I know homes are on the mind of a lot of people out there. The market is always a hectic one, and finding the right place for you is a task that can take time, effort, and money that you might not even have.
That’s where newer options like tiny homes, which are popular with younger people and whole families alike, come in. They can be turned into a small hangout for the kids or a portable home for traveling the country. These are homes that are best suited for people who want to do a lot of moving around while also bringing a home that they can live in along with them.
The Alpha tiny home is one such option for portable living space. One of many options on the ever-growing market, there are ups and downs to this mobile living space that I would like to go over to give you the best idea of what it is you would be getting into with it.
Alpha Tine Home Size and Shape
This tiny house comes at a size of 250 square feet. It ships from Nashville, Tennessee and shipping times can vary greatly. Currently, the company does not deliver outside of the United States.
The shape of the Alpha tiny home is rectangular, with two large gaps in the walls for ceiling-to-floor windows. These windows open up on both sides, making each side an entrance and exit.
With the 8ft by 8ft fold-out deck, there is a bit more space to work with than you might expect. When it’s time to get rolling again, the deck covers an 8ft by 9ft roll-out garage.
All of this makes for a tiny house that offers more space than you would at first think. It’s still smaller than any piece of regular property, but that’s to be expected for a product that aims to be small and mobile.
Ease of Transportation
The house sits on top of a custom-built double-axle trailer. You can customize the size of the trailer depending on the total weight of your customized tiny home.
This is all part of the typical tiny house design. The aim is to be mobile while sacrificing as little as possible. If you’re willing to make the concessions to have a tiny home mobility is a big feature that you get in return. It’s the main selling point of these types of houses.
I’ve seen many adore the quality of the Alpha tiny home’s interior. It aims for a combination of rustic mixed with modern to create a homely space.
The metal roof slopes to whisk water away from the living space with a mechanical seam. To further protect from rain, the house comes with a Typar Rain Screen and Typar House Wrap.
The exterior has cedar siding. The darker wood is cedar treated with the “shou sugi ban” method of pre-charring the wood, which makes it more pest and fire-resistant.
The deck and awning are aluminum-framed. The awning windows are made of tempered, insulated glass.
Inside, the walls and ceiling are made with reclaimed barnwood. The smaller details of the lighting are also clear with enough shine everywhere inside and outside the house.
The kitchen comes with a massive farmhouse sink (33 inches), an 11 sq ft stainless steel fridge, and a five-top induction burner with a stainless steel hood. The house comes with a toaster oven, hidden dishwasher, and stainless steel shelves.
The floor is beautiful solid walnut hardwood. The kitchen is elevated and there’s a table stored under the kitchen that seats eight people.
On the other side of the tiny house is the bathroom. It comes with a sliding door for entry, so it’s not always visible. The jacuzzi tub and shower work well with the composting toilet and subway tile, which also runs through the kitchen.
The bathroom also comes with a few antique mirrors. You will find the washer and dryer tucked under part of the granite countertop as well.
Above the bathroom is a loft bed. You can get up there with a custom-built oak ladder. The Alpha tiny home even comes with a king-sized memory foam mattress, linen sheets, and a comforter.
Lastly, you can add the solar panel option to the house when you order it. If you’re not ready to take the plunge for the whole solar package, you can also just get the hookups necessary to install solar in the future.
This is all to say that more than the basic commodities are taken care of. You shouldn’t be missing out on anything important for a home when you have everything set up right.
The Alpha tiny home starts at $124,900, and you can get even more with a bigger budget. For example, if you want to upgrade the ladder to stairs, that’s possible for an extra fee.
The company released another luxury tiny home, called Escher, which starts at $139,900. Depending on your needs and family size, the Escher may serve you better.
If you need financing, the company partnered with LightStream, a division of SunTrust Bank, and Tiny House Lenders. You can pay in cash, a mixture of cash and financing, or just through financing.
Still, even with this, I will say it’s one of the more costly tiny homes on the market. While it does offer a lot in the way of how it’s built and what it comes equipped with that comes with a high price tag than many other options you will find.
Pros And Cons
With everything I’ve brought up so far, there have been several pros and a few cons. I want to take a moment to more clearly list out what I think are the biggest ups and the strongest downs of this particular product so you can make a more informed decision.
- Small Size
- Energy Generation Through Solar If Desired
- Pull-out Deck and 8-person Dining Table
- High Cost
- Small Interior Could Be Cramped for Some People
- Amount and Size of Windows Could Feel Unsafe
I and several others agree that this is a beautifully-designed home. Parts such as lighting, functional ergonomics, and the blend of modern and rustic aesthetics all make this tiny home stick out from the rest.
What also makes it stick out is the price tag. There is no hiding that it’s one of the pricest tiny homes on the market, with a cost that is about as expensive as some actual grounded homes.
If you’re looking for a tiny home, a place to live that you can take with you, and budget isn’t that much of a concern then this may be the best option for you. I would recommend it if all that is the case, but I still suggest you take your time to think over all your options to make the most informed choice possible.