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248 Sq. Ft. Lilypad Tiny House on Wheels

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Right now I’m excited to show you this 248 sq. ft. Lilypad Tiny House on Wheels.

The house is 24′ long and 8’6″ wide and inside you’ll find two lofts, two staircases with storage, and more.

This tiny home was designed by Anita (who lives in it) with the help of Niche Consulting and built by Small Home Oregon on an Iron Eagle Trailer. Please enjoy and re-share below.

Anita’s 248 Sq. Ft. Lilypad Tiny House on Wheels


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  • Erica
    December 28, 2014, 11:19 am

    I am SO IN LOVE with this house!!!

    • astrid schiller
      April 9, 2015, 8:26 am

      Yo soy colombiana, mis padres nos dejaron una pequeña finca en la sierra nevada de Santa Marta, y cómo me gustará tener una casita así , para ir en vacaciones.. me encantan estas casa, sencillas y sobre todo con las comodidades minimas que se requieren para vivir.

      • terry
        April 16, 2016, 10:27 pm

        the above lady states that she is Columbian. Her parents left them a small ranch in La Sierra Nevada of Santa Maria. She would love to have a little house like this for her vacations. She loves this type of house, so simple yet it has all the comforts of home.

        Seems like TINY HOUSES are popular everywhere.

  • Caroline Unger
    December 28, 2014, 11:24 am

    Waaaay too cluttered for my taste, but love all the storage space & two staircases!

    • Candide33
      December 30, 2014, 2:45 pm

      If you look on the link to the website, you can see what it looked like before any of the decorations were added so you can see the possibilities for your own decorating style.

      I don’t know if we can put links here but look in the middle of this page to see the empty house.


      • Sharee
        February 18, 2015, 7:38 pm

        The link is much more informative than these pictures. Mostly what I see here is decorations. There I see the actual rooms. Thanks for the referral. I like it.

    • Steve
      April 16, 2015, 7:58 am

      I agree, the decoration is very specific. I prefer smooth spaces with less eye distraction, especially in small areas. For me this is a big winner for STAIRS and headroom in the lofts. I like the pull-out table and chairs. I’d like to see more of that with kitchens: something that expands for meal prep, but doesn’t take major space when it’s not in use.

    • Jake Turner
      April 16, 2015, 9:00 pm

      Could NOT agree more (on both the criticism and the praise).

      For me, this is absolute confirmation that you have to scale down your desire to decorate at the same time you scale down your house. Some of this stuff would be tolerable with enough white space between the decorations, but here it just reaches critical mass and explodes.

      • Gigi
        June 20, 2016, 6:11 pm

        It’s just a matter of taste, isn’t it? All you can really say about someone else’s choices is that you would have made different ones. Neither better nor worse, just different.

  • Marie
    December 28, 2014, 11:45 am

    This is the most liked one (small tiny home) that I’ve seen! The decor is just right. Very nice!! Thanks for showing it! I’m really impressed! 🙂

  • Shelby
    December 28, 2014, 11:51 am

    Not cluttered but filled with personality 🙂 Anyone can redo that 🙂 Its amazing lovely liveable – perhaps I would take out the tub — my ass won’t fit in it anyway and do a walk in shower yes yes I think that would work – I really like it — including the personality 🙂

  • lynn
    December 28, 2014, 11:57 am

    Some great ideas under all the personal items. We each have treasures. This is an example of one person’s collection.

  • lynn
    December 28, 2014, 11:59 am

    Love the use of vibrant colors.

  • Martha
    December 28, 2014, 12:17 pm

    I love the layout and the space. Great idea having the staircases to each loft, not wasted space at all because of all the storage underneath the steps. While I don’t care for the furnishings and decor, nor all the colors, I think it is really beautiful for someone who does. I would furnish it differently and more sparsely, and I think it would seem much more spacious. While I can’t do ladders, I could easily deal with the stairs. Also love the headroom in the loft. I could live in this house very easily and comfortably.

