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The Heritage Tiny House on Wheels (Vintage!)

This is a 24′ tiny house on wheels built by Summit Tiny Homes in Armstrong BC Canada.


This model is called The Heritage which gives you that timeless vintage look and feel.

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186 Sq. Ft. Vintage Victorian Tiny House on Wheels

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Photo credit: Summit Tiny Homes

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Photo credit: Summit Tiny Homes

Highlights: 

  • 24′ trailer
  • Bevel siding with scalloped shingles
  • Built-in rain water harvesting system
  • Solar power
  • Farmhouse sink and quartz counters in kitchen
  • Gas stove
  • Full refrigerator
  • Food pantry
  • Bathroom with mini claw foot tub and vanity
  • Sleeping loft with 2 giant skylights

“We use extremely energy efficient building practices to provide a space that is simple to heat, easy to cool and is comfortable to be in.” – Oliver and Cera of Summit Tiny Homes

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  • Paul Larsen July 26, 2017, 2:27 pm

    I really love the Victorian style of this house! One of the best styled houses I have seen here. Very beautiful inside and out. The light interior colours and the windows make it look so spacious. What would be the headroom in the loft area? I am not a fan of lofts myself, but the way this house is built with the big stairs looks a lot safer than steep ladders , especially for those of us that need our midnight run . I also like the solar power idea and the rain harvesting idea. And looks like there is a small heater by the base of the stairs, for those cold nights. Thank you for posting this great little house!

  • Sparrow July 26, 2017, 2:34 pm

    This is AWESOME!!!! But where’s the TV? And is there an actual flush toilet? Plus, what’s the cost?

    • Paul Larsen July 26, 2017, 8:02 pm

      TV,? who needs a TV if you have this beauty 🙂

    • James D. July 26, 2017, 8:26 pm

      They didn’t list a price, this is a custom house they made for one of their clients so price will probably vary depending on how it is designed for each client…

      If you look at their site, the default design of this model looks a bit different from what is shown… So the owner modified the design…

      The builder’s site gallery has more images and it looks like the owner opted for a Separett composting toilet but that’s of course owner’s prerogative… Builders will generally install whatever you want…

  • Eric July 26, 2017, 2:41 pm

    Very very, nice – though I don’t see a washer/dryer combo unit.

    • James D. July 26, 2017, 8:28 pm

      Eric, it’s in an alcove under the stairs/loft, along with the fridge…

  • Rick C July 26, 2017, 4:28 pm

    Having the bay window *behind* the couch seems like a missed opportunity/unused space, but I’m not sure how you could improve it.

    • James D. July 26, 2017, 8:33 pm

      Rick C, apparently that’s the way the owner wanted it… The default design for this model is a little different and they do completely custom work…

      So the layout is just the way the owner wanted it…

      Note, though, the space behind the couch is a storage bay… Many Tiny House designs put a bay shaped box over the tongue to house things like the propane tanks, etc… This just has bay windows above it…

      Though, if you were to purchase the same model from them you could always opt to have no windows there and turn it into a storage space instead of move the utility box somewhere else and then you can use that whole bay area for whatever you wanted… Remember, everything is customizable…

      • katie July 29, 2017, 8:04 am

        James D, I love how you answer. My whole office loves tiny homes and we follow. We could not stop giggling and laughing. You are the king of repeating very nicely the same exact answer about “it is custom made” “we can customize differently” ideas across. It was just funny counting how many different ways you say it. You Win the patience award! You must be very laid back. A very good quality!

        • James D. July 29, 2017, 1:58 pm

          katie, thanks… Yes, I suppose you can describe me as pretty laid back, but it helps that I like helping people and this is a subject matter that can potentially help a lot of people.

          To that end a little patients and freely sharing information is I consider the least I can do to help that potential become a reality…

  • Diana July 26, 2017, 5:11 pm

    love it!! How much does it cost just lik this? I couldn’t find a price on the website.
    Thanks!

