7 Brilliant Types of Tiny Houses For Off-Grid Living & Holidays

log cabin in the woods

From wooden cabins and farmland yurts to narrowboats and mobile houses, living in tiny house is becoming a more popular option for many in the UK.

If you’re looking for a more simple, sustainable life, a type of tiny house could be the right alternative for you.

Below are 7 types of tiny house that won’t leave you with a couple of hundred thousand pound mortgage.

The Tiny House movement

Forget about mansions and sprawling country estates, the tiny house movement is here.

As the pace of modern-day life continues to accelerate, people are seeking quiet, away-from-it-all sanctuary. In the case of the tiny home, it’s not the size that matters, it’s how the space is used effectively to create tranquillity and comfort, which they do perfectly.

A tiny house offers owners, admirers and holidayers a chance to unwind and ponder over what actually matters in life. It’s not about material objects, possessions and so much space you don’t know what to do with, it’s about the essential amenities and comfortable enough surroundings that you have all you need.

Tiny houses offer mini-luxury but without the extravagance – appreciating these artful, nature-loving retreats with immaculate tiny house interior designs is a true tonic for increased well-being.

Here’s a round-up of 7 of the most inspiring types of tiny dream homes you can venture to, to recharge the batteries, relax and enjoy your immediate surroundings.


#1. Wooden Tiny House

wooden tiny house being towed by car in uk forest
Image: Wooden tiny house by tinyhouseuk.co.uk

Now wooden homes can be all sizes, but the tiny wooden home is growing in popularity due simply to space restrictions and lower costs. A tiny wooden home can be bought as new or put together as a self-build project. Once completed they offer a compact, cosy living space.

Big bonuses are they are cheap to heat with plenty of eco-friendly heating options, have all your necessary amenities and general don’t need planning permission (do always check as individual circumstances can come into play). Some of these tiny homes can be towed into position and craned into your ideal location – more often that not into a garden or larger open space in the grounds of a larger home.

This is becoming a particular attractive option to young adults who aren’t yet on the property ladder and have a friend or family with the land available. For a tiny wooden home, you don’t need a huge deposit as you would when buying a traditional, mortgaged home. They also allow the occupier to live a less expensive life and have better green, environmental credentials.

Tiny house builders in the UK include tinyhouseuk.co.uk and tinyecohomesuk.com.


#2. Yurt

large yurt tent for holidays

Yurts are the beautiful, circular structures that originated in the steppes of Central Asia, but are now a popular alternative on the glamping scene in the UK, Europe and the US. Unlike your traditional camping set-up, yurts have tonnes of spaces and are built to be semi-permanent structures.

They are constructed via a latticework skeleton with rib-like roof rafters centralising on a wheel, or crown, at the top of the structure, ensuring the whole thing has strength and tension. Modern day yurts are often made from a wooden or sometimes metal, circular frame with a central supporting pole connecting the crown to the ground and one main doorframe. The frame is generally covered with felt, tarpaulin or waterproof canvas.

Inside the yurt, you can expect to find almost everything you need for a very comfortable stay – they are a tiny home after all. Holiday yurts can be fitted with all the right home comforts, features such as bathrooms, kitchens, chairs/beanbags/chill out space, a wooden stove and of course a large, comfy bed all fitted into the circular interior which offers true minimalism and security.


#3. Forest cabin

log cabin in the woods

When you think about a forest cabin the words that immediately to mind are: rustic, remote and magical – a forest cabin may well be the elite of tiny homes. Surrounded by lush green trees, a bed of leaves on the floor in the background and that immediately tranquil wooden exterior, they’re very much a place of dreams and usually confined to the film scenes.

Now however they’re very much accessible for those wishing to take a romantic trip away, take the kids and have an action, fresh air-filled adventure or give the dog an extremely good holiday.  

The remoteness of forest cabins also means they’re more likely to be ‘off-grid’ and not hooked up to mains electricity, gas and water. If this is the case there are plenty of ways to access these amenities it’s just something to be aware of for new forest cabin owners and those holidaying there, although alternative methods should be fully explained before you book your stay. For some this off-grid living is something that’s actively seaked out to offer a more authentic outdoors experience.

