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196 Sq. Ft. Atlas Tiny House on Wheels

This is the 196 sq. ft. Atlas tiny house on wheels by F9 Productions. It’s designed to take advantage of solar power as well as collecting rainwater. In addition, steel-framing is used to reduce weight and increase structural strength and longevity.

From the outside, you’ll see that it’s a modern tiny house that’s built right onto a double-axle utility trailer. It also features a fold-down porch that reveals an abundance of windows.

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Steel-Framed Atlas Tiny House on Wheels

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Images © f9 productions

This tiny home was featured on Season One, Episode 13 of HGTV’s Tiny House, Big Living. The episode is called, The Unfoldable Tiny House. It’s available on Amazon (Season 1 Episode 13).

Learn more: http://www.atlastinyhouse.com/


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  • AVD
    January 19, 2016, 7:48 pm

    At last, someone out there has learned the immediate and long-term benefit of using metal studs for tiny houses, especially tiny houses that are designed to be mobile road haulers. Score +1

    The design also earns a + for having the entry door swing out – rather than consuming valuable interior space. Score +1

    Aerodynamics: Score +1

    Bathroom: Score +1

    Space saving Pocket Doors: Score 0

    Stair handrail: Score -1

    Cost: Score -2

    The blog did not immediately present enough info to do a full unbiased value review on the Tiny House Score Card.

    What looks like a fully utilized space under the loft stair also earns a + on the Tiny House Score Card. Score +1

    • Eric
      January 20, 2016, 3:29 pm

      Aerodynamic? A 90° vertical flat wall is certainly not aerodynamic for towing.

      And where on earth does one find a Tiny House Score Card?

      • AVD
        January 20, 2016, 4:32 pm

        Good questions. The “aerodynamic” comment only applies to the shape of the roof flowing in the direction of forward motion and the companion decision to use metal roofing rather than shingles. A mono-pitch roof that rises to the rear of the unit rather than a mono-pitch shed roof that slopes side-to-side should react in a more aerodynamic manner. Additional aerodynamic consideration would have earned a higher “score”.

        Additionally, the design avoided the all too common design feature of the costly and near useless step-back / recessed covered entry, thus improving the unit’s aerodynamic profile. The step-back entry, as a design feature, is “cute”, but also very wasteful of valuable interior space.

        Tiny House Score Card:
        Design Check-lists and test Score Cards are useful tools that architects, designers, and builders can and do employ to help “inform” the design during schematic and design development phases of a project. The actual Score Card is also a “learning tool” that can be effectively used to measure the quality and function of the final design and physical end product. It is bad form to not learn from mistakes and to keep perpetuating design and safety flaws that can be blindly repeated.

        Design and construction team members routinely do inspections, punch-lists, and post-occupancy reviews to discover what worked or did not work on “Model 1” so that the bad decisions are not repeated on “Model X”.

        The “Tiny House Score Card” is a device that I have developed over 5+ years of researching and reviewing postings on blogs, watching televised tiny house programs, and reading publications, both new and “antique”, on the subjects of; small, tiny, affordable, permanent, mobile, and emergency housing concepts. The Score Card is a personal tool and one that any individual or firm interested in the Tiny House Concept could develop and use to help avoid making bad design and construction decisions – some of which can be simply dangerous to the occupant and legally costly for the builder or the manufacturer that sells their product.

        • David
          April 17, 2016, 9:48 pm

          That’s a brilliant idea, tiny house score card!
          Any chance you could release it publicly for others to avoid design/build errors too? 😉
          Please 🙂

        • Eric
          October 30, 2016, 3:12 pm

          Well here it is nearly 11 months after my comment that I have come back to this page… so, I agree with you on the lower height front to higher height back makes it more aerodynamic. But, the pitch on this one is so low as to be aerodynamically negligible.

          I’m consistently gobsmacked that very few (less than 1%?) of THOW owners have a collapsable but easily added front end that curves the air, think sort of like a comma… i.e. ). Could be a simple bendable plastic pole on either side of the front facing wall with fabric (strong as in parachute?) attached via a sewn loop on either side. Hope you get the idea hard for me to put into words the concept. I suppose sort of like those small tents with flexible poles.

          I’ve always thought the step back/porch entry as being an incredibly dumb waste of space. Good to see someone else on that same wavelength.

