In June 2014, Shelley and Joshua, a young couple from Northern California decided to drastically downsize their lives and with a custom built tiny house on wheels. Just recently their tiny home and story was featured in Issue 27 of the Tiny House Magazine.
Their 224 sq. ft. home is now a marvel to see and features a main room, kitchen with plenty of counter space (which includes an espresso bar) and floating stairs that bring you up to their loft bedroom. The home also features a bathroom with a full walk-in shower and a washer/dryer combo unit. Nice, right? Well, wait until you see it!
The exterior has a portable deck and storage area to keep the items that can’t fit into their tiny living quarters safe. One of my favorite parts is the outdoor bar area, which sits 6-8 people! The bar was designed to be folded down during transit and is really a great focal point, not to mention amazing for entertaining.
Even though the tiny home seems like it’s completely finished, the couple stresses that they still have some modifications and additions to make. Whether complete or not, this tiny house on wheels is pretty spectacular. Please enjoy and re-share below. Thank you.
224 Sq. Ft. Tiny House on Wheels
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All that I can muster right now is to say, “Sheer Perfection!”
I am humbled before your genius. ~blush~
Thank you so very much!!!!
Hi, Joshua. 😀 I had no questions, just three comments of various sizes, but I felt the need to say, “Thank YOU, Joshua, for your unbridled enthusiasm and utter helpfulness in responding back to everyone with an extensive amount of additional information.”
I’ve subscribed to Alex’s site for roughly 2 years and NO ONE ELSE has had your dedication in responding back to people concerning comments/questions. Sure, some THOW owners will pop their head in and answer a couple of questions but that’s it. I am just blown away by the information that you’ve provided and also by the time that you’ve taken out of your personal life to supply strangers with that information.
So, Joshua: Thank You from myself and everyone else for ALL that you’ve provided for us to enjoy and expand our knowledge of your charming abode. I wish you and your family countless blessings down the road.
Cheers, Cahow 😀
Wow thank you for those kinds words! when we were in our planning stage of our house we had so many questions we wanted to ask and we asked them on many different outlets and many times they would just go unanswered and we had to just figure out most things ourselves and now that we have the privilege of having a finished and beautiful tiny house that is better than we possibly could have imagined i wanted to give back to those people that are earnestly seeking more information in order to help them thru their process of downsizing.
It really is a lot of work to address every comment but it also takes of effort for those people to comment and i appreciate the time they take to make a comment whether it is positive or negative. I feel that negative comments are really just a request for more information so i hope to turn that around by providing more info 🙂
Thank you again so much, we really appreciate it and we hope to continue to provide interesting content on our website at http://www.TinyHouseBasics.com and remember if you make a comment… i will reply 🙂
I really really like this. I own a Wurlitzer console so I would place the piano where you have the inside of your outside bar. It would probably fill that space. I would use an incincerating toilet instead of a composting toilet and is that a wood stove? How many hours do you receive heat from it. I would add solar panels to power the house and replace the oven with an induction cooktop. I very much like your treatment of the stairs. How about adding an aquaponic growing system to your outdoor deck? This way the fish feed the plants and the plants feed the fish. This way you have two sources of nutrition.
Thank you! The bar top under the accordion window is 8ft long so im sure a piano could fit there if you choose! Yes, it is a wood stove, its called the kimberley stove by unforgetable fire llc. On one load of wood it will last 8 hours. we have a solar power system already made by sol solutions. we use our oven alot so it fits our needs perfect. the aquaponic systems are very neat but we are not much of green thumbs 🙂
I am wondering if you sell the blueprints for this? I would be delighted to purchase them!??
Hello Hillary, yes the blueprints will be for sale shortly, please email us at [email protected] and we will keep you in the loop when they are ready, we are aiming for june 15th
I have seen some where the piano is enclosed in a desk unit, w/ a lid that lifts, so it doubles as a workspace-piano. Think that is what I want to do and seems to be the best option. I see them on these pages from time to time.
This is the BEST I have seen yet. Practical, beautiful and qualitative craftsmanship.
Thank you, that means alot because there is a lot of stiff competition!~
Decor and layout fail. Outside is gorgeous tho.
Well, that comment is neither helpful nor called for. Your personal taste may vary, but if the owners are living happily and successfully here, there is nothing “fail” about it.
decor is subjective and the layout fits our needs and desires and thats all we aimed for.
I agree. The decor and some furnishings aren’t my personal tastes, but it is all well thought out. Isn’t that the essence of “intentional living”. The THs that are bothersome are ones where it’s obvious no real thought or planning took place ahead of time. The episode of THN featuring your home is probably one of favorites. Thanks for sharing generously.
Thank you, when you downsize so drastically you need to put alot of thought into the design before hand. we feel it has paid off because living in the space for 3 months so far has really been easy
That comment was completely unnecessary. No one should be criticized by their own uniqueness and style. To each his own!
We should be thankful and applaud this couple for opening up their home to us
and sharing their experience on many
levels that could only benefit the rest of
Right on Pamela!
What a fab home, i can see myself living in this one its all there and the serving hatch bar area is just spot on, well done and thanks for sharing.
Thank you very much! we love the bar area and its where we spend more of our time because we have a beautiful view.
How much to build this??
its hard to say because it depends on how much work you do yourself or if you hire somebody to do it all. we did alot of the work ourselves with alot of personal friends that were contractors that donated their time to the build. labor can be more than half of the cost to build a tiny house
If I were to build something similiar or even exactly like this. Do ALL the labor myself or with completely free help and skimp on some of the more extravagant things except washer/dryer, do you think you could ballpark a figure for me. Thanks. And I absolutely love it and have more questions too.
