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The NestHouse Tiny Home in Scotland

This is the NestHouse tiny home.

It’s built by Jonathan Avery of Tiny House Scotland.

If you’re curious, it’s 25 square meters (269 sq. ft.) inside (including the loft space).

Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thank you!

The NestHouse Tiny Home in Scotland

Images © Jonathan Avery

Images © Jonathan Avery

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Alex

Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!

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  • Sockeye November 4, 2016, 2:38 pm

    Well thought out and utilized storage spaces and I like that some of them are on wheels. And what’s not to love about that bathroom and soaker type tub! Nicely done.

  • Donna November 4, 2016, 2:43 pm

    What a delightful little cottage/tiny house. Not only has the functionality of the inside and outside shell/building been thoughtfully designed but the colors and living spaces are heavenly – and the bathroom – wow perfect! Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Joanna Chanin November 4, 2016, 3:08 pm

    How lovely. Beautiful use of color and design. I could live there in a heartbeat

  • oxide November 4, 2016, 4:40 pm

    I love the staircase! Much better than those ladders. The pictures show several configurations of the wheeled furniture — very clever. I’d probably make a couple cosmetic changes, like painting/staining all the raw plywood. And find a spot to hang a TV.

  • Carol Perry November 5, 2016, 3:14 am

    What a charming tiny home! Love the airy feeling you get when your inside. All the colors throughout the home co-inside with each other. Great idea as far as the matching furniture works well as storage pieces that just fit together nicely. The loft is a nice little retreat, awesome idea for the closet. Everything through out the home just matches perfectly. love the large deck that you find surrounding the home outside! Thank you for inviting me in.?????

  • Peter Piper November 5, 2016, 12:36 pm

    Cute as a bug in a rug !!!

  • Betty November 5, 2016, 12:51 pm

    This one goes right to the top of my list of faves!

  • Gigi November 5, 2016, 12:56 pm

    I LOVE this nest! The windows open it to the outdoors and the interior color (although a matter of personal taste) is beautiful. Well done!

  • ROSEE November 5, 2016, 1:33 pm

    What a charming TH! So many spaces to use and clean lines throughout the whole inside. Good job!

  • Janet November 5, 2016, 1:45 pm

    Leave it to the Europeans to come up the with most well planned tiny houses. Every one I see utilizes space in the best way. Nothing looks cluttered. Clean lines, light colors, interesting containers, space savers make it look large and livable, bright and sunny. We Americans need to hire these architects and learn a lesson or two or more! I would put this on a slab today an move in tomorrow if I could.

  • Sparrow November 5, 2016, 2:18 pm

    This is my second-fave tiny house (first-fave is Zyl Vardo’s Moon Dragon). Everything is so well-placed and beautifully finished. And that bathroom – WOW! Crummy bathrooms are my pet peeve with TH’s, but this gem has no such problem. What’s the price for this?

    • Jonathan Avery November 6, 2016, 4:25 am

      Thanks for the kind comment Sparrow – I’ll happily take second stylistically to Zyl’s Moon Dragon which is on my fave list too(!!!); although that is a Vardo, rather than a heavily insulated near zero energy 7.5 ton house which is what the NestHouse is.
      The price for the NestHouse – as you see it in the pictures – around £47,000 GBP, but available as a shell finish from £32,000 https://tinyhousescotland.co.uk/nesthouse-pricing/

      • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 7, 2016, 8:46 am

        Thanks for the response, Jonathan 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

      • Sparrow November 7, 2016, 11:53 am

        Thanks so much, Jonathan! Hmmm…converting that to U.S. dollars, a fully-built version would cost around $58,294. Not at all bad for what you get. I wonder what the Scotland-to-U.S. shipping costs would be? (gulp).

        • oxide November 25, 2016, 11:19 am

          If this designer sells the plans, I’m sure any good contractor can build that house in the US.

  • Patricia November 5, 2016, 3:31 pm

    This also goes on my list of favorites. Well planned out. I love everything about it—the color, the movable furniture, the stairs, and that cute tub. Plus the outside deck. Sigh, and it’s in Scotland. Maybe someday…..

  • Louise November 5, 2016, 3:39 pm

    This is a really nice living area from the real stairway to the loft, the bathoom & especially the many windows, makes it a cozy atmosphere

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 7, 2016, 8:47 am

      Yes it’s super cozy. And I love cozy! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Canyon Man November 5, 2016, 7:23 pm

    Excellent!

  • Sarah November 5, 2016, 9:45 pm

    The colors and general design (lots of storage) are wonderful! Way to go Tiny House Scotland!