  • DJ July 26, 2017, 6:24 pm

    Love this one, but seriously, does nobody own books!?!? I calculated that I need 40 linear feet of bookshelves. So far I can’t figure out a plan that allows that, unless I do shelves all around just below the ceiling. I am trying to be a minimalist, and doing well, except for books and artwork.

    • James D. July 26, 2017, 8:36 pm

      DJ, check out the “La Librairie Itinérante”… It was built by Pauline and Roman of La Maison Qui Chemine, a tiny house company in France but it’s an example of just how many books you can have…

      • sc July 26, 2017, 9:32 pm

        I was going to mention that
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UU7bSExXfEQ
        The Traveling (Tiny) Library

        I emailed the builders who made the shop and asked if they were going to sell plans, and they said no. it was a custom build.

        • James D. July 29, 2017, 1:29 pm

          sc, a good builder can probably just build something just like it… Sometimes people just bring them pictures and examples of what they want and then they go build it for them… Even if all they have to start with is a photo from Pinterest, or similar…

          It’s just easier and more precise to work off existing plans, while there’s always the possibility of improving the design if it doesn’t fit your needs exactly…

          But there are also other examples of other Tiny Houses that were designed to have a pretty good space set aside for books, etc.

          The “La Librairie Itinérante” from La Maison Qui Chemine was just one of the examples that is easy to look up…

          Along with less extreme examples, like one shown off in Tiny House Nation had a reversed loft space that was used for a seating space with desk but it also provided a three wall library space, complete with a section with fake books for secret storage spot…

          If there’s no loft to worry about then you could also consider the ikea hack where you can put the cubby/shelves all around and above the front door… Good if you have a door in the front or rear instead of the side and can make it like a grand entrance…

          Among many other possibilities…

  • Catherine July 26, 2017, 7:25 pm

    What an adorable house. Make it ten feet wide and it’s a deal 🙂

    • Eric July 26, 2017, 9:02 pm

      Yeah, I have to agree. I live in 10’x27′ and even that is a tiny bit too skinny – but livable. It would feel a lot better even just another 2′ deeper. 12’x30′ would work very well. Though, I really think these tiny houses are only good for a single person, just for storage reasons alone. I use every inch of my place – though, granted, I have no loft area for storage – and I’m solo.

      I really don’t know why more of these aren’t made deeper than 8′. Yeah I get the whole movability on the highway thing, but, really, if you’re moving around that much, then this is an RV. I think it would be worth the grand or two to move it to a new location every 4 or 5 years, or something, to have the bigger space. For tax reasons, I understand it needs to be under 400sf, but that’s plenty good for two people, if designed well. 12’x30’=360sf. With some loft storage…good to go!

      • Catherine July 26, 2017, 9:33 pm

        “if you’re moving around that much, then this is an RV”

        That’s exactly my opinion. You spend a short bit of energy moving it but you have to live in it the rest of the time. Make it worthwhile.

        12’x30’=360sf sounds great to me. Plus, a covered deck, storage shed…

        • Paul Larsen July 26, 2017, 9:56 pm

          I like it the way the house is, after all it is a tiny house, not a medium house, At what point do we draw the line, Don’t forget, the bigger, the more heating and or cooling costs are incurred. But to each their own, thats the beauty of tiny houses , Made for you not the masses.

  • Catherine July 27, 2017, 2:03 am

    A 12’x30’=360sf house is still a tiny house (no one would consider it medium).

