This Tiny Home and Writing Studio Was Invented For a Children's Author

By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
The newest model from New Frontier Tiny Homes was designed for bestselling author Cornelia Funke, and is now available for $125,000.

When acclaimed German children's author Cornelia Funke, best known for the Inkheart trilogy, first contacted David Latimer of Nashville–based New Frontier Tiny Homes, she was living in Los Angeles and looking to buy beachside property. Additionally, she wanted to build an off-grid, tiny home on the property which could serve as both a writing studio and guest quarters for visiting friends. When she finally found the right piece of land, an old avocado farm near Zuma Beach in Malibu, she commissioned Latimar to craft a customized tiny home at his facility in Nashville, Tennessee.

The corrugated exterior echoes an old, corrugated shed on author Cornelia Funke's Malibu property.

The corrugated exterior echoes an old, corrugated shed on author Cornelia Funke's Malibu property.

The 250-square-foot unit was built on a trailer, and after completion, Latimar drove it out to Funke's Malibu property to personally deliver it himself. Funke was so happy with the results that after a few days, she ordered another. 

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The tiny home was built on a trailer for easy mobility. 

The tiny home was built on a trailer for easy mobility. 

Now anyone can order the Cornelia Tiny House, which comes in at around $125,000 (depending on customizations). New Frontiers also offers a larger version of the Cornelia with an extra ground-floor bed, a larger kitchen, and a larger full bath. Scroll through for a look inside the original Cornelia, which was photographed in Nashville prior to its big move out West.

One challenge Latimer faced was that Funke wanted natural light, but also a sense of privacy. 

One challenge Latimer faced was that Funke wanted natural light, but also a sense of privacy. 

Every detail was customized specifically to meet Funke's requirements, including the custom paint and stain. The reclaimed hardwood floors are a mix of woods, and all the interior siding is maple. 

Every detail was customized specifically to meet Funke's requirements, including the custom paint and stain. The reclaimed hardwood floors are a mix of woods, and all the interior siding is maple. 

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