  • Kath Brabbins November 6, 2016, 2:03 am

    What a little beauty. Design, form and colours in the beautiful highlands. Congratulations. Thank you for sharing

  • Pam Wright November 6, 2016, 10:19 am

    Absolutely gorgeous. The wood and colours are perfect. The clean lines and innovative storage solution are very trendy and tasteful.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 7, 2016, 8:49 am

      That they are! — Tiny House Talk Team

      • Eric May 10, 2017, 3:30 pm

        That they are. Strewth, in my mind’s hearing that sounded so very, very Scottish. LOL

  • Resa November 6, 2016, 6:36 pm

    OMG! Will you marry me? Everything everyone else said and more. Utterly charming and livable. Thanks for sharing. I will be stealing some of your ideas with impunity.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 7, 2016, 8:49 am

      Hahahah Resa you cracked me up 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

  • tanya hohe November 6, 2016, 8:38 pm

    A M A Z I N G!!! By far my favorite!! Like no other I have ever seen!! After the election figured I would be packing up and moving to Canada!! Think I could deal with Scotland!! lol

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 7, 2016, 8:49 am

      Scotland is a lovely place 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

    • Claude November 14, 2016, 12:36 pm

      Go for it Tanya, we have lots of space for nice people..

  • Kathy November 8, 2016, 1:34 pm

    What a charmer! I love the well thought out storage under the stairs… love the real stairs period! That tub! The color scheme is wonderful; the whole house looks like an old friend with open arms to welcome you home. I want it….I need this house!

  • NVSBLTY November 8, 2016, 1:42 pm

    Very “original” as far as one can be in a tiny house! Great layout and ideas! Very pleasant setting!

  • jenn November 8, 2016, 6:42 pm

    Love the modular well thought ideas. One the best designs I’ve seen.
    Look forward to the movable version.

    • Jennifer Jacobs November 8, 2016, 6:49 pm

      Please remove this. I corrected it below. Thanks

  • Jennifer Jacobs November 8, 2016, 6:45 pm

    One of the best modular designs I seen yet. Look forward to seeing the towable version.

    • Eric May 10, 2017, 3:53 pm

      It is towable… you just can’t see the towing bits and pieces.

  • Marsha Cowan November 8, 2016, 8:24 pm

    Oh my gosh! It’s perfect! The stairs, the fireplace, the tub surround, everything! Absolutely lovely!

  • Brian Williams November 9, 2016, 4:21 am

    This is my first comment as I finally found a “Tiny House” which I think I could actually live in for a long period of time. I feel the combination of abundance of sunlight and strategically placed living area (Toilet/Shower and stairs for sleeping areas) well planned. One point I would enjoy is a bit more “Solar / Eco” measures such as sun panels etc. Otherwise, great build and awsome creativity!

    • Jonathan Avery November 10, 2016, 6:22 am

      Many thanks for your comments Brian! The NestHouse prototype does not have solar panels yet but it is available as a full off grid version or indeed hybrid with batteries and mains hook-up. It does a lot of work with its solar orientation though (a la Passivhaus methods) so its required energy input is very low. Oh, and while you guys are recovering from Election fever (ouch!) – here is my manifesto for Tiny House Scotland!! https://tinyhousescotland.co.uk/tiny-house-scotland-the-manifesto/

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 10, 2016, 10:09 am

      I’m so glad it inspired you, Brian! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • ZACHARY E MOHRMANN November 9, 2016, 8:56 am

    Great Scott what a awesome color choice… Very placid, and calming, something you might find in a hospital or a institutional resort of sorts…..! Lmao….! No really…! I like the color, very calm and soothing….. Not overly out there to the point where you just want to scream……….

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 10, 2016, 10:09 am

      I totally agree! Super calming… — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Lisa D Lucas November 11, 2016, 10:13 am

    Sweet!

    • Karen Rogers November 11, 2016, 10:57 am

      Beautiful, amazing home in lovely Scotland. Nicest I have seen in this size and amazingly functional.
      Someday, someone will figure a way to have a higher bed in a loft.

  • Angela November 11, 2016, 11:22 am

    Absolutely perfection.

  • Claude November 11, 2016, 3:19 pm

    Nice little house in a wonderful country. Go for it Natalie.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 14, 2016, 11:48 am

      Alas, if only we were staying here longer 🙂 — Tiny House on Wheels

  • Kathy November 11, 2016, 4:29 pm

    Luv that bathroom!

