This Tiny Home offers a private main floor bedroom, sleeping loft and storage loft!

Take a look inside the Escape One XL a tiny house on wheels with two lofts. After the debut of the Escape One, the Wisconsin-based Escape Traveler Company created the Escape One XL, which offers a private main floor bedroom, with a sleeping loft, and a storage loft. Like the smaller Escape One, the Escape One XL is a 30-foot tiny house design that is wrapped in shou sugi ban siding, and the interior of this tiny house design is finished with natural pine siding that feels light and spacious. Clerestory windows, large picture windows, and a full light front door help to provide an abundance of natural light. The Escape One XL measures 388-square-feet in size including the two lofts, and the inside ceiling height is 11 feet 4 inches, which allows for nearly 5 feet of head space in the lofts. The main floor bedroom in the Escape One XL has french doors, a closet, and panoramic windows.

The kitchen in the Escape One XL is outfitted with maple cabinetry, a 3/4 refrigerator, along with a full size five burner gas range with venting microwave overhead. The bathroom has a washer/dryer combo, with maple cabinetry, a full-size tub and shower combo, and a flush toilet. The Escape Traveler company offers several different options, including an off-grid package. The tiny house design company has other tiny houses on wheels available to include the Escape Traveler, Escape One, Tradition, Getaway, Vintage, the Vista, Traveler, and the Traveler XL.

The term Shou Sugi Ban is Japanese, and it translates to burnt cedar board. The term Shou Sugi Ban is commonly used to describe the centuries old Japanese technique of charring (Sugi) cedar planks which are then used for residential siding, decking and fencing projects. Originally, Japanese carpenters looking for an artistic and unique wood finish that would also improve the durability of the wood, and they used recovered driftwood from the coastlines of Japan. Because of the weathering process, the wood undergoes when it is subjected to the harsh environment of the surf, saltwater, and sun, Japanese driftwood was prized for its unique appearance and its durability in many different carpentry mediums. Driftwood that had undergone the weathering process was in short supply while demand in Japan for such a unique product was high. So the Japanese then turned to another weathering process to help them achieve the durability and unique aesthetic. Fire, in this case, is what provided the preservative, and the unique and artistic dimension that Japanese homeowners and craftsman were looking for. The practice of charring known as Sugi and commonly referred to in the United States as Japanese Cedar has been common in Japan since at least the 1700s, and possibly earlier. In the last 50 to 100 years, the practice of Shou Sugi Ban has fallen out of favor in Japan because of the advent of modern plastic or cement based siding, fencing and decking. Additionally, wood in Japan has also been in short supply for quite a while, and most wood for building has to be imported, which increases its cost. These factors are what caused Shou Sugi Ban to become a lost technique.

In the early 2000′s, the method of Shou Sugi Ban was rediscovered, first in the country of Japan, but then the method quickly gained the attention of architects and hoe designers in Europe and North America. It didn't take long before it started showing up in custom designed homes and buildings. You will find the XL Escape on Le Tuan Home Design site. On the site, you will find tiny houses on wheels, small house living, tiny house designs and more. **


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