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Creative Tiny House on Wheels with Awesome Entrance

I’m excited to show you this unique tiny house on wheels with two sleeping lofts which also has an awesome entrance (see below) that makes it feel like some sort of magical little villa in the vineyards. I think it’s pretty cool.

When you walk inside the house the kitchen is to your left and a staircase with storage to your right that takes you up to the beautiful lofts. Another really creative feature is that the staircase steps aren’t just storage… They triple as seating for a flip down dining table!

There are tons of windows to keep it bright and plenty of built-in storage to keep your stuff tidy and out of sight. I hope you enjoy the tour and that you get lots of potential design ideas for your own tiny house build.

Creative Tiny House on Wheels with Awesome Entrance

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  • Bev March 28, 2015, 5:23 am

    I love the front entry. Very pretty; very nice. This home has lots of room and the builder thought of everything we would be using in our home. Nice closets and drawers and cupboards. Love the plants and light fixtures. What a pretty and comfortable home. Love it!

  • BrownLuster March 28, 2015, 7:01 am

    The craftsmanship of this home is phenomenal! Along with the various solid reclaimed hardwoods, antiqued hardware throughout & skeleton key lock on the front door, the ctoursmanship of this tiny home reminds me of the craftsmanship of my Grandparents home (our home) that was built in 1917 and still has the original woodwork to to his day…and yes ALL of our interior doors have skeleton key access that still work!

    My gosh, I truly admire this young man’s talent for building, design and thoughtfulness when it comes to space saving and dual purpose use of space. Yet again, I give kudos to his craftsmanship of this home!

    The timing of this particular video was right on time too Alex!! Just last night I was just wondering how composting toilets work and I got a quick lesson from watching this vid!! I personally wouldn’t find a composting toilet functional for me but I was truly interested in finding out how it works nonetheless. Too, I always have a giggle everytime one of the pets gets into the video…lol! The dogs especially, are looking through cabinets and partake of the grand tour like they are potential buyers! Sooo cute…they’re sticking thier cute lil noses in storage space and anywhere their nose can fit. Lol! Great vid and Beautifully constructed home!!

    Btw…do you know the sqare footage of this THOW? What ever it may be, he seems to have made good use of every inch of it! Excellent!!

  • jdavis417 March 28, 2015, 8:00 am

    The builder touches upon the critical issue of safety. Let’s avoid the bullet-in-the-foot of the national news story that forces undesired regulations upon the TH community! The inclusion of proper emergency egress should not be considered an option, nor should the codes which regulate where tempered glass is to be used (period). Smoke & CO2 detectors must be installed. Fire extinguishers are a necessity and no occupiable loft space should be without one.

    • BrownLuster March 28, 2015, 2:24 pm

      Hi jdavis417!
      I greatly appreciate your suggestions in the vien of safety for the tiny/small home community and believe that topic should be addressed and added to the conversation. Good looking out! ; -)

      Your suggestions of smoke & Co2 detectors seems a fairly easy fix, for the cost of maybe $80-$120 you could add a couple of smoke detectors & digital Co2 detectors to the lower level of this THOW especially near the interior portion of the house closest to the propane tank.

      The issue of fire extingushers is also something that I’ve never thought about and it would definitely be neccessary in a home with so much natural untreated wood as this one & my own home for that matter. Great point! That is an easy fix as well as you could buy a couple and probably hang them between both lofts maybe. Seems like it would be an easy addition.

      As for emergency egress, this house has plenty if windows (w/no security bars) that can be accessed internally or externally…as well as a ledge on the sides and back of the second level that cud be used as a fire escape…and as you said, the builder does touch upon the critical issue of safety.

      Thanks jdavis417 for bringing safety to the conversation! It is a major issue that needs to addressed in ANY home build.

      • jdavis417 March 28, 2015, 4:51 pm

        I appreciate your supporting words and words of support. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        I am continually impressed by the open source nature of the TH communities. Sharing means caring, right?