  • ZACHARY E. MOHRMANN November 11, 2016, 10:55 pm

    Ahhh….! It’s Lake Placid again, or that’s what I call this one, because of it’s paint color…. I love it, very peaceful….!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie November 14, 2016, 11:49 am

      Yes the peaceful decor is wonderful. — Tiny House on Wheels

  • Ann November 12, 2016, 5:07 am

    Absolutely love it! And what a beautiful interior. Love that you can take pieces outside when the sun shines. And that lime green door is delicious!

  • jm November 12, 2016, 12:16 pm

    Nicely done. I would think ok for 1 person. Might be tight for more. And Trump might build a wall around Scotland just because he can.

    • NVSBLTY November 12, 2016, 4:19 pm

      jm, you must be the size of more than one person if you think that this tiny house is only big enough for one person!There is plenty of room! And what is with the disparaging remark about Mr. Trump? This is not a site for political jabs!

      • jm November 14, 2016, 12:08 pm

        Donald Trump has lost tens of millions on Scottish golf courses, accounts show | US news | The Guardian
        Donald Trump has lost nearly £26m ($31.8m) building his golfing empire in Scotland, his company accounts show – a sum that means the Republican presidential candidate has avoided paying any UK corporation tax on either of his two resorts. There is also an apparent discrepancy between the accounts and his filings last year to the US Federal Election Commission (FEC), the regulator which controls election spending.

        Donald Trump fails to deliver on golf resort jobs pledge | The Independent
        The American entrepreneur Donald Trump has failed to deliver on pledges to create thousands of jobs through a supposed billion-pound investment that were key to planning approval for his hugely controversial Scottish golf resort, an investigation has found.
        By his own admission, Mr Trump has created no more than 200 of his promised 6,000 jobs and is thought to have spent just £25m on the scheme while bulldozing environmentally sensitive areas of the Scottish coast, according to a new analysis of the scheme’s finances.

        Donald Trump Scotland visit dredges up U.K. controversies – CNNPolitics.com
        Trump called Michael Forbes, a local farm owner who rebuked Trump’s entreaties, a “village idiot” and called his farm “disgusting,” a “slum and a pigsty.”
        He called other houses “ugly” and vowed to block their view — and he did.

        Sound familiar? Everyone in Scotland hates him. Well since this post is about a house in Scotland…

        • Claude November 14, 2016, 12:44 pm

          Wow, class can not be bought even with a billion, you have to be born with it!

        • Bill Burgess November 25, 2016, 3:23 pm

          That report hit was a mistake sorry…What I wanted to state was NOBODY is more anti Fascist GOP than myself…But Natalie and Alex try to present WITHOUT bringing in what has happened to the USA spiraling down into oblivion Banana Republic…We get that every other line from the REST of the World daily. Instead lets extol the great presentation of a structure that has a great on your hands and knees sleeping area…And I too Love it..

  • Susanne November 12, 2016, 4:30 pm

    Trump and his mail order, magazine posing bride making most of us crazy these days!!!!!

  • Jonathan Avery November 17, 2016, 6:53 am

    If you loved the NestHouse – please vote for it at Tiny House of the Year 2016 please – there are categories for different features as well as overall Best Tiny House.
    http://tinyhouseoftheyear.com/
    Thanks for all the great comments here (except the trump bit!) Jonathan Avery Tiny – House Scotland

    • Bill Burgess November 25, 2016, 3:45 pm

      Went to your site..Not really a conversation place. So I will state I have never been to heaven, but I have been to China. And what you might look at is some way to expand the sleeping area where older people can stand up. Worldwide a lot of people not built like Jackrabbits or young and drunk and twenty might consider your product…Which is odd for me..as THAT is my only complaint. Every other aspect is WAY UP on the WOW Meter.

  • Liam November 17, 2016, 7:04 pm

    This is pretty much the coolest, best designed Tiny house I’ve ever seen. It’s fantastic and a credit to the designer.

  • Susanne December 26, 2016, 8:41 pm

    I love everything about this house. Too bad the designer/builder is not located in Canada. After spending some time looking at the website, I do have one question. Is the nest house pictured the medium or the large model?

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie December 27, 2016, 11:31 am

      Hmmm good question Susanne! I’d guess the larger one. — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Lynne Hailes January 3, 2017, 2:24 am

    Out of all the tiny home designs I’ve seen so far, this is one of my favourites. This little home provides an element of flexibility and capacity to change up the living areas in a way that provides multiple options whilst still managing to provide a feeling of spaciousness. In addition to that the thought behind layout and functionality is really impressive. This tiny house has a quirk and sense of character that I LOVE 🙂

  • Michael L January 5, 2017, 8:56 pm

    I know this sounds critical but… I can’t believe how often homes are repeated. Sometimes it’s just a matter of days before they’re published again. It’s just a thought but maybe you guys are trying to feature too many homes with each newsletter and/or trying to publish to often?

