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Ynez Tiny House on Wheels by Oregon Cottage Company

The Oregon Cottage Company built this beautiful tiny house on wheels for a client with great ideas.

The based it on their Siskiyou design but they changed the following to meet the client’s needs better:

  • removed the porch,
  • added a utility room,
  • created a front deck,
  • and made the sleeping loft bigger.

I’d like to call this a great tiny house for full-time living!

Tiny House for Full-Time Living

Photo by the Oregon Cottage Company

Photos by the Oregon Cottage Company

This house has everything you need:

  • bathroom with composting toilet and shower
  • utility room with storage
  • two large storage closets with washer/dryer
  • separate storage space for clothes

But let’s take you on the rest of the tour so you can decide for yourself below:

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Tiny House Trailer Information

The trailer for this house is 7’x20′ in size.

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Tiny Home with a Front Deck

The deck is 7’5″x4′ in size.

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The height of the house is 13’6″. It’s 20′ in length and 8’6″ in width.

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Plenty of Windows in this Tiny House on Wheels

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Covered Front Porch/Deck Area

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Dormers Add Spaciousness to Sleeping Loft

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Tiny Home Being Towed using Heavy Duty Pickup Truck

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Notice how they added a screened in front door before they towed it away. Awesome way to open up the space without letting in the bugs once the front deck is installed again. Let’s go inside…

Inside the Ynez Tiny House

The living room area is approximately 6’10″x11’x10’5″H.

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Simple and elegant design. I love the vaulted the ceilings and the natural wood everywhere.

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Cool! You can see another tiny house through the window. :)

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Little Living Room in a Tiny House

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Spacious Sleeping Loft

The sleeping loft is 6’10″x8’6″x3’6″H.

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Tiny House Kitchen

The kitchen is 6’10″x5’3″x6’9″H.

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Slumber Party in the Sleeping Loft

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The bathroom is 6’10″x3’x6’4″H.

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Utility Room with Combo Washer/Dryer

The utility room is 2’x3’5″.

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Check out our top 5 washer/dryer combo units for tiny houses right here.

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Ynez Tiny House Floor Plan

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  • Teri March 22, 2013, 12:23 pm

    I’ve had the sublime privilege of visiting this beautiful little home and the quality of the construction is unparalleled. Todd of Oregon Cottage Company did a great job on it and he’s on my very short list to build my Fencl. And it’s owner, Nancy, has started a new blog! http://yneztinyhouse.blogspot.com/2013/03/tiny-house-life.html

  • Erik M March 22, 2013, 2:41 pm

    Nice….
    Quality Workmanship.

    As for the lack of visible stove. I’m vegan and use a single unit, electric plug-in burner and Toaster oven. They work great, and you can move them around instead of being fixed in one spot. If you are making something and don’t want the heat, smell, or humidity in the house, you can easily move the units to the porch. You can’t do that with a stove that is fixed in place.
    The burner was $11.99 new, the oven was $31 used on Ebay.

    Never overlook the importance of a covered entrance, as this house beautifully shows. This porch roof is maybe 30″ deep at most, but believe me it makes a huge difference, even if you have to have a break away/free standing porch or deck, like this one. A covered entrance door has the appeal of a warm welcome for any home and in rainy or snowy weather you will really appreciate it. I have a 39″ porch on my house and it is always in use for one thing or another. Sitting listening to the birds, hanging laundry, supporting potted plants, providing a place to hang and enjoy rain without getting wet, etc.

    Another thing to consider from these wonderful exterior shots is the beautiful setting. And it is on a bit of a hill. Which, for houses on wheels, is not much of an issue. My point being that in typical subdivisions of the bloated ‘stuck-to-the-ground’ type, they will often doze acres and acres of natural ground in order to create an artificial and suspicious looking site to build those mcmansions. It’s such a waste.

    With Tiny homes, all that is not necessary which means that tiny house developments are easier to create, less expensive to implement, and because it doesn’t require cutting out beautiful old trees, the nature stays. That means Tiny home developments are not only supporting Green homes, but a green neighborhood.

