Now, in signature fashionably late style, France is throwing its beret into the mini-mansions ring.
Dubbed the Odyssée, Nantes-based building company Baluchon has come up with a 217-square-foot tiny house that gets its natural light from opposing triangular windows and has an elevated living space above a miniature room that can be used for sleeping or storage.
With a sheltered porch that can be extended into a terrace, the Odyssée’s oak and spruce frame is complemented by warm cedar siding insulated with cotton, hemp and wood fiber.
In addition to a raised living room, the Odyssée has a two-part kitchen featuring a sink, stove, counter space, refrigerator and folding oak table as well as a lofted sleeping area with a ladder.
While rustic, Baluchon’s three-person build does have modern touches like a water heater, LED lighting, a waterproof external outlet for electricity and an Ethernet jack for internet usage.
A turnkey Odyssée goes for $49,800 and each one includes a special souvenir photo album.
It’s the small things in life.