For those times you feel like getting closer to nature and breaking away from your busy lifestyle, Oslo-based Norske Mikrohus delivers. This company, translated in English from Norwegian to mean ‘Norwegian Microhouse’, has created a 174 square-foot wood-wrapped tiny home designed for short-term living for up to four people. According to company co-founders David and Jeanette Reiss-Andersen, the tiny house was created for anyone who wanted to experience the outdoors close up and sustainably.
Rast has a living room, kitchen, bathroom, and traditional home conveniences like an electrical system, water system, storage space, and underfloor heating. It’s compact, highly functional, and designed as a premium cabin for short-term living. As it’s winter-insulated, it doesn’t even matter what time of the year you wish to call Rast home. All Rast tiny homes come with a 230-volt electrical installation, electric underfloor heating, a 210L water tank and 30L water heater, and the option of adding solar cells and gas systems, should you desire them.
Prices start from NKR 850,000 or approximately $96,800, and they are built on a three-axle galvanised steel trailer with black-stained Norwegian spruce cladding with two-layer insulated windows, a black aluminium roof, and a double glass door.
‘Rast’ is a beautiful short-term 174 square-foot tiny home built by the Norwegian tiny home company Norske Mirohus. Each premium cabin is 6.5 metres long, 2.55 metres wide, 3.8 metres tall, and built on three-axle trailers in galvanised steel. They also feature beautiful black-stained Norwegian spruce cladding, two-layer laminated and insulated windows, a black aluminium roof, and a double glass door.
The interior is in direct contrast to the dark, black-stained exterior cladding, with pale birch veneer walls and ceiling and warm-coloured vinyl flooring. These colours make the tiny home’s interior appear bright and spacious, as does the 2.8-metre-tall ceiling.
Families are well catered for in Rast, with bunk beds for up to two people cleverly crafted with pale birch veneer. These bunks get plenty of natural light, courtesy of the adjacent window.
The light, bright, and spacious kitchen is the heart of the home, featuring oiled birch veneer and a birch countertop. It also has everything you need to cook up a storm, including a free-standing hob and an integrated fridge with a small freezer. The black aluminium window frames contrast beautifully against the light wood.
If you don’t like washing dishes by hand, you can purchase a small compact dishwasher as an add-on. It uses approximately 6.5 litres of water, has a wide range of functions, and is conveniently mounted under the sink.
The bathroom in Rast is everything you could need in short-term accommodation, and more. There is plenty of natural light and ventilation through the wide, opening window, and there is also a washbasin, shower, thermostat underfloor heating, and an exhaust fan. Vinyl flooring completes the look, and you can also select a Norwegian-produced combustion toilet called Cinderella Comfort. This toilet burns waste to produce neutral ash.
An abundance of storage is available in the sun-drenched living space, which has a daybed for you to relax on with a book and cup of tea. This day bed can convert to a full-sized bed for sleeping at night, and large storage drawers feature underneath for added convenience.
Two large windows light up the living space, offering a different view from each one, depending on where you’re positioned. These windows enhance the seamless indoor-outdoor flow, bringing you closer to nature.
Once the daybed in the living room is converted to a full sleeping bed at night, you also get to fold down the built-in table. This can be used as a shelf or nightstand for books, devices, and more.
The two built-in storage drawers in the living space offer plenty of room for spare bedding, clothing, footwear, and much more.