        While “comfort” is subjective to the prospective occupant, useful ideas are coming from every wavelength of the spectrum. I’ve heard that a mind is a terrible thing to taste (I was class clown and mine’s guaranteed to be at least a little funny), I’m sure we’re all formulating a personal checklist up there and it likely includes an occasional valuable contribution from the heart and stomach. I suspect that the weighting of taking a load of Fannie (he-he, see my little 70’s pop music pun?) differs among each of us and probably throughout time, experience and the contemplation of funding. My point (yes, there is one and I’ll eventually try to get there) is that small spaces may intrinsically mean specialty spaces. A one-size fits all solution seems to be an admirable marketing-driven goal which can never be truly realized? Expecting the ley lines of nirvana and Shambhala to intersect at and be captured within a TH might be an unrealistic expectation. Mistakes will be made, shortcomings will exist and compromises must be mediated. So enjoy the journey… we are seemingly defined by our imperfections, by our pain and suffering, by the splinters and motes in our eyes… it’s only the destination we truly share, but wouldn’t it be great if a tiny house was one of the vehicles?!?!? ๐Ÿ˜‰

        LLAP & DFTBA

  • Lannette March 28, 2015, 12:23 pm

    This is a case where a picture isn’t necessarily worth 1,000 words. I looked at the pictures and didn’t care for this tiny house at all! Spurred by the first couple comments I decided to watch the video. I’m so glad I did! Now I covet this house! It has it all, design, safety, craftsmanship, livability. The builder should design and build tiny houses for a living – maybe he does. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I love the table and “chairs” and the double duty door. I think I’d add floor seating in the second loft and create a reading area. The area outside the bathroom could have a fold down desk similar to the table with a folding chair for a “now you see it…” office. This is definitely one of my favorites! Bet you couldn’t tell.

  • Kelly Libert March 28, 2015, 1:03 pm

    Love the entrance. Love the storage. Love the lofts and the railings on the lofts. Really I love everything about this tiny home. The minor things I would add aren’t even worth mentioning. This is the first and only tiny house on wheels I’ve seen that I could imagine living in. Excellent job! May I have one of those cookies?

    • BrownLuster March 28, 2015, 2:32 pm

      Yeah Kelly…I wanted one of those cookies too! Lol!!

  • Jeff March 28, 2015, 2:29 pm

    Such craftsmanship! Loads of well considered detail–I particularly like the emergency route from the master loft…as noted above, safety considerations really need to be higher on our TH minds when designing and building, so that the bureaucratic…kudzu…doesn’t overwhelm.

    I also agree that there’s really no place for relaxing, per se. This home seems to have been created for someone, like the Californian builder, spends much time outside/elsewhere. Which is OK. Just have to keep that kind of thing in mind. I’d either have to consider going wider–say 10′ (most states “only” require wide-load signage, to my understanding) and play with the extra space in the study, etc OR build a second TH as a work/parlor kind of space.

    Definitely borrowing the escape route idea, and perhaps the overhead plant-way…

    Alex–I might have to unsubscribe! Seems like *every* newsletter brings another awesome idea or two that takes me back to the drawing board! I’ll never get my perfect TH drawn/designed let alone built at this rate! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Kathy March 28, 2015, 3:37 pm

    This has more and better use of storage than any I have seen. I guess he sacrificed a comfortable seating area to have the larger kitchen and more storage. It is very well done. Gave me lots of ideas.

  • Susie M March 28, 2015, 3:51 pm

    The innovations and improvements to Tiny House design over the last few years are just mind blowing!!!

    I’m not even going to start with the compliments on this one – the list is too long, and it’s already been said. However, the video is outstanding with its attention to detail. It is also the first video I’ve seen that the builder steps aside and encourages the person with the camera to go ahead into the tighter spaces, such as lofts and bathroom. Usually we are left trying to peep around shoulders or feet.