    • James D. July 29, 2017, 1:48 pm

      Well Catherine, I wouldn’t say no one… Keep in mind that what people consider falls into a particular size range can be very subjective…

      Tiny Houses used to be normal houses, after all… But there are those who may feel that it isn’t a real tiny house unless it fits the mold of the version they’re most familiar with, namely the Jay Shafer Tumbleweed models that were around 150 sq ft…

      Though, technically a Tiny House on wheels can be anything up to 500 sq ft because that’s the law on the closest equivalent for Park Model RV’s that exceed 400 sq ft…

      While many on this site seem to prefer to consider 400 or less as the range and that is what’s also being the suggested norm in places that are starting to legalize Tiny Houses, on foundations at least…

      There’s also people who feel the reverse and consider even a 1000 sq ft home a Tiny House and feel a 2500 sq ft home is still small… So opinions vary…

      I lean to the 500 sq ft and below as that fits what can be road legal to permitted range, and allows for the majority of design possibilities that most will choose but ultimately it depends on the individual(s) who will be living in the space to determine what category it falls into for them… and it should all be always valid as long as they fulfill the actual point of achieving the freedom to live the life they really want and they’re using the home as a tool to achieve it…

  • Meg July 27, 2017, 2:45 pm

    The white, the gray, the farmhouse sink, the built in shelves with baskets in the bathroom, the stairs…I love this house. And the interior styling looks like it was designed by Joanna Gaines! I could move in here in a minute

  • Ellen July 27, 2017, 5:46 pm

    Lovely. The trouble with Tiny homes…there truly is no room for a traditional living room. Seriously. One must sit down and eat. One must have a desk to operate from. The tiny “great rooms” of tiny houses are as absurd as the lack of closet space. As much as a person likes to downsize…they still require clothes and a place to store them. There is no space for sprawling on a couch or doing yoga. At best in tiny home “great rooms” you can fit a halfway decent place to sit and enjoy a meal maybe even with another person! You will also need a space to use as a desk and charging center and you may not want to have to close up one in order to have the other. It seems to me that much time would be spent folding up one thing in order to open another. I think a viable solution is going reasonably larger. Tiny homes are ideal for single people or couples. Perhaps the zoning laws would be easier to manage if the homes were at least 350-600 sq. feet. Still pretty darn small.

    • James D. July 27, 2017, 8:51 pm

      Ellen, that’s one way to look at it…

      I’d just point out that people have been living in small spaces for most of human history… Even today, there are many non-western countries where small housing is still the norm…

      Go to countries like Japan or India, among many other examples, and you’ll see families of 8 living in less than 300 sq ft and consider it perfectly normal…

      Even in this country, if you go back over 70 years you’ll find that the average home was barely over 800 sq ft and go back further and you’ll find plenty of even smaller homes across the country…

      Historical figures like Abraham Lincoln grew up in a log cabin that was only 16’x18′ or 288 sq ft…

      The home Mark Twain grew up in was similarly tiny by modern standards and he grew up with a large family…

      The average number of people who lived under the same roof was also higher back then, yet they still lived comfortable lives in their homes.

      While today we live in homes with an average size larger than 2600 sq ft and fewer people live under the same roof…

      So sure, there is such a thing as going too small… But there are people living in vans if you want examples of really tiny living…

      While we’re not as far removed from living in small spaces today when it comes to populations living in cities where people living in apartments can have spaces no bigger than most tiny houses, but with even less privacy and less chance of having a good view…

      So the perception of tiny is mainly just that, a perception… A home that’s 300-500 sq ft can still have everything we’re used to in modern homes… Especially, as tiny houses can be designed extremely well to make use of every square inch versus regular houses that can make even a 1200 sq ft home seem too small because of so much wasted space…

      It’s mainly homes below 300 sq ft that have to get picky and emphasize prioritizing what the space is used for…

      There’s also different ways of living… Most people in human history didn’t spend all their time inside their homes… They spent most of their time outside of the home…

      So sure, if you need to spend all your time indoors, and you need to own things to feel happy, and you need everyone who lives in the house to all have privacy at the same time and for most of the day then a more moderate to big size house would be better…

      But people who spend most of their time outdoors and/or traveling, don’t need lots of possessions to feel happy, and like interacting with other people or just experiencing new things don’t need as much space because the world is their space… and there are hundreds of millions of people around the planet that live that way all the time… quite happily, I might add… but to each their own…