    • M May 15, 2015, 4:33 pm

      Agree on the porch. Not only for the bird/welcome/shade and associated aspects, but could also be closed in with screen to enjoy longer or plastic panels if necessary for winter providing a ‘mud room’ for snow boots and keeping the inside from strong drafts. It would look very european with a few things hanging over the railing to dry in the sun. Another nice aspect of a moveable home is that you can move with the change of the sunrise/set with the seasons to maximize the sunshine in winter and make for a cooler summer. As I am a vegetarian, I also cook very little doing most of mine in a rice steamer which can also do fish and chicken if I had company. A convection oven and a dual burner similar to what you describe is all I need. An electric hotpot for coffee and tea with a press is often faster than a drip and uses less elec. I also have a Coleman single propane canister burner works for emergency. If I find a little plot of land that allows a TH, I plan to put in only a patch of green lawn and use a natural fescue and wildflowers for the rest of the landscape leaving trees and such. I’m currently looking at a little piece that has lots of young trees and is on a bit of a hill as well. Hope I can make look as nice as this one does.

  • jerryd March 23, 2013, 12:56 pm

    I really like the porch roof support on how to take a boring piece of 2×8 that with a little sawing, sanding and some varnish looks great!!

    A general question, I see so many of these done in what I assume is white or other pine, spruce. What kind of wood is it, is it tongue and groove and the cost? Where is it cheapest? Other good, low cost sources of tongue and groove?

    Sadly here in Fla one can no longer get good wood.

    On cooking I stopped using a stove long ago as electric pans are so mkuch more space, energy eff and faster.

    Very important in Fla is they don’t heat the room much saving cooling costs. Though when possible in summer I cook outdoors to keep the house cool. Before A/C, modern housing, many homes had outdoor summer kitchens.

  • LaMar Alexander LaMar March 23, 2013, 2:24 pm

    Nice design. I would put a pull out or futon couch bed in that living space to avoid the ladder and maybe a Jotul wood burning stove. I didn’t see a cooktop or range ?

    The porch is nice and too bad it could not be attached with a hinge so it could be carried and folded out when you park.

    Board and Batten siding is a nice touch and the wood work interior looks very professional.

    Good job!

  • Garth March 23, 2013, 4:15 pm

    My comments here are not so much about this beautiful trailer. But to add to Kat’s question above without going on fb: How is the 8.5′ max width measured? It looks like the house could have been made wider since the wheel wells stick out farther, but does the roof count, where it hangs over the outside of the walls a bit?

    On another note, I’ve thought that something I’d like to do is make the porch hinge up against the wall and have it so long it would completely cover the door and window during transport, and then have the roof over the porch hinge down over that. Then the roof over the porch could be over 6′ long too, without increasing the size of the towable package. I think there was something similar in a TinyHouseTalk post a few months ago.

    Also, could the area over the tongue be put to better use, making that end of the house more triangular (as seen from above) in order to give more room for laundry or bathroom or storage? (I don’t know if trailer laws allow it.) The shape could go all the way to the roof (instead of being like a little dog house), extending even into the loft area. It would be great to have the 100+ cubic feet without making the trailer any longer, wider, or taller.

    • Carl W March 23, 2013, 7:14 pm

      Like LaMar and Garth I like the idea of a porch or deck hinged so it can be fastened up over the door during transport. That is what I’d like if I get one of these built. Love the higher loft which gives more useable space. I envision a wall or ceiling mount TV at the foot of the bed, perhaps a short chest of drawers along one wall. Seeing the 4 ladies sitting in the loft helped see how well the extra height adds to the spaciousness. Nice job by Oregon Cottages!! The extra height loft adds so much to the overall appearance inside and out. Love it!!

    • Erik Markus March 23, 2013, 9:32 pm

      As for the folding porch idea…. I speak from experience.
      In theory, it seems like a wonderful idea. In practice…

      As I started my house, I had a 30′ chassis trailer frame. I wanted every square foot I could get on there PLUS a porch. I decided to do the 39″ fold up porch floor , with 39″ fold down porch roof. I had a piano hinge for the roof and I built that as light as I could. 2x3s, 2x2s, & 1x3s.
      I built the floor as light as possible as well. All green 2×4 structure and I made the floor, 1 1/2 x 6 green deck boards, removable. So I screwed them on, so the screws were removable, I marked the back of the boards so I knew where they went, etc.

      The problem is, when the roof or floor is folded, all the weight of that structure is now placed on the hinges. And when the house is in motion, bouncing down the road, that puts a lot more stress on those hinges. And the last thing you want is to be moving your home, and pieces fall off causing an accident, or worse.

      Also, setting up and taking down a porch is a hassle, especially if you are trying to get it onto your home, fastened in place, just so. A portable porch or deck is a better deal. Much easier to handle. Frankly, a small deck can easily be moved either snuggly packed inside the home, while in transport, or in the vehicle doing the move(truck bed).

