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Half Tiny House, Half Donut Factory!


This is an amazing 34ft tiny house with a separate industrial kitchen on one side with its own entrance and a residential area on the other side.

This custom tiny home was built by Tiny Heirloom for a start-up business out of Kentucky that makes and sells donuts. So on one side, you’ve got your commercial kitchen business, and on the other side of the tiny house, you’ve got your residential area with your own kitchen, bathroom, living area, and dual lofts. Pretty amazing, isn’t it? Imagine the possibilities! It’s a 275 sq. ft. tiny home without including the loft space and it was recently featured on an episode of Tiny Luxury on the DIY Network. Take the full tour and let us know what you think about it in the comments below. Thanks!

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34ft Tiny House on Wheels with a Full-Size Industrial Kitchen with Separate Entrance!

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Can you believe it? This tiny house has an additional industrial kitchen…

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Why? Well, because they’re donut-makers!

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The commercial kitchen even has a window so you can peak into the residential part of the tiny home.

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Trust me, I never thought I’d be talking about a tiny house in this way either.

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It’s almost like it’s a tiny house mansion… It has an industrial kitchen?!

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Yes, yes it does. And a serving window too!

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It really makes this tiny house perfect for events. Your kids could be home, and you could be working at a farmer’s market!

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How cool is that? Pretty dreamy, I think.

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Well, at least for some of us.

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The kitchen part of this tiny house is really quite amazing. I’ve never really seen one done like this before.

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It’s a full donut bakery!

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Ready to produce and sell!

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I wouldn’t mind having a sink like that in my residential kitchen! It might help kick me into gear…

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There’s an additional sink, even, for convenience sake.

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I’m pretty sure they thought of everything. But if you ask them, they may tell you something they forgot.

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The way these windows open is interesting!

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I really like how they put a window between the residential and industrial part of the tiny house.

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Work, work, work…

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But if you love it, is it really work?

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Two for one special. Yes, please.

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What’s your favorite kind of donut? They probably make it here…

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They have breakfast, too?

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The outside is finished beautifully with different siding.

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It looks pretty good, don’t you think?

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This is the entrance to the RESIDENTIAL part of the tiny house. Let’s go inside…

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Remember that window? Now you can see the industrial kitchen through there.

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Come on in!

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This tiny house has TWO lofts…

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Just remember, it’s a tiny house as well as a doughnut shop!

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There’s a cozy little sitting area.

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The kitchen and bath.

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Dual loft access.

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It’s a nice little layout!

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The kitchen is compact, but works!

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The lofts are finished beautifully.

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Lots of windows are always nice.

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Cozy sleeping loft.

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The other loft.

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And this is how you get to them…

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Looks like a really fun place.

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Kitchen with fridge, sink, and storage. Remember, there’s an industrial kitchen next door, too!

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The bathroom is very nice!

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Beautiful lighting.

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Nice big window. Flush toilet.

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Storage under the ladders.

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What do you think?

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What would you change about it to make it better for you?

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What a cool way to build a tiny house, right?

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Half residential, half kitchen!

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The exterior is beautiful…

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Adding all of the different siding options together makes it very artistic and fun.

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Would you buy a donut from here? I sure would.

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The coolest doughnut factory…

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It’s a tiny house! And a donut factory!

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Custom-Built by Tiny Heirloom.

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What does your dream tiny house look like?

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Is it a backyard tiny house? A traveling tiny house?

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Let’s Talk About this Tiny House! How Would You Customize it for Yourself?

Isn’t it great how they were able to customize this tiny house to suit their business needs? My question is, what would you have done with the space instead of having a commercial kitchen?

Would it be space for a separate office, writing space, a meditation space, a mini storefront, or would you rather just use the extra space as part of the home? Let us know in the comments!

Quote from the Episode on Tiny Luxury

Kentucky entrepreneurs dream of taking their doughnut business on the road in a Tiny Home with a service-ready, commercial kitchen. The Tiny Heirloom build team works to maximize space for both big kitchen appliances and a separate living area for each of their boys. Michelle brings the girls’ modern farmhouse style to life with rustic touches and wood finishes. (Source)

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Sources

  1. Tiny Heirloom
  2. DIY Network
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  • Catherine
    June 21, 2018, 5:37 pm

    OK, so that is beautiful, how much to have one made??

  • Sheila Plourde
    June 22, 2018, 1:40 am

    I love love that kitchen!! I want it. The window and breakfast bar outside. I love the rest. I will take that kitchen! Am drooling. I love to cook. My plan has a kitchen. It is on paper. Am getting antsy. Outside is awesome too. The ceilings and the floor. Love it all. I want that kitchen.

