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New Frontier Design’s Luna tiny home.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography

  • Tiny homes have been all the rage throughout COVID-19.

  • One luxury tiny home maker says he saw demand “explode” by five times during the pandemic.

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  • Take a look inside New Frontier Design’s most popular and “economical” $95,000 tiny home, the Luna.

Tiny houses have been all the rage throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, from a $100,000 smart home that was so popular, it crashed its maker’s website …

a black tiny home with a large glass wall on a snowy field

New Frontier Design’s Luna tiny home.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography.

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… to the opening of six multimillion-dollar colorful tiny home villages in Los Angeles designed to shelter the city’s unhoused population.

the couch next to large windows and the staircase

New Frontier Design’s Luna tiny home.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography.

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One segment of little living units, in particular, has received plenty of attention throughout COVID-19 and the consequential real estate boom: luxury tiny homes.

a black tiny home with a large glass wall on a snowy field

New Frontier Design’s Luna tiny home.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography.

This may seem paradoxical to a typical homeowner, but David Latimer — founder and CEO of tiny home company New Frontier Design — says interest in his tiny homes has been “amazing” since the start of COVID-19.

a wide angle view of the tiny home's staircase, loft, kitchen, windows, and entry door

New Frontier Design’s Luna tiny home.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography.

According to Latimer, demand for his tiny homes had already been growing steadily since before COVID-19 …

a black tiny home with a large glass wall on a snowy field

New Frontier Design’s Luna tiny home.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography.

… but the onset of the pandemic caused demand to “explode” by five times, especially from customers with less constrained budgets.

a black tiny home with a large glass wall on a snowy field at sunset

New Frontier Design’s Luna tiny home.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography.

“Tiny homes initially had viral popularity,” Latimer told Insider. “We get hundreds of inquiries every month and people are still really excited about them across demographics.”

a wide angle view of the tiny home's staircase, loft, kitchen, windows, and entry door

New Frontier Design’s Luna tiny home.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography.

But Latimer doesn’t peg this skyrocketing interest in tiny homes to some viral internet trend.

a birds eye view of the tiny home's living room and kitchen next to a large glass wall

New Frontier Design’s Luna tiny home.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography

Instead, he believes current real estate trends like the hot housing market and rise in remote living and work have helped boost public interest in downsized living.

a staircase with decor items and lights under the handrail

New Frontier Design’s Luna tiny home.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography

His company’s lineup of luxury tiny homes currently ranges from a $95,000 unit that can sleep two people, to a $209,000 home that can sleep up to six. Both are less than 400 square feet.

a bathroom with a vanity, shelves, shower, sink

New Frontier Design’s Luna tiny home.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography

The least expensive unit, the Luna, was first unveiled in early 2021 as one of the company’s more “economical” tiny homes that can sleep two people, Latimer said.

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storage units holding towels, books, and plants

New Frontier Design’s Luna tiny home.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography

This “more attainable price point” with Latimer’s self-proclaimed “unique design” quickly made Luna one of New Frontier Design’s most popular products.

a dark bathroom with a lit up round mirror

New Frontier Design’s Luna tiny home.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography

If you have a difficult time seeing how a $95,000 256-square-foot trailer could be considered economical, just compare the Luna to New Frontier Design’s other tiny homes.

kitchen shelves next to a window showing a snowy field

New Frontier Design’s Luna tiny home.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography

The company’s six-person Escher and four-person Orchid builds are also popular among its customers.

a wooden tiny home with an extended terrace

New Frontier Design’s Alpha.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography

And both start at $209,000 and $195,000, respectively.

a two-level tiny home with dining room

New Frontier Design’s Escher.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography

New Frontier Design also has another model that can accommodate up to two people …

a tiny home in a field at night

New Frontier Design’s Orchid.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography

… but that build, the Alpha, is about double the price of the Luna at $189,000.

a lofted bed over a bathroom behind a kitchen

New Frontier Design’s Alpha.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography

Given the price tag of his tiny homes, Latimer says his clients are typically “higher net worth individuals [like] celebrities who have a remote piece of property.”

