This tiny home allows a family of 3 to go off the grid in Maui

April 1, 2019 by  
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DIY home building is always an ambitious aspiration, but when it comes to building your own tiny home, it can be an entirely different beast. But that didn’t stop Maui natives Zeena and Shane Fontanilla from taking on the task to unbelievable results. The Fontanilla tiny home is 360 square feet of an incredible blend of beautiful design mixed with some impressive off-grid features such as solar power and a water catchment system that allows the family to use all of the rainwater that falls on the property to meet their water needs. After getting engaged, the couple decided to forgo buying a large family home that would lead to decades of debt, instead opting to built their own tiny home that would allow them to lead the life that they had dreamed of. They kicked off the project around 2014, doing most of the work themselves along with a little help from family, friends … and the television. Zeena told Design*Sponge , “Binge-watching Tiny House Nation on HGTV helped us hone in our ideal design.” Related: Serene off-grid tiny home sits tucked away in a Hawaiian rainforest The first step of the DIY home build for Zeena and Shane was designing their dream layout. The next step was finding a trailer that would suit their desired floor plan, which is where they hit their first obstacle. After searching Craiglist and other sites, they couldn’t locate a trailer that would fit what they had in mind. Instead of changing their plans, they decided to build a customized trailer. From there, they cut their own timber to create the frame of the home. The couple took about two years of working nights and weekends to build the off-grid tiny home of their dreams. Located on an expansive lot of idyllic farmland, the final result is 360 square feet of customized living space, complete with a spacious living room and double sleeping lofts. The interior is light-filled with high ceilings. Plenty of windows, all-white walls and dark timber accents, such as exposed ceiling beams, make the home bright and modern. In addition to its beautiful aesthetic, the tiny home operates completely off the grid. A solar array generates enough power for the family’s electricity needs. Additionally, a custom-made, 3,000-gallon water catchment system allows the family to use the water that falls on the property to fulfill the family’s water usage. To reduce energy use, the home is also equipped with energy-efficient appliances and a waterless composting toilet. You can keep up with the Fontanilla family’s tiny home living adventures on their Instagram page . + The Reveal Via Design*Sponge Photography by Stephanie Betsill via Zeena Fontanilla

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Serene off-grid tiny home sits tucked away in a Hawaiian rainforest

January 23, 2019 by  
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Tucked into a lush green rainforest in Volcano, Hawaii, this tiny home retreat has been designed to be a relaxing oasis for those wanting to immerse themselves into nature. The Hale Iki cottage which is just 240 square feet, runs completely off-grid thanks to four 354 watt solar panels and rain water collection system. Located just outside of Volcanoes National Park in a clearing in the rainforest, the tiny cottage offers everything needed for a serene stay in a natural setting. The home itself is surrounded by natural greenery filled with Ohio trees, hapu’u ferns, and lots of ti and hibiscus, and even has lava tubes on the property. While the tiny home is at just 240 square feet, the lovely cottage is quite compact, but the extra large front deck makes the living space nearly double in size. An open-air porch with plenty of seating and a gas grill, this is the prime spot to relax and take in the stunning views. Related: World’s most active volcano harbors a tiny off-grid home—and you can stay overnight The rental home was designed to be completely off-grid. Solar panels generate sufficient power to run the home’s electricity needs. There is also a rainwater collection system installed on the roof that runs water into large water tanks. Although the home is completely off grid , that doesn’t mean there is a shortage of amenities. The interior of the home has been equipped with everything needed for a relaxing stay. A large kitchen with a solar refrigerator and other modern appliances provide everything needed to prepare home-cooked meals. The living room is filled with comfortable furnishings and a flat screen TV and the bedroom sleeps two comfortable in the queen-sized bed. Natural light floods the interior, but of course, the best natural light can be found just outside the front door. + Hale Iki Airbnb Via Tiny House Talk Images via Hale Iki

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