The Tiny House Movement is all about living in the smallest space possible. The only problem for me is the lack of garage space. But this clever, 100 sq. ft home design combines car and home into a single living space.
That sort of works for me (I really just want protection from the rain and to not have to roll around in the dirt when I work on my cars. I’m a simple dude.) The idea for this combination car/home living space comes from Jon Salerno, and the concept is as simple as it is bewildering. Park your electric car beneath your house-on stilts, and it becomes a 32 sq. ft. portion of your home’s living space. The rest of the tiny house, which sits on stilts, offers just 100 sq. ft. of living space, which enough for one room for one person or a really, really close couple. Nothing fancy here; a loft bed for sleeping, a small table with storage beneath it, and (I assume) somewhere to do your “business” if you catch my drift.
Here’s where the cool part comes in though; Salerno designed a nifty electric car that would “plug in” to the home above, allowing vehicle and dwelling to share the same solar/wind energy source. A built-in ladder system and swivel seats turn the car into a cramped living room of sorts. In a day and age where more people enter their homes through the garage than the front door, it turns that idea on its head and turns the “garage” into your living room as well. A very, very small living room. But the whole shared energy cycle is pretty neat if you ask me.
Let’s be honest, this idea is totally wacky and out there…and not entirely without merit. As someone who has been looking for homes lately, I’ve found that I basically have two choices in the area of my choosing that fits my budget. Either I go with a massive, 3-family “battleship” house built over 100 years ago, or a small single-family home on a sliver of land built 60 years ago. Honestly, neither one is very appealing…and neither is this design in its current form. But I wouldn’t mind living in a small house with a similar setup, though getting carmakers to go along with this idea makes it pretty much a non-starter. Even still, I couldn’t let this story just pass me by without putting in my $0.02.
The future is full of promise. Will we see this wacky concept ever come to life? Lend me your thoughts on this unique home and car design.
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.