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#4. Narrowboat / Houseboat

Being the only tiny house in the list not to be situated on terra firma, houseboats offer something very different – life on the water. This style of living or holidaying isn’t for everyone and it does take a little specialist knowledge to be comfortable with living and sleeping in an unfamiliar setting for most.

Houseboats are the vehicles of the waterways and come in a variety of different sizes, from the long narrow boats or barges to the shorter and taller alternatives. It’s also important to note that a houseboat can be one of two things:

  • Tethered to the side of the moor and therefore static, or
  • Fully mobile with an engine

For experienced boats, the ability to navigate wherever you want and enjoy an assortment of sceneries that pass you by is what makes the houseboat unique.

Inside a barge-style houseboat is long and narrow. Space has to be used very carefully and cleverly not to make it seem too small and cramped. Many people enjoy living on a houseboat full time, so this isn’t a problem. Houseboats contain all the necessities including a bed (potentially double), kitchen, seating area, bathroom and toilet. Also, they have an outdoor area where the steering is done and where you can also take a seat, soak up the fresh air and absorbs the changing scenery.


#5. Shepherd’s Hut

blue shepherds hut in green lush background
Image: The iconic shepherd’s hut in all its glory. This hut comes from Roundhill huts.

One of the newest tiny homes on the block, the humble shepherd’s hut is rapidly growing in popularity across the UK. The compact, countryside style make the hut a front runner when it comes to weekend getaways and holiday retreats where there’s fresh air aplenty.

Set on four cast iron wheels, with a distinct curved corrugated roof and outside wooden or corrugated cladding, the hut can be positioned in almost any idyllic setting – as long as the owner has the planning permission and rights of course. The bigger huts, measuring over 14” long and 7” wide can nicely fit in a double bed, kitchen, hob, seating area, a toilet and showering facilities, with their immaculate interior design and use of space.

With your shepherd’s hut holiday pad, you’re almost guaranteed to find a small wood-burning stove installed too, which is ideal for a cosy escape where you can forget about your worries – just imagine that warm, comfortable feeling as you sit back, take a sip from a tipple of your choice, open a book (or potentially your Netflix account) and glance across at a roaring fire. Bliss.

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#6. RVs or Recreational Vehicles

RVs are perhaps the original tiny home. Even before the modern age of motorised vehicles came into existence, people far and wide would double up their mode of transport as their living quarters. The type of RV we know now emerged not long after the first vehicles did in the 1910s and were used by people looking for an alternative to camping in a tent. Modern RVs are also a little more spacious than the other tiny homes featured on this list and offer a comfortable living quarters.

If you’re thinking about a travelling holiday around a region where your accommodation and transport are all rolled in to one, there’s nothing better than a RV. If you’re thinking of buying a RV, one of the main benefits is that you tend to buy them already complete and ready to go, unless you are buying one that needs renovating.

RVs are now extremely popular, especially in America where around 10 million households also own a RV. Popularity is at a record high because of the lifestyle they offer, allowing owners to get away for an extended holiday at the drop of a hat – perfect flexibility and comfort.

Check out Camper Report for more excellent info on everything you could possibly know about RVs.


#7. Shipping Containers

Unlike some of the tiny homes that can blend into their surroundings, a shipping container is one of the more vocally visible tiny homes. As you’d expect, a shipping container has been manufactured to last and resist almost anything. Made from steel, a 20ft (6m) container weighs around 2.2 tonnes and a 40ft (12.1m) container weighs around 4.2 tonnes – they won’t be blown over by a stiff breeze.

There are around 20 million shipping containers in the world with only 5-6 million actually in use and being used for transport. This means there are around 11 million containers lying stagnant and waiting to be used – reusing an existing container is a good option for the environmentally-focussed.

Shipping containers have become one of the most common ways to create a tiny house. The attractiveness is in their simplicity – familiar, sturdy, pre-fabricated cuboid shape means you already know exactly what you have to work with. It’s a case of choosing a size to create your wonderful living space. If you’re looking to expand in the future, each container can also be used as a module to create a larger home, but for now we’ll just focus on the tiny!

white converted tiny house shipping container with plants

Tiny houses are surging in popularity. Whether it’s for a weekend vacation, the location for a surprise trip or even to make into a permanent home, the excellent choice of inspiring places with amazing interior designs is all yours to be explored and enjoyed.


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