A vacation home doesn't have to be massive to be a relaxing getaway. The 100-square-foot Galiano 100 tiny house is a prime example of how clever design and a gorgeous location is all you need.
Kris and Ali, a newly engaged couple, wanted to create a place that could be shared with their family and friends. Their property is located off the coast of Vancouver, and they tapped local firm Trim Studio to help bring their vision to life. The design requirements were straightforward; the couple wanted a living room, kitchen, wood-burning stove, bathroom, bedroom, patio, outdoor shower, and a place to store logs. The caveat, however, was that the structure couldn’t exceed 100 square feet and be more than 16 feet tall.
With the size restrictions in mind, Trim Studio began designing a secluded tiny vacation home. They situated the front of the building towards the northeast and installed floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors. Above the entrance, they placed large windows. Together, the glazing offers an incredible view of the Strait of Georgia as well as downtown Vancouver.
The interior of Galiano 100 has an airy look and feel. Using white paneling that contrasts with natural wood, the mostly light-neutral palette is accented by black lower cabinets in the kitchenette and dark trim throughout. This aesthetic, along with the ample natural light, makes the space seem a lot larger than it actually is. To further maximize the precious real estate, Trim Studio also employed some square footage-saving measures. The bedroom is a loft and bathroom is hidden under the stairs. Any lighting is placed in the ceiling and features like open shelving preserve functionality without adding to clutter.
The idyllic natural surroundings mean that plenty of time will be spent outdoors, and Trim Studio has made the exterior as appealing as the interior. Surrounding three sides of Galiano 100 is a wood porch with an outdoor shower, grill, and log storage. Beyond the front steps is a secondary deck that is perfect for lounging with a jacuzzi and Adirondack chairs for ultimate relaxation.