Mina, the latest tiny house by French designers Baluchon, alleviated its limited usable floor area by adding an extra mesh loft area upstairs. It is intended as a reading space and general relaxation area, topped by a large operable skylight.
Based on a two-axle trailer, the Mina cabin is just 20 feet long, less than half the length of Acorn Tiny Homes’ recently completed Purple Heart estate. It’s constructed of red cedar with aluminum cladding and is powered via standard RV-style hookups.
Most of the available space downstairs is taken up by the living room. This has a large window bench with integrated storage that doubles as a guest bed. The space also contains some cabinets and a coffee table, as well as a small wood-burning stove.
The kitchen is nearby and features a sleek Smeg refrigerator, oven, propane-powered four-burner range, sink, cabinets and a dining table for up to two. This area is connected to a basic bathroom with more storage space, shower and toilet.
Mina’s upper floor is accessible by stairs with some storage space underneath. A netted loft reading area greets visitors first, which is unorthodox, but using netting in a small space makes sense because it has the benefit of not blocking the light below. The upper sunroof does open up the space to the outside, though not to the same degree as the sunroofed models from its French counterpart, Optinid.
Adjacent to the mesh loft are bedrooms. It’s a typical tiny house-style loft space with low ceilings, a double bed and some shelves.
Mina, the main residence of its owner Mathéa, has been delivered to the Alpes-Maritimes in southeastern France. We don’t know the exact cost, but tiny houses in Baluchon typically sell for 80,000 euros (about $90,000).