    On first look, (I always look a couple of times, you never get it all in one go) the lack of a place to relax during the day was glaring in it’s absence. Then I realized that on the West coast there are far less bugs and mosquitoes than the East coast; so relaxing outdoors is more inviting. This is obviously not a THOW for an area that gets 6 months of winter with heavy snow fall.

    While there is more kitchen than I personally would need – there are terrific storage ideas to ‘poach’ His particular stairs/storage/table idea has me rethinking the whole loft idea… Kudos!

    To think that THOW started off looking like little more than revamped garden sheds or Shepherd’s Huts; and are now becoming works of art worthy of the cover of a glossy magazine, is amazing! I can’t wait to see what the next genius builder comes up with…
    “Warp speed ahead Scottie!”

  • Jean March 28, 2015, 4:00 pm

    Does this creative young man have a website or a Facebook page? I truly like what he has built, especially with the reclaimed wood and fixtures. I appreciate that he put the refrigerator up like that as I am not interested in creaking down onto my knees to look inside an under-the-counter fridge And Then! trying to climb up to full standing position. Yeah, I’m old. How tall are the upper stairs to the lofts? I understand the need to have the most upper stair be about 18 inches below the loft height, but it looks like folks would need to climb up the lower few of the upper stairs by knee and then stand up on each, or did I misremember what’s on the video? Maybe they’re not all that tall. I love this house and would make one of the lofts into a living room and the downstairs room into a craft room. Dang! I’ve mentally moved in already!

    • Essie March 31, 2015, 2:26 am

      He mentioned in that portion, as he went up the stairs, that he is 6’2″ and that he skipped the last step and had to kneel while in the loft. You could then see him resting on his knees in the loft, not completely upright but comfortable, as if he was sitting in a chair instead of on his legs without having to bow his head. If that doesn’t give you a clear enough view of how much space is in a loft then I suggest you divide 13’3″ in half (california regulations for height of an RV is 14′ & he had to have room for the roof – check to see if the regulations in your state allow anything higher http://drivinglaws.aaa.com/laws/trailer-dimensions/). That shows you how much room you have to work with. If you want more head room in your loft, you’re going to have to take height from the downstairs. Or build a THOW w/o a loft and make a bedroom on the 1st floor. Those are your options. That’s part of why these are so beautiful – every one can be custom built to your particular conditions, preferences and handicaps.

  • Dave March 28, 2015, 4:51 pm

    The builder did a great job,very creative with space but…..
    Like a lot of these tiny homes did not incorporate enough space
    For a ” living room”…for these houses to become more than a statement,a fad…there must be thought to add in a designated area
    That has room to share with guests…an area for creature
    Comforts like a flat screen tv,etc. One of the objects of tiny homes is
    To lessen our footprint on the world, not to go back to the Stone Age…
    As I build my tiny home, you can bet I am finding a wall for my 60″ flat screen….giving up our technology will not encourage people to build these homes…..might as well live in a tent..

  • Frank March 28, 2015, 5:08 pm

    I am about his height and build, and observing him and the layout does not seem to flow well (even with one person); also especially if I were to have a friend or two visit. The house does have some esthetically pleasing touches, I just have difficulty with the movement within, especially if I would have to make a sudden emergency movement. Sorry if I am a little honest.

    • BrownLuster March 28, 2015, 10:52 pm

      Totally respect honesty Frank! ; ‘ )
      The loft style home is definitely not functional for everybody…me included! I would most certainly NEED my living space on one level but I can’t deny the great craftsmanship of this home.

      So Frank have you seen the lofts with the living area above the sleeping area? If not, check it out:
      http://tinyhousetalk.com/skyline-tiny-home-in-portlands-tiny-house-hotel/
      http://tinyhousetalk.com/womans-off-grid-shipping-container-tiny-house/

      Do you think you would find that type of loft space functional for your lifestyle? For some reason, that type of configuration seems easier to manage than the traditional type of loft space. Idk…just wondering what you thought about a reverse loft configuration.