      If you want a porch on the end of your home, there are a couple safe ways of doing it:
      A modest roof ONLY, that is fixed in place, like the one shown above.
      OR
      A full porch with floor and roof FIXED in place using a trailer chassis that extends out far enough to support it.

      You could probably get by with a deck/porch that is fixed in place, but extends a foot or two past the end of the trailer. You would need to make sure you have leveling jacks mounted directly on that extend piece.

      I didn’t lose anything while making my trek across country, but I quickly realized how vulnerable those pieces were and was forever afraid of them falling off. I also learned the work needed to assemble and disassemble it. I’ve since modified the support structure on my home so the porch is fixed in place.

      If you already have a trailer, it is possible to alter it with the help from a qualified welder and angle iron attached properly.

      • Garth March 23, 2013, 11:07 pm

        My idea for the hinges is not hinges at all, unless using ones made for very heavy gates and putting one on each joist; but rather putting bolts through the joists and using the bolts as hinges. Obviously they all have to be in line with each other. Nuts with nylon inserts hold while leaving the joists just free enough to rotate against each other. Bolt diameter would be at least 1/4″, maybe 3/8″.

        • Erik Markus March 24, 2013, 12:04 am

          You clearly have some ideas and they may well work.
          Your description doesn’t give enough information for people to understand all the details I’m sure you have, and render a decision that one could form a helpful advice.

          If your smart enough to over think something, your smart enough to know when to ask yourself if your making something more difficult than it needs to be.

          Remember were talking about a deck here, which is nothing more than some boards nailed together in a geometric, 2D form. Something not much more ornate than a shipping pallet.

          I did the heavy hinge at each joist thing. It was a lot of pre-drilling, and yes it all had to line up. I wouldn’t do that part again.

        • Jerry March 24, 2013, 12:28 am

          Curious, would the hinges used on the ramps of some car trailers be strong enough to hold a lightweight deck folded up against the rear of a house when being moved? Perhaps doubling the number of them (assuming it’s not a full length hinge, which might be best of all).

        • Erik Markus March 24, 2013, 12:44 am

          If one absolutely wanted to go with a folding deck, the hinges would need to be very heavy duty and stainless steel, so they don’t rust.

          Your getting into some money there with all that hardware and planning.
          It’s not like this is a car hauler, or a utility trailer where you need to raise and lower the deck frequently.
          Yes, a folding deck is possible, but it’s not worth the effort and risks.

        • WCLPeter April 1, 2013, 12:43 am

          I’ve only just started looking into Tiny Houses, but wouldn’t it make more sense to just buy a 24′ trailer and build to the 20′ design – which looks like a really amazing use of space – while leaving the other four feet to make the deck permanently built in?

          I could even see keeping the 20′ design, shaving the deck down to 2′ and spreading the utility closet over the remaining 2′ next to the hitch. You could still have the four foot deck by building a two foot section on a hinge but instead of it being hooked to the wall, with all the weight on the hinge at the bottom, it just lays flat on the existing trailer and can be secured directly to the frame for transport. It might even be possible to build in tie down supports for the walk up steps on the underside, allowing them to be secured once the deck is folded.

          I’m thinking of the extra two feet at the front because I know if I was doing one of these I’d be really tempted to throw in some roof mounted solar power with a few kilowatts of battery storage – I like my tech toys.

          I’d be wary of having the hot water tank right next to the bank of batteries or my electrical panel in case it sprung a leak. Leaving two feet at the hitch end of a 24′ trailer would allow me to build a vertical bank of batteries on one side and put a few propane tanks for heating, range and oven, 110v combo fridge, and the incinerating toilet on the other. I’d leave a space in the middle to separate the two sides and have it accessible from the inside, this would give either some in bath storage or even potentially a place to put the washer/dryer combo with a small window and/or storage above.

          Doing this would also allow the loft to be extended by two feet over the utility closet, the breaker and inverter panels could even be hidden behind a wall panel up there, allowing for either custom storage on the hitch end or leave enough space to build a custom bed box to hold a Sultan Laxeby base, taking the place of the bulky box-spring, so you could put in an actual Queen mattress instead of the memory foam ones that I find massively uncomfortable.

          This would also allow the hot water tank to continue siting in the utility closet over the axle, though I’d be tempted to swap that out for a propane fired instant hot water heater.

        • Michele August 13, 2013, 9:01 pm

          Your ideas are very resourceful as well as insightful, helpful to me in planning my own small house adventure. Thanks for sharing.

