Modernist, minimal, and able to withstand the biting cold of the Yukon, Laird Herbert's Leaf House is built with energy efficiency and conservation in mind. With just 215 square feet of functional living space, the house boasts a surprising number of amenities, including a sleeping loft, bathroom with a bathtub/shower, kitchen complete with half sized stainless steel fridge, composting toilet, propane range, and shelving. Paneled in cedar and protected by spray foam insulation and Energy Shield Wrap, the mobile abode appeals to a Northern aesthetic while also being able to also handle its climate. And at a cost of $44,500, the Leaf House is a rugged getaway that you can take along with you into wilderness.
The Leaf House is the second tiny home that 28-year-old Yuka resident Laird Herbert has designed and completed. The home occupies 162 square feet, and is crafted to be both green and comfortable. Adorned with cedar panel and metal siding, the tiny house resembles a modern cabin, and comes quipped with a number of features that makes it able to withstand freezing temperatures and conserve energy. Insulation and triple-pane windows keep out the elements while the oak hardwood, tile, and granite floors help maintain a feeling of warmth. A queen-size memory foam mattress and pull-out sofa sleeps several people with room for guests. All of the finishes and paints are VOC-free, and LED and CFL halogen lighting ensure that power usage is kept to a minimum. A Sun-Mar Compact Composting toilet, hot water heater and full-sized bathroom utilize a 35 gallon water tank on the outside of the house.
Herbert, who describes himself as happy “puttering away building things,” is hoping to dive full-time into the design and construction of tiny homes. He will be building two more this summer, one for himself and the other for sale, under the company name of Leaf House, in honor of his most recent project.