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224 Sq. Ft. Sequoia by California Tiny Houses

This is the Sequoia model by California Tiny Houses in the Fresno area.


This is an 18′ tiny home on wheels custom built by the company. And since it’s RV certified it should be relatively easy to get an RV loan to buy from them.

It weighs about 9000 lbs with about 1300 lbs of tongue weight in case you’re curious.

Inside you get about 224 sq. ft. of space and there’s even an extended loft that goes over the hitch a bit. Pretty smart, right? I also absolutely love the garden window. 🙂

224 Sq. Ft. Sequoia by California Tiny Houses

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  • Dean May 22, 2015, 10:23 am

    Nice house!
    I like the company’s angle that this is an RV, rather than calling it a “home on wheels”.
    I think that’s a healthy attitude.
    I don’t get the garden window in the kitchen with the traditional sink / counter treatment.
    Wouldn’t it have made better sense to inset the sink into that nook and build the counter in a kind of circular or angled shape?
    Granted, it is a nice touch, maybe just not the best execution.
    Otherwise, nice place. No complaints.

    • Cahow May 23, 2015, 7:54 am

      Hi, Dean. Regarding the “garden window”: I remember when they were THEE THING, back in the 1970’s and many of the homes we do work on still have them and they are beloved! It’s a way for the person to have fresh herbs at their disposal, a seasonal change-out of blooming plants, it’s where some display pretty objects d’art and hand soap/fairy liquid.

      Maybe it’s a Chick Thing, I don’t know. But NONE of the homes we remodel *ever* want that window removed.

      • Dean May 23, 2015, 4:23 pm

        Cahow – I remember the 70’s, too. A-frames, cedar siding and roofing, sun rooms, GARDEN WINDOWS.
        I never wrote that I did’t like the idea of a garden window in the kitchen, only that it seemed a poor execution.
        For more on that, scroll down and read my response to Elle, that I posted on May 22nd @ 10:38PM.

  • Robert Olson May 22, 2015, 11:48 am

    Nice! I like it too. The well appointed kitchen grabbed my attention.

    What would I do differently? I noted while standing at the kitchen sink, your left hip would be rubbing up against gas stove knobs. (photo) You could unknowingly induce a small gas leak while tending the sink.

    Love the under counter fridge.

  • Diana May 22, 2015, 2:15 pm

    So I am waiting for the one with the garden window and sauna too! Love the garden window makes sense and can grow some plants for sure! Great kitchen, the frig was nice,hadn’t seen one like it before!

  • jan May 22, 2015, 2:17 pm

    This is so nice,, pricey but nicely done. The kitchen is great also!
    I wanted to mention, FIRE ESCAPE, this is the first time I heard this mentioned, it is so good to see they included one! Jan

  • Jonnie May 22, 2015, 2:28 pm

    It’s about time people had this option in homes. I’m looking forward to owning my own, so I can take it with me, whenever I travel. Or leave it on my property, and just live in it.

  • Beth May 22, 2015, 2:34 pm

    I like this kitchen, you could actually use it and store dry and cold products/supplies. You would not cause a gas leak just by brushing up against the stove, because this type of stove, you have to push in and turn the knob to ignite the stove. If you just push in the knob, but, don’t turn the knob, it doesn’t activate the stove. I have had R/Vs before and this stove is like those in R/Vs. I wish makers of THs would put the side entrance door on the correct side. The side door needs to be on the passengers side of the tow vehicle if they ever plan to use an R/V part even temporarily. Otherwise, you would have to pull into the spot backward and look stupid. It is too small for me, but, at least the kitchen is really useable.

  • Pat Mosley May 22, 2015, 2:41 pm

    Thanks Alex for the great review. We have been following you for quite some time. We also have a monthly newsletter we send out and would be glad to include all interested
    http://eepurl.com/bg-oKL
    Thanks again
    Pat @ California Tiny House

  • Klazina Ryken May 22, 2015, 3:10 pm

    Beautiful tiny house

  • Debbie May 22, 2015, 4:12 pm

    I am so liking this THOW, the only problem I saw was the man doing the beadboard, was there no insulation behind it, or did I miss womething? Also, this is a very pricey home. I could never afford something like that. It is a nice one though. I wish they were not so pricey, I really do want one since it is just me and my cat.

  • Mary Dixon May 22, 2015, 4:22 pm

    Eeeps!! That big corner to the left of the sink caught my attention. Is it accessible from the other side of the wall? Or that layout needs to change to put a lazy susan cabinet in the corner or that space is wasted. In a tiny home, that much space is nothing but a waste that could be put to better use.