Hey Mike, if I were to give you a ballpark figure based on what you told me it would be about $25k (more or less depending on your choices)
Thanks for the speedy reply and let me say again I absolutely love it. Of all the tiny houses I’ve looked at this is by far my favorite
define extravagant things? hahah for instance the staircase i have been asked to build another one for a fellow tiny houser and its going to run about $1000. the accordion window is about $4k so if you forgoe items like that it can be done for alot cheaper 🙂
Thank you for the kind words!
Thanks Joshua! It’s so cool of you to take the time to respond to our questions. We appreciate it a lot!
You’re Welcome Alex! just trying to help everyone simplify the process of going tiny!
Can this house be moved without special permits? I visit this page ever day and rarely do they mention the width and length of these tiny homes. I think the tiny house on wheels movement is about mobility. Not build monstrosity on wheels that can be moved easily.
Harsh, Bro. Harsh.
You tell ’em, Cahow!! 🙂
yes of course! the house is 8.5′ wide and 13.5′ tall and it weighs 12K lbs. the total length of the house is 32′ long built on a 28′ trailer that wee custom designed. we have moved it since there photos were taken and you can even read that story now on http://www.TinyHouseBasics.com – if you do build a oversized tiny house you only need to pay $14 for a oversized permit and tape up a sign on the front and back of the load.
Besides, I always thought, and correct me if I am wrong, that most tiny houses are on wheels to comply with by-laws regarding minimum size of permanent homes, and very little to do with mobility. The fact they are mobile does add an added benefit, but it is secondary.
I love this tiny home… and noted the storage factor that allows for great organization, which I would think is not the easiest thing to accomplish in most tiny homes. Overall, it’s a fabulous beauty and thanks so much for allowing us to see it! 🙂
Thanks for the response. I do love this home.
” I think the tiny house on wheels movement is about mobility. ”
Its not up to you or anyone else to tell what someone what their purpose for building tiny houses should be. There are lots of tiny houses ON FOUNDATIONS. This is their life, their needs, their dreams, their house.
Well stated, sc.
I continue to scratch my head over the Reverse Snobbism of a few radicalized ‘Know It Alls’, in regards to just “what” qualifies as a Gosh-Darn OFFICIALLY Sanctioned Tiny House.
Pretty soon, on NBC, I’m going to be watching “Law & Order: Tiny House Police”. SMH
i agree, its kind of ridiculous! its like saying “i live more simply than you!” or “im the most humble person i know!”
I couldn’t agree more, Joshua!
Just for the heck of it, I’d like some of these self-appointed “Tiny House Goon Squad” folks to actually LIST their “official” criteria as to what makes a Tiny House “Official”.
Must it be less than 100 sq.ft.? On wheels? Less than 300 items inside? Made of salvaged dumpster items? Sawdust toilet?
What I find perplexing is that while this disgruntled fringe element of Tiny Home Standards & Practices dismisses everyone’s idea of “home” except their own, they are also the people most likely to beat their chest and rage against The Man for instituting zoning restrictions.
Thanks SC. I totally agree.
I want a Tiny House just like this! Without doubt, this is one of my all-time favorites.
My spouse and I have talked about a “getaway” spot; some land on which to build a Tiny House. Wheels? This is even better!
I would be interested in knowing the approximate complete cost of building this lovely, comfy, utilitarian domicile…
Again, what a wonderful design! All future happiness to the couple in their nifty Tiny House.
thank you very much, it is a honor to hear that! it all depends on your finishes and how much work you do yourselves but some contractors thats donated their time on the build said it would cost anywhere between a pretty penny and many pretty pennies
We’ve been looking for a plan over a year now and finally found it! After seeing this posted on tiny house newsletter, I watched your episode on tiny house nation. You guys were awesome. The barn door ladder was brilliant! I am going to mirror the design for our build. I have a question about the barn door…… How is it framed? Would love to see a picture of the back side. Beautiful home!!! Best I’ve seen so far!! I’ll send you an email via tiny house basics if, that’s ok, to respond.
And I hope you didn’t get rid of you Portland Stag shirt!! That was a collectable! Talk is they’re going to take down the sign.
Dawn in Oregon
Thank you so much Dawn! the door is a solid core door, and the bathroom framing is 2x4s turned on their side so save space, the load bearing frame is the loft 4x4s.
Nope not getting rid of that shirt, i just got it last may on our 3 year anniversary trip to portland and Mt Rainier.
Most enjoyable to view! Pretty blue exterior! Festive outdoor lounge. Clever! inside wonderful use of space. Tiny hearth for tiny home. Wonderful kitchen.. The lofts. One for sleeping ,one for clothing storage. HellO! Brilliant! Tiny homes seem to always be lacking seriously for closet space. Especially the ones that have washers& dryers. Great to keep everything clean but they need to be stored SOMEWHERE even if you do not own that many different outfits (by choice of course) What about work space and entertainment. TV? Music? laptops? Perhaps that is what you are considering adding on. Glad you can handle the stairs situation. I could not, need something sturdier. Oh but I love what you have done! Keep going! Congratulations!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! the second loft is called the girly loft, where my wife does her makeup and we now have a hanging water pipe that is our closet rod, its 66″ long and holds all our clothes. our 48″ plasma is now wall mounted in the master loft and can angle down to watch tv in the main room. we have a little stereo in the kitchen and also play music from the soundbar under out tv. the house is also prewired for 2 ourdoor speakers and 4 indoor speakers. for my office i used the batop under the accordion window, it has the best view and a bar stool is very comfortable for me.
Im not sure what would be more studier than stairs made from 1/8″ wall steel tube and 1/4″ steel plate?
Where do I find that awesome window?
the company that makes it is called Win-Dor out of southern california
For the do-it-yourselfers, the instructions for making that unique folding window were featured many moons ago in Fine Homebuilding magazine. Just saw it again while thumbing through some back issues. Same scenario, perfect for an outdoor bar pass-through.
i would love to see a diy version of this window. the design of it and how well it functions is so seamless. the retail on these is super expensive north of $4k
I love this! I’m someone that loves a home centred around a kitchen. I love to cook. The kitchen is so inviting and looks like so much fun to cook in.
marie wrote: “I’m someone that loves a home centred around a kitchen. I love to cook.”
