This Innovative Tiny Home With a Slide-Out Lounge Starts at $99K

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By Michele Koh Morollo
The 307-square-foot Sojourner by Häuslein Tiny House Co. can travel with you—or even expand when you’re ready to stake a claim.

Built by Australian company Häuslein Tiny House Co., the Sojourner tiny house features a well insulated, treated pine timber frame clad in matte Colorbond steel and oiled Western Red Cedar, giving its shell both strength and warmth. 

The 307-square-foot tiny home even has a trick up its sleeve—the Sojourner’s innovative, slide-out lounge area opens up the interiors for added living space. It’s an idea born from experience, which Häuslein co-founders Scott and Sarah Rohdich have from their two years spent living in a tiny house of their own.

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The Sojourner tiny house was built atop a high-quality, galvanized trailer chassis.

The Sojourner tiny house was built atop a high-quality, galvanized trailer chassis.

The trailer is set on wheels, so the home is easily relocatable, and can be registered as a caravan. A power drill winds the slide-out inward and outward.

The trailer is set on wheels, so the home is easily relocatable, and can be registered as a caravan. A power drill winds the slide-out inward and outward.

Though compact in size, the Sojourner doesn’t disappoint on functionality. "We decided on full-size, efficient, and high-quality appliances including a 450-liter fridge, full-size gas oven and stove, dishwasher, microwave, and washing machine," says Sarah. 

Solid pine tongue-and-groove paneling and floors line the interior. Benchtops are crafted from beautiful, solid Cypress Pine timber. 

Solid pine tongue-and-groove paneling and floors line the interior. Benchtops are crafted from beautiful, solid Cypress Pine timber. 

For the display model, the designers incorporated a keyless entry; an efficient Panasonic split-system air conditioner; and a full-sized, genuine leather chaise couch with a 43-inch, ultra high definition, smart TV in the living area. 

The Rohdichs had to carefully consider the floor plan in order to include full-size appliances for maximum functionality.

The Rohdichs had to carefully consider the floor plan in order to include full-size appliances for maximum functionality.

The highlight of this tiny house is its innovative living nook—where the leather chaise sectional fits snugly—which can slide outward to free up internal space.  

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The sleeping area is contained within a cozy loft that’s accessible via a carpeted, handmade cypress pine ladder.

The sleeping area is contained within a cozy loft that’s accessible via a carpeted, handmade cypress pine ladder.

"Under the high ceiling, surrounded by generous windows, you feel like you have a very spacious living area," says Sarah. "The interior decor has a mixture of modern, slightly bohemian, and earthy elements. We chose light, airy, hand-sewn curtains, black fixtures and lighting, and included decorative filament globes for added warmth."

The kitchen cupboards were built with a durable, premium kitchen spruce ply product. 

The kitchen cupboards were built with a durable, premium kitchen spruce ply product. 

"Every element of the home is built to last generations, and age beautifully. There is a pull out pantry, storage behind the kickboards, a full wardrobe, laundry shoot from upstairs bedroom into wardrobe cupboard below and generous cupboards and shelving throughout," says Scott. 

This sleeping loft has a queen-sized mattress with plenty of headroom for reading in bed. 

This sleeping loft has a queen-sized mattress with plenty of headroom for reading in bed. 

In the bathroom/laundry is a full size shower and toilet with stunning, stone-like epoxy floor, and a small sink. 

In the bathroom/laundry is a full size shower and toilet with stunning, stone-like epoxy floor, and a small sink. 

The Sojourner starts at $99,000 AUD, and the display model is available for $125,000.

Project Credits: 

Designer and builder: Hauslein Tiny House / @hausleintinyhouseco

Design consultants: Bed, Bath + Table 

Kitchen cabinetry manufacturer: Old Lake Joinery