German children’s author Cornelia Funke, renowned for the Inkheart trilogy, was living in Los Angeles when she decided to purchase a beachside property. Her goal was to live by the beach and place an off-grid tiny home on her property to function as a guest house and writing studio.
Once Cornelia purchased an old avocado farm near Malibu’s Zuma Beach, she began looking for the perfect tiny home company as the last piece of the puzzle. That last piece was David Latimer from New Frontier Tiny Homes in Nashville, Tennessee.
Cornelia commissioned New Frontier Tiny Homes to create the perfect customized tiny home to suit her needs – a 250-square-foot unit with loft on a trailer. Once it was finished, David personally delivered it to Cornelia’s Malibu property.
In total, her beautiful tiny home cost USD $125,000, but the company does a more basic version for $110,000. Cornelia was so happy with her purchase that she bought another upon receiving the first one.
The 250-square-foot tiny home from New Frontier Tiny Homes, purchased by children’s author Cornelia Funke, features a weathered corrugated aluminum and charred cedar exterior set upon a 24-foot-long trailer. The tiny home has a loft and glazed front façade.
A large awning extends past the home for space, shelter, and style. There is also a quaint deck for Cornelia and her guests to enjoy the outdoors without being in the elements.
While the tiny home has a cabin-like charm from the outside, this charm is maximized inside. The walls and ceilings are clad with reclaimed barn wood, and the windows allow plenty of natural light to filter through while offering unobstructed views of the surrounding forest.
Cornelia purchased a tiny home to use as a writing studio, so it makes sense for it to have a desk. There is a solid maple drop-down desk positioned under a large window. When it’s not in use, she can fold it down. A rolling ladder also provides access to the floating cedar library shelves.
With Scandinavian-inspired furniture, Cornelia’s tiny home is a harmonious combination of modern and rustic styling.
Vertical space in the tiny home comes courtesy of the high-vaulted ceilings. New Frontier Tiny Homes also installed high ledges for a generous amount of book storage. High storage reduces floor-level clutter.
In direct contrast to the cabin-style living space is a clean, functional, and contemporary kitchen tucked into a nook. It has a sink, storage space, a hidden dishwasher in a drawer, and a gorgeous grey and yellow color scheme broken up with natural wood beams and a benchtop.
The kitchen has everything Cornelia needs for a day of writing, including a stainless-steel sink and faucet, a butcher block countertop, and floating cedar shelves for tea and coffee accessories.
Adjacent to the kitchen is a fresh, vibrant green bathroom. It boasts a custom sliding pocket door, a full-length mirror, Nature’s Head waterless toilet, a wall-mounted vanity sink, and a shower with a glass door.
The sleeping area of the tiny home is located in the loft space above the living area, accessible by a custom oak library ladder with sliding hardware. The loft boasts enough room for a king-size mattress.
Windows span two walls of the loft space to ensure there’s enough natural light and to offer the illusion of space. These windows also provide a panoramic view of the outdoors.
From the loft, visitors can enjoy views of the tiny house below, including the shelving and the living space.