  • Eric
    June 22, 2018, 10:17 pm

    Wouldn’t be able to get away with that as a commercial type kitchen in New Zealand. Not a hope in hell.

    • Eric
      July 23, 2019, 5:09 pm

      Having food out in the open like they have on that stand would get you fined and food license taken away in New Zealand. Food MUST be covered at all time until served.

      • Eric
        October 3, 2019, 7:22 pm

        I forgot… bet it fair chews through the gas. Probably a bottle a day I’d think.

        • James D.
          March 6, 2022, 6:02 pm

          @Paul – It may be what you prefer and that’s fine but it should be noted that isn’t what the science shows. There’s multiple peer reviewed studies which show neither lockdowns nor lockdown stringency correlated with lower death rates, covering data gathered from more than 160 different countries… It had a lot more to do with the health of the people, environment, geography, population density, etc.

          Lockdowns, actually had more of a negative result. For example, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the lock downs resulted in a spike in the rate of world wide starvation that lead to the deaths of 10,000 children a month, who were 5 years or younger. Among a list of other issues that resulted or were made worse because of the lockdowns and related policies. The true costs of which will be far reaching and may not be fully be accounted for many years yet…

          Like the children falling ill in high numbers in 2021 in New Zealand, thanks in part to the “immunity debt” caused by the very same NZ strict policies that may have had an initial benefit but in turn started to produce long term issues…

          Pandemics are serious problems, but we should acknowledge the limits of our knowledge and what we can’t control or else always risk making it worse and suffering unintended consequence…

          There’s a relevant quote from a Nobel Prize-winning speech, in which economist F.A. Hayek warned that such a hubris had the potential to make man “not only a tyrant over his fellows, but … the destroyer of a civilization which no brain has designed but which has grown from the free efforts of millions of individuals.”

          Besides, as already noted by others, it was pretty clearly staged for the photos and they weren’t serving anyone… You and Eric are also assuming it’s real food, but there’s plenty of fake food for just display purposes, or just not meant to be served to anyone. The food business is more complicated than just people reading menus and marketing can take many forms… And staging food just for photos is a common practice because it helps sell the product if people can get a good image of it, regardless of how it gets packaged for serving it…

      • Tracee Pettee
        November 18, 2020, 2:02 pm

        I am pretty sure the food you see outside is for photo purposes only!

        • Marsha Cowan
          March 6, 2022, 11:58 am

          . . And thank goodness she’s not in New Zealand!

        • Paul
          March 6, 2022, 3:27 pm

          Possibly… but people see with there eyes and make snap judgments.
          And in NZ we have very few food borne illnesses… because of the laws. I totally agree with Eric, wouldn’t be allowed.
          And Marsha, we have strict laws… and we have one of, if not the, lowest infection rates of covid, and all because we have… Strict Laws. I know what I prefer…

  • Michael L
    September 11, 2018, 2:02 pm

    How awesome! Have your work and home in one space. It gives me ideas for my home and studio! Thanks for sharing.

  • karen lampson
    September 11, 2018, 8:54 pm

    I love the whole build. I especially love the ceiling and would love to know where to get that lumber

  • Casey
    July 22, 2019, 10:35 pm

    Where are they located? How can they get their kitchen licensed? This is something I’m hoping we could do, minus the living in there part. I’d love to have a tiny “food truck” without needing a brick & mortar. I wondered if using this build would be our loophole in the state of Tennessee?! Thoughts anyone?

    • Tracee Pettee
      November 18, 2020, 2:03 pm

      Every county in each state has their own laws regarding food!

      • James D.
        November 19, 2020, 2:03 am

        To an extent, a health permit and a business license is usually required everywhere you plan on vending, possibly also a fire permit in some areas, and until fairly recently there was a lack of national standards for code requirements, but that’s been changing when it comes to mobile applications like food trucks, etc for details like fire safety…

        Specifically, Mobile and temporary cooking is addressed in Section 50.7 of the 2018 edition of NFPA 1, Fire Code, and Adoptable Annex B of the 2017 edition of NFPA 96, Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations.

        The purpose of placing the language in Annex B of NFPA 96 was to allow for the jurisdictions who do not currently adopt/enforce NFPA 96 to adopt solely this annex to address mobile/temporary cooking specifically.

        While there are organizations like the National Food Truck Association (NFTA), which membership gives benefits like keeping up with the latest regulation changes, etc. There’s also temporary permits for fairs and other special events, if you’re only going to be at a location for a short period…

  • Lisa E.
    July 24, 2019, 12:46 am

    Oh, that kitchen is to die for! The rest of the house is nice, too, but that kitchen… awesome!

