Designer Builds €1,000 Open Source Design Tiny Home in 100 hours

African born designer Ryan Frank redefines sustainability, resourcefulness, and living close to nature with his €1,000 tiny home. He was initially inspired by humble yurts and domes, but explored an open source design he found off the internet and just started making his own improvements on it.

The design is called a “boathouse” or “gothic arch” structure, with the shape of an upside-down hull of a boat. With all costs considered, the house amounts to only €1,000, or less than $1,500—cheaper than the average American home. It was built in 100 hours, or three days.


What makes this tiny house special is its flexible, sustainable design that fits neatly into the surrounding area. While it uses only a minimum of space, it offers almost everything Frank could need. It has a built in sheep wool insulation, green canvas exterior, and wooden panel interior, which all contribute to a well-insulated, breathable space.

Since the space is small, it heats up easily due to the insulation and a wood burner. It’s like a wooden sauna, Frank says, and reveals that it’s the warmest house he’s lived in even during the winter. Furnishings are lo-fi and basic, and energy comes from 100-watt solar panels. There is a separate caravan that serves as his kitchen and dining area. He has built an outdoor shower, and while it looks fun, I bet it’d be a nightmare for most people.

Take a virtual tour of Ryan Frank’s sustainable tiny home in this video:

This sustainable boathouse is Frank’s ultimate dream project. His design vision is unique and inspiring for anyone interested in committing to sustainable tiny house living.

Read more about his design philosophy and check out his collection of sustainable and edgy free-range furniture at

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