You and I are Kindred Spirits! The joke going around Alex’s site is that “I could have a twin bed in a kitchen and I’d be complete.” LOL
My husband and I are both in construction, so when we’re working 12 hour days, 7 days a week, there is NO time to cook: everything is take out/order in/*ding* meals in the microwave. So, when we’re off during the Winter, we make 99.9% of our meals from scratch, all day and all week long. In our cottage, we bought it for two reasons: A) a 100+ year old Maple tree that umbrellas over the entire back acre and B) The Kitchen, which is 25′ x 8′ long with a massive pantry! There is actually an alcove in the kitchen that would be PERFECT for a twin bed (if I were single) but right now we have a bar in that area.
We cook, bake, saute, stir-fry…we have a small bar frig, standard frig, upright freezer, microwave, convection oven, and a double oven with a proving drawer. Yes, you can certainly say that “A Home-centred around a kitchen is a MUST!” in our lives! 😀
I’ve never seen a tiny house (under 300 sq.ft.) that would suit my lifestyle but THIS one ‘takes the cake’!
Cahow, I thought the same thing: I learned a long time ago in a tiny one bedroom apartment in San Francisco that if I could just put a couch and a comfortable chair in the kitchen, I wouldn’t really need a livingroom. The apartment had three rooms: a livingroom, a bedroom and the kitchen, and all three rooms were tiny, by most standards. The bedroom was barely large enough to fit a queen sized bed, and the kitchen had a barely attached added on enclosed porch where I managed to shove my refrigerator and a washing machine so that I could have the room for the tiny sofa and chair in the kitchen proper. We had to ditch the kitchen table and ate instead on the low, square coffee table. It will always be my favorite apartment despite many flaws, and it was excellent preparation for tiny living. I always encourage people living at any scale of housing to consider a couch in the kitchen; it is such a great way to connect the people who cook with the people who don’t, and to comfortably accommodate the people who always end up hanging out in the kitchen anyway. The lack of counterspace was a huge challenge though, something these folks have in spades!
thank you! we have 22 linear feet of counter tops and its the best kitchen we have ever had. my wife comments that she feels it is easy to cook in because all she needs to do is turn around versus walking back in forth like our old kitchen
Oh I would love to see a YouTube video walk through on this one. 🙂
we will have one soon!
I think I saw this one one the Tiny house Nation TV channel..And yes I think this is one of the best thought out plans ever to be had , for a home of this size. Imagine if you will something like this all set up in Key West Florida…
yep thats where you saw it! thank you very nice for the compliments!
Incredibly clever, original, and attractive!!!
thank you so very much!
This was a home built by the “Tiny House Nation” team (Season 2, Episode 5). I was always impressed by the innovative storage solutions incorporated into this build. Very nice!
thank you so much!
They did a great job! Yes there are a few things I would have done differently…but this isn’t my home lol They did perfect for their wants and needs! Great Job well Done!
thank you! we built this house to fit our needs and everyones needs are different 🙂
Beautiful home! Creative use of the window bar, Ties inside to outside living areas beautifully. The in floor loft storage is a brilliant use of unused space. I could see utilising the space under the overhang on the hitch as a built in shed, perhaps to store a portable solar system when not in use or when traveling. Love the ladder built into the sliding bathroom door. Did you get the elektrojet for the Separett? If so, I’d be interested to know your thoughts on it. Thank you for sharing your home with us.
Thank you! we were going to build a box on the tongue but the space was limited with the outdoor unit of the mini split there and we have plenty of storage in the under deck storage. we have a solar system but it is too big to store in something like that because it weighs over 400lbs.
we love the ladder barn door, its been working out great!
im sorry i dont know what he elektrojet is? is that the urine conatiner? if so, we dont have that. the lines are plumbed under ground through charcoal and gravel into the soil.
Very tastefully done! Looks very comfortable and spacious for such a small place.
Thank you so much! with little space you gotta make it count!
One of the nicest tiny houses I have seen. Very impressed and would love this sttyle!
thank you so much!
I love it! Especially the wood work outside and inside. It has the necessities and the basic needs covered. And I can see where this home is still in the making. I love practical things, I would put the bed on a small platform with sliding drawers beneath, I would build a shoe shelf and fix the closet up a bit neater, but these are all add-ons that they are probably already planning themselves. They got their priorities straight and the Mable tree is priceless! Would love to live there!
Thank you! this house fulfills all of our needs, it has been so comfortable for the past 4 months it doesnt even feel like we downsized! we have more than enough storage in the loft around the bed, most of the cubbies are still empty. the storage goes all the way around the bed.
we do have a shoe shelf now. since these pictures were taken we have changed so much!
the tree was actually a Bay tree and since then we have moved to a larger property and we traded that bay tree for about a hundred oak trees 🙂
Well, i saw the pictures of your move and it was hair raising, lol. Oak trees are another one of my favorites as long as they are old. I sure would love to had the Bay tree as a neighbor even though I am not sure if I have ever seen one. Your house is definitely a keeper and it is nice to know that you can just take it with you when you want to experience another area of this great country.
we are actually glad to be among the oaks and not that bay tree anymore, the bay was actually stressed and was dying due to the landowner compacting the roots, we had a arborist come and check it out and he gave it a good 2 years of life before it started dying
Oh yeah, no suffering or making do in this house! I could happily live in there for sure. I can just picture it at night, with some solar lights out on the deck, quaffing beverage of choice.
it has been a very easy transition to living tiny in this house, we absolutely love it!
stellar!!! one of my all time favorites.
Thank you that means alot!
Nothing to hate here. Outstanding!
I love these tiny homes. Yours has one of the best kitchens I have seen. I have seen a few. Would love this one. Great Job!!