a black tiny home with a large glass wall on a snowy field at sunset

New Frontier Design’s Luna tiny home.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography

“Tiny homes continue to have a stigma of having a DIY, crafty, crappy quality, but actually no, this product is 10 times better quality than your house,” he said.

the kitchen space in front of the bathroom next to the staircase

New Frontier Design’s Luna tiny home.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography

Let’s take a look inside the most popular build, the “economical” asymmetrical Luna.

a black tiny home with a large glass wall on a snowy field at sunset

New Frontier Design’s Luna tiny home.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography

Luna stands at 25 feet long, 8.5 feet wide, and 13.5 feet tall.

a black tiny home with windows  on a snowy field at sunset

New Frontier Design’s Luna tiny home.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography

It’s mounted on a 25-foot double axle trailer and weighs 13,000 pounds.

a black tiny home with a large glass wall on a snowy field at sunset

New Frontier Design’s Luna tiny home.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography

The inside of the 256-square-foot Luna includes a living room, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom …

A person standing inside the Luna

New Frontier Design’s Luna tiny home.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography

… and a full wall of windows.

the living room in front of a large wall of windows

New Frontier Design’s Luna tiny home.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography

The interior is almost completely white, creating a brighter space to compliment the LED lights speckled throughout the home and the large windows that bring in plenty of natural light.

a staircase with integrated storage units leading up to a loft

New Frontier Design’s Luna tiny home.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography

The glass entry door leads right into the living room …

the living room in front of a large wall of windows with the kitchen in the foreground

New Frontier Design’s Luna tiny home.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography

… which has enough space for a sofa, coffee table, and dining table.

a two-person dining table across from the couch next to a large window

New Frontier Design’s Luna tiny home.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography

The kitchen is right across from the living room.

a kitchen sink and countertop next to kitchen shelves with glasses and decor

New Frontier Design’s Luna tiny home.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography

The home may be small, but the kitchen includes more than the bare necessities.

a dark tiny home's kitchen and staircast lit up with LED lights

New Frontier Design’s Luna tiny home.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography

It has a full sink, refrigerator …

a dark kitchen lit up with LED lights

New Frontier Design’s Luna tiny home.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography

… dual burner electric cooktop, and a convection oven that doubles as a microwave.

the kitchen space in front of the bathroom next to the staircase

New Frontier Design’s Luna tiny home.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography

This cooking space also has ample shelves and cabinets …

kitchen shelves with glasses and decor

New Frontier Design’s Luna tiny home.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography

… and enough room to fit a washing machine, according to pictures of the interior.

a dishwasher under shelves and a fridge

New Frontier Design’s Luna tiny home.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography

Moving along. The bathroom is just beyond the kitchen past a barn door.

the kitchen space in front of the bathroom next to the staircase

New Frontier Design’s Luna tiny home.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography

Similar to a typical bathroom in a full-sized home, Luna’s bathroom has a vanity, shower, sink, toilet, and additional shelves.

a large glass shower besides a sink

New Frontier Design’s Luna tiny home.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography

Like many tiny home models, the Luna has storage units hidden in unique spaces.

a bathroom with a vanity, shelves, and sink

New Frontier Design’s Luna tiny home.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography

Just take a closer look at Luna’s staircase, which doubles as a series of cabinets.

a kitchen and staircase with integrated storage units leading up to a loft

New Frontier Design’s Luna tiny home.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography

This staircase leads right up to the loft.

a lofted bedroom with grey storage units on the ground next to the bed

New Frontier Design’s Luna tiny home.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography

The tiny home can sleep up to two people on a king bed in this little lofted area.

a lofted bedroom with a bed on the ground

New Frontier Design’s Luna tiny home.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography

“[Luna] is really simple, functional, and open,” Latimer said. “And I think people were definitely drawn to the price point. So people who have been wanting to buy one of my tiny homes for years now are like, ‘oh, I can afford that.'”

a black tiny home with a large glass wall on a snowy field

New Frontier Design’s Luna tiny home.Design by David Latimer // New Frontier Design. Photographs by Studiobuell Photography

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