      • M May 15, 2015, 4:45 pm

        I plan to build an insulated wood storage box 1′ x width of house off the back on the hitch end, about four feet high. Will cover propane tanks, batteries, electrical connections and such, etc… Then the top will be a recessed garden bed – lined of course so no rot. I do believe that there might be a problem with covering the hitch portion, or at least all of it. Something to do with sway.

    • Erik Markus March 23, 2013, 11:40 pm

      As for the 8’6″ width rule.
      It is flexible. In general, the house needs to be not more than 8’6″ in width and not more than 13’6″ in height.

      If there is a protrusion, such as a roll up awning, a wall air conditioner, a light fixture, a dryer vent hood, or rain gutters and a roof over hang,
      that is ok as long as the vertical height of the protrusion is not more than 18″. I think there is also a limit to how far that protrusion can be.
      The wheels and wheel well is probably maxed out here, at 18″.

      Making good use of the tongue/hitch area is limited.
      First, consider if your tongue is removable. If you have a trailer/chassis where that tongue can be removed when not in transport, you may wish to do that, and store it under the home. This gives the home an even more homey appearance.
      In that instance, a protrusion such as a storage/utility locker may look cumbersome, or awkward.

      Dan Louche has done, I think, the best job of adding low profile storage space to the hitch end of his homes where the tongue is not removable. It is a good idea and can house inverters and batteries for those with solar, garden tools, sporting goods, hardware, etc. And yes, the space could be made accessible from the inside instead.

      The idea of going the full height of the building with the space, I think, would make the unit look very strange. Most traditional homes, the format by which Tiny houses are modeled, do not have pointee walls like that.

      There are some RV campers and enclosed utility trailers that have a pointed front like that, they are aerodynamic and a good use of space, but those are RVs, and not homes.

      One of the problems with ‘traditional’ mobile homes is that for many years (approx. 1935 to 1990) they were weirdly designed to look like a poor cousin to those products made by the aerospace and automobile industries. why?
      And who wants to live in an air plane?
      So now, that perception is out there, and will be overcome.

      Tiny homes are actual houses, built small, comfortable, and often portable.
      Tiny homes that are built with traditional architectural integrity, energy efficiency, practicality, and a general feeling of “home” will maintain their value, going forward. I encourage you to consider that. Tiny homes are not a fly by night fix to a problem that exists in the here and now. They aren’t some Madison avenue trend. We aren’t going back to ‘stuck to the ground’ housing.

      I’m not saying that only traditional European styled homes are quality. One can build a ‘California contemporary’, for example, with slanted cedar siding, a shed roof (slants in one direction), and sports almost all windows and/or patio doors on one side, and that would fill a niche.

      Basically, if you don’t have the skill to be tasteful and artfully original, I would stick with traditional design elements.

      Speaking of different house designs. I have seen tiny houses of the following variety:
      Victorian cottage,
      tree house
      French provincial
      Midwest farmhouse
      California Contemporary
      1990s plastic
      cedar mountain cabin
      Chalet (what Jay Shafer is doing now)
      Asian inspired designs
      millennium grunge :(

      I have yet to see:
      Adobe or Spanish style (this one is difficult as plaster and tile rooves are heavy and hard to replicate)
      Southern Colonial
      Native American (now this would awesome, a tiny house designed to look like a TeePee).

      Anyone have any leads?

    • M May 15, 2015, 4:42 pm

      I plan to build an insulated wood storage box 1′ x width of house off the back on the hitch end, about four feet high. Will cover propane tanks, batteries, electrical connections and such, etc… Then the top will be a recessed garden bed – lined of course so no rot. I do believe that there might be a problem with covering the hitch portion, or at least all of it. Something to do with sway.

  • connell Rouse March 23, 2013, 8:03 pm

    How ironic that we just picked up our trailer this week and we have a 5′ hinged gate. Our tiny home will have 6’0 X 6’8 astrical or french doors (both open). The hinged gate will allow us to pull into our home a golf cart, bicycles, canoe, 4 wheeler, scooters or whatever you like to get around. The gate also has leveling jacks so once unloaded it is now our porch complete with hinged roof.

    • Melissa June 2, 2013, 7:43 pm

      I would LOVE to see how you did this with the gate/ramp/porch/roof setup!! Please do post pics when you have time… or email them to me. I’m getting my plans together to build a tiny home for full-time residence. Hope to travel and sell my artwork at festivals. Thanks so much!