      • Frank March 29, 2015, 4:36 pm

        saw both of your recommended links….not to my liking….I am not a big fan of lofts….I would only build a tiny house loft in order to store items that I need out of sight….like I mentioned….I am as tall and slender as the builder on the video….and I need movement for myself and guests….I have only seen two tiny houses that I truly can say I like based on functionality….and safety….one is brian levy’s of boneyard studios minim house:
        http://tinyhousetalk.com/tag/boneyard-studios/
        and the other by Dan Louche:
        http://tinyhousetalk.com/studio-tiny-house-for-sale/#more-23821
        and they are both single levels that hide the bed in order to provide more space….I understand your pitch towards multi-level builds….but for tall people….I do not think that lofts are the way to go….that is just my take of tiny houses…..and I have seen hundreds….possibly thousands…..and movement especially on inclement weather conditions is a must for me.

    • jdavis417 March 29, 2015, 10:25 pm

      On March 28, 2015, 5:08 pm, Frank wrote, …”Sorry if I am a little honest.”
      Don’t worry about it Frank. I’m a little bit country and my sister’s a little bit rock n’ roll (or is it the other way around?). And before you ask, no, you cannot borrow my purple, glittery socks? I would let you borrow them but there at the dry-cleaners due to an unfortunate and catastrophic collision with some girl who, oddly, closely resembled one of the princesses from that fascinating documentary about two guys (I think their names were esq’s. Ted & Bill) who actually broke the space-time continuum! If the chocolate and peanut butter does happen to come out of my purple, glittery socks then I’ll gladly let you borrow them. I don’t have much hope though since my Walkman headphones and urban cowboy shirt are absolutely ruined.

      On the plus side I do have this great new recipe for a delicious dessert from the remains of my sidewalk collision with royalty since, sheerly by chance, some of the concoction flew into my opened gym bag and landed in my athletic protector! If I could only come up with a catchy name, convenient packaging and maybe a jingle or hip commercial I’m just sure it could be marketed. It shouldn’t be too hard since there’s really no wrong way to eat it. Heck, even a rhesus monkey could sell this stuff but if you come up with any ideas I’d appreciate if you’d share them.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJLDF6qZUX0
      P.S. You’re not THAT slenderman, right?

    • BrownLuster April 1, 2015, 10:05 pm

      Hey Frank…no need to sell me on the No Loft idea because I’m already sold! Lol.
      Like I’ve stated on a previous post, I just really admire the ideas and craftsmanship of so many people building thier TH’s, lofts and all! So, the Minim house is phenomenal & stunning! I’ve seen that house before on this blog and love it! I particularly love the full kitchen and the pull out bed w/the office space above. The only thing for me is I need a higher bed because I’m kinda tall too and my knees wud give out trynna get up & down that low to the floor. Haha. The incinerating toilet is personally not something I wud find functional either but that place is super nice!!

      I have two fav’s…tell me what you think:
      http://tinyhousetalk.com/freedomky-modern-prefab-tiny-home/
      AND:
      http://tinyhousetalk.com/containers-of-hope/

      I’m getting some of my design inspiration from these two homes + the interior of an apartment I saw here & on another site:

      http://tinyhousetalk.com/689-sinato-fujigaoka-m-apartment/#comments
      AND:
      http://www.livinginashoebox.com/this-430-ftยฒ-russian-apartment-proves-that-great-style-doesnt-always-come-in-big-packages/
      (This one with the bed slightly higher off the floor)

      And I quote Alex, “Take the ideas. Those are free. :)”

  • jdavis417 March 28, 2015, 7:30 pm

    I hope I never forget what Brian Levy of Minimhomes.com said, “I’m not a big fan of lofts, just personally, umm… because I drink.” LOL

    • BrownLuster March 28, 2015, 10:54 pm

      You’re a hoot jdavis417!! : ^D

      • jdavis417 March 29, 2015, 10:32 pm

        I’m sure that you’re starting to realize that you really shouldn’t encourage me? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Janet March 28, 2015, 11:55 pm

    Love the house but where is the built-in step stool to get something from the back of the freezer?