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie January 6, 2017, 11:30 am

      Sorry Michael. It’s just been the holidays so we haven’t written as many new posts. Starting next week we will get some new blood in here 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

  • ZACHARY E. MOHRMANN January 6, 2017, 9:00 am

    Ahh….! Lake Placid again..A name I have given this Tiny House because of it’s color scheme… And I finally get the nesting name it’s been given, as it reminds of a set of nesting tables, if looked at from it’s frontal, or profile view…! Or at least I’m guessing it’s why it has it’s name… ( Honestly I never really had time to read the whole story behind this Tiny House, so I am assuming ..)

  • Carole D. January 6, 2017, 1:02 pm

    I love the fact that Mr. Avery has thought of incorporating an entry in his design. Living in Quebec with heavy snow and cold, this is a very practical design. Love the fireplace and its placement, and what’s not to like about the staircase. Would totally buy the plan for this.

  • Sonja January 21, 2017, 3:16 pm

    May I live there, please? I will happily leave my husband and children behind. I’ll just take the dogs and cats. I love the fact that you can move the furniture to suit and that the loft manages to feel like a real room. And yes, I love the colors, natural wood and all. I’ll take it. Heck, I’ll take two and the husband and kids can come and live in the other one! But this one is mine.

  • david February 7, 2017, 2:47 pm

    Gorgeous! Love the colors and light feel to it. Best designer/builder in all of Scotland, lol!

  • cathie doddridge February 7, 2017, 3:07 pm

    OH how i LOVE this house!!!!!On a wee plot, in the Highlands of Scotland…………………………….Sigh. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Janice February 7, 2017, 3:09 pm

    So adorable! Love it! The colors are so refreshing and uplifting. I would probably put the couch over by all the windows and the table where the couch is,but that’s just personal preference.

  • ZACHARY E MOHRMANN February 7, 2017, 6:35 pm

    Lmfao….! I love this house and it is great seeing it yet again…! Very peaceful color that green interior trim… I just don’t know what they was thinking when they painted that front door though….!

  • Lisa February 8, 2017, 12:07 pm

    Will he come to Minnesota and build me one?n This is absolutely
    adorable!!!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee February 9, 2017, 7:15 am

      Seriously! I’d love that hehe.

    • Brenda Mason March 6, 2017, 6:19 pm

      Lisa, I want a sm. log cabin built so I can haul it to Prior Lake, Mn. I’d love to have a home like this so I can live on my daughters sm. piece of land so I can be around my Grandbabies & live out my life there. Do you live close to Prior Lake?

  • Cosy February 12, 2017, 1:06 pm

    I love the design and colors. Such an ‘airy’ quality.

  • Elliott February 21, 2017, 3:30 pm

    Does anyone know which woodstove that is? I’m in love with it!

    • NVSBLTY February 22, 2017, 4:04 pm

      It appears to be a Scandinavian wood stove!
      Cannot remember the brand name at the moment!

  • Gail April 6, 2017, 2:18 pm

    Love it. Love all the windows, color and great space even in a tiny home. You did a magnificent job.

  • jb May 10, 2017, 1:33 pm

    Best tiny house design I have ever seen.

  • david May 10, 2017, 1:56 pm

    I like this design quite a lot. And the many windows give such lovely “nature” feel: bright, airy, freedom! Then, what this house also shows, I’d say better than any other house I’ve ever seen: what a waste of space and freedom a gable roof is! It’s beyond me why so many builders aren’t practical, when they decide on the roof design. And if it’s for beauty reasons? Hey, there are so many more beautiful roof designs too.
    But if you haven’t seen those, obviously you’ll find this gable roof the most beautfiful possible.

    • Alison May 10, 2017, 6:06 pm

      The gable is the classic shape, embedded in our psyches. They do shed snow and rain well. A friend of mine has a theory that low ceilings make people aggressive and irrational, and you have to admit that these open, high gables have a nice airy feel. But there are certainly other good options that might make ‘better'(?) use of space.
      I like the natural plywood walls.

  • Valerie May 10, 2017, 2:08 pm

    Now, this is SWEET. I would love living here.

  • Gabriella May 10, 2017, 5:02 pm

    Discreet and silent, like a solitary cloud pushed on a clear sky by a light spring breeze…

  • Sam May 10, 2017, 7:27 pm

    I really, really like this. I would tweak a bit for myself (a larger fridge/freezer, a kitchen pantry, and mostly a washer/dryer.) I would live in this in a heartbeat. I love the light look of the natural plywood/paneling.