          Would love to see examples of, especially tiny house, score cards. Not able to visualise exactly what it looks like. The same with punch lists. Ha ha, not being an American so please don’t bash me, my immediate thought was Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Yeah, yeah, I got a sick sense of humour and I’m proud of it. LOL

          Totally agree with you on the capability of looking back and seeing what worked/was good/what could be improved. I’ve always subscribed to never buying first generation of a product. On the rare occasions I’ve deviated I’ve had issues. Fortunately in New Zealand we have legislation which protects us. It’s called the Consumer Guarantee Act. Always had success with that, albeit sometimes I’ve had to push like crazy.

          So, as someone else wrote, any chance of a copy of test score cards etc. being made available?

          Thanks anyway for your insights, much appreciated from this semi-old codger who looks forward to making his life a lot simpler and cheaper.

      • david
        October 31, 2016, 3:59 am

        Great comments.
        Could you both, AVD and Eric, post or link your solutions here maybe?
        I mean AVD the scorecard, and Eric the bendable front end?

  • Mike
    January 19, 2016, 11:53 pm

    While the style might not be to everyone’s taste, I can’t fault this as either a tiny home or as a traveling home/RV. Most compelling is the use of the wall to incorporate a sheltered dining and socializing area. This would be a hit at just about any campground, but you would probably want to be the social type. It IS pretty transparent. But how cool to invite your neighbors in the tent next door over for a pancake breakfast. You’d make a lot of friends…

    • Alex
      January 20, 2016, 11:16 am

      I think it’s pretty awesome! Thanks, Mike!

  • Lynnette
    January 20, 2016, 4:44 am


    • Alex
      January 20, 2016, 11:13 am

      Yeah $75k! I know, it’s a lot of money. If you’re interested in doing it yourself though they’re letting you get the SketchUp plans for free which is pretty generous and awesome. Here’s the link: http://www.blakestinyhouse.com/sketchup-files.html

  • Alex Frededruck
    January 20, 2016, 10:34 am

    Looks like an ice machine, but the interior is beautiful.

    • Alex
      January 20, 2016, 11:06 am

      LOL I didn’t think of that! I like the outside too though 😀

    • Eric
      January 20, 2016, 3:25 pm

      Hah, first look at the opening picture and I went “What? A food cart?” LOL

  • Farisa Arnold
    January 20, 2016, 12:08 pm

    This is very well laid out. This is very close to the type of thow I’d like to own after meeting my financial goals. I hope the metal framing trend continues.

  • Joyce
    January 20, 2016, 6:04 pm

    I have heard some about metal studs but don’t know how to find the ones needed for such a structure. I read the metal studs from local home improvement stores are not intended for weight bearing walls. Another article said you can special order certain sizes to avoid the dangers of cutting the metal yourself. Any links or info would be appreciated.
    As for this design, I like the use of stairs for storage and reaching the loft. I am not so fond of the wall of windows but do like the fold out roof and deck. That sofa appears to be a futon for lower level sleeping.

  • Michael
    January 20, 2016, 7:01 pm

    I like the fresh and modern design.
    For more privacy tinted glass would be fine, beside that it could provide sun protection, too. However, some blinds at night are necessary.
    A murphy bed behind the couch would avoid the loft.
    Wondering about the weight. Kinda expensive.

  • January 21, 2016, 12:40 am

    There is a company called frame cad ( google them) they are designing steel frames for tiny houses etc. they design, pack, and ship them everywhere. There is a video on you tube from living big in a tiny house showing a bit of their process. Their house went from design to walls up in 4 hours…

    • Alex
      January 21, 2016, 7:49 am

      Checking it out now, thanks Bryan!

  • Richard
    January 21, 2016, 6:41 pm

    $75 effing thousand dollars? That’s insane. It’s abuse.

  • Angel
    January 25, 2016, 5:14 pm

    I worked with metal studs for years and you can order heavier gauge ones if needed. Also wide ones are available. They can be cut easily with a chop saw. The only problem is tiny holes in your shirt from the sparks. I am an electrician and love the ease of working with them. They are excellent for wind and humidity problems. I will use them when I build my T.H. I love the windows on this one. But I would install the ones with the shades inside the glass for sun and privacy.

  • Marsha Cowan
    February 13, 2016, 10:17 am

    Very nicely done! Sleek, clean lines, yet warm wood and plenty of space to add one’s own color and style. Love the layout.

  • February 29, 2016, 2:59 am

    ft. Atlas tiny house on wheels by F9 Productions . It’s designed to take advantage of solar power as well as collecting rainwater. Where such information?

  • Dominick
    September 6, 2019, 11:22 pm

    Very nice layout, with significant storage for such a tiny place

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