Very seldom in today’s modern tiny house movement does a house come along that just leaves one with mouth agape. It’s craftsmanship, artisanship, vision, and overall aesthetic are without reproach. One of those moments comes though when Handcrafted Movement is called to attention. Hailing from Battleground, Washington, this collective of specialists is relatively unknown in the tiny house world but perhaps only because their portfolio is so rich in detail and so wrought with customization. Both their 26′ Urban Craftsman tiny house on wheels and their 24′ Artists Retreat tiny house on wheels, are no slouches and simply defy what is commonly accepted as a tiny house on wheels. From the use of multiple materials on the exterior (which blend wood and metal) to the raw edged wood and copper accents inside, their flagship tiny houses are superior.
Created by Matt Impola, the Handcrafted Movement was born out of a desire to pursue excellence and creativity. It is much more than just a workshop for creating products. In Impola’s own words, “[it] is about questioning the status quo and finding a more excellent way in all that we put our head, heart and hands to”. Handcrafted America is locked in on playing a role in the rebirth of American ingenuity and quality in manufacturing; something they are doing in a number of ways. Their online gallery spotlights product packaging, skateboards, furniture, and even entryways; all done with precision and style.
Impola is also quick to point out, “There is something magical and life giving about transforming raw materials into functional art. In a world of homogeneous overproduction I strive to go against the grain and alter the natural materials as little as possible. I’m equally interested in form and function so strive to make beautiful objects that will work well in the real world for years to come. I enjoy finding ways to integrate multiple mediums in what I create such as wood, leather, glass, metal and live plants.”
Those integrations are especially found in the Urban Craftsman tiny house. It seems almost impossible that the home is only 26′ in length. Upon entry one immediately notices the rich picture frame molding painted a deep Venetian blue. Set against salvaged barnwood edges and crisp, white window frames and molding, the Craftsman entry is more richly detailed than most traditional ‘sticks n bricks’ houses. This says nothing of the kitchen with its deep, farmhouse sink, copper fixtures, antique stove, and white subway tile in a houndstooth pattern. It is easy to imagine standing in front of the oven, waiting for a basted turkey to finish, with the smells of cranberry sauce and oyster stuffing filling the air, wine in hand, and a fire gently cracking across the room.
The sleeping loft and bathroom are equally impressive although less showy. They are both spotless in finish, roomy, and light and airy. There are splashes of copper accents, intelligent uses of salvaged wood, and compliments of mosaic tile. Using the restroom in a tiny house has never been such a pleasure!
While the Handcrafted Movement is booked through 2017, their energy and creativity is worth the wait and their vision is inspiring from any angle.