  • Suzanne March 29, 2015, 3:29 am

    I’m glad someone is finally addressing egress routes. I had not thought of building the route directly to the house though! There are a few TH’s that have no means of escape from the loft. I agree with the previous post on this issue, safety does need to be kept in mind when building tiny homes or a horrible tragedy may happen and some municipality would use that as a means to ban them. As a former firefighter/paramedic before becoming a SAHM, I find fire safety extremely important. My husband and I are in the works of designing our THOW for our family and egress from the lofts space on both ends is paramount. Most if not all windows and sky lights will fully open so a person can fit through and we plan on having several. I was thinking about having emergency ladders but I couldn’t put that on every window but with this great idea of making the facade climable any window can be an egress point. Kudos to the builder! Fabulous idea! Plus I can put some plants in there and I love that too!

    • jdavis417 March 29, 2015, 3:46 pm

      Just as a side note, the overuse of the saying, “Wink, wink, nudge, nudge” is apparently not looked upon very kindly during the interview process for neither a women’s prison guard nor that for Resident Assistant at you local “Sheriffs Camp for Unwed Teenage Mothers”. This is not something that they bother to mention at career fairs and your high school counselor is likely unaware of it so I thought it might be beneficial for some of you out there!

    • Suzanne March 29, 2015, 9:39 pm

      Ummm thanks for the kind words?but I put S-A-H-M.. As in stay-at-home-mom… It wasn’t a typo… I’m not sure if you knew that? I can’t tell if you’re joking?

      • Frank March 30, 2015, 10:40 am

        it’s obvious that jdavis417 misunderstood the acronym you typed and used a little sarcastic humor….I’m sure no harm was intended in the comments posted….at least that is what I got from them…to err is a very human quality…I do it often

    • jdavis417 March 29, 2015, 9:41 pm

      Oh… nevermind. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Rue April 1, 2015, 1:52 am

    I know most of it’s been said, but the craftsmanship and abundance of small clever details in this build are worth another kudo in the chorus.

    Something else I like in this one is the division of spaces…the enclosures around both lofts really help them feel like their own places, instead of just a corner of a big room. That’s one thing that’s always given me pause about the THOWs…you effectively spend all your time at home in one large room. The little nooks and crannies of this place have enough of their own character that I’d really feel like I was going into a different room.

    Love the ample storage, too.

    Of course, there’s things I’d do differently, but hey, tiny design means compromises and customizations, and I can see the thinking behind the choices made in this build. Very, very well done.

  • Nadene May 23, 2015, 11:01 am

    I love this home. The entrance is charming and the inside makes great use of the available space. It is light and bright and has nice touches. I also like having a real person in the house pictures. It makes it easier to judge the size of the space. Hope more people are shown in tiny house photos in the future.

  • jan May 23, 2015, 1:39 pm

    One very favorite, this young man has really thought about building and use of spaces,, great wood work fella! I think you really did a great job, nice home, grand entre’ way! Thank you, jan

  • Liz May 26, 2015, 11:32 am

    The entrance is really cool but it looks like it would be a superior pain to get furniture in. Could cut the video by 15 minutes easily; too long.

  • Michelle Bride October 6, 2015, 12:31 pm

    I really,really love this tiny house. He did a great job building this house. I love it. Only one thing I would have done different. Is the small space off the kitchen and next to the bathroom. That room would be built on a 4 feet slide out wall. To make the space a lot more bigger. To add a couch and desk area, and a t.v. to relax or read a book. I’m in love. Can you please send me the information to where to buy the floor plans. I’m planning on buying a trailer to build me a tiny house. And this is the house I want. I’m serious. I want this house floor plans. So I can have me one build. Thanks for sharing. Michelle Bride.

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