Thank you so much! this kitchen is the best kitchen we have ever had including our previous big houses.
Where are you? My wife and I must meet you!
haha, we are in the San Francisco Bay Area
Are those rungs on the bar-type door of the bathroom? How is that supported to be able to climb?
yes they are ladder rungs made from steel water pipe. the door is solid wood and when the door is closed for climbing the floor and the barn door hardware support the weight evenly. it can easily support someone up to 350lbs
I am retired from the military, recently divorced and have 1-year and 9-months to total retirement. One day I prayed and asked God for wisdom to better manage my financial resourses. I always had the belief of working more and you can have a better life. Well I tried it! I’ve own and operated my own 18-wheeler. I lived in it for a year and a half. I’ve had a couple of businesses too. But since God has revealed to me that life lived greatly (contentment with Godlyness is great gain) means you don’t have to have a lot, I am down sizing.
I am preparing to build my tiny home using the plans for the hOMe project I purchased that is laid out just like yours. If it’s alright with you’ll I’d like to build mine the same as yours with my own add owns. This is the greatest looking, well laid out, completely wonder tiny home I’ve found to date. And I’ve looked at a ton of them. You’ll have done a wonderful job with you home and I hope that your life will be the same. If you hadn’t already make Jesus you center of your joy.
Stuff Equals Stress. The more stuff you have, the more you have to clean, repair, and maintain. The key to simplifying your life is to simplify your stuff
Thank you very much, you may use any part of our tiny house as inspiration for your own tiny house.
Best use of space that I’ve seen for these tiny homes. The only thing I would change would be to have some sort of stacked washer and dryer if it wouldn’t be too heavy. I just love this home.
Thank you so much!
We had a stacked washer and dryer in our old house and we actually love the ventless combo way better, we can set it and forget it! we put a load in the washer/dryer in the morning and its all dry when we get home.
This design is my favorite of the many I have seen. It’s the only kitchen I’ve seen that you could actually cook in. The outdoor additions are excellent and the use of the under stairs area for laundry and shoes is perfect. I don’t like open stairs and wouldn’t have them but at least you didn’t run open stairs up over the kitchen like a few I’ve seen! 🙂 Very sensible division of lofts for sleeping and storage. One thing I would change for myself is to make sure that there is a full length sofa instead of a love seat. Seems like a must for 2 people to be able to be comfortable watching tv or reading. Thanks for sharing this one as it’s truly top notch. Great job all the way around.
Thank you!!! we cook it in all the time, well my wife does! its very conducive for cooking now.
we love our open stairs because it does not give the tiny house a closed in feel like many tiny homes do when they have cabinet or cubby stairs and the storage under is plenty of room. we actually have more storage in the tiny house than we actually need.
We would love a full length sofa but you have to compromise somewhere, you cant have everything! we plan on selling this couch soon and getting a wider armless sofa from Cb2. the arms of the sofa now actually fold down so we can both lay down with our feet on a ottoman when watching a movie.
I am ready to frame in my bathroom and would like to know the dimensions of yours…pretty amazing u got the washer in there. Good job!
Thank you! our bathroom is 8ft wide by 5ft deep. the washer combo fits with plenty of room!
I would be interested know more information about the heater used in this tiny house? i.e., brand ,type of fuel , etc
we have two sources of heat: a 12k BTU Fujitsu Mini Split System and a Unforgettable Fire Kimberley Wood Stove
so electric and wood
I must join the love-fest for this house. It’s fantastic. One problem with a lot of tiny houses is limited space for certain amenities which are considered “basics” in many grounded, traditional homes – fridges, ovens, and especially a laundry machine. I love that this house has a laundry machine! And a beautiful spacious looking kitchen! This house’s layout and design is probably 90% of what I’d want for my own place, plus ideas I never considered like the indoor/outdoor bar.
Thank you so very much! we were very practical in our design phase and we knew something like a cooktop and going to the laundry mat was not going to fly on a day to day basis. The outdoor bar was our solution for a actually entertaining space to bring the outdoors in and vice versa. the window is open everyday and its a central area where we and friends hang out
Nicely done! 🙂
This is one of the most amazing tiny homes I have seen! I am completely in love with your accordion window and indoor/outdoor bar area. That is a truly unique design! The interior has such a great use of space, with a very spacious kitchen for a tiny home! Plus your yellow door is so happy, bright and welcoming. Beautiful work on your tiny home!
Thank you so much! the accordion window is our favourite feature, we didnt even think it would be possible to get it for our house because they are so pricey and hard to come by in the states. it makes this house feel so huge and spacious. At this moment im sitting on the ourdoor bar with the patio heater while my wife is on the inside bar making some gin and ginger ales. one person called our door the Nat Geo door because it shaped like a nat geo cover. the yellow really helps brighten up the space and the shade inside the glass is another awesome feature.
Apologies for the horrible sentence structure
I am a huge fan of indoor/outdoor living so the accordion window and bar area is a perfect solution for a tiny home! It really sounds like the perfect spot to have some gin & ginger ales. I showed your tiny house pics to my husband and he fell in love with it too. Your house design has been such an inspiration to both of us. We would love to build our own tiny home someday! But your unique design really stood out to us because it was so different from so many of the cookie cutter tiny home designs out there! Nat Geo door is the perfect name for your door! Enjoy your beautiful tiny home!
Wow! I love this house! I am recently divorced with an infant son and I am wanting to build a tiny house. It’s hard to find a design I would be comfortable living in with a toddler. Especially one with ladders. The pipes on the bathroom door are very similar to what I was thinking of doing by the couch so if my son were to ever fall from the ladder, he would land on the couch. Before I reach that point, I hope to have a catwalk from my loft to his loft which will later convert to a ladder. Being able to visualize what a tiny house may feel like is tough and there are none around my area for me to check out. Guess when I finally take the plunge it will be a leap of faith!
Thank you much!
I like that idea of a catwalk that converts into a ladder. when you do decide to take the plunge let me know when can help you design and build a trailer http://www.TinyHouseBasics.com/Trailers and we even can build you a tiny house shell!
Wow! I just showed this to my wife and we are both just absolutely amazed and in love with this home. We have both looked over these pics, taking note of all the little details, several times now. I think we FINALLY found a layout to go by. Thank you so much for sharing this. We want to know everything about this build.
You’re very welcome and thank you so much! ask us any question you have and check out our website it may answer many already!
This reminds me very much of a TH that was featured on Tiny House Nation. I enjoyed this episode and loved the home. So it was moved? I’ll be going to the site and reading about the move. Even if the TH’s have wheels, they can still be permanently located and serve the purpose of living in a downsized life with more $$$$$.
Yep, same tiny house. thank you we are glad you enjoyed the episode. yes we moved to a much better location 🙂 the location we built it at had no sun and was cold and dark most the day.
I’m glad you like the new location. I saw the video of the move and I’m glad I wasn’t there….it was very tense just watching it!
I remember that at the end of the show you said you wanted to build a small place to store tools and do your work. Previously, you did have quite a large building filled with stuff and I wondered if you were able to build the new place yet?
i havent build the new tiny house shed yet because i havent had the free cash flow to fund the supplies, we are still very much bouncing back from the expenditure of the tiny house build. for now i have a carport and all my tools and gear is in there, it is not the prettiest setup but it is very functional and im still able to rebuild engines and weld in there.
Absolutley gorgeous!!!!! I also see done brilliant ideas for space saving!!! Thanks for sharing!
Love it. Very nice but I haveca question. I see the stairs and I think they go to a closet and dressing table. And I think there is another spot that is up top because I think I saw what was a very very flat mattress with a lot of pillows. It looks very uncomfortable to me. Please let me know you have a much nicer one to sleep on and I saw no stairway to that part.
The stairs go to the sleeping loft. the mattress is inset into the floor, so its not as flat as seen, (i saw the show, season 2 episode 5)
There is also lots of storages floors in the floor of the loft.
the closet and make up vanity loft is accessed by the ladder made of pipes on the bathroom swinging barn door.
BINGO! thanks SC
the mattress is a 13″ memory foam mattress inset in the floor
This is just wonderful. Inside is gorgeous. What I especially liked is that the inside space facilitates living in the outside space. Many homes seem to seal you inside rather than encourage living in both the inside and outside spaces.
Thank you so much! all the windows and open floor plan really make the space feel 3 times the size. we also avoided any “hallways” in the design.
This is definitely a tiny home from Tiny House Nation, and I’d just like to give a proper “shout out” to the cast responsible for this awesome build… Zack Giffin & John Weisbarth. Love your show & your clever ideas!!
Actually if you would like to give a “proper shout out” for the people responsible for this design and the house then it would go like this: Shelley for coming up with the main design features. Randy Pell at Pacific Coast Windows and door for the drawing of the blue prints and being there from the beginning to help with all the design challenges we had plus framing, supplying all the windows and doors and continued help with the build. Ray S. for being the MVP of the tiny house and helping out every single day plus providing the design based on our ideas for the stairs and helping us with the move and pretty much everything in related to the house. Doug Brumley for your unbridled enthusiasm through the first days of the build. Nathan Blanchard for building the deck and finishing all the work after the film crews left. Zack Giffin for the ingenious floor storage and his help on the build. John Weisbarth for your help on downsizing my clothes and shoes. jess and kevin for bringing our design ideas to life and decorating the place.
I’m in love. This is a beautiful home, and because it’s so bright, it looks much larger than the 8.5 x 32 x 13.5′ dimensions Joshua mentions in a comment. There’s stairs, upholstered seating, the bathroom seems huge and includes a washer/dryer combo, a kitchen with full size appliances, that accordion window, counter space, a cool deck, and an espresso machine!!!! Did I say I was in love?
Gracias!! Its kinda hard to believe we pulled all this off in such a small space! the bathroom is actually only 49sq ft but the glass corner shower makes such a huge difference and make the space feel open, its not crowded at all.
What kind of draw does the combo unit place on your solar power system? There is minimal data that I have found so far.
we are no longer on solely solar power, we have grid power in our new location. the mini split could not run on solar at all, it would trip the inverter breaker. it pulls about 20amps on startup and 12-16amps continuous.
Thank you for that info on the mini-split. Do you have similar info on the combo unit washer/dryer?
i dont know the specs on the washer but we had no problem using it when on solar
This is the best tiny house I have seen yet. Practical, beautiful and really well made. For me was the best show of tiny house nation
Thank you so much that means alot!!!
Beautiful layout and I love the “girly loft.” But, the floating stairs were ruined for me by the stuff stored underneath them in clear view.
sorry the floating stairs were ruined for you, it doesnt ruin it for us!
I love that the bathroom is not in the kitchen space like so many tiny houses. Good job!
i know right, why do people do that?! haha thanks!
Wow, lots of interesting goodies going on here! Love the indoor-outdoor eating arrangement. Love the corner shower. Well, just love it all!!! 😀
Thank you so very much! the shower is huge to us 🙂
This is the coolest little house. I absolutely love the stairway choice and the window bar. Very nice. I wish there was a video tour of the entire house. Love love love this Tiny house.
Thank you!!! we will be working on a video tour soon, we have had a ton of requests for one.
OMG – Amazing!! Flawless!
Thank you thank you thank you!!!
They DID NOT BUILD this. It was built by the Tiny House Nation TV show crew!!!
im sorry but you do not understand at all how TV works. this was our design and our build and we built it along with our personal friends who were contractors on the build. The “TV Show Crew” that built the house was our friends, us and zack and his helper
I’m just going by what the episode showed, which was primarily Zack building along w/a contractor and small crew. So, yes, given the content of the episode as aired, I could not conclude that you and your wife had such primary roles in design and construction.
The result is fabulous. I especially love the stairs. Did you design and/or build these (vs Zack doing so)? Beautiful!
We actually couldn’t even get cast onto the show until we had our design nailed down (which we did) everything from the Portable Deck (which wasn’t mentioned in the episode) the accordion window, sliding barn door, floating metal stairs, cantilevers on both ends, full kitchen all of that was in our original design before we even filmed. There was no small crew at all, Zack had 2 helpers and i had 2 general contractors on the build that were my personal friends, plus my friend that was a Retired iron worker who actually build the stairs based on our design and our plumber and another crew to do the roof so yeah it was a good amount of people in order to get it done so quick. Zack to his credit did come up with the floor storage in the master loft even though it needed some improvements and finish work after he left…
I must agree with other comments made about the spacious kitchen space. I try to eat a good diet with homemade bread and other none processed foods. Most ‘micro houses’ does not make that job easy. Thanks for showing that it can be done and how.
you’re welcome! there is so much space in the kitchen for prep and cooking, way more than we have ever had before
May we see here on this site updated photos of what you’ve done to it since and your new location?
Thanks for sharing!
Thank you! if you look closely in the pics here you can see some changes between the other pictures. but as to more pictures that up to alex if he wants to post some. our house is on the cover of Tinyhousemagazine this month with new pictures of how it is now. you can buy it on our website at http://www.tinyhousebasics.com
Love it! I’ve looked at so many layouts for a TH and I’ve finally found the one I want. Kitchen, outdoor living, storage inside & out, loft, bathroom and washer/dryer. You nailed it.
Thanks a bunch!
Absolutely in my top five favorites! Love everything from the cool deck with service windows down to the nice copper teakettle on your fabulous stove.
Happy Tiny Living to you!
WOW thank you so much!!!!!!
Probably one of the top 5 tiny house designs I have ever seen and probably #1 I’ve seen designed on wheels! Ive been looking at hundreds for no less than 2.5 yrs.
what a honor, thank you very much!!!
can you tell me where I can get the accordion windows? I’ve seen them a few times now and can’t seem to find them on-line.
http://windoronline.com/ is the company that made ours
What a fantastic house! Can you share information on your range? We are about to buy appliances for the 420 sf retirement home my husband has spent the last 10 years building. Your range looks to be exactly what we are looking for.
Thank you so very much!
the range is a GE 24″ Gas/Propane Range. here is a link to the item:
I absolutely love your tiny house!!! I have a question, your deck is portable, but how do you travel with it? Thank you.
i designed the deck to break down into 6 pieces, the main deck is 3 and the back bench is 3 then there is the railing and misc pieces, it is a lot of work to transport but it is very much worth it!
I was wondering if you sold your plans/up for sale? or if you would in the future be willing to do so. my partner and I have decided this is the EXACT model and lay out we would like to build. its perfect in every way, from the large stretched out window that is not only HUGE but the whole thing opens! to the deck. to the floating stare case. I love the whole thing. absolutely beautiful.
Thank you so very much! plans are in the works and we plan to have them ready by june 15th, please email me at [email protected] and i will keep you in the loop!
Seems to me this a nearly perfect use of space and the outdoor bar is fantastic. Im disturbed by the harsh and nasty comments Im seeing here…astounding how much tact goes out the window when folks make comments on the internet.
Thank you very much Kris!
im happy for all the positive feedback and i dont let the negative feedback bother me because after all we built this house for us and no one else and it fits our needs perfectly.
And how much was the ENTIRE cost to build?
In Virginia outside WASHINGTON DC
plans will be ready by june 15th is our goal, email us at [email protected] to stay in the loop!
Estimated cost for a contractor to build it completely is around $75-85k, doing it yourself you will save a ton!
I think the stairs, I think they are the most attractive I have seen. I also like the use of the barn door to the bathroom, the bars on the doors are the great addition.
Thanks for showing me around your home.
Kay, Wellington, New Zealand
thank you very much, we are glad you enjoyed it!
I very much love your tiny house, especially the lower level. The shower and bathroom are awesome. I can’t get up from the floor so I would need to rethink the upper level. Are those storage areas in bedroom floor? Well done; hope you enjoy.
Thank you very much!!
yes the whole floor is storage in the master loft, we have more storage than we need at this point.
I love this one! Great closet idea!!!
I am so utterly inspired!!! My husband and I are in the planning stages of what we “want.” Your lovely living space on wheels is fantastic and in a class of its own. The outdoor bar and deck are divine!!!
thank you so much amy, we hope to give back and share the ideas we had to inspire others!
Couldn’t possibly miss the big house with this amazing little house. Love it. Will be showing it to hubby as he doesn’t understand the notion of tiny. It has a wonderful presence 🙂
thank you! we honestly do not miss our big house at all especially with the scenery we get to enjoy now. it has been a easy transition to a tiny space and we wouldn’t change a thing!
I love this home! I wouldn’t change a thing! Let me know if you ever decide to sell.
Thank you! we would not change a thing either, it fills all our needs and desires and we have no plans of ever selling. 🙂
Thank you for sharing. I really like the bar with outdoor deck attached and the window can be completely open. great layout too! =)
I’m curious what to do about the deck when you move the tiny house?
the deck was designed to be portable and we have since moved it to our new location, check out our website at http://www.tinyhousebasics.com to see our new setup and i even changed the deck around.
I like this house A lot. I would consider having the concertina window open away from the door as I am clumsy enough to walk into what I know is there. O/wise this is perfect.
I am currently planning a new shed/workshop/summerhouse thingy for my present garden. It will be good introduction to building beyond regular diy for me. The bar set up is very inspiring and has potential for allowing me to work on my art in the fresh air but out of the the rain.
You commented above on leaving the combo washer on to complete the losd. I have found that if you are at home between the wash and dry programmes, you can take out the washing to give it a shake and reload it to dry. Far fewer creases and less drying time so less energy is needed. Just thought I’d return a tip, seeing as how helpful you are to everyone else. Best of luck to you both.
This house is wonderful, and looks so comfortable and inviting!
Joshua, this is a great tiny house. I want to buy your plans when they become available on June 15. I also am interested in a custom trailer.
Hello Hope! they are finally available!!!! find them here on a special presale http://www.TinyHouseBasics.BigCartel.com
Hi just wondering if you are planning to make your plans available for purchase, and would love to purchase a custom made trailer if that is prudent!
Hello Michelle! they are available now at http://www.TinyHouseBasics.BigCartel.com and for more info on our trailers at http://www.TinyHouseBasics.com/Trailers
Joshua….absolutely stunning! Ironic….this morning when I woke up thinking about my ultimate tiny house (as I do most mornings!), I was imagining exactly what you have done with the fold-down deck..makes so much sense to increase your living space this way! I had also already decided on the center entry so that I could have full utilization of both ends – kitchen to occupy one end completely for sure! This work is just beautiful….at almost 61, I’m getting very close to making – or causing-to-be-made one of my own. I noted above that you have moved your house – I’m interested in quite a bit of over-the-road travel when I finally get there. Have you done any actual traveling with it, or just a move from one location to another? I used to drive semi-trucks so am not put off by long ‘trailers’ but am curious to know how you find driving with it in tow. Thank you once again for the wonderful design and for your generosity in sharing you experience with the rest of us!
I;m liking this one a lot! The kitchen and the deck are awesome. Can you give more info regarding the deck? How do you move it? How big is it? I’m sorry if this is a repeat question – I tried to read through most of the previous questions before asking.
Thanks so much for sharing this with us.
these people know how to live! not everything would work for me, but that is unimportant. lotsa thought and consideration in design. beautifully made, not too small. many compliments to you for this lovely home. one other note-to Cahow-i do not know who you are but you are on this site lots and lots. you are always positive, even if you express a concern or question. I really enjoy reading your comments. ciao alex! another good job well done 🙂
Hi, ct petersel, Many thanks for writing that nice comment to me. It was a tough day at work so coming home to your kind words really helped change my mood. 😀 Yes, you’re correct, I’m here very often because Tiny Homes are my guilty pleasure and also, I’m an architect and I use Alex’s postings for inspiration with my clients. I’m known for adding additions to existing homes so in a way, the additions ARE tiny homes and almost always receive the most use of any room excepting the kitchen/bath/and bedroom. I try to stay positive, mostly, so thanks for acknowledging that effort on my part. I do, however, get my dander up over “posers”, people who attack Alex/Andrea, and people who believe that they have the authority to dictate WHAT the tiny house movement is all about. Those folks…I’m not so kind in my response. LOL
I hope to read more comments on your opinions at Alex’s site, ct! 😀
LOVE THE PLACE ! Only I would need an easy chair or a bigger couch. LOVE LOVE THE BAR and outdoor living room for the warmer weather. Such a fun looking and much bigger looking design than most !!
Love it !!
Now THIS I could live in. Comfortably. Happily. Totally magnificent!
Thank you so much pam!
Joshua, I don’t have time to read all your wonderful comments so I scrolled down to ask my question of where and the name of your kitchen counters, I watched the “Tiny House Nation” when they showed your TH episode, and was really impressed with the counters and know that they are specially made but it’s the weight that impressed me most, would you so kindly give me any information as to where I can purchase these counter and the name? We met at a ” East Bay Tiny House Enthusiasts” in Richmond sometime back, and so glad you and your wife were able to finish with your dream TH, loved everything you did!
Hi Jennie! they are called Granicrete and if you google Granicrete norcal you can find the website. the company is in walnut creek, ca
Okay, I do really like this layout, but here is my problem. I am trying to avoid a bedroom in a loft cuz my children are afraid I might fall and hurt myself (and yes, I am really that much of a clod). AND I would like to have a space where I could put a longish dining table, which I could put away or fold up and out of the way. Is this possible in a tiny home with enough storage to be able to live? I wouldn’t mind having a loft for storage, but not one to sleep in.
I totally understand and we have many people tell us that. we have designed tiny house shells to help with that issue. for more info on our shells visit http://www.TinyHouseBasics.com/TinyHouseShells
Saw this one being built on Tiny house nation TV show. It was awesome. I think out of any I have seen them build on that show, this was my all time favorite. The fact of bringing the out in and vice versa. Makes it seem like ur not so closed in. Just opens up the whole thing.
Hey Tamron! thank you so very much! the whole house does feel very open and we feel that is why living in such a small space has been a easy transition!
Thank you for sharing your home Joshua, I hope you and Shelly are happy there together. Thank you Alex for sharing this article with us.
And, thank you Cel for sharing the tip about the washer/dryer laundry load that was meant for Joshua. I think it was kind of you and should I
every be blessed with one, I appreciate the heads up. May God richly bless all of you and happy trails!
Thank you so much, we are very happy and content. we just hot our 1 year mark living in our tiny abode and in a few months it’ll be our 5 year anniversary. Thank you so much for the nice words!
Chel sorry for the mispell
Spectacular! What a brilliant and beautiful use of space. You guys have built a remarkable home.
Loved this when I saw it on TH Nation! Looked finished to me, but unlike a large home, every inch of space counts and can’t really figure out how it will work till living in it for some time. After some time you realize what you require, need and want. Hard to tell that until you are living in the space.
Thank you very much!! If you would like to see what it looks like now that we have lived in it for the past 15months please visit our Instagram http://www.Instagram.com/tinyhousebasics
Many people see this blog daily, and some comment more than others. I do not see the point of stating a disagreement with anothers post. Each person is entitled to think, perceive and state their personal views. Alex is the administer of this site and IF a comment to excessively disagreeable, only he has the right and responsibility to remove it or comment on it and remonstrate with the poster.
