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230 Sq. Ft. V House by Nelson Tiny Houses

This is another version of the V House by Nelson Tiny Houses in Canada. It has about 230 sq. ft. of space inside.

Remember the V stands for Versatile because this design is customizable. In this case, it’s almost twice as big as the normal V model! I hope you enjoy this tour below and in the comments below share how you like it and how you might change the V House to better meet your needs below. Either way please enjoy and re-share. Thank you!

230 Sq. Ft. No Loft V House by Nelson Tiny Houses

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Elevated living area.

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Fold-down table from the barn-slider.

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The elevated living area allows for floor storage.

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Video Tour: 230 Sq. Ft. V2 Tiny Home

Learn more: http://www.nelsontinyhouses.com/v-house.html

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  • Lynnette
    June 27, 2015, 12:25 pm

    This is,what I’m talking about! I love this as you have a designated area for sitting. I’m assuming it has a bathroom. Maybe more vertical storage.

    • Alex
      June 27, 2015, 12:29 pm

      Hi Lynnette! I just added a video tour if you want to come back and refresh the page 😀

      • Lisa E.
        July 14, 2015, 2:34 pm

        Can we add some pics of the loft? Is the loft just for storage or is it a sleeping loft; and how do you access it? Thanks! 🙂

    • Lynnette
      June 28, 2015, 2:28 am

      Omgosh I’m in love!!!!!!

  • Laurentia
    June 27, 2015, 3:02 pm

    I’ve seen this house before, and it is definitely a favorite of mine. I just watched the video, and then made my husband watch it with me! I am a complete sucker for efficient, transformable,multi-functionality and this delivers it in spades! Beautiful, functional, not completely cramped. Yep. I could deal with that!

  • Catherine
    June 27, 2015, 3:29 pm

    Thanks for the tour! This is a great design! Love your energy efficiency standards! First Tiny that I’ve seen that I would not freeze in here in Quebec! I have been playing around with designing my own THOW and you have stolen my idea of the raised floor with storage:) I noticed that the width is 9 feet. Any specific reason it’s a bit wider than most?
    Would love to know if the zoning/building standards are more flexible for tiny houses in BC.

  • Brandon
    June 27, 2015, 3:36 pm

    THIS is what im talking about! Ive had my eye on this conpany for a while now, the houses just keep getting better!

  • Deadrock
    June 27, 2015, 6:06 pm

    Lovely, and almost perfect – just can’t seem to get past the whole “getting rid of my books” issue. I should probably take that downsizing class coming up…but until I have a massive change in perspective, my books are coming with me wherever I go. And I do have a lot of them.

    I suppose it wouldn’t be hard to customize a spot for an oven – even a combo microwave/convection deal would be something I could consider. Thrilled to see they made room for a W/D! Storage is, as always in a tiny home, challenging…but the drawers and the under-the-living-room spaces look very generous. That was a great idea.

    Too bad it’s a 2 year wait to get one built…

    • Steve in Palm Bay
      June 27, 2015, 10:25 pm

      My thoughts exactly…..my library is holding me back also….the daughter tells me to make sure that my grave is dug deep enough because she is burying them with me.

      • wiz
        August 6, 2017, 8:55 pm

        I have often thought that my books would make FABULOUS insulation for the walls of my THOW! However, the weight would make it impossible to move without removing the books, so all of the walls would have to be custom bookshelves to fit the exact size of the books. And, in the bedroom, lightweight doors on the bookshelves for a little barrier. Of course, living in CA weather is significantly different than other cold weather places. You would need double the books for insultation, lol

    • Sharee
      June 27, 2015, 10:53 pm

      I had the book problem, too. 4 walls floor to ceiling double stacked. Then one day the light came on. I donated 3 Encyclopedia sets to my local Middle School (one set about animals, one set on science, and one general Encyclopedia). I donated children’s book and classics such as Tom Sawyer and Short stories of O. Henry to my local elementary school. Women’s novels I donated to a local women’s shelter. Then I sifted out the rest of the books, leaving only one bookcase and all the rest went to a used bookstore. They gave me a credit to buy books. I now try to buy eBooks and keep them on my computer. They are easier to find, keep in order, and bookmarks don’t get lost. 5 years later I still only have one bookcase worth.

    • Deadrock
      June 28, 2015, 1:07 am

      I guess I’ll need a mausoleum, Steve – and where I reside in death might end up bigger than what I can afford in life! Books contributed so much to the person I am today, that it seems almost a betrayal to get rid of them, even if I have already taken on board whatever lessons they were intended to give me.