      • Alex June 3, 2013, 4:29 pm

        Melissa,

        I had Todd Miller from Oregon Cottage Company build my house. He would be the one with all the details on the process. I can only enjoy the results. :)

        I have been in my tiny house for almost a year now & have to say I still love it. Good luck to you on your tiny adventure. You can keep my posted on your progress at: yneztinyhouse.blogspot.com

        Nancy

  • prema March 23, 2013, 8:47 pm

    this is one of the nicer models i have seen
    it is minamalist and so neat
    thebig question i have for tiny houses is where do you go to relax
    do you have a couch or comfortable chairs in the living room
    are your washer and dryer full size and refrigerator
    great job i am trying to figure out if i could live in a tiny house. i think for myself i need the mansion size of 400 sq ft. anyone else out there gone form the small house vs tiny house

    • Erik Markus March 23, 2013, 10:18 pm

      hmmm… a Tiny house McMansion, where “smaller really is bigger”. I can just hear the ad slogan now.

      You have to consider how much space you ACTUALLY use in your current living environment. Just because a person lives, for example, in a 2500 s.f. home, doesn’t mean they actually use all that space, that would be rare. For most people it is the kitchen, bedroom, one bathroom, and associated storage/utility space as the main rooms. Living room and office room can often be folded into a eat in kitchen/dinette space.

      Then micro manage the space. For example; just because you have a 15′ x 18′ master bedroom, doesn’t mean you use all that space, either. Same thing with an over sized kitchen. Do you actually use all 24 cu. feet of that side-by-side frig? You probably have a few drawers and cabinets that are used daily.

      So then you wonder… I’m paying for all this awful, toxic, space on my mortgage and taxes, I pay to heat it all regardless of if I use it, I pay extra insurance for it all, I have to clean it all, and maintain it…
      If I only use XXXX number of square feet, why am I doing this to myself?

      The answer is personal of course, but you’d be amazed at how many honest answers revolve around: “well in magazines and on TV, they made it seem like bigger is better…” or “my friends were doing it so…”, “it seemed like the adult thing to do.”, or more accurately “investors in oil and construction companies paid big money to advertisers to create the allusion that bigger was better, and I innocently went along with it, like a lot of people did.”
      I did, on that last one.
      I once had a 3600 s.f., 3 story, 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom, 2 living room plus office, plus quest apartment, 3 car garaged home on a 2 acre lot.
      I used 2 rooms and the bath. I hated the place.
      Bigger isn’t better.

      Now I live happily in 240 s.f., I have no need for additional storage. I’m considering building another Tiny and thinking, maybe I could shave off a few feet. I’m not cramped, and I don’t miss all the stuff I gave away( I thought I would).

      The longest Tiny house you could do is 40′ by 8′ 6″ = 320 s.f.
      anything wider is not a tiny house, that is a park model/mini mobile home. Park models are made with the same toxic materials as tract homes and mobile homes, only their smaller and not cute like a tiny house.

      A Tiny house is generally made with solid wood, eco-friendly materials, has elements that allow it to be readily used off grid, and is designed for ease of transport (with out special permits).

      Remember, ‘bigger-is-betterism’ is an American disease, like greed, and corruption.
      Fortunately, there is professional help. Hopefully, your not too far gone.

      • Garth May 16, 2013, 4:07 am

        I’ve always wanted to live more simply– hence my interest in the tiny-house movement. We have one more son to marry off and then I would really like to live in a tiny house and own very little. I find possessions to be enslaving. You have to fix them, maintain them, store them, move them, mow them, pay taxes on them, etc., and our middle-class house (one-third the size of what Erik is talking about) is way too big for me. It always was, but I let my wife talk me into it when we had two growing kids. Alex has shown us some beautiful tiny houses, showing that small and simple doesn’t have to be ugly and non-functional. They seem to have come a long way in the last few years, and I look forward to the developments of the coming years for when we’re ready for one.

        • Cynthia May 16, 2013, 5:18 am

          Thanks for your reply, Garth. I wonder why I work several jobs just to pay bills. There has to be a better way, and I’m getting ready to downsize. There’s more to life than work, work, work….and pay more and more taxes. There’s nothing left over for me…..and I only have about 1200 sf right now! It doesn’t seem to matter if one spouts the truth these days in this country…..as long as the lies are told often enough, some of the masses believe anything. Votes are key, not the truth! I can’t wait to get into my tiny home and start the Simple Life!!

        • Marsha Cowan October 6, 2014, 10:38 pm

          How old is your son? Let him get his own tiny house. He can marry later. Lol!

