French tiny house company Baluchon stepped it up a notch with the creation of Ia Orana, a tiny house inspired by the new owner Barbara’s trip to Tahiti. Ia Orana means ‘hello’ in Tahitian. This beautiful cedar tiny home with contrasting aluminum windows, doors, and sloping roof is now located in Haute-Savoie, and Barbara couldn’t be happier with her new home. While it’s unknown how much Ia Orana cost to build and buy, Baluchon lists its finished homes for between USD 91,000 – 108,000, or €80,000 – €95,000.
The Ia Orana tiny home created by French tiny house company Baluchon for customer Barbara is 19.6 feet long, or just six meters, and is positioned on a double-axle trailer. It stands out from the crowd with its gorgeous cedar cladding contrasted against the striking black aluminum sloping roof.
The generous entrance is nearly three meters high, and there’s plenty of space for a deck. This tiny house also has a removable flower box installed on the wall to offer contrasting colors, should the owner wish to utilize it.
The kitchen unit is located in the heart of the tiny home, with plenty of natural lighting filtering through the large sliding door. It contains a three-tier vertical drawer, a sink, hobs, and a small freezer. Barbara chose not to have a fridge in her home.
Storage space is crucial in any tiny home, and Ia Orana has plenty. There are lovely black overhead cabinets above the windows in the kitchen for all the cooking essentials.
A large black sink is set within a natural wood countertop adjacent to a two-burner propane-powered stove.
If anyone in the kitchen isn’t tall enough to reach the top cupboards, they can utilise the foldable step integrated into the cabinets for easy access. When folded away, the two-step ladder barely looks like it’s there at all.
The living area is adjacent to the kitchen, taking advantage of all that natural light coming in through the sliding door. A large window to the rear of the tiny home also brightens up the space. A comfortable sofa and conservative oak desk take pride of place in this space.
Storage cabinets have been placed in a gable extension in the living space, with plenty of room for knick-knacks and other important items.
Ia Orana has one bedroom located above the bathroom on a mezzanine floor. It’s light, bright, and spacious and is accessible via a removable ladder. The large window not only lets in light for the bedroom but also for the rest of the tiny home.
The bedroom features a large 140 x 190cm bed and wall shelves for extra storage. They have been cleverly built into the gable extension, which is visible from the outside.
Bathrooms can easily be forgotten in tiny homes, but certainly not in this one. Wood is a heavy feature in this space, with lovely wood flooring, walls, and ceiling. A dry toilet is located in the corner with a stainless-steel bucket and chip reserve.
The bathroom has plenty of space for all life’s necessities, such as a washing machine set within a vanity with storage drawers and a bowl sink. The deep blue works in harmony with the natural wood countertop.
The shower is deceivingly spacious at 160 x 80cm and is adjacent to extra storage space and a sink.