      Ultimately, people should be allowed to live the way they want and we shouldn’t be so critical and judgemental how other people live, after all the point is to live a good, happy, and fulfilling life and there’s no one right way to do that…

  • Ellen July 28, 2017, 10:28 pm

    Very cute indeed. Again I say where do people or a person eat the wonderful meals made in these charming efficient kitchens? I see a couch, no table and chairs. I see no desk/ workspace either. Closet? I see no closet. Where do the clothes go? Mini clawfoot tubs are very cute but not at all practical for human adults. Love the tiny house movement but there are still many practicalities being avoided. Why are there not MORE 10 feet or wider homes? Understand that the 8 foot wide is easier to transport but I am thinking it could get mighty old living in a narrow hallway. Why not more THOWs with slideouts?

    • James D. July 29, 2017, 3:49 am

      Ellen, what you see is what the owners want in their homes… Custom homes don’t have to fit a specific mold where owners are interchangeable and the house has to be one size fits all… Believe it or not, not everyone lives the same way or requires the same things so their custom home would reflect this…

      These are homes made specifically for the owner… But there’s plenty of designs that can fit everyone if that’s the type of house they want.

      The Tiny Houses Australia youtube channel just posted a tour of a THOW called the Cloud 9, which is an example of a design that provides plenty of everything and it’s still road legal… Just to show a quick example, but it’s not even the biggest or anywhere near the most advance design THOW out there…

      There’s others that have managed to put in three separate bedrooms in a still road legal tiny house…

      It’s basically a mistake to think in terms of comparing tiny houses directly with how space is used in big houses… Nearly 80% of a big house may never actually be used by the owner and there’s lots of wasted space with redundancies and inefficient designs that don’t make use of every bit of space… and there’s a difference from the things we may want from what we actually need… We actually need very little to live comfortably, most people in our western societies just aren’t used to living that way…

      Really, there are people who feel a 2500 sq ft home is tiny even if they’re living in it by themselves!

      While, things like slide outs are a option but the reason you don’t see a lot of them is because they’re expensive and require lots of maintenance, with long term additional costs, especially when they eventually fail and let in the rain that’ll cause a lot of water damage to the house… So you have to be willing to keep on top of them to make sure that doesn’t happen and spend the extra they cost to include…

      Slide outs also typically mean the house has less space when moving because the slide out components also takes up space and you need to be perfectly level for them to be extended or retracted, which is not always easy to do depending on how level the place you park is…

      With many people trying to keep frugal when going tiny, it’s not always a expense most will be willing to add to the build… Especially, as the people who actually like living tiny usually spend more time outside of the house than inside of it…

      Van dwellers especially care more about the lifestyle the van allows them than anything else… To many of them a big house is just a cage, a very comfortable cage but still a cage that only burdens them and doesn’t make them happy…

      People in tiny houses fall under a wider range that includes people wanting a nice home, but the point of freedom being the main objective is still predominant… However, houses 300 to up to 500 sq ft can still have everything a big house has and support families up to size 8…

      It’s mainly the THOWs smaller than 200 sq ft that are limiting and fit more for just a single person but families have been known to make even that work… So it’s more of what you want because what you need isn’t as much as you may think…

      But there’s alternatives like fold outs… There’s even a engineering company developing folding technology that may revolutionize the market…

      You should check out TEN FOLD Engineering, they can basically take a something that looks like a container and have it transform into a full house in just over ten minutes on average… among other applications they’re working on and we may start seeing commercial products from them by the end of next year…

  • katie July 29, 2017, 8:18 am

    What you posted here is really amazing and hits the nail on the head. I believe if you could expand on each of these bullet points people may start to understand the draw to living in a fully customized tiny home. You should write an article for tinyhousetalk and other blogs.
    Sometimes people are so judgemental. I believe it is because they didn’t open their minds as to the reasons or motivations of others, you could help them have that ahhh-ha moment.

