Social enterprise Common Knowledge has partnered with Margent Farm to create a series of tiny homes intended to provide an affordable, sustainable home in the wake of rising rent and mortgage costs.
Collectively called “Tigín Tiny Homes”, each structure is built around a very small footprint and with three main focuses: sustainable, affordable and consciously designed. Inside, the 20 square meter floor space is combined with high ceilings, providing a lofty, luminous feel. The living area features a pull-out double bed, while the main living area is on a mezzanine level, providing ample space for a king-size bed. The kitchen is fully equipped with a working oven, gas hobs and sink, and the bathroom includes a shower and composting toilet, adding to the sustainable nature of the structure. On the outside, each house is covered in sustainably sourced Margent Farm corrugated board, and underneath is insulation made from breathable cork over a pine frame.
In addition to the design itself, the teams hope their creation will help alleviate some of the very tangible issues facing their local communities. Along with the houses, they provide training plans to help residents build and repair their own spaces, as a way of “enabling people to take action against the housing and climate crises”.
“Ultimately, the plan of our Tigín project is not just to build these Tiny Homes, but to train more than 200 people with the skills to build this or any other project themselves, while creating and releasing a free-to-use blueprint by the end of this year,” adds Common Knowledge founder Fionn Kidney.
Since it’s movable, the house can be transported to any desired location, and the team’s sustainable efforts ensure its efficiency keeps running costs low – reportedly using up to 30 per cent less energy than the average UK home.
About their new venture, Common Knowledge said:
With many people currently affected by a severe housing crisis, we believe that a small home can provide an affordable solution that is both highly adaptable and fully mobile.
We wanted to create something that would be useful, both in terms of providing a housing solution to people who don’t have the time to create one themselves, and in the sense for others to do it themselves.
The Tigín Tiny Homes are now on sale through the Common Knowledge website and cost approximately €58,000 (approximately $59,085 USD). Elsewhere in design, the creative couple Candice and Darren Romanelli have unveiled collections celebrating their wedding anniversary.