    • Diana
      April 16, 2015, 3:01 pm

      I love this tiny house as well, and one of the reasons is because of the headroom in the lofts making them feel less claustrophobic. Unfortunately, I’m much taller than 5’0″, so I’d have to have the space beneath the lofts taller.

  • Karen
    December 28, 2014, 12:57 pm

    I love this house! It’s exactly what a home should be. It should reflect your personality, and be your sanctuary. It’s beautiful! Of all of the tiny houses I have seen, this is my favorite and has inspired me to build my own. Thank you for sharing.

  • Angela Dunavant
    December 28, 2014, 1:16 pm

    Love this one! I like seeing the cats too. I’d like to see where their litterbox is.

    • Lisa E.
      February 18, 2015, 3:03 pm

      The litter box is hidden by a “privacy curtain” and is located under the stairs leading to the loft.

  • Carly
    December 28, 2014, 1:26 pm

    Love your decor and the colors. Storage is great. Cozy and inviting. Love your hanging star next to your kitty! Wish upon a star I had one! ⭐️

  • Beth
    December 28, 2014, 2:31 pm

    OMGosh I SO love the stairs with storage underneath. And the kitchen I so love as well. This IS a tiny house someone like me in their sixties could love living in. Love how she decorated to suit herself. While I would be more Danish/Swedish modern. Just love love love the stairs to the lofts!!

  • alice h
    December 28, 2014, 3:02 pm

    I’ve been going back and forth between a skillion roof and a curved roof, but hey, you can have both! Lots of nice touches and well thought out design.

  • Otessa Regina Compton
    December 28, 2014, 5:02 pm


  • CathyAnn
    December 28, 2014, 7:00 pm

    I sure like the layout on this one with stairs to both lofts, all of the great storage, and a great kitchen layout. I especially like the headroom in the lofts from that roof design.

  • Rebecca Davis
    December 28, 2014, 7:52 pm

    This is the first time I’ve left a comment on this website, but I just saw a house that really talks to me. I’ve been trying to sketch out my own design and so far nothing is clicking until now. The Lilypad is just AWESOME! I love that arched roof. The stairs actually look like they belong there. I keep thinking I need a living room with the main entrance leading off from it. This house proves that’s not so. What a great, great job!!! Oh, where’s the litter boxes?

    • 2otaku
      February 17, 2015, 12:26 am

      I read her blog, the litter box hides under one of the stairs. My tiny house would so look like this too. I am a color crazy.

  • Daniel
    December 28, 2014, 8:42 pm

    It looks to be well suited for more off-grid than some houses with the composting toilet and the alcohol cook top. Not quite sure but I think that Dickinson is actually a wood heater, so less (or none) propane being used.

    Well thought out, I think.

    • February 18, 2015, 10:27 pm

      Hi Daniel, thank you so much for your comments. The Dickinson stove is a small wood burning heater rather than propane. We have just installed our solar array and there is a full list of our eco-friendly features if you’re interested: http://www.lilypadplanet.com/gentle-living.html

  • morbious
    December 28, 2014, 10:04 pm

    Charming decor and wonderful colors! I love the whole eclectic/gypsy/bohemian feel. I just don’t see anyplace for people to sit or gather. The slide out table is clever but there seems to be no actual living space. Maybe on loft could be purposed for this?

    • Lisa E.
      February 18, 2015, 3:07 pm

      The second loft, over the kitchen, is set up as an entertaining area with a Moroccan sofa and other low seating.

  • Catherine Wilson
    December 28, 2014, 10:32 pm

    Very interesting and wonderfully different from the “average” tiny!

  • Bruce
    December 29, 2014, 1:51 am

    I would probably use a shed roof to save on time and math (I hate math!) and use a safer roof than copper for drinking water… other than that, such a well thought out TH, I love it!

  • Paul
    December 29, 2014, 4:29 am

    Best part for me was the mat just inside the front (side??) door… along with the incredibly bad puns on it. Epic Win!

  • Jane
    December 29, 2014, 7:50 am

    What a beauty! If mine weren’t already done, I’d copy this one. Congratulations on your new home!

  • Marcia
    December 29, 2014, 10:08 am

    This one is totally adorable. I LOVE it.

