Brette Haus Tiny Homes are Big on Versatility, Sustainability, and Portability

Louetta R. Clark

Brilliant design takes many forms, from simple to complex, small to large, and minimalistic to extravagant. In the case of Brette Haus tiny homes, exceptional design lands in the small and minimalistic realms while also providing portability, comfort, and sustainability.

A portable off-grid Brette Haus Tiny Home rests on the shore of a tranquil lake.

A portable off-grid Brette Haus Tiny Home rests on the shore of a tranquil lake.

While tiny homes and RVs have been growing in popularity for years now, the Haus designs manage to combine both those constructions and provide something new on top. Each building is prefabricated, foldable, and delivered in a compact shipping container via truck. Once on site, the homes are unfolded and set up by two people in less than three hours – and that includes connecting to water, sewage, and electricity.

A Brette Haus tiny home being transported on a trailer.

A Brette Haus tiny home being transported on a trailer.

The whole package weighs in at around 9,479 pounds. Hinged edges provide the mechanism for folding and unfolding the homes, which can be repeated up to 100 times. This makes them an especially convenient option for people and businesses who need temporary space and move around a lot: simply pack up and move the entire dwelling. The homes can be placed just about anywhere from a city lot to a vacant hillside. They don’t even need a foundation, and off-grid options are also available.

“The mission of Brette Haus is to fabricate quality mobile homes, considering that nowadays people are flexible and not attached to only one place,” the company said in an official press release.

Tiny home village made up of two-story Brette Haus homes.

Tiny home village made up of two-story Brette Haus homes.

The company currently offers three patent-pending designs, with around 10 others in the works. Each house is built with the same goals of creating a healthy, versatile space that can be used as an escape, an office, or even a guest house. All of their tiny home designs were inspired by Scandinavian minimalism. Brette Haus founder and CEO Gennadii Bakunin told Insider he was inspired by the shipping container home trend, as well as a “rustic and a bit Nordic” look.

Only the basic features are included in the baseline models, but the design’s modular aspect allows owners to add features that range from a full IKEA kitchen to off-grid solar kits. Each Brette Haus comes with a minimally equipped kitchen, a bathroom, a living room, and a bedroom.

Brette Haus

Brette Haus

The Rustic model is available in three sizes ranging from 237 to 506 square feet. It features a tall, steep roofline, copious windows, and a fold-out patio.

Brette Haus

Brette Haus

The Compact model comes in 193-square-foot and 290-square-foot options. The exterior is boxy and business-like with large windows and room for the basics.

Brette Haus

Brette Haus

The Urban also offers two sizes, 270 and 420 square feet. This modern style features two full stories, resembling one box stacked on top of the other.

All designs evolved from customer feedback and a “passion for optimization,” according to Bakunin. Costs range from $22,000 to $61,500 USD. Customers in Europe can receive their tiny home in eight weeks, delivered and installed on site. Americans will have to wait around 12 weeks for the same service. While the buildings are mobile and don’t necessarily require permits, regulations vary widely from one area to another.

A portable off-grid Brette Haus Tiny Home rests in a field next to a VW van.

A portable off-grid Brette Haus Tiny Home rests in a field next to a VW van.

Even with building components composed of natural, recyclable materials, Brette Haus tiny homes are still designed to withstand harsh weather conditions. While most of the homes sold are currently being used by tourism-related businesses, their potential is endless. They offer a solution for temporary housing following a natural disaster, an answer for homelessness, and a clean option for construction site offices, among many other uses.

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