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The Little Lou Tiny House

This is the Little Lou Tiny House on Wheels in Burlington, Vermont.

It’s a 200 sq. ft. tiny home built using lots of recycled materials! Enjoy!

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The Little Lou Tiny House

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  • Larry December 19, 2016, 10:57 am

    I like everything but the bathroom. I would but in a sit down shower, since there is room, and a diff. compost toilet.

    • Chrissy Bellmyer December 23, 2016, 2:37 pm

      Hey Larry-
      I totally hear you on the compost toilet. I was using the Humanure Method (http://www.humanurehandbook.com/) and while I believe in this method from an environmental standpoint, it became too much for me to manage. I recently upgraded to a Nature’s Head Composting Toilet (http://natureshead.net/). It’s not nearly as pretty but it’s so easy to manage and is still a really great from an environmental standpoint.

  • Lori December 19, 2016, 3:43 pm

    How did they get the wood to curve for the outside wall/railing of the staircase?
    I would change the bathroom too. Rusty metal isn’t my favorite thing and it’s buckling near the tub in the corner.

    • Eric December 19, 2016, 11:26 pm

      Agree with you… rusty metal just means leaks/rot/mould issues down the track, if not already happening. So just creating an environment which you will need to effect (expensive?) repairs sooner rather than later.

    • Rick C December 20, 2016, 10:27 pm

      If it’s anything like woodworkers do, you steam it in a box for a while, then as soon as you take it out you put it in a frame that bends it into the shape you want and holds it that way until it dries out/cools off, and it’ll hold the shape afterwards.

      • Natalie C. McKee Natalie December 21, 2016, 9:34 am

        Yes I believe that is the process. Very cool! — Tiny House Talk Team

    • Chrissy Bellmyer December 23, 2016, 2:31 pm

      Hi Lori-
      We were inspired by the Esket Tiny House (https://eskettinyhouse.com/) for the staircase. Originally we had planned to make the staircase in my friends wood shop using a steamer to make the wood flexible. But we accidentally left some plywood out in the rain and it became just damp enough to bend and clamp into shape! As Bob Ross would say, it was a happy accident!

      I personally love the look of the rusty metal and the contrast of the ornate mirror and other more modern features – but agreed, it’s not for everyone. As for moisture, it’s been about a year and I’ve had no issues. I make sure to completely enclose the tub in the curtain when I shower.

  • Jane on Whidbey December 19, 2016, 4:48 pm

    What a lovely home! I particularly appreciate that there is so much light, even though it doesn’t appear to have many windows from the outside, it looks different from the inside. And I love the bathroom. It’s huge! I’m sure the owners love all the carefully thought out features. I wish them the greatest happiness there.
    I love custom designed homes, and can’t stand Negative Nellies. They need to keep their thoughts to themselves.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie December 20, 2016, 6:18 am

      Hahah, Jane 🙂 I always appreciate positive comments! — Tiny House Talk Team

    • Chrissy Bellmyer December 23, 2016, 2:33 pm

      Thanks Jane! The Negative Nellies can sometimes be a bummer but the Positive Patties make up for it!
      Best,
      Chrissy

  • TinyHouseLover December 20, 2016, 6:51 am

    Amazing job. Looks very homely. Getting lots of great practical ideas from what you’ve accomplished.

  • Lou December 20, 2016, 2:10 pm

    Lots to like about this one. Great staircase. Great name too!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie December 21, 2016, 9:47 am

      Hehe 🙂 – Tiny House Talk Team

    • Chrissy Bellmyer December 23, 2016, 2:38 pm

      Thanks Lou! My middle name is Louise so I’ve been going by Chrissy Lou for years. And my builders daughter is named Luna Lou.
      We think it’s a great name! 🙂

  • Debra December 21, 2016, 1:20 am

    This is a great house. Love the galvanized steel tub and the sleep loft looks cozy and has a decent amount of headroom.

  • Louise January 5, 2017, 5:41 pm

    The inside is nice, but the outside is really ugly (I’m sorry, but it’s just my opinion).

    • Jane on Whidbey January 10, 2017, 7:16 pm

      Why would you give an opinion that you had to apologize for?

    • sgmaps March 23, 2017, 6:55 pm

      Everyone is entitled to their opinion, however there are more polite ways to convey things. Such as simply saying that you are not a fan of the outside of the house. While a lot of people seem to like the rusty metal type of finish, interior and exterior, I don’t like it, but that is simply my personal preference.

  • jm January 5, 2017, 10:07 pm

    Good to have counters on both sides of stove. Steel siding a little too far gone for my taste. I would replace with copper–which has some great patterns as it ages. Seems some storage is needed in bathroom.
    I would put a whole-house fan in ceiling to ventilate. Not crazy about exterior colors. Propane tanks need to be screened somehow. But what really strikes me is the lack of nice big windows, or window, at the front exterior. But then I see photos with windows?? Maybe they are at back. Like the light-colored bedroom joists. Too many others use dark stained wood.

  • ZACHARY E. MOHRMANN January 6, 2017, 8:35 am

    Nice job, and I like the fact that they used recycled material as well in it’s build….! A big plus in my book…!

  • Jane K. January 6, 2017, 12:23 pm

    I love that you have a designated living room. So few tiny houses do.

    • Kathy Khoshfahm April 9, 2017, 12:42 pm

      I agree Jane. A cozy living area is a must for me…

  • ROSEE January 7, 2017, 12:16 pm

    Nice and well lived in. Although I have to agree with Larry about the bathroom. I would be very concerned about the rust edges of the wall, hoping that nobody would need a tetonis shot. And the outside doesn’t fancy to my liking either. Sorry!

  • Carrie Gronewald March 23, 2017, 11:12 pm

    Wow. Perfect in every way. I love looking at tiny house decorating style and space use. This gorgeous house is my number one choice if I were building and decorating my dream tiny home! Thanks for sharing!

  • ZACHARY E MOHRMANN March 24, 2017, 7:30 pm

    I have the same bath tub…! I don’t know why but for some reason they create a master bath to accompany the master bedroom, but built it with out a bath tub, and built the guest bath with a tub instead.. So I chose not to go traditional, and go the rustic build instead for a bath tub and bought a horse, and or live stock trough instead for a bath tub… And it was a lot cheaper than a bath tub which would have cost me a small fortune to have one it’s size… I would think theirs is smaller than mine as my tub is 6 ft. in length… But to have my size tub in this tiny home would eat up a lot of space leaving no room for the rest of their bathroom…! But a nice job on their build…!

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