  • Nerida
    January 2, 2015, 7:10 pm

    This is truly wonderful. Some time ago I had plans to do a roofline like this one and then dismissed it – its back on the agenda. I had also considered using a loft as a sitting room rather than a bedroom but dismissed it – its back on the agende. It is not my style but I do truly love the decore, it is just cozy and delightful and charming and together and the cats look more than content. Fabulous job. Fabulous.

  • Denise
    January 6, 2015, 3:24 am

    The best part of this tiny house is…the CATS!!! 🙂

    Aside from those fantastic cats, this is nicely, beautifully, decorated and doesn’t give me the impression of a tiny house at all. Very clever to think outside the box and put a table slide in where the stairs are.

  • Denyse Corrado
    January 8, 2015, 5:33 pm

    Your tiny home really lovely, but are you for real? Do you have a significant other, children, etc.? It looks like fantasy…

  • Karen R
    January 20, 2015, 3:32 pm

    Now THAT home is unique!! Go for it! Tiny doesn’t mean boring.

  • Brian
    January 20, 2015, 4:36 pm

    A little bit busy for my taste but love the Aubrey Beardsley wall. Very Kristna in feeling I thought. Thanks for sharing. Cheers from Australia

  • Nick
    January 20, 2015, 5:25 pm

    I’m in the process of designing my TH and would like to know how or what process you used in creating your bowed joists / beams. I really like the bowed look.
    Thanks, Nick

    • Suzy Q.
      February 18, 2015, 3:11 pm

      You would have to contact Walter Quade (the builder) at Small Home Oregon for construction information.

  • Trish
    January 20, 2015, 5:42 pm

    The only changes I would make would be to the light fixture over the bed and the tile in the shower. I feel the light fixture is too modern for the Moroccan decor, and the subway tile doesn’t reflect that either. I love the floor cushions and would like to know where they can be purchased.

  • Alex
    January 20, 2015, 5:42 pm

    That’s so cool! I’ve been working on my own tiny house plans and this is very similar to what I came up with separately – but I didn’t think of using the stairs in such a way! There is a ton of storage space in there. Very ingenious…

  • Casey
    January 20, 2015, 6:00 pm

    Usually I far prefer a clean neutral color palette in small spaces.
    The East India textiles, woods, mirrors, accessories, carpets and stair pads, stencils and even Anita’s custom welcome mat are so refreshingly different, I had to view everything repeatedly. So much love of the soul couldn’t better be expressed. Namaste.

  • Lilly
    January 20, 2015, 11:37 pm

    I love this one. I have often thought of how I could bring my own taste to a tiny house without being tacky…this is perfect. I couldnt stop smiling its truely lovely AND functional.

  • Barbara
    January 21, 2015, 12:42 am

    Sweet Home!

  • Kimberly
    January 21, 2015, 11:29 am

    This person knows who they are and it shows in the decorating of the home. Personality plus. Great ideas, double stairs and pull out table top. So fun to see the diversity to which tiny homes can be, just as unique as a fingerprint.

  • Elle
    January 21, 2015, 4:41 pm

    Oh ok. Thank you for pointing out the study area. Now I see that, and a sitting area/guest room above it. I didn’t notice it either because I too was distracted by the decor, but in a different way. I find this visually stunning and speechless (figuratively) at the way all of these gorgeous, varying colors and textures were brought together to complement one another in a seamless way and in fact don’t appear to clutter or diminish the space at all. I too sew and craft primarily in textiles and as such, find this a delicious feast for the eyes. Stunning.

  • Nathan
    January 21, 2015, 5:54 pm

    Hey anyone know how well that stove works? Looks like the Newport solid fuel heater sold my dickinson marine. Also whats the fuel consumption of these things as far as hardwood goes? I am in the planning stages of my place and I am trying to figure out if its possible to heat a place in the colder northern Illinois climates without using some form of a propane stove. I also don’t want to use a small space heater because it would run through solar juice. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    • Rob
      April 16, 2015, 9:59 pm

      I had a Dickinson solid fuel heater on a boat. You will average about a three hour burn time which means getting up during the night to stoke it. It does not take much to fill it. The hard part is finding fuel small enough to fit in the firebox. It kept the saloon of a 28 foot uninsulated boat moderately warm down to about 36 degrees but supplemental heat was needed for colder nights. Great ambiance though. I went to propane eventually. Please, TH builders, place your Dickinson stoves as low to the floor as possible to reduce stratification.