Love Love Love this house. I am looking for property in Mendocino County, then when I get that finalized, I will buy their tiny house plans, this is by far my most favorite tiny house ever and it just screams my name !! Joshua you and your wife killed it on the upgrades/changes too ! I find myself looking for good tiny home couches now 😉 I also follow your website !
I wish there was a renting neighborhood in Dallas with these tiny homes, I can’t wait to live in one! Iv never wanted a big huge house. I show and talk about these tiny homes to everyone I know. Trying to get the word out lol
I watched this one being built on Tiny House Nation, and I loved it then, and I do now. It’s gorgeous! It is wonderfully livable with the good sized kitchen, and so much smarter, with the bathroom at the other end, well away from the kitchen. It could suit me very well, and I’d love a pass-through from the kitchen to the deck, but I would not need such a large one, allowing more cabinet space.
Seeing through floating stairs gives the illusion of greater space, similar to furniture on legs allows seeing beyond… instead of blocks sitting on the floor with only a narrow path walk-way.
I really like this tiny house. I like the second loft used as a closet. It’s beautiful, and a job well done. For myself though, I would need to have a bridge from the sleeping loft to the closet loft. As an older lady, climbing the stairs up to the bed would be enough climbing for me. For the younger generation, the ladder to the closet would be fine, I’m sure.
Your estimated cost of over $300/sf might be close for california, but out east it can be built for much less–just give a couple of Amish guys a pony…actually I didn’t think anyone lived there until I saw the clothes and shoes. Coutney Barnett said she owns one pair of jeans and one pair of shoes. Just sayin…maybe when the wife ain’t looking…
Are there design plans available for this home anywhere? It is a great design!
Thank you so much! we have them on our website at http://www.TinyHouseBasics.com/Shop
Hey, can you tell me where I can find the alternative material (to granite) that was used in your counter tops in the kitchen? Also what is it called?
Congrats on your gorgeous home.
here you go:
its cool looking but very expensive
I recall reading in this newsletter that the bathrooms and kitchens often built next to each other because of the plumbing- how difficult would you say it is,’since you did not build the bathroom in kitchen area?
Also I am constantly amazed at how floating stairs offer support for such great amounts of weight! 🙂
AHA! I knew this looked familiar with the pass-through windows onto the deck. Tiny House Nation! I loved this episode, I especially love your deck and how the house was made with your specific tastes of wine and such in mind. Also I think I remember John Wiesbarth sawing a desk to make it small enough to fit in the loft for your wife. What a cool super closet that is! Kudos to you for making it fit your taste and your personal needs. I love it.
Glad you enjoyed it 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team
Yes!! I remember that episode of Tiny House Nation too! I recall the dilemma for Zack Giffin in having to accommodate all your tools associated with your job of re-building cars…and how he cleverly constructed the space under the deck to store them…brilliant! But I have to admit his best idea was that pass-through. I can only imagine how wonderful it would be to pull up on one of those stools in the morning to eat breakfast and read the paper! Wonderful home!
I think the counter window is a great idea.. But an idea that should be used on a house of the regular kind, and not a tiny house .. A tiny house is hard enough as it is, with out a counter window installed… And by adding a counter window feature in a tiny house just makes for more ways for the house to lose heat or have cold air infiltration from outside a easier path inside… But I do love the idea and think it as a great idea for a larger house which has a larger volume of warmer air to compensate for the cooler air infiltration in the cooler months…!
I think that because of how small the tiny house is (and the fact the window closes), that you could heat up the space much more easily than in a larger home.
Tiny houses are harder to heat up is what I been hearing, and is why so many are seen with fire stoves and propane heaters… And with the counter window you are folding back when you want it open, but that same feature in the closed mode lets a lot of out side air infiltrate into the house via those same opening making your heater to have to work harder, and hence more money is being burn’t by that by that unneeded expense…!
But just think with me for a second: If a tiny house is a tinier space, it should, theoretically, heat up much more quickly than a larger space (like my apartment). Wood/propane stoves are often used because they are a less expensive form of heat, look cuter, and can be used off-grid. Now, of course, more windows allows for more cool air if they aren’t energy efficient windows so I totally get your point that this home would be harder to heat than another similar THOW with no window, but I don’t think you could make the argument that in general tiny houses are harder to heat.
I don’t know for fact, as I said I have heard I am not a home heating expert by any means, I was a mechanical engineer I built machines I don’t build houses, and I never claimed to have done so…! What ever the reasoning is, and I never questioned that point with any one for that statement, but I thought that it implied that a regular house over time would use less energy because of mass… Now if it is true or not I do not know….!
The theory sounded good if not reasonable to me…! LoL…!
Haha I suppose we’d have to take a poll of tiny house owners and see! It’s an interesting thought 🙂
Awesome! This is the ONLY 224 sq. foot house I have seen that I know I could live in very comfortably. You did an awesome job of laying it out!!!
Thank you very much, its has been great living here for the past 2.5 years!
So much to love about this THOW. Starting with the stair rail! Love THOW’s that have stairs with stair rails.
Living here in northern California in the Sierra foothills I would have a shed roof with a rain catchment system to collect all the rain into large cisterns for the non raining season garden use.
And such a wise idea, having a large deck which come spring until late fall is like having and extra living space.
we live in northern california also, the deck provides sucha great outdoor living area 🙂
Nice house, has a lot of great ideas & details in it. I’d suggest that those outdoor windows collapse the OTHER way, so they are at the end of the seated area & out of the way, instead of right in your face as you come out the door.
Yep. Perfect. The only thing that could possibly make it better would be to have the bedroom on the lower floor and a ceiling fan. (Did I miss that?)
Just so nice and homey.
Lots of terrific features. Thanks for sharing.
Very nice, I am looking at doing something similar but with a pass thru window and accordian doors to my deck.