    • James D. July 30, 2017, 5:07 pm

      Thanks Katie, I’m certainly open to having conversations with people on the subject, but I may be a little too verbose for some…

      Btw, if you ever see comments from ZeoCyberG on youtube… that’s me…

  • Ellen McCann August 6, 2017, 10:21 pm

    Gosh. Well James and Katie if you must know I do know quite a bit about living small, am still a fan of it really. Katie in the event you think I am being judgmental and it seems that you do, I grew up in a house with 8 people and about maybe 1000 sq feet not including the basement that flooded every year. Not everything was well designed in midcentury homes. As an adult I have lived in studio apts and places well under 500 sq. feet. I know quite a bit about what works and what does not work very well. Every person IS different. However. we all like to sit and eat a meal preferably with a table with chairs however small. Some people like their books and art even tho they are willing to downsize considerably it is a comfort to have them. Gasp! Some of us admit to liking TV. Great design the flatscreen, saves tremendous space. Love the outdoors? Hey sometimes shelter is a fine thing to have. The elements can get a little rough! Since there IS a washer dryer combo thing I imagine there must be clothing and linens to wash. I wonder where they might go when they are not being worn or washed? The Victorian pretty house thing IS beautiful I am simply addressing some practicalities. I hope to own a tiny house someday, tho since it is not likely I would be driving it around the country I would probably opt for something a bit larger but well within the 500 sq foot range. Smart efficient design is out there and it seems to be getting better. Sometimes it is the cozy factor that is appealing about very small homes. A true “Room of One’s Own” that is wildly appealing for some. Particular architectural design is another factor. Simply cannot argue the aesthetic appeal of this pretty Victorian THOW.

    • James D. August 7, 2017, 10:50 pm

      Ellen, nothing wrong with getting whatever fits you.

      The same for everyone else, regardless of whether it meets anyone else’s standards or not…

      Some people are perfectly happy living in a tent, while others require a mansion… So yes, we’re all different but the diversity is greater than most people realize.

      For example, there’s people who live in vans who think even a tiny house is too much… While there are people who live in mansions who think even a regular big house is too tiny… Perceptions can vary wildly depending on what each person feels is the norm…

      So yes, there are people who will agree with you and think there should always be even a small table and chairs to sit but there are also people who will disagree with you and don’t think they need those things at all.

      Like the old sayings, one person’s junk is another person’s treasure, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

      To achieve an efficient lifestyle, one must first determined what kind of lifestyle one wants to lead and what each person’s priorities and preferences are to then determine how to achieve that lifestyle in the most efficient manner…

      People who like to cook will get homes with a big kitchen… Those who like to read and don’t want everything digital will make space for a library… Those who like to entertain will have expandable spaces that can fit those needs… Those who want to return to nature may not even opt for a house at all… and so forth…

      With such diversity, one has to realize what works is often not the same for everyone and people should really have the freedom to choose what works for them without it having to be directly compared to how someone else wishes to live their life… In the end, to each their own and may your choice be the best choice for you as everyone else’s choice may be the best for them… and in that way, we can all enjoy the freedom to live our lives the way we choose….

  • Val August 7, 2017, 7:05 pm

    Sweet but smaller kitchen would be ideal for me more space all around. Not into loft either but it is sweet.

  • Kimberly Matic August 7, 2017, 11:33 pm

    I am in awe! This house for me is tranquility in it’s finest. I have been admiring tiny homes for a few years now and I finally am an owner of my very own tiny home I adore and am so happy living in…but this is the finest I’ve seen. Simply elegant. The windows are key for me as they are in my home. I bought the shell and finished the interior with what I could afford as I could afford it. However if in several years I decide I want something larger and have the financial capacity to buy an upgrade like this… I would want it to look just like this. It embodies beauty and comfort with extraordinary style.

  • Shirley August 9, 2017, 4:37 pm

    I love this one. Does it have a hanging closet?

    • James D. August 10, 2017, 11:31 am

      Looks like there’s one to the left, just before the bathroom…

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