      I’m glad you were able to make the change you wanted, Sharee, and that it worked out for you. I have Kindle too, and have bought a couple of dozen books that way, but it’s not the same, and it never will be. My only regret is that I didn’t get the ones I really liked in hardback! Also, reading books on my iPad wears my eyes out tremendously – they itch and water until I can’t take it anymore. I can only manage it for a brief time while sitting at a restaurant.

      So micro and tiny houses are probably out, but small houses are still a possibility, and I just have to make sure there’s enough wall space or at least a second bedroom to house and feed my literary habits. Still do-able on my budget, I hope!

    • Patty
      June 28, 2015, 1:40 am

      Replying to both posts. I love, love, love books, too. Four + bookshelves full and all in a small house (843sf). Smaller would work, too. I also collect books – rare, 1st & antique, so getting rid of them is like getting rid of children. Oh, I digress. I think tiny houses are admirable, but small is also good. I could go half my sq ft and still have books and things I like. What I like best about the tiny house movement is getting to see how my lifestyle could change for the better – de-cluttering, etc. That is what I am working towards. Blessings to you as you decide what is best for you.

      This Nelson house is nice, with good storage.

    • Deadrock
      June 28, 2015, 11:57 am

      My final comment on this, I hope (and maybe I’m not alone in hoping that!).

      I’m new to the whole tiny house movement, and a fresh recruit to the fine group of people who come here to TinyHouseTalk and comment, so perhaps I’m not qualified nor have earned the right to voice an opinion on the matter. But (taking a deep breath) It Seems To Me that the whole point of trying to craft the ideal home for oneself requires that we be realistic about EVERYTHING that will make us the most comfortable in our environment – physically, financially, emotionally, and spiritually.

      Some people are attracted to the idea of downsizing themselves almost completely out of existence – they will only be satisfied when they’ve finally crafted the smallest diameter pipe necessary to allow the minimum amount of life-giving oxygen into their self imposed coffin – and they look forward to owing nuthin’ to nobody. I say go for it and good luck. Others are attracted to the no-commitment nomadic life, and want just the basics and a quick getaway when the mood (or need) strikes. A mess of pottage, a pot to piss in, and enough gas money to get them a few more miles down the road. To these gypsy souls, I wish happy trails.

      But there are a lot of us out there who, while we love the idea of living simply, walking gently this good earth, giving back as much as we take, and freeing our minds from the burden of material things, must still take some practical considerations in mind. How, for instance, will I pay for this little home I’m hoping to have? Why, by continuing to succeed at the little home-based business I’ve built up, which dictates that I make room for a computer, a workspace, some storage, and a permanent mailing address. So right away, my options have narrowed.

      I have proven to myself that I am capable of shrinking my needs and wants to fit into more compact circumstances. I’ve divested myself of “stuff” I didn’t need and don’t miss, and will continue to do so, I hope. I’ve lived in 500-600 sf for the last 20 years or so, and I’m sure I can manage with less – with a better planned space, anyway! But there came a point when I began to realize there is a difference between “compact” and “small.” I want to live large in my little space…not small, not deprived, not miserly or cramped or constrained. How do I do that? How can I be happy in a little home, with little square feets? By having a few of the things that comfort me, please me, nourish me, entertain me, and that I cherish for the memory of good people and good times that I have had. If I can afford it, I don’t want my declining years to be ones that force me to save quarters to take my skivvies to a laundromat, or make me bend my arthritic knees to climb a ladder to the dubious comforts of a thin mattress on a wooden floor, or drive me from my home every day, in illness or bad weather, because my food storage was too inadequate to contain more than a couple of meals worth at a time. There’s a reason cavemen rarely made it past their twenties.

      So thanks to Alex and Andrea for sometimes moving past the micro, mini, and tiny, and giving the rest of us a glimpse of the other options out there that will save our souls while we try to save the earth as well.

      • Marcy
        July 14, 2015, 9:46 am

        Deadrock, I think you have it just right. Less doesn’t have to be nothing and a person shouldn’t feel they need to jettison their entire past to live small. I lived overseas for 8 years and the furniture, pottery, etc. that I gathered there surround me and add everyday to my comfort and peace.

        The more I look at tiny houses, I know that for myself, the closer to 300 sq. ft. a place gets, the more I can actually imagine myself living there. There are so many clever space saving and designing ideas that I can get from all these tiny houses to use a small space more efficiently. If you look at tiny homes for sale, you’ll see many of them that people have lived in for less than 2 years. I wonder if the reality of the actual living with nothing in a tiny space is less fun than it seems it might be.

