’t have to worry about getting a permit for it. The building code regulations for self-builders apply and based on the ‘gelijkwaardigheidsbeginsel’ in our building code, Bouwbesluit 2012, a permit can be given. And that’s quite important! I can imagine that the Mill Home projects are very interesting to a broad category of people that would like to live a more conscious, compact and simple life, but don’t have the pioneer mentality and are looking for an easier and more comfortable way to make their dream come true. I love the fact that Mill Home is bringing this lifestyle within their reach.
I also hope that places will be created for self-builders, plots for sale or for rent for people that have built their own Tiny House or have a custom-built Tiny House. I think that they could co-exist very easily, perhaps even strengthen each other. Mill Home is clearing a path for the Tiny House movement by actively approaching municipalities and creating space for Tiny House living. Tiny, simple, affordable, innovative, comfortable and eco-conscious. I think that is an awesome combination! Would you love to live in a Tiny Loft, and where would you live if that were possible?
This blog post was written in cooperation with Mill Home. Pictures: Mill Home and Marjolein Jonker.