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Man Builds 145 Sq. Ft. Tiny Home to Escape Corporate Life!

This is a 145 sq. ft. tiny house on wheels located in the Catskills of New York.

It was built by Chris Schapdick to escape the corporate and busy atmosphere of Manhattan and is documented on his blog Tiny House in the Country.

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Former Corporate Guy Builds 145 Sq. Ft. Tiny Home

Former Corporate Guy Builds 145 Sq. Ft. THOW

Former Corporate Guy Builds 145 Sq. Ft. THOW

Former Corporate Guy Builds 145 Sq. Ft. THOW

Former Corporate Guy Builds 145 Sq. Ft. THOW

Former Corporate Guy Builds 145 Sq. Ft. THOW

Former Corporate Guy Builds 145 Sq. Ft. THOW

Former Corporate Guy Builds 145 Sq. Ft. THOW


  • 145 sq. ft.
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 1 bathroom
  • Loft
  • Porch
  • DIY


It’s an incredibly empowering experience to create something like this and have it truly be your own. Home is a concept that is really hard for someone else to create for another person. This just feels right and I’m immensely proud of this accomplishment (special thank you also to my father for all the effort he put into this as well).1


  1. http://www.tinyhouseinthecountry.com/
  2. http://www.tinyhouseinthecountry.com/2017/06/its-done.html
  3. https://www.instagram.com/tinyindustrial/
  4. https://www.etsy.com/shop/TinyIndustrial

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  • Keith Couture July 11, 2017, 7:56 am

    Now this home is what I call to be a truly tiny home. I could live in it easily. Simple, basic and practical. Good job!

  • kevin July 11, 2017, 8:31 am

    it’s really a beautiful home.
    but where do you put your clothes?

    • James D. July 11, 2017, 4:14 pm

      Not sure, mind this was a DIY built for a getaway and may have just had luggage for cloths, but looks like there’s a good spot by the foot of the bed…

      If you ever saw the THOW showcased by Bear’s Tiny Homes of Georgia, they basically crafted a closet/dresser over the foot of the bed with enough room for your feet underneath…

      You could also design some storage underneath the bed… and you can add some thin ceiling cabinets to the walls above the window and along the sides of the loft…

      It’s tight at 145 sq ft but you can fit some things in there if you were to build one yourself…

    • Chris Schapdick July 18, 2017, 11:06 pm

      There is a pretty good size closet in the hallway. Deek did a video of the place at a recent show. (House got 1st place!) You can check it out here: https://youtu.be/aG9iYjHJLB8

  • Bill Burgess July 11, 2017, 1:37 pm

    Reviewing the needs of a single male this unit really works. In fact for a confirmed bachelor or senior on his own, this is nearly perfect. True no average female would survive without the walk in closet(my wife is an exception) unless they were full time RV people for years. but if available it would make most single men happy..Especially being that close to the Head for us senior. And no, I have no Idea what I would do with the lofts…Grandkid area?

  • Bill Burgess July 11, 2017, 1:44 pm

    Question. How wide is that bed area? The wife loves to cuddle had has no use for queen beds…Been cuddling for 48 years and see no reason to consider any changes now…

    • Chris Schapdick July 18, 2017, 11:08 pm

      The upstair loft bedroom has a queen size mattress. It will fit a king mattress. My daughter’s room has a regular twin mattress.

  • Joyce July 11, 2017, 2:17 pm

    Could we add a foot or so in length to make access lower bed easier? It is hard to crawl around to make the bed or get into this one from the photo. I guess there is some storage under that bed also. Overall the set up and design is nice.

    • James D. July 11, 2017, 4:18 pm

      It’s a DIY, this guy only made it for himself and his family, but if you built one like it yourself you can change whatever you want…

  • Liz July 11, 2017, 3:57 pm

    GORGEOUS. One could easily relax completely in this home. The wall-to-wall bed is what wouldn’t work for me. I would buy a new home if I had to make that bed. But an awesome home otherwise.

  • Pete Wilson July 11, 2017, 6:55 pm

    This is one of my favorite ones I’ve seen. I love the roofline, the little porch, induction cooktop and a second bed. The only downside is lack of functioning living room but still very practical.

    • Chris Schapdick July 18, 2017, 11:11 pm

      Thanks Pete. Yes, adding the second bedroom cut down on living space but, as with most of these, it’s purpose built and I needed a place for my daughter to sleep when we head up to spend the weekend in nature.

  • Michael L July 11, 2017, 10:53 pm

    I live what he did. Just enough space for one!

  • Annette July 12, 2017, 2:03 pm

    Congratulations on this project – really nice. I too like this roofline.

  • Joyce B July 17, 2017, 4:34 pm

    Not being the “average” female with tons of clothes–I actually detest shopping for them, so wear my clothes for many, many years regardless of fashion trends–I could very easily live in this sweet little house (sorry, Chris, but to me, it’s sweet in that it’s a perfect size and layout). I particularly like that bedroom on the main floor; that is just perfect for one, me being the one, and the loft sleeping area would be just storage.
    What a wonderful feeling of accomplishment this has to be, and I congratulate you, Mr. Schapdick, on a job well done. Two thumbs up!

  • Nathalie Clermont August 10, 2017, 7:03 pm

    It’s amazing how you could fit 2 rooms in such a small space. Good job.

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