  • Pat mosley May 22, 2015, 4:35 pm

    Debbie
    Our houses have a R15 rated exterior wall and a R26 rated ceiling. These are about the best rating I have seen. The clip you saw was Tyler installing weincoting boards. Every board in that house is put on with adhesive. We use no OSB or partical board in our builds. All wood studs are put on with screws to assure a better connection. Thanks for looking Pat

  • Frank May 22, 2015, 5:32 pm

    Tiny houses started out reasonably affordable. It seems like new building companies are trying to create a niche in an ever expanding market and are influencing the price to rise; knowing that individuals are interested in this (the demand in the economics formula). This is good for America since there are few jobs and a lot of unemployed are skilled workers who know how to build solid structures. This is a well planned tiny home. I just think that if you do want to become a tiny house owner and dweller…..just buy a master plan for the type of home that you want and go to the local lowes and home depot and find qualified day workers to help you achieve the correct building of the tiny house……at a more affordable price. This can be done. It just requires patience. I wish this family success. But at the price they are charging, and the profits they are going to make off desperate buyers; they are probably going to do well within the next 3 to 5 years.

  • gale May 22, 2015, 6:12 pm

    This looks like a very livable tiny house with a nice sized fridge, good bath, option of sleeper sofa or loft, and decent closet. Sure we can all tweak it here and there but all in all a great job. Good for about any age group too. Really like it.

    • Tom O'Donnell May 22, 2015, 8:12 pm

      Is their a shower? No photo, so I guess not. Would be a worthy addition – even the 13 foot Casita has a shower, commode. and bathroom sink which I bought at the factory in Texas. The shower could be outside.
      9 K is pretty heavy but you are using wood. And, is the stove a 28 inch wide? From what I found the mini-ranges of 28 inches cost twice what a regular size one costs and I need to replace my old one (gas). Any suggestions on best buy?

      Does a composting toilet make sense? Any smell? Maintenance?

      As you may be able to tell I am ready to replace the Casita. Yes. cost is expensive but you have an excellent R rating and above all it is not tacky like most small fiberglass rv’s. Use of cedar is a plus. Love the loft. But I do negotiate, particularly now that I am retired. Would rather have something a bit bigger. Even the Casita is 17 foot. Less weight would allow more vehicles to pull it. I had a 4cl Totota T-100 that pulled the Casita just fine. But a V8 would defimitely necessary. Your thoughts, please. I may come out and be a customer like I did with the Casita factory. They also attached a tow to the then new T-100. I imagine you customize a bit on the rv.

      Suggestion: You can buy a low weight blow up 4 man spa, maintains 104 degrees, 110 volt. With cover. Perfect for taking it with you. They manufacture them in Naples. FL and costs a total of just over $400. I bought mine through Amazon Prime, shipping included. All you need are the normal spa chemicals such as bromide and replace a cheap filter every couple months. For those who really need to soak. Could be put outside of course when used. Holds about 225 gallons. Stongly recommend this to any small rv owner as it folds up for travel and takes very little room until set up. Not as good as hot springs such as Euray , CO but you have it available everywhere. Thanks, Tom O’Donnell

      I plan on spending time with friends in Sedona and this would sure fit in there.

      A roll out for shade would be nice and inexpensive.

      Also

      • Dean May 22, 2015, 11:15 pm

        Tom – the bathroom is under the loft. Next set of pics after the kitchen pics.
        Aren’t stoves under 28″ typically 2 and 3 burner affairs?
        Just measured mine for reference. Full size, “Joe Blow” GE electric range.
        Set me back about $375, including delivery…and they took the old one.
        Gotta love Lowes. =)

      • Dean May 22, 2015, 11:16 pm

        OOPS – somehow wiped out the width of my stove in my last reply.
        It measures 30″ wide.

  • Elle May 22, 2015, 7:33 pm

    Good point Dean. Even a half and-half compromise with the space would allow for your idea as well as a garden window. However it is aesthetically pleasing and balances out the projection of the utility box below and it’s a perfect place to grow your cooking herbs. 🙂

    I agree; nice roomy kitchen. Very, very nice fridge-freezer combo! Good use of space for an 18 footer and offers some good storage options. I like the nooks and crannies in the loft. They’re great for your “what-nots”, as my Grandpa called them. 😀

  • Dean May 22, 2015, 10:38 pm

    Elle – I take it back….what I said about the garden window, that is. After reading your comments, I took a look at that again, and I now see that the bottom of that window is at the same level as the counter. When I made my prior statement, I had perceived the bottom of that garden window as being BELOW the counter. I thought it would be a very clumsy move to get anything off the bottom of that window. I see now that is not the case at all.
    Thanks for making take a second look at how that is laid out.