      • M May 15, 2015, 5:03 pm

        “Remember, ‘bigger-is-betterism’ is an American disease, like greed, and corruption”

        Aye to this remark. I concur wholeheartedly. And it saddens me to see. It’s a pit that many fall into due to clever propaganda. I know one TH viewer on this site stated they loved the THs but needed ‘space’ … so go outside, lol! Lots of space out there. Anyway, I’ve spent my past few years of paring and paring slowly acclimating to doing with less and less and loving it. It really hit home while living in a rather large apartment that lost a heater due to leaking in the kitchen/dine/living area. I was basically living in my 16 x 12 bedroom during the winter months to which I moved my TV, a loveseat and a small table to eat/work at. Did just fine. When the weather got better, I moved into a smaller apartment not much bigger than that bedroom. My only problem is my multitudes of books and art supplies, but I’ve been devising inovative ways to mix them into a TH plan.

        Erik, I have found some of your advice very helpful as I was thinking of letting the covered deck portion hang off the trailer I found a couple feet but couldn’t find any info regarding this. Would give me the two extra feet I need in my planned 8×12′ living space with attached 4 ft deck on a 8×14′ trailer base. Good idea on using the deck corners for leveling and support. Thanks!

      • Cosy May 20, 2015, 10:58 pm

        Thank you for your observation. The beauty of any type of living, be it a McMansion, a tiny home, a totally off the grid TH, a small home…. is that each individual has the freedom to make choices in how they choose to live. They may not choose to live the way that I do, just as I wouldn’t choose to live the way that you do, but that’s ok. Live & Let Live is a great way to choose to live also. Peace

  • Teri March 23, 2013, 9:48 pm

    Great comments as usual, Erik! Nancy’s house (above) has a detachable deck which she slipped inside the house during transport.

  • Dominick Bundy March 23, 2013, 11:08 pm

    Very nice layout. But I’d need a 2 burner gas cook top and a microwave-confection oven..

  • Tiny Houses Hankerings March 24, 2013, 8:34 pm

    wow, I love this. its like the tardis, so much bigger then it looks from the outside. why does the loft look so big, is it pulled out further then most other tiny houses? and i really like that it has a tube and washer/dryer. great layout.

  • FTR March 25, 2013, 11:30 am

    All these tiny homes would benefit from a White Lotus Home, all cotton futon. Cotton is comfortable, natural, non toxic, much cooler in the summer than foam and long lasting.
    White Lotus Home uses US grown and produced cotton, and ships UPS right to your door!! Super cool company-

    http://www.whitelotus.net/green-cotton-mattress/

    Cut and paste and support US companies.

    • Erik Markus March 25, 2013, 2:36 pm

      Do they make extra thick chair cushions.

      I have a couple of chairs that are a good design, but, they had foam cushions and polyester material as cover material.
      I removed those toxic, dirty, literally smelly materials and have a chair frame. I’ve decided not to install any ‘soft’ materials that can’t be easily laundered. And I need EXTRA cushy both on seat and the back.
      Right now I’m using a thick pillow on both surfaces.
      Is there such thing as EXTRA thick (like 12″) chair cushions that are Eco-friendly cotton?

      • FTR March 25, 2013, 3:45 pm

        I believe White Lotus will make just about any size, and they will make you a zipper cover that can be washed, or changed when you want a different color. I will tell you that a 12″ cushion made of cotton batting will be SUPER CUSHY.
        Give them a call or email.

  • Nancy March 26, 2013, 6:30 pm

    Hi my name is Nancy & this is my Ynez cottage!

    I just wanted to clear up a couple of the questions from earlier comments.
    -The pictures are from the builder prior to me moving in. Therefore the micro, convection oven, laptop, several shelves, pantry area, hot plate, furniture, etc. are not in yet.
    -No mistake on the width. The finished interior width is 6’10” (trailer wheel wells & side overhang are at the max of 8’6″.
    -Porch is detachable for reasons explained in earlier comments.
    -And YES it is do-able. I love my tiny house. :)

    Just wanted to thank everyone for their kind responses. I will be posting some of my own pictures soon @ yneztinyhouse.blogspot.com

    And thank you Teri, Erik & Alex!!

    • Alex March 26, 2013, 10:08 pm

      Hi Nancy thank you so much for the update. Can’t wait to go check out your blog posts! Keep in touch, Alex

    • Teri March 26, 2013, 11:40 pm

      Hi Nanc!… yay, mystery owner revealed!
      Alex, do you remember posting my plea for a tiny house to show my 95 year-old mom so she could get a picture of my future life? Nancy was generous enough to offer her beautiful Ynez for a visit and I feel so honored to have found her and her feathered & furry family, not to mention my mom’s pure delight with the tiny house concept. Nanc, my mom still talks about the day…
      So grateful to you & Alex!

