Home Goods | August 30, 2017 9:00 am

Calling This a ‘Tiny’ Home Is an Affront to Actual Tiny Things

Micro housing is having a growth spurt

In the ‘90s, Americans were inexplicably fascinated with McMansions. The aughts: a bit of a dead zone for iconic domestic architecture. But today, we can safely say we are fully entrenched in the era of the tiny house movement.

Some are so small you couldn’t turn a corner with taking out a wall; at the other end of the spectrum, some get so large you begin to side-eye the very words tiny home. But we won’t overthink it if you don’t, because if there’s one thing tiny homes can still do, no matter their size, it’s capture the public’s attention — both for aesthetic reasons and their potential to solve various housing crises in communities around the world.

And over the years, Wisconsin’s Escape Homes has been at the forefront of tiny-home innovation.

Escape One XL (5 images)

Newly launched, the Escape One XL looks like if an RV moved to the woods of the PNW and got really into urban homesteading. It’s two stories tall, with a total of 400 square feet of living space, which your correspondent is 400% sure is larger than her Brooklyn apartment.

With 11’ ceilings, it sleeps up to eight, and even though it looks like a micro-dwelling, it is technically classed as an RV — so no need to go through all the red-tape (and foundation building) if you want to make this a longer-term residence. They also offer luxe upgrades in spades: French doors, marble countertops, flatscreens.

Given the intro price ($69,800), just don’t expect to solve said housing crises with this one.