When a violinist with the Minnesota Orchestra wanted a tiny house to live off grid with her family, she went to Alchemy Architects for help. Geoffrey Warner of the Alchemy team designed and built the “weeHouse” in a factory with a group of craftsmen in 2003, then shipped the house to be installed on site.
Each of the long sides of the little house are covered in floor to ceiling windows that open up to the beautiful views of Minnesota prairie land near Lake Pepin.
The interior of the home is completely finished in douglas fir, a stunning contrast to the modern IKEA kitchen cabinets and furnishings. A small wood stove provides heat in winter and serves as the centerpiece to a seating area that separates the kitchen side of the home from the sleeping area.
An open floor plan, along with the windows, gives the illusion of a space much larger than the home’s 366 square feet.
Oxidizing paint over the cement siding on the exterior of the home provides a hardy, rustic finish that blends in with the surrounding prairie beautifully.
This original, 336 SF weeHouse was built in-factory by Geoffrey Warner and a team of craftsmen for approximately $60,000 in 2003 and now stands as the iconic image for the weeHouse identity.
See more images of the weeHouse and other projects at Alchemy Architects.
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