      • Nancy March 27, 2013, 12:21 am

        The pleasure was mine! Tell mom I think of her often.
        Nanc

    • emilee September 22, 2013, 11:13 pm

      Hi, I am starting to learn how this is done. Is 6′ 10” the absolute maximum width you could do for the interior? You said you built 8′ 6” fender to fender so I take it the walls take up 10” each? I obviously am new to this. Thanks!

  • Marlon Pando April 12, 2013, 10:43 am

    This is the coolest idea I have seen yet :)

    Good job America!

    We have made a number of mattresses for small spaces. All made in the USA. We hope to be part of this great Tiny Houses movement!

    I am going to tell all my thousands of followers about this :)

  • Darcy May 16, 2013, 12:16 am

    Very nice design, thoroughly planned and has everything one will need to be self contained. It has a bathroom! Can someone tell me why the unit is levelled with wheels off the ground? This is the first time I have seen this.

    • Nancy May 16, 2013, 12:26 am

      Hi Darcy, I’m the owner of the Ynez. By leveling the house you get stable feel. Like a house on a foundation. It will also help to preserve the life of the tires. If you would like to see more pictures go to: yneztinyhouse.blogspot.com

  • Rose Ware Ware August 14, 2013, 11:40 am

    I have had a “tiny house” since the late 70’s. My son, Coy Ware built it when he was just a college student at Davis (UCD) so he would have a place to live.
    I raised four teenagers as a single mom and this was the only way we could afford for him to go to college. He parked the Truckhouse on a professor’s
    farm, while my son did some maintenance around his place and then biked into Davis for classes. This house is built on the back of a Dodge truck and I now have it Penryn, CA. The design is soooo like some of yours, loft bed and
    shower and built in kit cab and even a pot bellied stove for heat. Coy is a friend of Todd ‘s and loves the work he does on his tiny houses………

  • Nancy August 14, 2013, 12:59 pm

    Rose,
    You & your son were ahead of the times! I love living in my Ynez & Todd was wonderful to work with. I probably wasn’t his easiest customer as I new exactly what I needed to live comfortably in my 20′ space but the end result was beautiful.

  • dawn February 3, 2014, 12:37 pm

    i love this home, i like that it is roomy upstairs and same goes for living room! in my home i want a bathtub shower combo and look they did one in this one!! this is the 1st one i have seen. i would love to order this one in a heart beat! great job guys in oregon!
    dawn

  • ZIGA February 3, 2014, 1:15 pm

    Hello, I am wondering how much it weighs?

    • Nancy February 4, 2014, 2:59 pm

      It was estimated at 8000# empty. Todd may be able to give you a more accurate number.

  • BOB HENRY February 3, 2014, 2:07 pm

    My 8 x 20 caboose has an additional 42″ porch added as the rear observation platform. Mine does not fold as I chose to add additional support by running light gage steel tubing from the cantilevered roof extensions to the deck boards running width wise and supported by 2×2 steel tube extensions under the treated deck. The deck supports the roof while the roof supports the floor. Prior to this addition there was a bit of give in the floor as my 300+ stepped up onto the deck.

    For those of you wanting a heavy duty way of hinging the extention simply weld thick wall water pipe to the rear crossmember of the trailer in such a was appropriatly sized round rod would slide into the pipes. by welding the round rod to the steel support members the porch could slide on and off or fold. By drilling and tapping a large bolt could be tightened into the rear cross member in such a way as to stop the porch from sliding out in route.
    Thetapping the pipe recievers the addition of grease zerks could allow the “hinges” to be greased.

  • Linda February 3, 2014, 5:01 pm

    I absolutely ADORE this house! But there is one problem with ALL the tiny houses that I can see… the ugly half-height storage unit hanging off the back of the house! And that doesn’t have to be. All you have to do is incorporate it into the house… make it full height. This way, you can have access to the bottom portion of it (where the tanks are) through a bottom cabinet door in the bathroom. The upper portion of the cabinet would include shelves for towels, etc. In other words, a tall cabinet that looks to be recessed in the wall would access shelf space at the top and utility space at the bottom. It would look very nice! What do you think?

    • Nancy February 4, 2014, 3:09 pm

      Linda,
      Yes that is a good idea. I wanted it short to keep the weight down on the trailer tongue. I also needed to keep a window for the a/c unit. I do have wood shelves over the toilet which provides lots of storage. You could also have a longer trailer & not go out over the tongue at all. Cost constraints left me with a small utility area which has worked out very well for me.

