On the outskirts of Bengaluru lie a sequence of ‘tiny houses’, located amid lush natural farms and reasonably dense forest covers. These usually are not your common resort or homestay — they arrive as movable constructions that purpose to embrace minimalism and “a return to nature”.
Designed by architect and entrepreneur Arsh Bansal, these have been arrange below the aegis of Tenpy, a journey startup that builds tiny houses in Karnataka.
The thought, the 29-year-old says, was impressed by his childhood within the hills, which constructed his inclination for tranquility and the setting.
“Despite the fact that I used to be born in Lucknow, I grew up in Mussoorie, a serene land away from the hustle of the town. After I moved to Bengaluru for training, that’s what I missed essentially the most — the lull of timber and sight of hills,” he tells The Higher India
After his bachelor’s in structure, Arsh took up a postgraduate diploma in environmental design and later labored in a number of internships in sustainable structure practices. He says that following these, he felt an urge to place collectively one thing of his personal. That is when he revisited the subject of tiny houses, which he had learnt about throughout his MSc years in the past.
In 2020, Tenpy opened its first house in Doddenahalli. “Rusty, my first undertaking, was designed fully from scratch and constructed below my steerage. The thought of the journey startup is to provide you with tiny houses in nature for digital detox and as a getaway from metropolis life,” he shares.
The canopied tents
“The title Tenpy,” Arsh explains, “is a mixture of two phrases — tent to focus on temporariness, and cover for permanence.”
The startup at present has six houses, and is developing two extra in Maharashtra, that are set to open inside two months. Arsh personally selects every spot for the houses.
“I normally search for natural farms or secluded areas not too distant from the town. In some circumstances, if there are homestays already working within the locality, I take them over and rebuild the construction. It will assist the house owners with further earnings. Additionally, the staff in every of those homes would be the native inhabitants, majorly households, the place one takes care of cooking and others in housekeeping or help,” he explains.
Arsh says he doesn’t go behind widespread vacationer locations, as a substitute intending to offer sluggish, sustainable, agri-tourism choices.
“I may have simply discovered land in Chikkamagaluru, Coorg, or every other crowded vacationer spot in Karnataka. However my purpose was to choose locations positioned in a radius of 60-70 km from the town, the place there are many farmlands and a peaceful setting,” he says.
Arsh firmly believes that nature has the ability to carry out one’s inventive instincts. His houses encourage digital detoxing by offering areas with out WiFi or TVs. From time to time, he invitations artists, singers, and photographers to the houses to encourage company to discover their very own inventive sides.
“This was additionally a way of selling Tenpy. Social media is our solely promoting area. We additionally invite influencers and vloggers who perceive the idea of tiny dwelling and sustainability,” he provides.
Initially, Arsh selected transport containers to arrange his minimal homestays. However he finally discovered it tough to experiment with designing there and heating, too, got here up as a difficulty because the containers are product of metallic.
He then shifted to a hybrid strategy, the place each native supplies in addition to prefabricated constructions are used to finish the construction. “Nearly 70 per cent of all of the tiny houses are moveable. For the remaining 30 per cent, brick and cement are used,” says the architect, including that the houses are majorly made with chip boards, cement boards and bamboo.
“We let all of the company know that this isn’t a traditional resort or resort with loads of facilities. The truth is, we ask them to hold the trash (non-biodegradable) with them whereas leaving to make them really feel accountable, and likewise as a result of we don’t have any measures to compost it. Tenpy is principally a cushty keep within the wild the place you get a complete do-it-yourself (DIY) form of expertise. Our thought is to cut back the carbon footprint and promote sluggish tourism,” he says.
“All this stuff account for us enhancing the general expertise of sustainability however we’re very distant from what we need to obtain.”
Tenpy additionally offers actions like trekking, mountaineering, swimming, rafting, and natural farming. “However the precise thought is to do nothing,” Arsh smiles. “The massive glass home windows and pure air flow will carry you the texture of nature to the house itself. All it’s a must to do is calm down and revel in it.”
The value of keep in Tenpy per evening is Rs 4,200 for 2, and an additional Rs 1,000 per head for all meals of a day. Since its inception, the houses have seen a median of 60 per cent occupancy by the 12 months.
Arsh is all set to launch 4 extra houses round Bengaluru and increase to areas like Sakleshpur and Dehradun, the place alternatives to develop are a lot.
Arsh is of the opinion that sustainability is manifold.
“One is the development aspect, the place we use recycled, eco-friendly supplies and pre-structured buildings by not making new ones. The opposite one is expounded to the psychological wellness facet. Having a life-style targeted on dwelling a decluttered life that leans in direction of a extra sustainable thought is vital. It is so simple as saying no to a plastic bag and reusing a bottle, or rejecting a name whereas on a staycation, or not replying to a piece mail on a weekend,” he says.
For extra data, you possibly can go to Tenpy’s web site.
Edited by Divya Sethu; Photograph credit: Arsh Bansal