GENESIS

Craftsman carpenter specialized in eco-construction I discovered in 2008 the Tiny Houses on wheels movement, amazed by the North American models. As I was close to nomadic lifestyles, through experiences and friendships, I decided in 2015 to start Cahute with the desire to offer a European Tiny House, smaller, lighter and truly mobile. While open-air tourism invents Glamping and popularizes caravans (roulottes), teepees and yurts, I wonder on the possibility of developing a roaming glamping, to bring back movement into these nomad habitats in eco-tourism. I spend several months doing research on how to balance technical requirements (weight, resistance, flexibility), administrative (certificate, insurance)...

…and ethical (raw materials transformed through craftsmanship). To sum it up, I am looking to produce by hand a Tiny House twice as short yet three times lighter than those fabricated in France today, without using synthetic materials and while respecting norms applicable to recreational vehicles. In Saint-Malo, I find, starting 2015, institutional partners and associates seduced by the project and with their support I create Cahute. Four month later, our tiny house is ready, certified, towable, with a simple B permit, available for sale or rent, in your backyard or on the road. And we are glad to meet you.

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CONCEPTION

With this tiny house, we have validated a constructive and innovating system that allows us to gain in weight while using responsible materials: recyclable and sustainable. All structural wood is custom made from a poplar tree trunk, then assembled following the model of studwood houses: traditional assemblies, casein gluing (interior), and white glue (exterior), diagonal bracing systems. Compostable honeycomb cardboard (vegetal glue) doubled with expanded cork envelops the walls giving the house an optimal steam management. The rotproof thermo warmed poplar cladding is glued...

…in order to reinforce the structure. Finally, the house is dressed with a steel cover, necessary ecological concession (only for it’s production energy). The interior woodwork is coated with hard oil and the walls with depolluting paint. Here it is: 10.5sqm of living space (7.3sqm on floor + with a double bed on a mezzanine) for a PTAC of 100kg. Mission accomplished!

Why reduce weight? To consume less fuel today and maintain the moving freedom of tomorrow with a towable electrical vehicle, to travel with a simple B permit, without the constraints of an energy-consuming vehicle. To be able to place the house on a natural site (simple axle and reduced weight facilitate movement on soft ground), and why not, orient it manually towards the course of the sun.

USES

You can tract it with your car and a simple B permit, for your towering holidays or to join a natural site or a farm camping. Therefore, with its simple axle all traditional camping sites should welcome you. You can install it in your back yard to host your family and friends, or even seasonally experiment hosting in bed & breakfast. Certified self-caravan, you can even decide to make it your primary residence, in movement, or on any piece of land, constructible or not. Should you wonder about the different legislative aspects, please contact us.