The tiny home philosophy has always been about living more simply in a small space. During the early years of the tiny home movement, there were plenty of tiny, self-built homes for very little money—often under $40,000. The movement gained momentum as the idea of losing out on a huge mortgage instead of financial freedom resonated with a growing segment of the public, who were increasingly disillusioned with the traditional housing market.
But the idea of a tiny home has finally hit the mainstream, with 56% of Americans now saying they would consider living in a home. Not everyone will build their own home, so an amazing group of tiny home builders have sprung up over the past decade to meet this demand. Tennessee-based New Frontier Design is one of the most well-known companies out there, building much pricier, full-featured models that differentiate themselves with unique amenities, such as massive glass garage doors that slide and open, and dining table sets hidden underground.
Not all of these features certainly come cheap, and small company homes are known to be on the more expensive side of the spectrum. The company is now launching a “budget, high-quality” tiny home called Luna: Designed by New Frontier, built by Liberation Tiny Homes, it features many of the company’s signature design offerings, like a massive glass wall, clever storage ideas, and plenty of bar lighting. LED everywhere.
The Luna is 25 feet by 256 square feet (or 23 square metres), topped with an asymmetric roofline and lends an elegant architectural look with its black metallic exterior cladding.
Luna is designed with an open floor plan so that the entrance to the living room is from the side of the house.
One’s attention is immediately drawn to the tall windows that dominate the living room area, spanning roughly the house’s full height of 13.5 feet from floor to ceiling. This means great natural light, great views and less cramped floor space.
The living room area is designed to be flexible, depending on what kind of furniture you use: it can have a comfortable sitting area, a small dining table or a TV.
The kitchen occupies both sides of the central area of the small house. One side includes a waterfall-style wood counter, open shelves, a stylish electric stove, oven, a large farmhouse-style sink with a pull-out spout, and plenty of drawers.
Hidden LED strip lighting illuminates dark corners and helps one see clearly what is being stored behind the various items.
On the flip side, there’s more shelving, plus space for an apartment-sized refrigerator and washing machine.
There are plenty of elegant black and white dressers, including drawers, compartments, and a large dresser for large clothes or other items, all tailored to fit under a drawer, which turns a half turn to save floor space.
Upstairs, we have a sleeping loft spacious enough to accommodate a king size bed with extra space. There isn’t a lot of headroom, but the extra windows in the walls and a window in the ceiling help give a better sense of openness and light.
There are also some storage shelves here which act as a privacy wall.
We head back downstairs and past the kitchen, we enter the bathroom, which has a wall-mounted floating wash basin and a round mirror, backlit with more LED lights. There are plenty of open shelves here too for storing towels and other things.
The glass-door shower looks very large and spacious, with two pairs of tiled recesses for hair care products.
Compared to other regular tiny homes, there are a lot more luxurious features and premium materials in Luna that you won’t see anywhere else. Of course, all that high-end design (even in a more budget-friendly model) comes at a price, with the Luna starting at $95,000—or about half as much as high-end mini-home models like the Escher in New Frontier.
Admittedly, this is a tiny home aimed at those with higher incomes who can downsize to something more upscale, but that doesn’t mean one can’t appreciate a luxurious little gem when we see one. To learn more, visit New Frontier Design.