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Tall Tiny House with a Porch and Loft

I just ran into this tall tiny house while doing my usual surfing on Pinterest.

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I like the high pitched roof on this house because you get more space in the loft which you can see below…

And the relatively large front porch is great too.

This tiny house was built on a trailer and later the wheels were removed so it looks better. If you look close enough, you can actually see the trailer underneath the home.

I think they simply added the front porch for the house after parking it here and put the entire structure on a foundation (steel posts and concrete).

Smart move if you don’t plan on moving your house for a long time because it’ll save you on tires later.

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Photo Credit Lisa Swenson / Pinterest

Is it an illusion or does this tiny house seem much taller than the others which are normally built just under 13’5″ to meet laws on public roads?

I had a brief chat with the owners and they said it’s approximately 16′ tall. So it definitely doesn’t meet road standards but they have no plans on moving it.

Yes, that’s a king size bed in a tiny house loft. Big thanks to Lisa for allowing me to share this with you.

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  • john February 8, 2013, 8:45 am

    Tall is good…wider is great too…i’ve been looking at 10 and 12 foot wide tiny homes built on custom trailers and there’s a tremendous difference in livability. It wouldn’t seem that the difference between 8 feet wide and ten is very much, but it changes everything.

    Of course towing becomes more awkward, but the truth is most people will only move it a couple of times, that awkwardness in travel is very much worth the trade off in livability with rooms closer to standard in size, and of course taller creates the illusion of a much larger space.

    99% of your tiny home’s time will be spent in one place so it makes a lot of sense to me that you give up a little to gain a lot. Larger trailers, wider homes, taller structures, may even require you to have a company move it when needed, but that’s not as hard or as expensive as many may think…it’s still tiny when compared to mobile homes and many boats, being built as mobile on a trailer still gives the same benefits a smaller 8 foot wide model gives where codes and zoning are concerned.

    Eight feet wide and twelve feet tall is a limiting factor for many larger/taller people who would dearly love the tiny home life….of course there are some who would claim that living in anything over 200 sq. ft. isn’t a tiny home…i say that isn’t so…3oo+/- sq. ft. is tiny by any modern modern home standard, perhaps adding the word ‘micro home’ would give label to those who think otherwise and still leave room for people with differing needs in the size and shape of a little home.

    The idea behind both are the same, leaving behind modern ideas of what a home should be, it’s cost, it’s size, the change in lifestyle…

    Two of my favorite tiny homes after immersing myself in the concept are “The Tall Mans Tiny Home” and “The Micro Palace” both are a bit over the standard sizes being built and designed by most builders and architects, both are towable, and both offer dimensions needed by rather tall or wider people who want this life. Also it leaves room for those who cannot (for whatever reason) climb a ladder to bed.

    The “Micro Palace”; http://micro-palace.com/index.html
    The “Tall Mans Tiny Home” http://www.tallmanstinyhouse.com/Photo-Gallery.html

    • Emily February 9, 2013, 8:57 am

      What a wonderfully, thoughtfully written response, John! For several years now, I’ve been sketching plans for my own tiny home, at 8′ x 24′ (we have two small children who will most likely be teenagers by the time I save enough to build our tiny home). Lately, however, I changed the design to 10′ x 24 – and it’s like adding an entire new world. Our goal is to fit 6 – 8 people in the living room at a time, which simply cannot happen in a house that’s 8′ feet wide.

      Thanks so much for the links. I look forward to checking them out.

      • Bill Burgess January 30, 2014, 12:40 pm

        Emily I am putting a lot of small home Ideas on the 4Fathoms Designs page as I design in the Park Model format. The older we get the less stairs are wanted. I am wanting to explore the “Pitting” system for small units as well as getting F.O.B. factory prices down to $25K. I know for a while Iron Mountain Builders in Tuscon was offering shells finished out to sheetrock in the $15K range but I do not know what the market would be. I THINK it would be huge if advertised properly. I tried to get HGTV to do a side by side competition on one of their programs but as I was not a Corporation, was not even considered. I think my ground rule of a total cost of $25K scared them off.

      • leadee January 30, 2014, 3:59 pm

        In the process of building a barn cabin. It is portable on a old
        trailer frame, 10’x28′ with a small front porch and a bigger back
        porch..I have learned a lot from this website. Looking forward to
        it being finished.

    • Garth February 9, 2013, 5:02 pm

      You say, “Larger trailers, wider homes, taller structures, may even require you to have a company move it when needed, but that’s not as hard or as expensive as many may think.” I’d like to see more discussion on this. If it’s wider than 8½ feet, I expect the vehicles leading and following with the “wide load” signs will be needed; but does that require having a company move it? Or can friends with big home-made signs drive those vehicles? Is a permit needed to move it? If a company is used, how does that typically work? And is a different trailer hitch system required? Do the legal requirements change as you reach certain width thresholds, like 10 feet, 12 feet, etc.? We are talking of course about houses that won’t get moved often, but we want to be able to do it much more easily than moving a mobilehome.

