Builders, in turn, seem to be coming up with more and more creative tiny house styles that appeal to the diverse array of people interested in them, from the young professional who works entirely remotely from his laptop looking to live in a far-flung locale, to retiree couples who want to do away with a mortgage.
But a state-of-the-art tiny home made from cardboard? Thats unheard ofuntil now.
Dutch company Fiction Factory has made 60 of its Wikkelhouse designs, sleek tiny homes constructed by wrapping a house-shaped mold in 24 layers of cardboard adhered with eco-friendly magic glue.
The houses get their name from the word Wikkelen, which is Dutch for wrapping. The patented cardboard wrapping technique took years to perfect, resulting in a durable, insulated structure guaranteed to last for at least 50 years.
To protect from the elements, the Wikkelhouses are finished with waterproof foil and wood panelling. All in all, the homes are entirely recyclable, estimated to be three times as eco-friendly as the average house.
Every design is completely customized to its owners liking. Your Wikkelhouse could come with a kitchen, bathroom with shower, and bedroom. Invented as a modular concept, there is also the potential to string together as many units as one desires, meaning the home has the potential to become not-so-tiny.
Floor-to-ceiling glass walls on two sides of the structure keep the innovative structure from feeling claustrophobic. Instead, its light-filled and feels like an unobtrusive, organic extension of its surroundings. On their website , Fiction Factory notes that because it doesnt have a foundation, the Wikkelhouse could be placed in any environment, from a building rooftop or backyard to far-off locations in the wilderness.
You might not have aspired to live in a home made of cardboard, but it might just fulfill all of your minimalist, eco-friendly fantasies.