Portuguese woodworking studio Madeiguincho was inspired to turn its hand to tiny house design. The latest result is the Ursa, which has a compact space-saving interior and runs off-the-grid with solar panels and a rainwater capture system.
Portuguese woodworking studio Madeiguincho has some motorhome and camping enthusiasts in its ranks and was recently inspired to turn its hand to tiny house design. The latest result is the Ursa, which has a compact space-saving interior and runs off-the-grid with the help of solar panels and a rainwater capture system.
The Ursa measures 7 m (23 ft) long and has a width of 2.5 m (8.2 ft) – Madeiguincho made sure to keep its dimensions within the legal limit to tow on public roads in Portugal without a permit. It’s based on a double-axle trailer and comprises a steel frame, with an exterior finished in heat-treated timber. Operable slatted wooden shutters can be used to shade much of the generous glazing. The tiny house also has a small deck area that offers some outdoor living space.
The interior of the home is finished in birch plywood and has a simple, no-frills decor, which is enlivened by a large feature window. On entering, the living room is located to the left and has some seating and a sleeping area, a wood-burning stove, some storage space, and a small office desk and chair.
Nearby is the kitchen, which is quite basic, though includes a small fridge, as well as a two-burner electric stove, sink, and cabinetry. Elsewhere on the ground floor lies a bathroom. This has a shower, sink, and a composting toilet. There’s also a second loft-style sleeping area that’s accessed by a fixed ladder and contains a double bed.