      • john February 9, 2013, 5:32 pm

        Garth,
        A permit may be required, but in my area it’s a small fee, a sign on the back, and for under 12 feet wide no chase vehicle…i can tow it if the combined weight doesn’t exceed what’s on the back of my license (27,000 lbs) in my state. However, a ten foot wide trailer is going to take certain skills while towing, like knowing to make wider turns etc….height clearance is more of an issue with local infrastructure, traffic lights, bridges, street lights etc…weight should not normally be an issue for tiny homes, i recommend 13 ft. max.
        Something i have not seen addressed with the tiny home movement is weight and towing….the tow vehicle…the most dangerous thing you can do is not have the proper truck and tow set up. Trailer brakes are a must, although tiny, this does not mean light…for safeties sake equip your vehicle and trailer with the right braking equipment, never exceed either the rated tongue weight or tow capacity of your truck…it’s cheaper than a wrecked home and vehicle, not to mention the possibility of hurting other drivers or yourself.
        I spent ten years driving a tow truck, towing everything from motorcycles to city busses. I have wrecked them, lost loads, and learned my lessons the hard way, it’s so terribly easy for even a stiff crosswind to send you and any trailer off the road or into someone else. During those ten years i was working accident scenes for the highway patrol and have seen my share of death and tragedy from stupid, often simple mistakes, the most common were people trying to be cheap and doing it themselves with a boat or other types of trailers….
        Being safe is job number one, always….

      • Molly April 13, 2013, 12:46 pm

        Tammy & Logan at Rowdykittens.com have a 10 foot wide house that they have moved a few times, across state lines. She’s written about it on her blog several times.

  • Dwight February 8, 2013, 9:55 am

    I doubt its on a trailer. The high pitch roof would make it too tall to go on the highway.

    • Lisa May 19, 2013, 11:29 am

      Hi Dwight,
      My husband and I are the proud builders of this tiny house. I actually is in fact on a trailer. My husband chose to design this tall, he’s a tall guy, so that he could stand in the loft (can only do so in the dead center) and have higher ceilings on the lower level. We chose to do this with the intent to park it where it’s at and we don’t plan to move it or have to haul it down the highway.

      • Deek February 6, 2014, 10:15 am

        Hey Lisa! been trying to locate you guys for a bit, but with no success. Anyway, I’m soon releasing another full-color coffee-table style book on tiny houses, and would LOVE to add yours as a 2 page feature, if you’re game- you’d get copies of the book, an mini interview write-up, etc. Email me if interested. Thanks- and congrats on such a nice cabin!

  • LaMar Alexander LaMar February 9, 2013, 8:49 am

    There are a few ways to get more headroom in a loft.

    1- lower the ceiling to 7 feet which gains you 1 foot of head space in the loft/

    2- raise the pitch to 45 degree or higher to gain more head room

    3- increase side wall height to create a knee wall

    4- Use a gamberl barn style roof for more head room and room on the sides.

    I built a 14×14 with a 45 degree pitch roof and lowered my ceiling to 7 feet. That gives me 7 feet of head room in the lower floor and abot 6’5″ in the loft so an adult can stand comfortably.

    • Bill Burgess January 30, 2014, 2:01 pm

      I am doing a Coastal design and I am thinking of using the arched Vardo style roof with either the transom window or just doing a cupola. My Mission Design will be using your lower ceiling system over the eat in Kitchen. Getting THAT ceiling to look right is the issue. As there will not be a lot of load on the second floor do you feel 6″ Vegas 24″O.C. are enough to span the 11′ or should I just go to 4X4 Laminates and do the shell Faux covers? We are only talking four beams so either way will not be too expensive. And taking that room out of the 84″ puts headroom down to 78″… works for me but I look up to Gnomes. The system of buying a completed shell has merit, as a builder do you think a craftsman just starting out could do a good business selling “You Finish” shells?

      • LaMar Alexander LaMar January 30, 2014, 2:19 pm

        Hi Bill, depends on the weight in the loft. I prefer 16″ OC but if you are bracing that loft with an interior wall from a bathroom or kitchen then 24″ would probably be plenty for that span.

        LaMar

  • Adam February 9, 2013, 12:14 pm

    When the house we built was first hauled we had visions of this…

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=3c0_1351184890

    If you build it tall, make sure you know it will fit! 🙂

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