Good things come in small packages.
And if you’re considering downsizing to a tiny home in 2021, the options keep getting better and better.
As the worldwide trend for micro-dwellings gains momentum, more people than ever are packing up only the essentials and switching to the simple life in an effort to beat rising rents and avoid lengthy mortgages.
It’s not for everyone, but if you have access to some land or you’re looking for a way to live rent-free while saving for a deposit in the years to come, it could be a savvy move.
A very attractive option is the Koda by Kodasema, a house that “tackles premium affordability by fitting into the cracks of the system in unused urban spaces.”
The company, which has an Irish base in Co. Wicklow, offers a choice of beautiful options, starting with the 20 sqm Koda Compact (€59,600 complete with built-in fridge and appliances, sunshade and terrace, fitted bathroom, electric floor heating, water boiler and a parquet floor).
At the more expensive side of the scale, the Koda Concrete offers 26.4-square-metres of living space for around €114,400.
Loft living for less
The Koda Loft Micro can fit easily in your backyard and can be used as a granny flat, home office or studio with guest accommodation. This one comes with a kitchenette, a shower room, storage space, a separate sleeping area and a lounge area – all in under 20 sqm.
They’re cosy too: “Kodasema’s renown triple-glazed facade makes this micro version of Koda suitable for any weather and season.” says the company.
If you happen to have access to some urban or countryside waterfront space, Koda says their Light Float could enable “living near a favourite yacht harbour, on a private lake or on an urban canal.”
“The versatility of the modular housing concept makes the Koda Light Float either a harbour café, artist’s studio, not to mention a summer retreat or a fisherman’s dream. With its spacious comfort and high ceilings, the fully equipped tiny house has a facade-sized illuminating window. The floating KODA house gives an atmosphere of a Mediterranean villa.
“Sustainably finished with plywood inside, the Koda Light is as minimalist as it is cosy. The floating terrace creates even more luxury space to be blend into the favourite surroundings.”
All Koda homes can be delivered anywhere in Europe and the delivery fee is included in the price of each unit.
To make a tiny home your primary residence in Ireland you will need land to put it on and planning permission, so it’s advisable to look into this first by contacting your local planning office to check out your options.
You’ll also need to find out about issues such as sewage. There’s a handy guide to the pitfalls and troubleshooting on Selfbuild.ie.
Try before you buy
If you’d like to try out tiny house living before you take the plunge, you can arrange a sleepover at the Koda base in Wicklow from €135 per night here.
In the meantime, take a walk-through of one of the units in the video below: