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204 Sq. Ft. Mountaineer Tiny Home with Rooftop Deck

This is Luke and Tina’s 204 sq. ft. solar-powered tiny home on wheels.

Outside, you’ll notice there’s a rooftop balcony accessible from the sleeping loft.

When you step inside, you’ll find a living area, two lofts, a bathroom, kitchen, and plenty of storage throughout.

The off-grid home also features a rainwater harvesting system and a composting toilet.

If you’re interested, plans are available to purchase if you’d like to build your own. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thank you!

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More Details on this Tiny House

  • Luke and Tina (husband and wife) designed this tiny house themselves.
  • They’re both engineers so they made the plans and hired a contractor to build it.
  • The tiny house can function completely off-grid because it has solar, composting, rainwater harvesting, and propane.
  • They live on a 40 acre farm on the foothills of Mt. Hood.
  • The house features hide-away space savers like a dining room table, coffee table, chairs, doors, drying rack, and storage that can’t be seen.
  • There’s a walk-able and waterproof roof deck that has access via a small hobbit door from the bedroom loft!
  • The house features live edge redwood slabs and 12″ redwood panels all around.
  • This tiny home has a mountaineering look and feel which is why there’s a large gear cabinet! It houses all of their outdoor gear easily.

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  • Janp July 2, 2016, 10:34 am

    Love love love the design and how it is built. Hopefully couch becomes a bed as I still could not do ladders or want steps. But overall while I usually think under 400 sq ft is just too small,this one has proven me wrong. I definitely could live here.

    • Tina July 2, 2016, 7:05 pm

      Hi Jan! Thank you so much for the compliments about our house! You’re correct, the cops just pulled out into a full size bed. We made sure to include this aspect because we do have a lot of guests over at our house, including my mother, who cannot make the trek up the stairs or the ladder. It was a great alternative for those who need the convenience of a single floor tiny house. Take care!

      • Rev August 13, 2016, 7:02 pm

        Keep a close watch in your rear-view mirror, and avoid most cops. But some cops are sneaky, and they’ll get you irregardless.

        • Tina Orlando August 13, 2016, 11:49 pm

          Haha, whoops. That’s what I get for not proof reading. But yes, some couches are sneaky like that.

  • LouAnn July 2, 2016, 10:43 am

    Wow! Amazing design with wonderful storage. As an interior designer, I am impressed. Curious about how many pets they have since there were 3 or 4 medium size crates. Thank you for sharing this very creative THOW.

    • Carie July 2, 2016, 3:01 pm

      They have 2 dogs. This was built and featured in last weeks episode of Tiny House Nation.. if you want to see it better.

    • Tina July 2, 2016, 7:08 pm

      Hi LouAnn! Thank you so much! We have 3 dogs. We have a Siberian Husky, miniature Australian shepherd, and a standard Australian Shepherd. We adopted our aussie right after our show aired. Though, we tend to foster dogs a lot so it is not unusual for us to have upwards of six dogs in the house! Take care!

  • Sharee July 2, 2016, 10:59 am

    I just saw this episode on TV. It was fun watching it being built and all the decisions being made to end up with this beautiful and functional THOW (young couple and their 2 dogs).

    • Clint July 2, 2016, 12:20 pm

      Sharee – Which tiny house show did you see it on? We’d like to watch it. Thanks!

  • jake July 2, 2016, 11:51 am

    Incredibly special. Just fascinating. Every bit wonderful.

  • Dede July 2, 2016, 1:58 pm

    This is a great place! It is bright, well thought out and it looks so comfy and convenient. Love the tvs! bravo!

  • Emily c. July 2, 2016, 2:10 pm

    One of the best Tiny Houses I’ve seen. Great storage. Looks much bigger than 204 sq. ft. Unfortunately for me, bad knees would make it difficult to access the great roof top deck. I would have to have a design were the roof could be access in another way, like an outside spiral stair.

    • Eric July 8, 2016, 4:24 am

      Emily, I don’t see what your issue would be. You say you’d need a spiral staircase outside to access the roof deck. Why? One just needs to use the stairs up to the bedroom, walk the length of the bedroom to the small porch off the bedroom or walk the 3 or 4 steps up to the roof itself. Far easier than a spiral staircase anyday. Death traps they are too… and I’m speaking from experience. And I too was resurrected… just not on the 3rd day. LOL

  • connie July 2, 2016, 2:51 pm

    This is the most amazing tiny house on wheels I’ve ever seen! LOVE the balcony and that it is totally off grid and with rainwater collection!! Amazing design.

  • David July 2, 2016, 5:52 pm

    I too first thought “it’s one of the 10 best houses among the 500+ I’ve seen”. Until I saw the inside of the french door. Two steps up on the inside, what a waste of space! I appreciate that it reduces the height of the staircase next to it, but it makes the whole entrance(!) area needlessly narrow/impractical/cheap. A grand home like this shouldn’t be impared by such design flaw, in my opinion. Despite this, I still feel this is “one of the 10 best houses among the 500+ I’ve seen”, yes. Well done, very livable! :-)

    • Tina July 2, 2016, 7:12 pm

      Hi David! I can see where it would appear the steps hinder the livable space in the main area of the house. While these stairs do help cut down the horizontal space needed for the loft access stairs like you mentioned, the real reason is to cover the three axle wheel fender of the trailer. You can’t see it, but we’re covering the other side with our gear cabinet. We had gone back and forth about placing the door above the wheel well and we ended up going with it so that we could use that vacant space beneath to store shoes since we would have to cover it anyways. Thank you for your other compliments and take care!

      • david July 3, 2016, 11:45 am

        That’s a nice surprise, you are here in person. Thank you Tina. Yes, it’s a good workaround the wheelwell, I may have done it too but probably would have placed the door at ground level and instead hid the wheelwell under the staircase. :) Also because it avoids having to take the outdoor deck in front of the door with me everywhere (on an extra trailer).
        Hey, you as engineers (it says), have you thought of doing an extendable roof, for head height? If you did, what spoke against it?
        I myself can’t understand why anyone would want to spend tens of thousands of dollars (building or buying, either way) for the “privilege” to have to duck down all the time and to feel like a rabbit. Seriously, that’s how I see it, these “children lofts” everywhere are a bad joke of housebuilding, in my opinion. An extendable roof is easy and costs a fraction of chic interior like yours (compliment).
        I notice with interest that you have chosen the Separett Vila, very wise. I can’t see why others want to wait for breaking the handle on Nature’s head and similar aberrations. Are you happy with your decision, right?
        The banister on the roof deck folds down for travel, I assume?

        • Tina Orlando July 11, 2016, 1:46 pm

          1. Hey David! I’m sorry it has taken me a bit to get back to you. The only drawback to placing the door at ground level was that we wouldn’t be able to roll out our sofa bed without blocking our main entrance. It was extremely important that we have a secondary sleeping area. Being originally from the east coast of the US and now living in Oregon, we tend to have guests over once a month and it was imperative for us to carve out a specific space for where they could sleep comfortably in our house. We elected to specify out a sleeper sofa that had a required minimum space as it would roll out into a full sized bed. This led us to designing the living area at the rear of the trailer, requiring us to find an alternative place to put our main entrance. Hence, the raised door. Also, Our 3-year plan with the house was to remain stationary on our 40-acre farm in Oregon. So, our focus was not on a mobile set of stairs with a lowered door but on an elevated door with a semi-permanent porch for our use to help dry/wash off our dogs prior to them entering the house in the rainy season for Oregon. If we had more of a plan to travel frequently with the house, we absolutely would have put the door level with the trailer floor for that exact reason! We have certainly thought about the extendable roof. We had two concerns. The first was the extra weight needed for the material and hardware and how that would impact our overall GVWR for the trailer. We’re rated for 15,900 with a factor of safety built in and adding what would, effectively, be another raised room would have put us over (per our bill of materials). The second concern was simply just the complications of having an extendable roof. Above our bedroom loft is our rooftop deck which has removable railings. Even if we didn’t have a roof deck, the mixture of adding a watertight seal to a flexible and extendable roof requires extra care and maintenance we didn’t want to risk. We live in Oregon, home of the rainstorm, and the more connection points there are, the greater the risk for leaks or cracks. They work amazingly on mobile homes and RVs but we just didn’t see it working for us. We elected to keep the design simple by maximizing our loft height at 4’1” so that we could sit up in bed with plenty of head room. Ha, we don’t spend enough time in the bedroom that the height bothers us. We loved closing it of for privacy at night should we have guests but we’re always on the roofdeck or outside enjoying our farm too much to think of it as a bad design. We wanted that exact loft because it met our needs. Though, we know it’s not for everyone and that is okay too! This house will be for 5-7 years and we will be designing another that better fits our needs as we get older. The separett has been such a great choice for us. No smell and very low maintenance. We’re able to go 3 months without having to change the waste collection and I designed a dilution tank for the urine. Yep! The railings on the roof deck breakdown easily for travel to put the house at 13’5”. Please let me know if you have any other questions!

  • Gabriella July 2, 2016, 5:57 pm

    Yes This resolution is perfect, nothing is missing, it is a traveling
    “mini villa”. Off I like the resolution of the two terraces on different levels, inside is full of colorful items and shelves, compartments very
    helpful. But the kitchen is certainly the most artistic an original element (para splash); the light penetrates almost everywhere
    asymmetrically as in the best architectural developments.

  • Danni July 3, 2016, 1:17 am

    Love❤️

  • Dawn July 3, 2016, 11:24 am

    Probably my favorite tiny home I have seen so far! I love the unique custom storage spaces. This home is pretty much what I have been looking for in a house. Thank you for sharing it.

  • Chris July 3, 2016, 10:09 pm

    This is by far the best design and use of space I have ever seen. I have followed with interest for some time now other people’s comment about these tiny houses and find it interesting that sometimes the people who have never built a tiny home (or any size home for that matter) tend to project all their negative wisdom repeatedly about every house that gets built. If they have all the knowledge of how it should be done…where is their house? Really, it gets tiring reading from some of the same people each time who are constant downers! You all did a great job and if there was something I would do differently, I would have the good manners to keep it to myself since it is not my house. The important thing is that YOU are happy with it and I suspect you are…well done you two!

  • Kathe July 4, 2016, 1:24 am

    We really enjoyed your episode – wow, what an adventure! Can I ask what happened to the inlay door to the roof? It looks the same as the show otherwise – except homier. Nicely done.

    • Tina Orlando July 5, 2016, 12:01 pm

      Hi Kathe!

      Unfortunately the door didn’t hold up to the harsh winter we had and it warped, cracking the inlays. So, I removed the door and I’m in the process of un-warping it so that I can turn it unto an outdoor table!

      Cheers,
      Tina

  • Roger July 4, 2016, 6:57 am

    They just keep getting better don’t they?
    I assume people see something they like in someone else’s design, and make their own version.
    Sometimes they have something in mind that they want, and just have to make it fit.
    I have been thinking about including a balcony, and mine will be different to this one, but I’m sure I will ‘borrow’ some aspect or other. Hope you don’t mind.
    Nice work you guys :-)

    • Tina Orlando July 5, 2016, 12:02 pm

      That is exactly right! If we can inspire even one other person to go tiny, we will feel accomplished. The best of luck on your own tiny adventure!

  • Suz July 5, 2016, 4:49 pm

    This is by far in my top favorites list! I don’t own a lot of outdoor gear for that beautiful eclectic wall of cubbies but, I can tell you it brought the biggest smile to my face! The Live Redwood slice countertops are absolutely beautiful! Can I gush anymore?! I’m going to go try and find the episode that features a tour of your home now and I’m going to write to you to see about the availability and cost of a set of plans. Thanks for sharing!
    Cheers!
    Suz (short for Suzanne) 😊

    • Suz July 5, 2016, 4:53 pm

      P.S. What did you use to create the stairs? And, are they drawers for storage? Thanks!

  • jr July 6, 2016, 1:49 pm

    The best tiny house I’ve seen

  • terry mitchell July 6, 2016, 4:11 pm

    I love Your Designs. Just really don’t know HOW to get started !!…
    Please CONTACT ME. Thank You so much…. Terry M.

    • Tina Orlando July 7, 2016, 9:34 pm

      Hello Terry!

      It’s great to hear from you and thank you for reaching out! We’re currently running an early bird special for our tiny house plans! For easy communication, you can reach out to us at BackcountryTinyHomes@gmail.com! Thank you!

  • Susan July 7, 2016, 5:25 pm

    This is one AWESOME TH! I love this one – the design is fabulous! Love the ‘stairs’ to the loft and it looks like one could actually ‘stand’ up in, too!

  • Michael L July 7, 2016, 11:10 pm

    Luke and Tina… this is one of the nicest I’ve seen. I especially like the deck off of the sleepimg lot. Thanks for sharing.

  • Julie July 10, 2016, 10:51 am

    Really? They designed it? They are engineers and outdoor mountaineers alright but this house and it’s dog cages and fancy rack to dry wet gear,deck,etc….was the brain child of Zach on Tiny House Nation. He puts his heart and soul into making these buses what people really want. He is the true” engineer” on this build. I am tired of seeing he and John work so hard to give the people on the show beautiful custom handiwork only to see them sell the houses almost immediately after or take credit for the custom designs. Shame on them. This episode of Tiny House Nation aired mere weeks ago! In the new Season. So wrong. Zach should be given credit for being the brainchild of this build.

    • Tina Orlando July 10, 2016, 6:47 pm

      Hi Julie! It’s great to hear from you. My name is Tina and my husband, Luke, and I did engineer this house. This is our house. While I understand the show portrays Zach as the designer behind each beautiful build, this is not true. That would be the portion that is “made for TV”; especially reality TV. What you didn’t see on TV are the 18 months of sleepless nights that we slaved over every single last detail that was being built for our house. From the framing to the window placements to the structural analysis, this would be our engineered design and no one else’s. When the TV cameras shut off, we were right there along side our licensed contractor putting up the framing, utilities, and decor. While Zach is a fantastic person and very talented carpenter, his special pieces made for us (drying rack, door, and cabinet) were designed by us months prior to the show filming. The TV show followed our house plans and they created a story line that would fit with the show. We were, indeed, the chief engineers and designers of the entire build. I can understand your frustration behind this misunderstanding, especially since this is how the show portrays it. If you have any specific questions about our house or our engineered design, please feel free to reach out to me. Also, for reference, as a lot of the tiny home owners have sold their homes after the TV show has left, I can ensure you this is our forever home and we were not there for any gimmick or fame or to sell it. We were there to surround ourselves with industry professionals for the experience and knowledge as we built our house. Take care!

      • Julie July 12, 2016, 5:19 am

        Hi Tina,I am sincerely sorry. I knew you guys were engineers and smart and adventurous but I thought Zach actually came up with and created those special features I mentioned. I had no clue that the show did not exactly present the truth of it. I think my frustration comes from seeing the hard work that is done for all the Tiny House Nation families and then seeing the houses up for sale so quickly after the episodes. That is not you guys and I should not have taken it out on you. I never meant to imply you were selling yours. I think your tiny home is beautiful,smart,and innovative. I am so happy that you have found your forever home. I am old school and in my 50’s so I guess I am still not use to reality shows not always being completely realistic. I just was feeling bad for Zach and John because they really seem like great guys who really care about thetiny house movement . I still believe they are great guys and all, and wish those that sell their homes off right away should be held to at least a few years to qualify to be on the show. Again,my sincere apologies. Great job! 😊Maybe you can give me some tips and ideas when I am ready to retire and build my own tiny home .Happy Adventures to you guys! Really awesome home.

        • Tina Orlando July 14, 2016, 10:33 pm

          Hi Julie! No worries at all! I know it’s difficult because the show portrays a modified story line that only borders on the truth. Though, a lot of the time you would be right! There are many home owners that have no design going into the show and Zach (and the production crew) do put together the entire design! Luke and I were one of the rare couples that had a design ahead of time and I believe we were one of only a handful of homeowners to actually engineer the entire thing ourselves. I also can completely agree with you about all the hard work the show does. It really disheartens us to see people chosen for the show that do not appreciate their new home and either immediately sell it or rent it out on AirBNB. I get promise you, that is certainly not the case with us! We LOVE this house and it absolutely our forever home. And I do want to say that both Zach and John are just as genuine in real life as they are on the show. That part is not an act! Zach is a VERY talented carpenter and all around amazing person. While we may have designed out what we were hoping he could help us with, he absolutely did build the special items himself. He has an amazing eye for detail! Absolutely no hard feelings and if you are ever in the market for a tiny home or ever have questions, please feel free to reach out to us at BackcountryTinyHomes@gmail.com! Take care!

  • Julie July 10, 2016, 10:54 am

    I meant houses,not buses.

  • Kat July 25, 2016, 1:06 pm

    Tina, is that a dumb waiter hanging off the loft? What a fantastic idea for getting things up and down without having to use stairs or ladder…

    Kat

    • Tina Orlando August 14, 2016, 12:22 am

      Hello Kat! That is actually a drying rack that Luke and I use for our mountaineering equipment for when we return back from an expedition. We have some pretty sensitive gear that we have to dry out in the wet months and the drying rack is in direct line of our heater. Though, it does allow us to bring light items up and down to the storage loft easily and when you fully lower it, it turns upside down into a coffeet able. Hope this helps and take care!