      • Deadrock
        July 14, 2015, 12:10 pm

        @ Marcy, and anyone else who has really wondered what tiny home living will entail: http://clotheslinetinyhomes.com/category/living-in-the-tiny-house/

  • Kristi
    June 27, 2015, 11:29 pm

    Great home. Love love love the use of space and the wonderful amount of storage. Fantastic.

  • Jan McAfee-Rogan
    June 28, 2015, 12:18 am

    Impressive! My design is similar w raised floor for slide out bed.

  • leo
    June 28, 2015, 2:03 am

    what was the sales price for this particular tiny home finished?

    • Natalie
      June 29, 2015, 9:16 pm

      “Our 120 square foot (approximately 8 feet by 15 feet) V House base price is 35,000. Additional square footage will cost approximately 200/sq.ft.” From their site: http://www.nelsontinyhouses.com/v-house.html

      Note the V2 is bigger than the original V house, so this is probably 45K. For a well insulated, well built house in an expensive part of an expensive province.

  • Kelli Smith
    June 28, 2015, 10:09 am

    This company is definitely getting added to my list of favorite tiny house designers. This is just fantastic. It’s amazing how large it seems and how well the space it utilized… and the storage… wow.

  • BluestSky
    June 28, 2015, 1:51 pm

    I downsized a lot when I moved to a smaller house (1100sqft. SMALLER – not SMALL). I had 1000+ books. I donated most of them. I am now down to 200. I almost cried when I gave them up. The rest of the purge was easy. Why are books the hardest to part with?

    • Varenikje
      July 4, 2015, 2:17 pm

      Yes, makes one think of Farenheit 451. Sounds like you got your book pile down to a manageable size though.

    • Deadrock
      July 4, 2015, 8:10 pm

      Yes, my library is too hard for me to part with. I’ve passed on tiny and am looking at “small”. I have 2K -2.5K books (mostly paperback, thankfully) and simply can’t imagine where I’d put them in 210sf. I wouldn’t “almost” cry if I gave them up…I’d rend my clothing and weep myself into a puddle of snot. I’ll give up anything and everything else, but books…they must go with me to my grave.

  • Catherine
    June 28, 2015, 9:07 pm

    As a life-long bookworm I just had to comment again. If I had kept all the books I have read I’m sure I could fill a library. I have also lived with wall to wall books. But as I get older, I realize that they are just another attachment to “things” that I need to get rid of. I now keep one small bookcase of mostly reference books (including tiny space design), those few books that I could read a 2nd/3rd time, and a few new ones to read when the urge strikes.

  • colin
    June 28, 2015, 10:32 pm

    no loft, ay?

  • Rico
    June 29, 2015, 1:17 am

    No wheels.. skids. can be hauled on a flat bed. Makes a lot of sense for limited moving.

  • Mame
    June 29, 2015, 5:07 am

    This house is a beauty… I just love it. But your into, Alex, said there was no loft… and there definitely is. For those who can still easily get up and down a ladder, this would be a favourite, I’m sure.
    One concern I had was closets for clothing. They have handled the storage problems so well, but there doesn’t appear anywhere to hang clothing.
    All in all, though, I love it. For my purposes, take away the loft and add a further 6′ to the length to accommodate a bed, and I’d be more than happy 🙂

    • Alex
      June 29, 2015, 9:09 am

      Sorry on the loft. Yes, there definitely is one. My mistake! I’ve edited the post to correct that. Thank you 😀

  • Sally
    June 30, 2015, 8:13 pm

    I love this house!!!! I have been looking at a lot of tiny houses for a couple of years and could not decide what I want built. This is perfect I would probably need to make it smaller (length wise) and on wheels so I can take on vacation to my property. Do you have building plans available?
    Thank you

  • Anne Maguire
    July 1, 2015, 4:24 am

    Nice house with some good ideas. There is one that is not good at all. Although very attractive the gaps that are between the wood and concrete in the sink area,( or anywhere where two different surfaces meet such as the bench and the splash back ), are extremely hard to keep absolutely clean. They become breeding places for bacteria unless you constantly use strong chemicals to control them.

    • BluestSky
      July 1, 2015, 2:21 pm

      I agree re seams. Seams are the bane of my life! The gap between the counter and my stove is my nemesis! However, no need for chemicals. White vinegar with lemon juice/lemon essential oil is a great cleaner. Not only disinfects but deodorizes.

