06/16 Dutch woman’s modern tiny house gets approval from local council

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photo by Marjolein In Het Klein

Though they are by no means mainstream, tiny houses are emerging as quite the cultural phenomenon, with entire television shows and blogs being built around this architectural genre, lifestyle and philosophy. While regulations in many places have yet to recognize them as legal places to live in full-time, some municipalities are catching up.

Another case in point is Dutch tiny houser Marjolein Jonker, the resident of this lovely tiny dwelling, who is also a “tiny house ambassador” and advocate. Jonker now has her home parked on a small plot of land on an “industrial estate”, actually provided by the council of the town of Alkmaar, in the Netherlands. She’s the first person in the area to have her tiny home given the legal go-ahead.

The modern design of this home was created by Lena and Laurens van der Wal, and Vincent Höfte of Buro Walden and built by Dimka Wentzel of Tiny-House.nl. The asymmetrical roof line is quite striking, and is used to bring more light and head room to the interior.

Inside, the roof’s angles allows for one section to be opened up with operable, clerestory windows, letting lots of natural light and air to flood in.

Read more – http://www.treehugger.com/tiny-houses/legal-tiny-house-marjolein-jonker.html

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Elaine Walker