In Meurthe-et-Moselle, a small house serves as a ticket to the Compagnie des Bateaux de Metz

The two words “little house” have almost become words in everyday language as these little houses have started to take place in our landscape … Remember that this concept appears in the United States as an emergency solution to relocate those who have lost everything. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Five years later, in 2010, they arrived in France with the following principles: optimize space, gain prudence, use ecological materials … And definitely lower costs compared to a traditional house. In Meurthe-et-Moselle, we discovered Tiny house l’Essentiel, a family-run business specializing in lightweight wooden frame housing. And you will be able to discover the Maison des Bateliers, a small house re-invented as a ticket office for the Presentation of the Compagnie des Bateaux de Metz.

Who is essential to the small home?

This family business uses techniques inherited from wooden frame houses and custom builds. Therefore you will not find a catalog of the company, but beautiful examples of their achievements … Tiny House l’Essentiel is also committed to working with actors and local materials. The company is first and foremost Romain, trained by Compagnons du Devoir, who has worked for 20 years in a roof construction company, carpentry and timber … He is passionate about alternative habitats and started in 2019. And, c is also Antoine, shipbuilding technician which gradually evolved into the profession of designer and project manager. He joined the company’s adventure in 2021 after returning to his hometown of Lorraine.

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Small company houses…

To keep the small house concept intact, the Moselle company builds small houses with a maximum area of ​​20 m². Designers focus all their efforts for comfort even in a very small space. Inside a small house, there is a kitchen, a bedroom, a living room, a bathroom, heating, water and electricity. Small are manufactured in approved trailers for road and towable with EU permit. In addition, from the design stage, they are equipped with high-performance insulation materials such as cotton fiber or wood wool … Two ecological insulators, of course!

The little boatman’s house

The idea of ​​the Compagnie des Bateaux de Metz was to have a new ticket, unlike the kiosks we might recognize. This little house is installed on the waterfront, in the heart of the city and therefore awaits the ticket office for summer boat trips, departing from the port of Longeville lès Metz. Since it has become a “public place”, you will be able to see the work done by the company, maybe before you order yours! Everything is made to measure and its mobility will allow it to move easily in case of major floods, for example. Offers a very small space of 12.5 m² and is installed in a VLEMMIX galvanized steel trailer 6 m long. Doors and windows are double glazed carpentry made in France from wood (sliding windows are made of aluminum). The parquet floor is made of pine and the interior is made of fir. In view of its use, this small house is furnished with retractable table shelves. The wooden frame is grade 2 spruce and recycled cotton fiber insulation (100mm) on walls, floors and roof.

The Small House is essential
Photo: Tiny House the Essential

Tiny House l’Essentiel has also installed an HPV rain barrier and an Intello proclima hygro variable vapor barrier. The cover is made of curved aluminum trays with quilted thermo-lacquer on the legs and cladding with northern pine. There are alsoreversible air conditioner so that employees stay calm and welcome tourists on hot days? Want to call the little House l’Essentiel for your next little house, is here on the contact page of their website

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