  • February 15, 2015, 6:46 pm

    Just wondering, where’s the litter box?

    • 2otaku
      February 17, 2015, 12:31 am

      LOL.. read her ‘ask’ part.. the box is occupying one of the stair storage.

  • Lisa E.
    February 18, 2015, 2:40 pm

    This is obviously a very popular THOW just from all of the posts here. I, too, love this TH and think of it more as a tiny palace; gorgeous!

    I call this style of THOW a “Flat Back Tiny House”. I love the center entrance that allows for the ends of the interior to be fully used side to side. I love the airiness of the whole design. I’ve seen some designs that make me very aware of the box one is in, but this design never gives the feeling that the walls are closing in.

    Other wonderful things are (1) the builder, Walter Quade of “Small Home Oregon”, is an eco-builder (no poisons in your walls) which is a goal of the Tiny House Movement, and (2) these Flat Back THOW’s are affordably priced for modest budgets and cost minded shoppers. 🙂

    This Tiny House gets five gold stars!!!

  • gale
    February 18, 2015, 6:11 pm

    I am more of a clean surface kind of girl but it’s easy to look past the decor and see all the wonderful options in this home. Great job!

  • Debbie Williams
    February 18, 2015, 8:39 pm

    Love, love, love this tiny house. The double stair cases with the pull out table and storage is nicely done and the decor is awesome. I would happily live here.

  • Ed
    February 18, 2015, 9:30 pm

    I see very few TH with any laundry provisions. Am I missing something?

  • Sandi B
    February 19, 2015, 1:23 am

    I adore this house — What a great way to do the stairs and make it a storage wall. This just screams the owner and anyone would feel comfortable here. The pull out table – such a good idea and it can do double function as a prep area — then “poof” it is out of the way. Normally I would not like all the color, but this is spot on and the cats, of course, are the frosting on this cake. A very unique and liveable tiny home with many useable ideas. Thank you so very much for sharing this with us, such originality! I am doing a happy dance for you! LOL

  • Forest
    February 19, 2015, 2:34 am

    There is absolutely nothing I don’t love about this home. I wish I could have her come to the coast of Oregon and decorate my future Tiny Home.

  • Keith
    February 19, 2015, 12:17 pm

    This is my favorite mobile tiny home I’ve looked at – the use of space is delightful.

    My biggest troubles with mobile tiny houses is lack of floorspace for my two boys. I need open floor for legos/wooden trains…

  • Kristi
    February 19, 2015, 12:38 pm

    So cute. So comfortable. So creative. So perfect. I’d love to live in this home.

  • Lisa
    February 20, 2015, 11:20 am

    I really like how the dining table is a pull out cutting board style. The use of luxurious fabrics make the space upscale welcoming too.

  • wendy kennedy
    February 22, 2015, 4:27 pm

    wonderful use of space!

  • February 24, 2015, 12:26 am

    Love the layout, decor and kitty-cats. What a peaceful place.

  • Spanky
    February 24, 2015, 2:15 pm

    Love the “eastern” theme.

  • Annie
    March 5, 2015, 5:36 pm

    Do you have a video walk through by chance? I just like to see the flow of the space. All of the pictures are lovely I was just wondering.

    • carlina
      March 22, 2015, 1:37 am

      This chick’s all about textiles! I can look beyond the decor but I also like looking at actual lived in tinies, and how people make it their own. Very nice!

    • Kitara
      May 29, 2015, 3:06 am

      Here is the Lilypad video from Tiny House Giant Journey. http://tinyurl.com/pf7udkg

  • GrammaSandra
    March 24, 2015, 3:39 pm

    Yes, when I grow up I want to live in a house much like yours!

