La Tiny House: the French Tiny House Movement

Bruno Thiéry, a local builder in Normandy, is spearheading the French tiny house movement. Three years ago, Bruno was hired by an environmentalist friend, Yvan Saint-Jours, to build a tiny home. During construction, he became aware that tiny homes could help many Europeans increase their standard of living. He was inspired to make tiny houses more available Europe.

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Bruno Thiéry of La Tiny House company

“La Tiny House” & French Tiny Houses

In 2013, Bruno started his tiny house company, La Tiny House. Today the carpentry team behind the company has built over 15 tiny homes for european customers. One of the challenges of building tiny homes in France? Weight restrictions. Unlike in the United States where tiny homes have been known to weigh well over 10,000 pounds, in Europe the limit is 3.5 metric tons (or 7,716 pounds). That’s quite a difference! Bruno uses boat trailers for his tiny homes and has come up with several custom tiny house designs.

“First I was skeptical, I couldn’t see how one could live so small. But when building it, I realized the happiness it could bring.” – Bruno

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La Tiny House workshop in Normandy

French Tiny House Movement

Is the French tiny house movement growing? Recently we visited Bruno at his workshop in Normandy to discuss details. In the videos below, Bruno explains the challenges the French tiny house movement faces and why many Europeans are starting to embrace tiny homes.

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“Appalachia” Tiny Home, built by La Tiny House

One of the most recent tiny homes built by La Tiny House is the “Appalachia” model. This tiny is only 95 square feet, but includes a spacious bathroom, kitchen, staircase and lofted bedroom. It evens has a large removable porch, which is located on the tongue of the trailer! Perhaps the most surprising feature in the Appalachia Tiny Home is that the entire structure can be removed from the trailer. This is due to a requirement in France that states all trailer loads need to be easily removable. The advantage? La Tiny Homes can be placed on a foundation in the future when tinies become legal!

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Features of “Appalachia” Tiny Home:

  • Bathroom sink / shower combination unit
  • Modular staircase that converts in to a bench
  • Lightweight, durable roof
  • Live edge countertops
  • High ceilings for a tall customer
  • Full porch that folds up for travel
  • Tiny house can be removed from the trailer

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To find out more about La Tiny House company, visit their websitefacebook and instagram.


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Bruno Thiéry, charpentier en Normandie, est en tête du movement des tiny houses en France. Il y a trois ans, un ami environnementaliste, Yvan Saint-Jours, l’a embauché pour construire sa tiny house. Pendant la construction, Bruno s’est rendu compte que ce concept pouvait vraiment aider les européens à améliorer leur style de vie.

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Bruno Thiéry – La Tiny House

“La Tiny House” & Les Micro-Maisons En France

Bruno et ses collègues on créé l’entreprise La Tiny House en 2013. Ils ont depuis construit plus de 15 maisons pour le marché européen. Un des challenges techniques pour la construction de tiny houses en France? Le poids! Aux USA, les mini maisons sont souvent au delà des 4,5 tonnes et la limite en Europe est 3,5 tonnes. C’est une sacrée différence! Bruno utilise des remorques à bateau pour ses tiny houses.

“Au début j’étais un petit peu sceptique parce que je voyais pas trop comment on pouvait vivre dans aussi petit. Et finalement en la construisant, je me suis aperçu du bonheur que ça pouvait représenter.” – Bruno

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L’atelier de construction de La Tiny House en Normandie.

Le Mouvement Tiny House en France

Le mouvement des tiny houses a-t-il atteint la France? Nous avons récemment rendu visite à l’atelier de Bruno pour en parler plus. Dans la vidéo qui suit, Bruno explique les challenges pour ce nouveau mouvement ainsi que les raisons pour lesquelles les européens sont convaincus de leurs avantages.

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“Tiny Appalaches”, construite par La Tiny House

Un des plus récents projets construits par La Tiny House est le modèle “Appalaches”. Cette tiny fait moins de 9 mètres carrés et inclut une salle de bain, cuisine, un escalier modulable et une mezzanine. Elle a même une terrasse amovible sur l’avant de la remorque! Une des caractéristiques les plus intéressantes est sûrement le fait que la maison peut être séparée de la remorque si besoin, comme toutes les maisons construites par La Tiny House. C’est une restriction pour les remorques dénommées “plateau” sur lesquelles on peut fixer une charge qui doit être facilement amovible.

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Caractéristiques de la tiny Appalaches:

  • Douche avec évier intégré
  • Escalier modulable
  • Toit en toles polycarbonates
  • Comptoir en bois brut
  • Hauteur de plafond
  • Terrasse amovible
  • Remorque amovible

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Pour en savoir plus sur La Tiny House, visitez leur site webfacebook et instagram.

17 thoughts on “La Tiny House: the French Tiny House Movement”

  1. I’ve been researching about laws regarding what’s permitted in terms of codes but when it comes to Europe, it’s hard to access what is permitted and what isn’t. For example, I want to buy a small lot in France to build a tiny house on the foundation but this info is hard to come by. Any suggestions?

  2. Hi Bruno. My family’s dream is to own a tiny home in Europe for our summer vacations. We live in USA but we hv family across Europe. We want to be able to travel with our house to different countries over many years and have a safe place to store it when we aren’t around. I look forward to hearing from you.

  3. Wow, great read and video! The French designs are sublime! So beautiful. Wonderful to see how tiny houses are interpreted by the French.
    Thanks as always for your great blog.

  4. Pretty amazing that that Citroen works as a tow vehicle! Getting a lot out of those two cylinders, that’s for sure. :^) (sorry, just couldn’t resist)

    More seriously, I’m impressed that they were able to make it work to remove the house from a trailer without downgrading its structural integrity. Took some doing, that’s for sure.

  5. Do you have video or any info on the floor plan/layout of the TH with curved roof shown in the pic below first video in this post? LOVE the look! Thanks for this blog… love it!

  6. You know any tiny house builder in Spain?

    I love your blog, it make me wonder if I could live in house like that and I’m thinking in doing

    Thank you for the blog

  7. Do you guys know of any contacts in the USA for Kansas it would be greatly appreciated!!!!! Thank you so much for replying to my text, thank you so much!!!!

  8. Can you make a tiny house on wheels for someone in the USA? How much would it cost to build one with electrical, a loft and nothing else inside because I could do the rest?!?! Please email me back.

    1. I’m not sure who you’re trying to reach here… I it’d make sense for La Tiny House to make a house and ship it to the USA. If you’re asking us, we don’t build tiny houses. We just built ours and traveled with it. Tumbleweed Tiny House Company builds tiny houses in the USA though and they have a partially built model (I think they start around $15,000). There are many other builders in the USA too.

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