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Barn THOW with a Rooftop Deck

This is an awesome Barn THOW with a Rooftop Deck built by Upper Valley Tiny Homes for a client.


Not only does the house feature space for a downstairs queen-sized bed surrounded by bay windows, it has two large lofts with 4 ft. of head clearance because of the barn-style roof. A simple ramp connects the loft to the rooftop deck where you can perch a couple chairs and enjoy some iced tea.

Check out the pictures and then take the video tour for all the details!

Related: Off Grid Tiny House by Upper Valley Tiny Homes

Barn THOW with a Rooftop Deck

The French doors open into the kitchen area.


Tons of space in this kitchen with nearly-full-sized appliances.

I love that huge sink for washing pots and pans.

Your view when stepping into the home.

The queen-sized bed location! Could also just put a couch there.

See the rest of this Barn THOW on the next pages!

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributing writer for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She is a coffee-loving wannabe homesteader who dreams of becoming self-sufficient in her own tiny home someday. Natalie currently resides in a tiny apartment with her husband, Casey, in Massachusetts.




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  • Hudson April 6, 2017, 5:55 pm

    I realize this was built for a client but do I understand there are spots for 4 beds but no living space except the rooftop?

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee April 7, 2017, 4:39 am

      If you wanted to sleep in the lofts, that raised area could be the living room.

  • Scott April 6, 2017, 11:42 pm

    I’m surprised I don’t see more incinerating toilets too often in tiny houses. Is it the burning smell? Propane/electricity expense?

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee April 7, 2017, 4:32 am

      Not sure, Scott! I like the idea, I think even more than composting. Seems a bit more “final.” Also, that’s how much of our medical waste gets disposed of — either autoclaved or incinerated, so it seems pretty sterile.

      • James D. April 8, 2017, 5:40 am

        The Incineret is an electric incinerating toilet that uses a 20A plug… While the burn cycle consists of the heating coils reaching 1000 degrees F. and then cycling between on and off as it maintains a temperature between 1000 degrees F. and 960, cycling about every two minutes for up to 75 minutes if kept at factory default timer setting…

        Unit also has a exhaust fan that runs through the entire cycle and the continues until the unit cools to 130 degrees F… 10 to 45 minutes later…

        So needs a fairly hefty power system, which may not be a option in a off-grid Tiny House unless the owner can afford a high end solar setup…

        One complete cycle uses about 1 1/2 to 2 kilowatt hours of electricity. Though, if you use it again during the cycle then that counts to less power usage because it’s already hot at that point and can usually still complete the burn without needing to do another cycle…

        The fan, with the exhaust venting pipe, usually means there shouldn’t be any smell but there might be some lingering odor around the immediate area of the toilet… Especially if you open the trap door…

  • Jaime April 7, 2017, 12:24 am

    Okay…. this one is certainly very creative – I’ve never seen a mid-line deck like that done on a rooftop. I didn’t see what provisions they made for water drainage and prevention of puddling, but I’m assuming that they did, in fact, make such provisions. Perhaps of more immediate import is the location of the condenser unit for the mini-split AC/Heat… If that deck is supposed to be relax space, it’s the -last- place that I’d have put the condenser. Maybe they could have mounted it over the tongue instead…

    More of a safety rail for that deck would also be nice.

    Also, I’m not overly sanguine about the access to the deck by ramp – presumably a moveable ramp. There are a -number- of things I’d have done differently there – but it -is- creative, and presents some unique design solutions.

    Quite thought provoking, thank you!

    -Jaime

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee April 7, 2017, 4:31 am

      In the video he shows that the water drains out the side 🙂

  • Shirley April 7, 2017, 1:04 am

    Natalie I enjoy your posts. I want to know if we are related. I am an orphan and my grandmother’s name is Syrah McKee.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee April 7, 2017, 4:29 am

      Hi Shirley! I married into the name, but you could be related to my husband! He’s traced his ancestors back to Northern Ireland in the 1830s. His grandmother’s name was “Sarah” McKee, but not Syrah I’m afraid!

  • Danielle DiLisio April 7, 2017, 8:46 pm

    I like the raised area – it can definitely be versatile for a couch area or bed. That loft is huge! Great bedroom space or storage!

  • Nysha April 23, 2017, 2:04 pm

    I like the huge lofts and the ability to have a main floor bed, plus the bathroom is awesome. The roof deck would be impractical for my use, so I would continue the regular roof and put solar panels there instead. I’ve seen THOWs with fold-up outside decks, so that would be my answer to having an additional outside living space.

  • Theresa Perdue September 7, 2017, 1:55 pm

    I love it! I would use the downstairs space for my living room. Do you need to shovel the snow off the roof in the winter?

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