One-Story Tiny House: Exploring the Eucalyptus’ Efficient and Elegant Layout

The Eucalyptus is the name of an innovative tiny home by the French tiny house company Baluchon. Unlike many tiny homes with two stories that allow for a loft bedroom, The Eucalyptus is a single-story creation. By not having a mezzanine floor accessible by stairs or a ladder, Baluchon was able to capitalize on the weight savings and build The Eucalyptus on an extra-long trailer with a seven-meter platform. Therefore, tiny home dwellers still get the most out of their space!

The Eucalyptus was built for Dominique and Véronique, who would be transporting it to their property in Limousin, France, where it would be their main home. While Baluchon doesn’t list their prices online, tiny homes of this quality typically cost between €85,000-100,000 or around $94,600-111,300.

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The Eucalyptus is a single-story tiny home by the French tiny house company Baluchon, built for Dominique and Véronique of Limousin, France. With no extra weight from a second story, Baluchon was able to build this charming home on a longer seven-meter trailer.

It truly stands out from the crowd with its striking red cedar and grey aluminum exterior, a large sliding glass door, and six exterior wall lights to illuminate the outdoor area. Tiny home dwellers can make it their own by adding a deck or quaint patio area.

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The open layout of The Eucalyptus has been carefully chosen for this build based on its limited space. It appears light and spacious from one end to the other, with no significant build obstructions throughout. The light, natural materials also help make this space appear larger.

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An open layout can be risky in terms of storage and free space, but Baluchon included some clever design features to combat that problem. Several wall shelves and open shelving line the walls for knick-knacks. There is also a large sofa in the living area that can be quickly transformed into a bed.

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Sofa beds aren’t traditionally that comfortable, but the one featured in The Eucalyptus bucks the trend. The mattress is intended for daily use. The cleverly integrated LED strip at the top of the gable also becomes a helpful bedside lamp for convenience at night.

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Privacy can be challenging in any tiny home, but even more so in one without a bedroom loft or mezzanine floor. This problem is solved in The Eucalyptus courtesy of a large blackout curtain. Whenever Dominique and Véronique want privacy, they can close off the living/sleeping area from the rest of the house.

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The oak table in the kitchen/dining area is as innovative as furniture gets. It can function as additional meal preparation space, be used as a bar leaner, or be rotated to be a fully functional dining table. Dominique and Véronique can even choose to move the table into the living room.

Natural Wood Cabinetry

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The kitchen is the heart of this tiny home, with gorgeous natural wood cabinetry contrasted beautifully against the large black sink. There is also a double gas hob installed into the bench. Clever sliding window placement means cooking smells need never be a problem.

eucalyptus tiny house 16 1 - One-Story Tiny House: Exploring the Eucalyptus' Efficient and Elegant Layout Baluchon spent a great deal of time planning the kitchen to be practical, aesthetic, and storage-laden. It features two large fitted units and many wall shelves. Knowing it’s adjacent to the entrance, the Baluchon team also installed shoe storage in the cabinet closest to the sliding door.

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Tiny home dwellers don’t have to be without the creature comforts of full-sized homes. The Eucalyptus has a De Dietrich electric water heater and an electric oven. You’ll also spot a Klarstein under-counter refrigerator.

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Adjacent to the kitchen is a well-hidden pocket door. You’ll hardly even notice it’s there! This door leads to the bathroom at the opposite end of the living/sleeping area.

Well-Designed Bathroom

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The bathroom is basic but well-designed, with all life’s necessities. It has a dry toilet with a stainless-steel bucket and shavings compartment and a large window for ventilation.

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Adjacent to the dry toilet is a well-proportioned 80cm x 80cm shower with a shower curtain and matte black hardware. Adjacent are two storage cupboards for clothes.