    Lovely. It even looks like there would be room to set up my loom so I could weave away the pleasant hours in my lovely little home.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee May 11, 2017, 9:38 am

      Love that you have a loom 🙂 Do you sell on Etsy or some other place?

  • Dug May 11, 2017, 8:44 am

    Gee what can I say? Finally something amazing and in Scotland and only a mere 50 or so miles from me, I have died and gone to heaven I really have its truly the work of my dream home!! How did you do that? Were you in my brain? As its really truthfully EXACTLY as I want, colours in all, I am semi disabled and retired, so a lot of reading, writing and web stuff so the sheer abundance of natural light in this build is a massive result for my lifestyle and needs, if it was wholly totally off-grid I would kill for it like many I would want it in the glorious Highlands of Scotland having just recently been forced to move back to the metropolis that is Glasgow (well it’s outskirts anyway 🙂 ) through circumstance and no suitable housing for me in Lochaber where I was extremely happy until the ruling council decided to take my spectacular cottage in Morar overlooking the River Morar and the world famous “Silver sands of Morar, away from me on some technicalities in reference to my disabilities and further abandon me bang smack in the middle of Fort William which I hated from day one and couldn’t wait to get out of there, so you see when you have had an such amazing home and lost it!!!! And something as amazing comes along that might just be possible (money aside 🙂 )
    If only I was able to lease one very long term (I’m 53 so for the rest of my life) I would pack now and be there tomorrow, so my friends, builders and enthusiasts IF you can find a way to provide such a spectacular home for me please don’t hesitate to contact me (or any equally spectacular TH or cottage in the NW Highlands (Lochaber preferred) I’m all ears there would I’m sure in fact positive there would be a market for holiday letting or full time letting such a property or small exclusive development of these in Scotland but I bags the FIRST one just show me where I sign 🙂
    Until a kind benefactor happens along I shall just have to remain here doing the lottery and hoping upon hope something changes but if I ever did win I would order one of these immediately for sure.
    Bravo bravo bravo one very special build and in Scotland too, I take back all my moans about Scotland having no TH interest as obviously it does but to my knowledge no active enthusiasts community? If there is either a website community or Facebook community of Scottish TH enthusiasts that I have not yet found please point me in the right direction or fancy setting one up? I’m game for that also.
    Until something happens in any area noted above regards to one and all from a delightfully unseasonal bright sunny hot central Scotland 🙂 🙂

    Dug

  • Inspired May 11, 2017, 11:13 am

    Avery = Light and nimble as a BIRD!
    What a terrific and fantastic tiny home. Your brain is so amazing to come up with such an incredible build. So peaceful, so full of light, so very functional & such soothing/pleasing colors. Love it all. Love how the winding stairs beckon exploration. Wonderful drying rack, is it on a pulley system? And you can rearrange large objects as needed! Please come to the US and build your homes or start a new NestHouse Tiny Bird Branch here. Or place one in a museum or library in US so more people can see what you’ve created. Alex, maybe your readers would help fund such an exhibit.

    TINY HOUSE TALK TEAM thanks for sharing this amazing and inspiring creation and building peaceful bridges across countries and cultures.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee May 12, 2017, 9:46 am

      A tiny house museum would be pretty cool! 🙂

    • Jonathan Avery May 12, 2017, 9:54 am

      Wow – I am bowled over by some of the comments on here – thank you all so much! Tiny Houses have NOT caught on over here yet (at all) but I am working on it.
      So if anyone has a contact at MOMA get them to call me and commission one…
      Jonathan

      • Dug May 12, 2017, 10:39 am

        @Jonathan Avery
        I’m more than happy to be your gineau pig to live in this to show how easy it would be and sing your praises to anyone that wishes to view get in touch 🙂
        As I said in my post above a “Scottish” TH website community would be the utmostly best way forwards to get the word out of here in Bonnie Scotland, catering to Scottish people, and their specific needs from such a property, now with a “Scottish” builder backing it can only help both that builder and a community both working for each other, I have plenty of time on my hands to set it up and run it if you would be interested I am happy to discuss it further, we have a very unique opportunity to be first in Scotland to do so not a situation to be sneezed at my friend, would love to discuss this idea further with you I am here should you wish to throw some ideas about.
        Yours Dougie 🙂

  • Darlene May 20, 2017, 7:48 pm

    Well, this is just LOVELY, everything about this small home is appealing. The colours, the decor, the storage spaces, the tub, the well thought out ‘extras’ to make life a bit better. Love this one.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee May 22, 2017, 3:32 pm

      It’s one of our favorites here at Tiny House Talk!

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