As more people discover the wonders of tiny home living, some brilliant houses are taking form that balance stylish design with the efficiency of small spaces. Aaron Maret's "Pocket Shelter" is a perfect example of just how elegant a tiny house can be. This 200-square-foot home on wheels was built over a period of 5 years, and cost approximately $64,000 to construct. Since this residence is on wheels, it can easily be transported wherever the family desires, whether that's across the country for a summer adventure, or a little plot of land to set down some roots.
Maret incorporated many recycled materials into his home’s structure, from the enormous reclaimed windows to the salvaged redwood that was used for the decking, and repurposed pine flooring. The main living space is flooded with light, and the bright paint hues that were chosen juxtapose gorgeously with the structure’s rustic aesthetic. Pillow-strewn benches line both walls, and the kitchenette area has living-edge wooden countertops and a small sink that transforms into additional counter space with the help of close-able flaps. A ladder provides access to the sleeping loft above, and a mini built-in composting toilet is enclosed in the washroom space below.
The Pocket Shelter was completed in 2013, and although Maret had initially designed it as a prototype with the intent to create an entire series, he became so enamoured with the little house that he decided to move into it instead. His partner and young son moved in as well, and we can only imagine how much fun they’re having in this cheerful, minimalist cabin.