  • Pat Mosley May 23, 2015, 1:43 am

    Tom
    There is a 32×36″ one piece shower, a 24″ bathroom vanity and a NaturesHead composting toilet. The range is a high end Pioneer 20″ with an oven and a broiler below. The garden window is contentious with the cherry butcherblock countertop. Yes it’s a bit heavy and our next build is about 8k We have 30 years of experience being kitchen and bath remodelers. We are learning as we go and will only improve over time. We try to use the best products available and understand there are many ways to cut costs. We have a wide range of pricing but won’t compromise on quality
    Pat & Nick

    • Dean May 23, 2015, 3:46 pm

      Pat – Thanks for filling in the blank spaces.
      Idea for your next build – see how a Marine / RV style bathroom would work.
      Should leave some extra space for the rest of the house.

  • Cahow May 23, 2015, 8:05 am

    This is my rating system for this tiny home:

    A++ for the superb kitchen, bath and storage areas! SO delightful to see very workable spaces finally being built into tiny homes so that those people who LOVE to cook/bake, take showers in their home vs. the gym and own more than 2 pairs of shoes, have a cozy nest to stay in.

    The Loft? B- or C+. Yes, the man in the loft is 6’5″ and he can adequately sit upright….on an EMPTY FLOOR! Now, add even the thinnest of mats or futons or a normal sized mattress at 10″ depth and suddenly you can’t even sit up! Too often, when I see videos of people crawling about an EMPTY loft and gleefully stating ‘how roomy it is’, sure it is…it’s E.M.P.T.Y.!!!!! I want to see how “roomy it is” with a mattress and comforter!

    The remaining bits of the home’s space? No rating since none of the videos that I saw showed the remaining floor space so I can’t rate it. Where would a table and chair go to dine at with that grand kitchen? How about a nice squishy chair or sofa to curl up on after a hard 10 hour work day? I’m so keen on the kitchen/storage/bath in this house but where do you go from there? I refuse to stand up and eat like a horse! LOL

    • Dean May 23, 2015, 4:37 pm

      Re: headroom in a loft – agreed
      Re: cozy sofa to curl up in – Remember Cahow, its an 18′ RV.
      Consolidation and efficiency are the keys here.
      Chances are, you can make up a nice living area that can double as a dining area, too.
      Most apartment dwellers do the same thing, and often…especially if they’re single. =)

  • Sparrow May 23, 2015, 2:30 pm

    Ladder to the loft loses me. Stairways, people. With RAILINGS.

  • Pat Mosley May 23, 2015, 3:23 pm

    Mary D
    The sink base cabinet is open all the way to the left. A lazy susan wasn’t doable because of the plumbing We use every inch. The toekick are pullout drawers and the upper are totally accessible. And Sparrow we offer staircase on anything over 18′. We are currently working on a compact stair that only requires 28″x42″
    Will preview it in an upcoming newsletter.
    Pat

  • Sgmaps May 23, 2015, 6:49 pm

    It is really nicely finished & you can tell that it is quality built. However, having said that, I think the price is High. I have seen 400 sf Park models by other reputable builders for no more than this, actually less. If I was going to spend this much money I would be going for a larger Park Model.

  • JAVA06 May 23, 2015, 9:20 pm

    The empty space between the stove and kitchen sink could harbor a 5-10 gallon gray water tank. That would make everyone more conscientious of how we use the water at the kitchen sink. 🙂

  • Lea June 10, 2015, 7:42 pm

    Love the side by side small fridges to make up for typical TH lack of refrigerator space. THANKS!

  • Barbara March 16, 2016, 10:25 am

    I had a garden window above the kitchen sink. They’re nice until you go to tend your plants inside. If you have to lean over a kitchen counter and you’re short like me it’s a very difficult chore. I would still have one but I’d put it in a wall where you don’t have to lean over a counter to get to the inside. Leaning over a faucet and counter makes it hard to clean. It would make a nice window in a bathroom, where humidity and watering would be better.

  • diana March 18, 2016, 7:50 pm

    I’ve been following THOW for some time now & I thing I found my kitchen design, best I’ve seen. Yes, more headroom in the loft. Love that garden window also!!!!!!

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