The latest build from the established French manufacturer is proof that creativity is precisely what sets a good little house apart from all others. Baluchon has extensive experience in the market, both in terms of turnkey constructions and custom projects, but it is the latter that impress. Tiny House Planedenning is a good example in this direction.
Delivered to owner last year, Planedenning (meaning “little planet” in Breton) is located in central Brittany and serves as a permanent residence. It’s incredibly small, even by tiny house standards, but still manages to contain all the comforts of home, and even more, like a small play area for the owner’s son.
Planedenning was designed for a parent-child duo, so it had to include this very special feature. It is based on an old backpack find to increase the available space: a mockery net connecting the lofts at each end. This mesh area can serve as a play area, a less conventional workspace, or even an extra bunk for sleeping. As long as you don’t feel dizzy, of course.
Access to this tiny 6 meter (19.6 ft) long is through the kitchen. The house sits on a twin axle trailer and has a spruce top frame with cotton, linen and hemp insulation in the walls and ceiling. The upholstery is red cedar with UV saturator, and the interior is also wood. As with most Tinies Baluchon, there is a certain rustic feel to the place, which adds to its comfort and offsets the restrictive imprint.
Another similarity to other Baluchon projects is that while most of the space is reduced, the kitchen and bathroom are kept full-size, wherever possible. The kitchen, for one, has a wood-burning stove for heating (the unit also has an electric heater), a two-burner hob, a Whirlpool oven, a Klarstein fridge , a hot water tank and a sink.
Storage space isn’t impressive, but as a further compromise there’s a table for four with seating and a large cooking surface. In a very surprising gesture, the staircase leading to the first loft, which houses the parents’ two-person mattress, is integrated into the kitchen unit in the form of a floating staircase.
The living room next to the kitchen is just big enough for a sofa for three people and a small table. An integrated shelf on the side can be used as a (mini) desk for a laptop. Next to it is the bathroom, with a compost toilet with a stainless steel bucket and chip compartment, the only tiny cabinet, and a shower with a small hip bath. From what we can tell, there is no sink here.
The “master” bedroom is accessible, as indicated above, by a staircase integrated into the kitchen unit. The square footage is as small as you would expect from such a small house, so there’s nothing else here other than the mattress. A net of mockery connects this bedroom to the child’s bedroom, which is just as small and bare, except for a few more colorful objects scattered all over the place.
The Planedenning has a Lunos double flow CMV and an air extractor for ventilation, and Legrand equipment and LED lighting, in addition to the wood stove and electric heater, and it is all. Although mobile, it is not equipped for any kind of off-grid life, but Baluchon does offer some degree of customization on all of its models, including custom builds.
Without a doubt, the Planedenning is spartan in terms of functionality and comfort, but it’s also a good example of what downsizing really looks like. Some think you don’t have the right to talk about the benefits of downsizing when you live in a real house that’s right on top of a trailer, which you don’t even move because it’s too big. .
However, downsizing with Baluchon’s help doesn’t come cheap. Manufacturer prices range from € 50,000 to € 55,000 ($ 56,800 to $ 62,500) for a half-built house, to € 80,000 to 95,000 ($ 91,000 to $ 108,000) for a turnkey house.