See the secrets of a home that may look tiny but feels huge: The living room is a pleasure

What's called the Amalfi Edition made by the Mint Tiny House Company in Vancouver, Canada, is one of those tiny homes that appears greater than the sum of its parts. It is a simple design. It has a straightforward roof line with no dormer to complicate construction. Yet, it's all the more aerodynamic because of this, allowing for greater gas mileage when you're traveling.
Of course, most of us don't buy a house because it does well on sharp turns or is easy to park. But the tiny house movement has a different way of looking at things. Spare is good. Excess is bad. "How is it backing up?" you might ask a salesman — questions that don't quite compute in the McMansion culture.
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Mint Tiny House offers a few other reasons to buy a micro-shelter, including the point that you can go camping and bring your kitchen and your bathroom — and, presumably, the entire family — with you. So, let's check out the Amalfi. See if the urge to go camping strikes.
This handsome living room is surrounded by big windows and white paint. The palmetto plant bespeaks luxury and lets you know there's room to spare in the living room.
The reverse view comprises the length of the Amalfi from just inside the door. Plenty of light gives the home a cheerful expression.
The kitchen includes white base cabinets and 4-by-4 cedar roof beams. The corner cabinet includes lazy Susan style shelving, and the room has space for a 20-inch wide refrigerator. Customers can opt for the countertops of their choice. The photo above also shows a built-in ventilation system above the two-burner stove.
Any closet in a tiny home is a rare find. This one, however, is specifically designed and wired to include a combination washer-dryer, should the owners decided to have one installed.
Storage stairs may be one item that moves from tiny homes right into standard equipment for full-sized homes. After all, who says that micro-shelter designers have jurisdiction over making optimal use of space?
The sleeping loft has ample room for a large bed. A few storage cabinets on either wall — or both — might be in order, as well.
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In this space-conserving bathroom, the toilet, the sink and the shower are nestled in close proximity. Mint Tiny Home Company notes that the bathroom in the Amalfi Edition includes a 30-by-30 shower and the option of either a water toilet or a decomposing toilet. The bathroom also has exposed 4-by-4 beams and an opening sash window with the option of installing frosted glass for privacy.

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