Many people mistake tiny homes for delicate structures that provide a minimal amount of space for simple living. But these modern tiny homes are proving that they can be just as resilient as any traditional home twice their size. Check out eight tiny homes that are built to withstand brutal climates and rugged landscapes while still offering residents the sustainable option of off-grid living.

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NestHouse offers charm and energy efficiency

Designed by Jonathan Avery of Tiny House Scotland, the beautiful NestHouse is a sustainable and energy-efficient tiny home. Hidden behind its endearing Scandinavian aesthetics, the home boasts impressive off-grid options like passive ventilation and solar.

Related: This mini caravan with a telescopic roof is the stuff of off-grid dreams

Payette Urban tiny home runs on solar power

TruForm Tiny has made a name for itself by crafting made-to-order tiny homes, and the Payette Urban is one of our favorite models. The tiny home is as big on design and comfort as it is on energy efficiency. The house can utilize solar or wind power, offering residents more flexibility for their energy source.

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Father and son build tiny off-grid cabin in Wisconsin

When Bill Yudchitz and his son, Daniel, decided to bond over a tiny home project, they did not realize that the result would be so spectacular. The duo created a contemporary 325-square-foot home designed with minimal impact on the landscape. Installed with various sustainable technologies such as solar lanterns and a rainwater harvesting system, the light-filled home is a great example of tiny house design done right.

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$33K hOMe offers off-grid luxury on wheels

It’s not often that a tiny home is considered luxurious, but this house is the exception. Built by Andrew and Gabriella Morrison, hOMe is a 221-square foot tiny house built to go off the grid with solar connections and a composting toilet. The structure can be mounted on a flat-deck trailer, allowing homeowners to tow and set up their homes virtually anywhere.

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Tiny flat-packed homes provide affordable housing

Architect Alex Symes developed this flat-pack off-grid home as a solution to expensive city housing. Built with low environmental impact materials, Big World Homes are powered by solar energy and include rainwater harvesting systems. The homes can also increase in size with additional modules.

World’s most active volcano harbors tiny off-grid home

Located at the base of Mauna Loa volcano next to Kilauea, the tiny 450-square-foot Phoenix House — designed by ArtisTree — is a very cool Airbnb rental with some incredible eco-friendly features, such as solar power and a rainwater harvesting system. Built with recycled materials, the home is part of a local regenerative, off-grid community compound.

Zero-energy retreat has a near-invisible footprint

COULSON architects’ Disappear Retreat stands out for its ability to disappear from sight… and the grid. Built to Passive House Standards, the 83-square-foot mirrored home boasts a near-invisible footprint. According to the architects, the prefabricated retreat was strategically designed for “triple-zero living”: zero energy, zero waste and zero water.

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Old-fashioned caravan home is 100% self sustaining

This hand-built caravan tiny home proves that sometimes state-of-the-art technology isn’t needed to get completely off the grid. Built by the father and son team known as The Unknown Craftsmen, the Old Time Caravan is crafted from reclaimed wood and relies on natural light to illuminate the interior.

Images via © Jonathan Avery of Tiny House Scotland; TruForm TinyRevelations Architects/BuildersTiny House BuildBig World Homes and Barton Taylor Photography; ArtisTreeCOULSON architects and The Unknown Craftsmen