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Florian Hartfiel and his team design in Tiny Lofts of Radebeul. Until now, surveys come almost
only big cities.

Radebeuler Florian Hartfiel needs little space to lead a happy life. He designs tiny lofts, especially small buildings. The little ones only have 15 square meters of living space. Thanks to the modules, they can be expanded.

Radebeuler Florian Hartfiel needs little space to lead a happy life. He designs tiny lofts, especially small buildings. The little ones only have 15 square meters of living space. Thanks to the modules, they can be expanded.

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By Beate Erler

Radebeul. In fact, Florian Hartfiel likes to be in big houses. As an opera singer and concert training, he plays theater. In the second pillar, it also has an office for the architecture and organization of the building on the Augustusweg in Radebeul. Last year, he founded his new brand "Tiny Lofts", with which he designs, builds and transports miniature modules. In addition to his studies, he was already interested in construction. "During my travels as a backpacker, I found time and time again that we needed little space to lead a happy life," said the 46-year-old young man.

In September, the first self-financed model house will be ready. It will be built in Meissen by the carpenter René Schlimpfert on Ziegelstraße 11 and will soon be visited by those interested. The idea behind this: most families build big houses with many rooms, so that there is enough space for everyone.

"As a result, many fields finance a small part of their life, about 20 years, which is basically empty," says Florian Hartfiel. Tiny Lofts, on the other hand, are houses where you can live in the smallest of spaces while being able to enlarge it with modules. If they are no longer needed, they can be used or sold, explains native Dresdner, who has been living in Radebeul since 2003.

Faced with a housing shortage and excessive rents, architects worry about the possibility of modern living in miniature homes such as tiny houses, transportable buildings or extension houses. . The smaller mini homes have one floor and a living area of ​​15 square meters. This is certainly not the dream of your own home for everyone.

In Germany, users of this alternative way of life are mainly concerned with reducing size and therefore costs. They want to limit themselves, live a minimalist life and thus improve their quality of life. Students or professionals who have to move live temporarily in tiny houses. Others use it as a holiday home or weekend and as an office.

German construction law is the most important problem for anyone who wants to move into a mini-house. There is a lack of locations as they are not yet planned in urban planning. In addition, a building permit must be obtained to acquire land and provide electricity, water and sewage. Even the planning office of the city of Radebeul considers Tiny Lofts a rather difficult form of life: "They are difficult to integrate into existing urban landscapes", says Amtsleiter Ulrich Schröder, "they do not fit into the typical structure of Radebeul villas ". In addition, they would not be due to the building permit allowed. The Construction Authority is the local point of contact for interested parties, but so far no one has indicated that they want to move into a small house.

Florian Hartfiel believes that German construction law is likely to evolve. Many supporters of miniature houses demand that German building laws be adapted to changes and new needs, and tiny houses must be taken into account. "Moreover, unfortunately, it is clear that many new buildings in Radebeul do not visually integrate the structure of typical villas," says Hartfiel. For example, he could imagine his tiny lofts on a villa plot as an outbuilding or a guest house.

It has already received numerous inquiries from Hamburg, Bavaria and Lusatia, where holiday villages and smaller collective housing projects need to be created. Until now, Florian Hartfiel and his team of architects, designers, structural engineers and construction specialists have proposed lofts of 21 and 18 square meters and an additional module of nine square meters. The peculiarity of them is that they look less full-bodied and smaller than other small houses. "Above all, we built the building up to a height of five meters with partially open ceiling heights," Hartfiel said. This makes a second level and a spacious feeling possible.

For many communities, the creation of affordable housing and new approaches to housing, such as Tiny House Park, was a political mandate. It would be a figurehead for the community. "Of course, we would be happy if we could build our project in the area."