    • Ann
      July 14, 2015, 2:19 pm

      That is exactly what I thought when I saw the countertop. Maybe there can be some kind of sealant put there to fill in the gaps. Yes, natural remedies can help, but it’s still an added effort to keeping all the germs from breeding.

      Although I do like plenty of storage space, I do not want to have to climb down into a space to dig something out. Perhaps, put another hatch on the floor under the couch? I also would like to see a place to hang clothes/coats, etc.

      Older folks can’t be climbing ladders, or having to crawl in and out of bed. If the upstairs wasn’t high enough to stand up in,I would have the bed downstairs and storage upstairs (with real steps of some kind). I do like the simple handles on the doors.

      Although, with the other window handles I’d rather have them in a spot where my knuckles wouldn’t get rubbed raw when opening and closing the window. I would change the toilet “box” to be a angled inward towards the bottom so my feet aren’t hitting it when I sit down. That would also help give you better balance when getting back up. : )

      I like the openness, but I’d rather walk right into the seating area than into a kitchen. I like the fold down table and desk. These days, flat screen monitors can fit on skinny surfaces. The place does look nice overall, though. Love the wood floors, too.

  • bob adams
    July 4, 2015, 11:10 am

    Very nice.

  • Celeita Kramer
    July 4, 2015, 11:21 am

    love this… I’m too stinking old to go up and down a ladder every day. lol

  • Andrea Hardy
    July 4, 2015, 3:45 pm

    that’s a nice one!

  • Lisa E.
    July 4, 2015, 4:21 pm

    Love the raised room but I would make a bedroom out of it with the sliding or a long pocket door. I’d put the pull-out step in the middle and a two-cushion sofa in that corner while removing that big table in favor of a roll-around drop-leaf table with built in drawers for cutlery, etc. I’d add two fold up wood slatted chairs for company to sit on and maybe change out the sliding glass doors for a standard door with glass fan and a speakeasy. Yes, I think that would do it. I’m ready to move in! 🙂

    • Marcy
      July 14, 2015, 9:55 am

      Lisa, If you get the right table, you would have extra chairs. I have one that holds 4 chairs in the center, so it has all the seating you might need.

      Oh, and once you set the house up as you suggest, I’d like one, too.

      • Lisa E.
        July 14, 2015, 2:13 pm

        Marcy (love your name) thank you for the tip on the drop-leaf table on casters with seating. Can you tell me where I might buy one; like IKEA or something? Thanks again! 😉

      • Marcy
        July 14, 2015, 2:22 pm

        Lisa E. – I’ve had my table for awhile and I think I got mine at Walmart. Mine is pine legs and chairs and white table top.

  • Robin Montana
    July 4, 2015, 6:09 pm

    Love the overall open concept design. Especially like the storage. As an older person I’m looking for a loft br without ladder type access. Like the living room with the sliding door for privacy. What kind of heat? Didn’t see room for a wood stove.

  • Susanne
    July 6, 2015, 2:45 am

    Deadrock – I am with you ! At times I see a Tiny House posted which just seems to be taking it too far… As if we are being punished. But that is the beauty of what Alex is doing here… Showing us such a fantastic range of Tiny Houses that fits EVERYONE’S needs! 🙂

    • Deadrock
      July 14, 2015, 3:29 pm

      Just dropped by again as this blog post was in today’s newsletter – so only replying now with my thanks!

      While I love this particular tiny house design – a favorite along with the extremely lovely Minim House – it simply can’t work for lack of workspace, book storage, and the fact that my cat couldn’t make it up a ladder to join me in naps – or at least, she’d never make it back down again. I still can, but can’t guarantee I will in 10 years, so I am in lockstep (get it? :p) with those who require stairs, not rungs!

  • Leigh Jackson
    July 12, 2015, 5:05 am

    I’d love to see a video of the tiny house Nelson lives in. If he lives in what he builds.

  • Patti
    July 14, 2015, 10:56 am

    Can this house be build for travel? Thanks!

  • Ms.Stacey
    July 14, 2015, 6:54 pm

    This is perfect. How much to own one that’s off grid?

  • Nanny M
    July 15, 2015, 6:17 am

    Well said, Deadrock (6-28). We all need to find our optimum comfort level. That’s what ‘s so good about this site. Makes it easier to figure it out.”I’d feel claustrophobic there.” “Looks like too much wasted space there.” “Don’t need that.” “I’d need to add…” ‘Wow! That’s what I want.” ‘That would work for me.”