  • phil
    April 16, 2015, 9:26 am

    That stairway/room setup is exactly what I’ve been looking for.

    But…the stairs. Am I incorrect Orr do those stairs violate code since they don’t have hand rails?

  • Josie
    April 16, 2015, 9:30 am

    Win! This is one of the best-most livable designs I’be ever seen! What a gorgeous home! Love the staircases and high lofts, I would definitely sacrifice the space and get a larger fridge though. (:

  • Rena
    April 16, 2015, 10:28 am

    Great use of the space!! I see the bathroom door off the kitchen, but it looks like another door on the right of the entry door? What is behind that one?

  • nancy chisholm
    April 16, 2015, 12:18 pm

    I absolutely love this lilypad…its layout is perfect and of course how its decorated makes it all the more desirable..one of the best I have seen . I sure can see me living in a tiny home like this someday!

  • Atseeblue
    April 16, 2015, 6:45 pm

    What an amazing home. I love the layout and design of your place. Your video by far is one of the best I’ve seen. Thank you so much for sharing

  • Robert Eddins
    April 17, 2015, 12:31 pm

    I agree with some it has too many dust collectors, but that said, you got to admit the darn home is pretty snazzy. Lot of folks like to decorate and if it’s theirs they should go any way they please.
    I think the floorplan is nice. I do like the regular pitched roofs or just high on one end. The curve roofs are a little to Gypsyish for me.
    But I was impressed with it, and thank you for sharing with the rest of us. I live in a 2600 sq ft house, and have grown to dislike the never ending cleaning and dusting ( Arizona is dusty most everywhere even the mountains where we live). Bye, thanks again and enjoy this beauty.

  • Barbara
    December 28, 2015, 5:11 pm

    Where are the slippers with the upturned toes? The genie’s bottle? I think that the essence of “The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights” has been captured in a tiny house! Ali Baba surely comes to visit! Does the music from an oud or a bazuq emanate from its windows? This is quite charming in it’s Persian splendor, not to my pretty ordinary beachy-themed taste, but it certainly put a smile on my face, and was a pleasure to visit.  

  • Rev
    December 28, 2015, 8:31 pm

    248 / 8.5 = 29 feet long.

  • Joan
    December 30, 2015, 10:06 am

    I really like the layout of this THOW, but the decor is a little gaudy for my taste, but then I’m old ‘country’, maybe even back woodsy! Evidently there is no “living space” down stairs, but uses one of the lofts for that purpose.

    I like the roof design, it appears to have more headroom than typical peaked roof designs.

  • Beth
    April 16, 2016, 2:31 pm

    Has a bohemian feel, although the interior is a tad to dark for me. Love seeing the many designs people have for their tiny houses on wheels interiors. LOVE the curved shed roof and the purple door!

  • Kathy
    April 16, 2016, 5:49 pm

    Beautiful! Love your furry friends, too. I’ve got a couple myself…

  • Gigi
    April 17, 2016, 12:51 am

    Color, design, and a copper roof! Yes, I know it’s not to everyone’s taste, but I love it!

  • SusieQ
    April 17, 2016, 3:37 am

    I have looked at hundreds of Tiny Houses in the last two years, but I never see one I love more than Anita s Lilypad…I just love her..the layout..the decor..the sweet furbabies…I wouldn’t change a thing…in fact it is my dream to duplicate her for my own Tiny Home in the next year or two…I want to live the rest of my days in that gorgeous, and cozy feel home……wish me luck..

  • April 17, 2016, 8:48 pm

    My favorite tiny house EVER! Excellent job, Anita! ♡

  • Emily c.
    June 20, 2016, 7:32 pm

    I love what she did with this house. I get bored with the rustic or minimal look. Love the Moroccan vibe. And, why not have a downstairs room with a lower ceiling if you’re building it for your convenience of having more vertical space in the loft. What I love most about this house are the stairs to both lofts. Many may have a stair to one side but a ladder on the other. As someone who doesn’t do ladders this is perfect for me. If you google this tiny house there is a video tour with more detail.

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