- Build Tiny unveiled its latest tiny home on wheels: the $103,190 Dark Horse, which was designed and constructed during the pandemic.
- The single-level Dark Horse has a bedroom, living room, kitchen with a breakfast bar, and a dual-purpose laundry and bathroom.
- The conception of the Dark Horse came when two of Build Tiny's customers backed out of projects amid the pandemic, leaving the team of builders with a gap in their schedule.
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Build Tiny has unveiled its latest project: the Dark Horse, an approximately $103,190 tiny home on wheels that was designed and constructed during the pandemic.
Build Tiny specializes in, you guessed it, building custom tiny homes that sit on trailer chassis. This one in particular has a bedroom, living space, kitchen with a breakfast bar, and a dual purpose laundry and bathroom.
But unlike most of the New Zealand-based company's little homes on wheels, the Dark Horse wasn't created for or named by a client. Instead, it was designed and built in-house by the team of builders that then had to come up with and vote on its name, the latter a task that's normally delegated to the client.
"The thinking behind it is ... a 'dark horse' is a term usually used to refer to someone that was previously taken for granted, but rose to prominence in a situation — something akin to an underdog success story," Build Tiny's director and designer Gina Stevens told Business Insider in an email interview. "That's how we view ourselves as a company in some ways, and also the tiny house is quite unassuming from the outside, but has a few surprises on the inside."
Source: YouTubeThe couch space is across from the entrance of the tiny home and sits underneath floating shelves … ... that then lead into the overhead kitchen cabinet and LED strip light. There is storage throughout the interior, including a shoe storage unit under the television space that's right by the entrance of the home. The kitchen is split into two halves that run parallel to each other, but several of the appliances — specifically the refrigerator and microwave — need to be purchased separately with the "extra appliance package," which also includes a washing machine. One side of the kitchen has the pull-out trash and recycling disposal drawer, sink, dishwasher, and space for a microwave and refrigerator freezer … … while the other half holds the dual gas cooktop with an overhead slide-out hood, magnetic backsplash to hold spices, gas oven, slide-out pantry, and breakfast bar. Past the kitchen and its sliding door is the laundry and bathroom. In terms of laundry, the room holds the hamper, cabinets, wall-mounted drying rack, and washing machine if the "extra appliance package" is purchased. But for bathroom use, the space has a sink, mirror next to the windows, composting toilet, and standing shower with a shower dome. On the opposite end of the tiny home is the bedroom, which comes with several storage units that surround the bed. The bed itself can also lift up to reveal under-bed storage. Besides the extra appliances, the tiny home can be upgraded to include an off-grid underfloor gas heater or an off-grid solar system. But otherwise, the Dark Horse comes with a power hookup point. "Most of the reputable tiny house builders like us have a pipeline of work extending well into 2021, so the fact that the Dark Horse tiny house is already built and ready to be delivered is very appealing to many," Stevens wrote. The home — which will be available after October 17 — can be shipped internationally.