Before you read any further you should know that I normally do not watch Design Star. This is the first episode I’ve ever watched because I don’t have cable.
I was interested in watching this episode, as you already know, because they had the final three contestants design tiny houses.
The homes we’re talking about here are actually three of Jay Shafer’s Box Bungalow designs which he just recently released through his Tumbleweed Tiny House Company.
Actually, I put together a video you can watch about his new designs (which are featured in this episode) right here. Link opens in a new tab/window so you can save it for later.
Tiny House Design Competition on Design Star
So in the beginning of the episode the contestants are told that they will each have to design their own entire house. From top to bottom. They seem excited and nervous but they don’t seem to have any idea that the homes were going to be so small.
Then they are shown the three 99 square-foot houses. They’re pretty much in shock as soon as they see them. I don’t think any of the three contestants had ever heard of the homes before but it was cool to see how they mentioned that it’s a growing trend.
Photo Courtesy of HGTV Design Star
From left to right that’s Karl, Meg and Mark right as they first witness their tiny house design project.
My Thoughts on this Tiny House Design Episode
Each of the contestants gave it their all but with most of their experience being within larger homes you could tell it was a challenge for each of them.
I think it would have been helpful for the contestants to have had a mentor with more experience in designing small spaces.
I think Meg’s design was great looking but it had very little practical elements. In other words, to actually live in it you’d need to create some more storage somewhere.
It might do for a backyard guest house but not as a true residence as it is.
Mark set up a great little kitchen but he also completely missed most of the practical features you’d need in a small space. The belt and patterns really seemed to have thrown the entire design off. I didn’t like that.
Karl seems to be the only one of the three who actually asked himself, “How would I design this house if I were to need to live in it?”
He made sure that there was enough storage to store everything you would need including space for office supplies.
Your Thoughts on the Challenge
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