These tiny houses are vacation rentals designed to provide very comfortable accommodations for those who want to get-out while not giving up all the comforts of home. On their website they describe these cubes as being an excellent way for hotel operators to expand their business affordably while offering a completely different kind of accommodation. They are available in France (initially) and will probably be offered in other places across Europe in the near future.
I’ve always thought that tiny houses would make great rentals especially for people looking to explore a simpler life. I can actually imagine a small cluster of homes like these as a little bed and breakfast. In fact it would seem like a nice way to transition to a simplified life for the owner. The income from the B&B could theoretically offset the cost of the property, improvements, construction, and operation.
For those less inclined to build tiny houses themselves this kind of turn-key home might be perfect. For those handy with a hammer I’m certain a cluster of tiny homes could be built for a reasonable amount of money and if located in a desirable vacation spot could pay for itself in a short amount of time with proper business management.
I like several things about these homes. The are extremely compact and provide a lot of functionality for such a small space. Their approach to the bathroom is interesting; instead of a separate room the toilet and shower simple open onto the main room and are essentially tucked into cabinets. The kitchen is nice and compact, and I really like the use of wood everywhere.
While there is bed space for four people I suspect this would be more comfortable for two people. The transparent skylight is a nice touch but I suspect it might tend to heat the space a little too much. I do like the idea of being able to look up into the sky at night though. But for the most part I think this is an incredibly well done design and I hope it’s successful and inspires others to consider building more small vacation cabins like these by Carre d’etoiles.