In the past decade or so, the tiny house movement has gained a lot of traction worldwide and Portugal is no exception. Madeiguincho, a Portuguese studio specializing in making tiny houses has introduced URSA, a completely off-grid home for its clients. The team of designers went on to make three prototypes each of different lengths measuring 13 feet, 16 feet and 23 feet respectively.
The URSA off-grid tiny house comprises two sleeping areas for two people each, a workstation, kitchen area, full bathroom, and an outdoor deck. The tiny house is made of steel and a wooden frame with an exterior comprising heat-treated timber (thermowood), while the interior walls and ceiling are made up of birch plywood panels. Doors are made up of solid plywood while tempered glass is used to construct windows.
The tiny house on wheels is totally off-grid and successfully traps rainwater. The roof of the tiny house is accoutered with a slope of around 5 percent which allows rainwater to run down the façade. The rainwater is channeled through a particle filter into two large water tanks which are capable of storing a total of 650 liters of water. Next, a pressurized system pumps the water to supply it to the kitchen, bathroom sinks and shower.
A three-stage reverse osmosis filter installed underneath the sink provides drinking water to the users. Not just this, the water is then again stored in the tank and used to water plants.
The water pump, water heater, refrigerator, and glass-ceramic cooktop are all powered by five solar panels installed on the roof facing south, which can be adjusted up to a 30-percent inclination to maximize energy production in all seasons of the year. Moreover, an electric dry toiler is also installed to produce compost. For more information jump to Madeiguincho’s official website.
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