  • Ashley Phelps August 6, 2016, 9:31 pm

    I love your home! What a great use of space! It is very apparent a lot of thought and planning went into it. Your sectional sofa is exactly what I’ve been searching for. Would you mind telling me where you found it, or had it made?

    My Thanks,
    Ashley

    • Tina Orlando August 10, 2016, 12:17 pm

      Hi Ashley!

      Thank you for the compliments about our home! We actually planned the house around the sofa. Not only is it a sectional, it’s also a full sleeper sofa that rolls out into a full-sized bed for guests! It has great storage under the chaise lounge as well. You can find it at IKEA (friheten). Best of luck!

  • AVD August 13, 2016, 12:27 pm

    A double NO-NO – two inward swinging entry doors.

    • Tina Orlando August 14, 2016, 12:18 am

      Hello AVD!

      That’s sad to hear you’re not a fan of the in-swing entry doors. For us, we did not initially plan to have a large platform porch for our entry. So, having outswinging doors would have not worked when accessing the house with a short outside mobile staircase. That and we have three dogs! When these doors wing in, it prevents the dogs from accessing the bedroom loft during the wet-weather months until we’ve had a chance to dry them off. A win-win, ha. Take care!

  • Debbie August 13, 2016, 1:43 pm

    This is the most well thought our tiny house I have seen. Having you explain in the other comments your reasons for things you did to it was so informative. I love the inside scoop you shared.
    Tina just have to comment on your grace in handling the negative comments. Impressive.

    • Tina Orlando August 13, 2016, 11:56 pm

      Hello Debbie! Thank you for all the kind compliments! We thoroughly enjoy going through the comments, positive or negative, and helping people with questions or providing different perspectives for why the design was done. Not everyone has to agree with us and that is completely okay. It just makes us more excited to see what their design may be for our own inspiration Take care!

  • Brandi August 13, 2016, 6:34 pm

    Tina, I sure would like to see your home and to see the hidden things you’ve spoken of. I, to am here in Oregon. Please look for the email from me. inthemidstofchaos@msn.com Your house is FANTASTIC!!

    Brandi
    541-472-0565

  • Large Marge August 13, 2016, 7:14 pm

    We immediately notice the vertical planking visually shortens the interior. Although it may not be, the space seems ‘smaller’ because the vertical lines terminate the sight-line prematurely.

    How do the government agents respond to your intent to not move the rig from your farm?

    • Tina Orlando August 14, 2016, 12:09 am

      Hi Large Marge! We can completely understand regarding your design comment. For us, we really wanted to use redwood rosewood panels for the interior. It’s not possible to find this type of wood in a tongue ad groove design without paying twice as much as we did. The advantages to tongue and grove in a mobile tiny house is it allows the house to create something called “a moment”. This refers to the twisting motion the house goes through during travel. Moments can and will create shear forces in rigid materials (like dry wall) which will create cracks and damage in your walls when you’re transporting the house. So, a lot of tiny house owners will use tongue and groove panels that allow for movement within the wall as a sort of “floating” design. Without having tongue and groove redwood available to us, we had to place the panels vertically. Placing the horizontally would have forced us to create 1/8″ gaps for the movement between panels which visually looked rather broken and unappealing for us. The EMC for redwood (equilibrium moisture content) is rather low (woohoo!) but still would have left us with twice the amount of spacing through our walls during construction should we have gone horizontally. So, I suppose it was more of a battle between engineering and design that led us to our decision. That and a 10.0′ ceiling still feels rather roomy when you’re inside :)

      As for your comment regarding local code and zoning, we have our house registered as an accessory dwelling and we’ve ensure to meet the local codes required to obtain this permit.

      Hopefully his helps and take care!

  • ZACHARY E MOHRMANN August 13, 2016, 7:27 pm

    Now that’s sharp, very big but sharp looking house…. I can imagine what the cost of a house of this size could be…

    • Tina Orlando August 14, 2016, 12:13 am

      Hello Zachary! This house cost us $35,000 to build with a licensed contractor and fully functioning off-grid system (solar, rainwater harvesting, composting, and propane). Though, I can’t say this would be a very representative budget for anyone looking to build the same. The expedited build schedule, professional promotional trade outs (we were on a tv show), and more drastically impacted our budget both positively and negatively. We do sell the plans to this house and we have estimated the actual cost for each model here on our FAQ page. Hope this helps!

      http://www.backcountrytinyhomes.com/faqs.html

  • Kathi August 15, 2016, 3:31 pm

    I don’t like walking into the house and having the steps over the wheelwells. I don’t like stepping down into the house.

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