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Pyramid House

The Pyramid House.
The Pyramid House.

 

The Pyramid House design was based upon a longstanding pleasure of basic geometric forms, the square and the isosceles triangle.  The house is a perfect square at 20′ x 20′ and, therefore, near 400 square feet after deducting the thickness of the walls. The corners sport triangular windows that give the feeling that the roof is balanced in the middle like a teeter-totter. The angles of the non-glass triangles harken back to the angle of the pyramids at Giza in Egypt.

Unfortunately, further consideration should be made regarding the support of the roof. It might be necessary to engineer a less fragile way to carry the weight of the roof such as vertical mullions as well as the horizontal ones or corner mullions perhaps on the inside of the glass to keep the sleek look of the corners from the outside. The weight of the roof is not that great considering the overall dimensions of the building. However, the roof is not supported on the inside by load bearing walls but spans the entire width and length of the space.


The Pyramid House With Surrounding Trellis and Gate Closed.
The Pyramid House With Surrounding Trellis and Gate Closed.

 

Pyramid House With Trellis Removed For a Clean Line of Sight.
Pyramid House With Trellis Removed For a Clean Line of Sight.

 

As you proceed through the images in this design article, you will notice the finishes and materials change. This is simply to illustrate the many choices available in the design of this house. 

 

Another View of the Front at a Slightly Different Angle.
Another View of the Front at a Slightly Different Angle.

 

With Different Materials.
With Different Materials.

 

The Southern Side of the House.
The Southern Side of the House.

 

A Direct View of the Southern Side of the House.
A Direct View of the Southern Side of the House.

 

The Back Southern Corner.
The Back Southern Corner. (With Stucco Walls.)

 

Direct View of the Back of the House.
Direct View of the Back of the House.

 

Due to the small size of this house, certain symmetries such as the placement of the back door to one side becomes necessary. If placed in the middle then the bed area on the inside would narrow.

 

Coming Around to the North Side of the House.
Coming Around to the North Side of the House.

 

The Privacy Trellis Removed.
The Privacy Trellis Removed.

 

The north side of the house features a built-in cement sink and stove top.

 

North Side of the House.
North Side of the House.

 

Coming Back Around to the Front.
Coming Back Around to the Front.

 

The outdoor chairs are of my design and can be seen on diymodernfuniture.com at E-Chair

 

The North Front Corner With the Trellis.
The North Front Corner With the Trellis.

 

The Front Gate.
The Front Gate.

 

On the Front Patio Looking North.
On the Front Patio Looking North. (The Front Door on the Right.)

 

 

On the Front Patio Looking South.
On the Front Patio Looking South.

 

The Patio Extension on the North Side of the House.
The Patio Extension on the North Side of the House.

 

View From the Front Door.
View From the Front Door.

 

The kitchen is on the immediate left while the bathroom is toward the back on the left. The sleeping area is on the right and out of view is the living area on the right.


Just Inside the Front Door Looking to the Left.
Just Inside the Front Door Looking to the Left.

 

We see a small kitchen with island bar with a small dining area in the windowed corner.

 

View From the Small Dining Area.
View From the Small Dining Area.

 

Seeing the Living Area From the Small Dining Area.
Seeing the Living Area From the Small Dining Area.

 

The Sleeping Area.
The Sleeping Area.

 

Looking From the Sleeping Area Toward the Kitchen/Dining Area.
Looking From the Sleeping Area Toward the Kitchen/Dining Area.

 

The Lounging Area and Front Door.
The Lounging Area and Front Door.

 

The Bathroom at the North Corner of the House.
The Bathroom at the North Corner of the House.

 

The bathroom is separated from the rest of the house by 8′ walls on two sides. The interior walls of this house are 12′. Therefore, the bathroom has no independent ceiling.

 

The Bathroom Sink With the Door to the Left.
The Bathroom Sink With the Door to the Left.

 

 

Peering Through the Bathroom Door to the Sleeping Area.
Peering Through the Bathroom Door to the Sleeping Area.

 

 

This square tiny house design utilizes high ceilings and an open floor plan to create a sense of spaciousness. The basic forms used allows for an almost unlimited combination of colors, textures, finishes, fixtures, and materials.

 

Pyramid House Floor Plan.
Pyramid House Floor Plan.




HBosler

Self-Portrait in Red.
Self-Portrait in Red.

 

A House or Not!

I post this article as a bystander to an argument between two people I know. Even though this argument might offend one side or the other, I hope to provide an objective side to this division.

Simply stated, this argument is the result of some of the programs on American television concerning tiny houses. An overwhelming number of these houses are, due to the nature of the trailer frames they are built on, of a similar configuration and design. These dwellings fit on wheels and can be moved from place to place. One of my friends says these are tiny houses, while the other, with a little pique I might add, thinks the best description is “trailer”.

A Trailer, Tiny House or Not?
A Trailer, Tiny House or Not?

I suppose the first question that comes to mind is: What is a tiny house? If one does a search on the Internet, the answer to this question hardly appears consistent. As we know, size is relative. Building codes in many places have a limit of 700 square feet for residential housing. Although arbitrary, maybe this size is useful as a starting point for what is tiny and what is not. Even so, one can easily argue different sizes. Also, no real definition exists for a house. According to Dictionary.com:

a building in which people live; residence for human beings.

house. Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. http://www.dictionary.com/browse/house(accessed: July 25, 2016).

So, without a real definition of “tiny” and “house”, except for the dictionary meaning, a tiny house could be anything depending on a person’s perspective.

Yet, there are individuals who would never, even though they very much prefer the concept of a tiny house, consider living in a trailer, especially one with a bedroom that will not allow for one to stand up or has little difference in width, geometric or interior configuration from one to another.

For some, a tiny house, indeed any house, sits on a permanent foundation and, therefore, exists in a unique environment and location as in any ordinary house. As I have mentioned elsewhere, the concept of a tiny house on wheels predominates due to the overbearance of government, that for false and antithetical reasons, powers that be deem it necessary to quash the production of small houses and maintain the fuddled definitions of real estate. To avoid the heavy hand, the tiny house is placed on wheels and escapes many of the minions, petty functionaries who think that order should supplant the pursuit of happiness.

So to boil it down, some say that a house does not have wheels. A “home” may be anything, but a house is not mobile in a traditional sense. Those things with wheels that are limited in width and have tires are more aptly called trailers, 5th wheels or RVs, rather than “houses”. A house has a street and a number.

5th Wheel Camper Interior.
5th Wheel Camper Interior.

 

5th Wheel Camper.
5th Wheel Camper.
RV Interior.
RV Interior.
RV
RV
Travel Trailer Interior.
Travel Trailer Interior.
Travel Trailer.
Travel Trailer.

Admittedly, the so-called tiny house on wheels does share much of the features of the above recreational vehicles and trailers. One would assume that if one considers the travel trailer, the 5th wheel or RV as a house, then this designation would apply to the tiny house on wheels as well. However, if one doesn’t see these as houses, then obviously the tiny house on wheels comes under question. Nonetheless, perhaps the classification as a “tiny house on wheels” becomes appropriate for a distinct definition outside the term “house”.

Regardless of this little argument between friends, a “home” is what many of us search for and we are quite willing to leave the definition of “house” to someone else.

HBosler

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