    • M May 15, 2015, 5:14 pm

      Or turn the top of it into a planter box like I am going to do. Form, function and flowers! Seen through a window hopefully. :-)

  • Jerry J February 3, 2014, 6:39 pm

    I really like the raised “dormers” in the loft area of a tiny house like this one. It’s more than the sum of the added space, it really makes the loft feel so much larger. The typical a-frame loft makes me feel closed in, no matter how comfy it may seem. Those stub walls in a raised dormer loft give you the impression of being in a room instead of being in an attic. Plus the small bit of triangular wall space at the junction gives you a feeling of separation from the rest of the house, making it feel like your bedroom. I think this is significant to the psychology of living tiny, making it feel larger.

    • Nancy February 4, 2014, 3:13 pm

      Jerry,
      You are absolutely correct. It was a must for me & I sacrificed other things to keep the loft. It is the first thing I recommend to other TH folks.

  • lynne harvell February 4, 2014, 11:02 pm

    what would it cost to buy this house as you’ve designed it? If I wanted to build it myself, any idea what the cost would be?

  • peggy Thompson February 11, 2014, 12:51 pm

    Where are you located? Is there somewhere I can see these homes and find out the prices…I want to buy one….

    • Nancy February 16, 2014, 2:48 pm

      Hi Peggy,
      I am located in central California. If you live nearby you can come & see me. As for pricing, it all depends on what your needs are but you can check the website for Oregon Cottage Company. Todd Miller has a few models to choose from. AND he can make any changes you may need.
      Good luck with your future tiny house.

      Nancy

  • Monica January 18, 2015, 6:12 pm

    I have been looking around on the internet at various tiny home designs and was wondering if there were any possible plans out there for a large tiny home that can sleep 8 and still be mobile, because at this moment I have yet to come across such plans. I know the idea is to live as small as possible, and that’s just what I’m hoping to do, but as my search has shown me, my family may be to big for a little house, I’m hoping that’s not true.

  • Dominick Bundy May 20, 2015, 2:17 pm

    Very attractive, But it seems to lack storage space . Where would one storage their pots, pans, and dishes as well as food items like can goods, cereal, bread, etc.? and is there any closets at all for hanging clothes or mops, brooms, vacuums etc..

    • Nancy May 20, 2015, 3:00 pm

      Hi Dominic. As I stated earlier these pics were taken prior to me moving in. I installed the open shelving in the kitchen, bath and above the wash/dryer. I also have a good sized closed pantry under the tv. I have lived in my TH for almost 3 years now and it has worked very well. We each need to design out TH’s for our peticular needs. :)

  • Dominick Bundy May 20, 2015, 3:16 pm

    Hi Nancy, Glad to hear your tiny home has worked out well for you. I like everything there is to be had about this tiny house movement. It seems to me it’s al ot more than just living in a small space. It’s about getting organized and staying that way. with less stuff to take care of or worry about = less stress. Only problem is the zoning laws. as where you can park it. too bad we all just build our Tiny homes without wheels and put on our own land and just simply live..Has the zoning been a problem for you?

    • Kathleen May 20, 2015, 9:18 pm

      If you read the Tuesday, May 7, 2013 entry on her blog at yneztinyhouse.blogspot.com, she discusses hunting for a place and eventually settling on a ranch in southern California that also has a campground on it. Location is the final holdup for me, too, as to actually getting my tiny house built.

      • Dominick Bundy May 21, 2015, 9:58 am

        Hi, Kathleen, Thanks for the info.No i didn’t read May 7,2013 entry. but again too bad she and so many others have to “settle” on someone elses ranch or a campground , in order to live in her tiny house. Had she built a tradition house of over 600 sq. feet. She could put it on land that’s hers, No problem or questions asked. and she would have to put wheels on it as a loophole to make it legal.. that’s the thing If one chooses to build and live in 100 to 150 sq feet home, (without wheels) on a piece of land that’s theirs . then why can’t they as long as they maintain their property well.

  • Lisa May 21, 2015, 2:29 am

    Kathleen ~ What amenities would you want in your ideal tiny house site? We’re thinking of creating a 3-TH community with organic gardens, bike/equipment lockers, fire pits, covered outdoor eating areas, natural landscaping, hook ups if you want them, access to the adjacent house’s common rooms and large screen porch for hosting larger events, doing big kitchen projects, possibly also art studio space or woodworking shop access. Even thinking about a bathhouse…. what would you like to see (this is market research, I suppose, anyone else is also welcome to weigh in!) Thanks!

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