    • Varenikje
      July 15, 2015, 11:12 am

      Yes, so you can look at a bunch of possibilities without settling on one yet. So I can take advantage of everybody else’s imaginations!

  • Peter Piper
    July 16, 2015, 1:00 pm

    Very nice. However, I would have run the cabinets all across the top in the kitchen on either side of the sink area. BTW: I can’t get over your pronunciation of “Tobias.” I have known a couple of people with that name in my lifetime and both of them pronounced it “Tow by’ us” with the accent on the middle syllable.

  • Marsha Cowan
    October 10, 2015, 12:52 pm

    Wow! This how is immaculately done. Beautiful, rich in architectural variance, and practical to the core. Love the sliding door/table and the bathroom is really lovely and practical. It is a very unique house and one I think (and hope) we’ll see more of. Thanks for sharing. Great job!

  • kristina nadreau
    October 10, 2015, 2:58 pm

    I enjoy the diversity of design and decor in the tiny and small houses. Love to pick up tips on reducing clutter and storage of the needed items. Thank you Dead Rock for the thoughts today. I have some books that stay, most given away, first editions sold. etc.

  • Maria
    October 11, 2015, 8:48 am

    Well I like the size of this home but would change a lot of things. In bathroom take out one window where tub is. Put an RV flush toilet in. Kitchen put in rv oven with 3 burners. I don’t like the double doors to come into home,would put in single door. Next have living room floor even with kitchen floor,I would use the loft for storage. Take out front window in living room and remove built in. Then this would be perfect for me. Guest can get a hotel room.

  • Joe
    June 29, 2017, 9:05 am

    Nelson Tiny Houses is a brilliant designer. If I were considering living in a tiny house, I would go to them. Their places always look like real homes and their work is beautiful.

  • Michael Isabell
    July 4, 2017, 9:36 am

    I liked this home very much but would also make some changes that I feel would make living in it easier and more enjoyable for a senior like myself. I would replace the futon with a Murphy bed that has a desk/shelving unit when in the up position. Without knowing the exact dimensions of how much space would be left in the raised area after pulling down the bed, I would hopefully have enough space to have an easy chair, etc. instead of the build in shelving. Perhaps in the main kitchen area a custom built kitchen island that is moveable/rollable would give more prep and storage as well? I have to agree with some of the other commenters about the countertop……but if one were having this built for themselves, each decision for more labor intense modifications as the countertop could be vetoed for cost efficiency, so other personal modifications would take precedence to even out costs. Personally, I have never been one to want a soak in the tub compared to showering, so changing from a tub to a shower stall (with seat in case of need) may leave some space for more custom storage as well. One question I have about the composting toilet, which I imagine is at the request of the client, is why, if you will be having a washer/dryer, tub and sinks, why not a flushable toilet? Is it the preference for no “black water” into the septic system? Although I have said I would make changes in this house for me personally, I really like this model very much and think everything in its plans has been well thought out and executed. This is one of the best small homes I have seen and congratulate the builder and clients on a job well done. 🙂

  • Steve in Palm Bay
    August 7, 2017, 6:31 am

    Am liking that this article has garnered enough interest to stick around awhile. Since we last met, I have donated to the local library a small percentage (10+/-) of my books that no longer engaged my interests. As an aside, have not seen a single, formerly owned volume on their shelves. Have since decided to give books to friends,

  • Steve in Palm Bay
    August 7, 2017, 6:52 am

    Am liking that this article has garnered enough interest to stick around awhile. Deadrock, I like how you think. If you ever find yourself in central Florida, look me up for a cup of my cowboy coffee. Since we last met, I have donated to the local library a small percentage (10+/-%) of my books that no longer engaged my interests. As an aside, have not seen a single, formerly owned volume on their shelves. Have since decided to give books to appreciative friends and family members, or trade same at a local used book “store” at the flea market.

    My biggest step toward “Smallville” was that this past weekend as I purchased a trailer that was parked along US-1 next to the Indian River. The owner picked it up when buying out an estate. A 1960s era mobile home had originally resided upon same. Thirty two feet stem to stern, with actual current floor space of 29’x7.5′. Plan to widen it out to 9′, thus allowing me about 40 additional S.F. With dual axles rated at 3500 lbs each, I believe the trailer was well worth the $700 I paid. Happy trails to me.

  • Elizabeth
    August 9, 2021, 3:58 pm

    I would appreciate more pictures. I do not have the patience to sit thru videos.

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