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These are the most special #tinyhouses in the Netherlands

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by: Hans van der Broek
These are the most special #tinyhouses in the Netherlands

There are now about 100 tiny houses in the Netherlands and that number is only going to grow. The STEC group has researched the tiny houses and has come to the conclusion that tiny houses is more than just a trend: it is a permanent phenomenon. According to Monique van Orden, author of the book Tiny Houses - less house, more life has several reasons.

Climate change

First, we live in a time of climate change where people are more aware of the ecological footprint they leave behind. For example, by living smaller, you consume less energy. In addition, the tiny houses are often off grid and are made from biobased material.

Economic crisis

Secondly, the 2008 economic crisis has driven us quite a bit. We no longer want the burden of a high mortgage in a housing market, which apparently can collapse at any moment. We want a house that we can pay off in one go or where at least half of our salary does not go. In addition, less house is less room for equipment, so there is also financial profit. Profit that can be stopped in experiences, because they seem to become more important than ownership. It is not for nothing that consumption, relaxation and minimalism are the trends of the moment.

Freedom & independence

The third reason why we want to live small is simply because we want to be free and independent. We no longer want the government and project developers to decide for us how we should live. We want to determine it ourselves. You can design a tiny house with the help of an architect, a designer or yourself according to your wishes and standards. That means that you can actually see who is the resident on the outside. We put the five most special tiny houses in the Netherlands at your fingertips:

1.The wrapping house of Henny
The wrapping house built in nature

The wrapping house of Henny

Henny lives in a winding house in Almere. This house is made entirely of cardboard and then equipped with a kind of Goretex layer, making the house 100% waterproof, but still breathes.
Interior of the wrapping house

Interior of the wrapping house

2.The design house of Wendy & Timothy


The interior of the designhouse with piano
Wendy and Timothy are two people in their thirties who live in Noordwijk. He is a designer and you can see that in the house: there is a real lighting plan and the house has design wallpaper, which is imported from America. There is also a small ship's piano in the house.

3. The climbing wall of Elke


The çlimbing wall'tiny house standing in a meadow
Elke lives in Westbroek, near Utrecht. She had three wishes for her house: it had to have a climbing wall, a roof terrace and a skylight so that she could look at the stars from her bed. That has all succeeded. Her house was once in an American magazine because of the design.

4. The workshop of Monique and Melchert


The workshop tinyhouse standing in the meadows next to a ditch
Monique van Orden (writer of the book Tiny Houses) will live in Den Helden with her husband Melchert in their tiny house. The house is not finished yet, but the design is. Because Melchert is a painter, a studio was indispensable. Their house will be the first tiny house with an 'artist in residence'. Inspired by the Asian fishermen's houses

5. Henk's waste house


The wastehouse tinyhouse standing in nature
Henk had been thinking for years with the idea of ​​building his own sustainable house. He has managed to make a tiny house for 1000 euros of demolition wood and found materials in Wageningen.

Photography: Bluemonque

Wyke Potjer is content manager of hetkanWEL. She has studied journalism and has been working fulltime for national radio, television, print and online media. She has been a vegetarian for almost her entire life, does not have a car, tries to ban plastic from her life and to eat organically. In addition to her freelance existence as a journalist, she teaches Ashtanga yoga class.

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Hans van der Broek , founder Founder and CEO of WhatsOrb, world traveller, entrepreneur and environmental activist. Hans has countless ideas and has set up several businesses in the Netherlands and abroad. He also has an opinion on everything and unlimited thoughts about how to create a better world. He likes hiking and has climbed numerous five-thousanders (mountain summits of at least 5000m or 16,404 feet in elevation)  
Hans van der Broek , founder Founder and CEO of WhatsOrb, world traveller, entrepreneur and environmental activist. Hans has countless ideas and has set up several businesses in the Netherlands and abroad. He also has an opinion on everything and unlimited thoughts about how to create a better world. He likes hiking and has climbed numerous five-thousanders (mountain summits of at least 5000m or 16,404 feet in elevation)  
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