  • Bob H
    October 13, 2019, 12:36 am

    No washer and dryer.

  • Eric
    November 19, 2019, 9:22 am

    no dishwasher?

  • Claire G
    November 21, 2019, 10:54 pm

    I’d repurpose the commercial kitchen to a master bedroom

  • Marsha Cowan
    November 6, 2020, 9:08 pm

    How amazing to be able to make a living doing what you love and also to be able to live right next door to your job. It’s the cleverest set up I have ever seen. Kudos! The commercial kitchen blows my mind. So well organized and so much stainless steel! However, the home side is gorgeous with its skylights and windows, accents of wood, dual ladders, and beautiful bedrooms. The bathroom is so pretty! I am amazed by this story. May the doughnut fairies be with you! Thanks for sharing.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      November 9, 2020, 2:10 pm

      Oh I want some donut fairies!

  • Cockeyed Jo
    November 6, 2020, 10:19 pm

    The small sink in the industrial/donut shop is required by law for a hand washing station.

  • Sheila Plourde
    November 6, 2020, 10:47 pm

    Our town has a doughnut shop opened until 12:00. I have time to go get some!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      November 9, 2020, 2:08 pm

      Most definitely!

  • Mary Renn
    November 7, 2020, 1:37 am

    Why no access between two units? Didn’t see any cooking area in the home, no stove or oven. No living area or TV. Home cute but cramped.

    • James D.
      November 7, 2020, 4:45 pm

      Well, I’d imagine the reason for the division probably has to do with the following considerations…

      1) Prevent the living space from smelling like the work space… and it’s easier to meet the requirements for running a bakery business if it’s sealed off from the living space. So no risk of random cross contamination, easier to keep sanitary, etc.

      2) Avoids needing to deal with humidity, etc. that would emanate from the bakery space and make it easier to keep the living space conditioned the way they want it… Along with keeping a clear home vs work division of space…

      3) Kids… They’ve got two and won’t necessarily want them to wonder into the bakery where they could either get in the way or accidentally get hurt or get in there unaccompanied and possibly get into trouble… But the window lets the owners keep an eye on them while they work…

      4) Safety, all the dangerous gases, oils, appliances, etc. are isolated from the living space and if anything happens then their kids will always be on the safer side and they can have more time to evacuate safely if something does happen… They also avoid exposing their kids to their customers but can still be sure they’ll always be within site of them…

    • Natalie C. McKee
      November 9, 2020, 2:06 pm

      I think they probably have a plug-in cooktop, or maybe if they really want to bake they go over to the bakery. They do have a sink and a mini fridge for snacks.

  • Joyce Rader
    November 7, 2020, 9:40 pm

    Someone asked about the second sink in the bakery kitchen. In United States most states have a rule you have to have a separate sink for washing hands to avoid cross contamination with food prep sink. One writer’s list of reasons for keeping the bakery separate from the home makes a lot sense and follows many state regulations.
    The color scheme is nice and designed practical for a small family.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      November 9, 2020, 2:00 pm

      That’s a great point, Joyce!

  • March 6, 2022, 10:39 am

    I wouldn’t have put that kitchen in the one they live in. They have the industrial kitchen! The living area could’ve been much nicer without that second kitchen.

    • James D.
      March 6, 2022, 1:01 pm

      Can’t really mix business and residential usage when it comes to food…

  • Laila
    March 7, 2022, 10:37 am

    I was wondering about where they cook their food as well. So, James, D. if they can’t use the commercial kitchen to cook their food, I can’t see how it would work, as the living area has no visible means to cook food.

    Now in answer to the question posed above by the author, I love apple fritters, and have a hard time finding good ones, here in Ontario, Canada anyways!

    • James D.
      March 7, 2022, 3:38 pm

      Kitchens don’t actually need visible means to cook food… You can just have plug in appliances you pull out from storage when you need to use it, which is a solution often done for really small homes to free up counter space that would otherwise be lost with dedicated placement of appliances. Working around the limited space by just moving things around as needed.

      While I didn’t say they couldn’t cook food in the professional kitchen, they can always be their own customer. The reason for the commercial space separation from the living space is for safety considerations, like avoid risks of contamination, etc. for the safety of both their family and their customers, and to ensure they can meet the requirements for running a food business, which would be much harder if the spaces were combined as there are strict rules that a food business has to follow to legally operate…

      Being a family run business, with kids, they also have to be concerned about the safety of the kids and ensure the needs of the kids can be met while they work, without constantly needing to go back and forth, which requires exiting the structure and entering the other section from outside, both ways… Professional kitchens can pose hazards for young kids as well. So you wouldn’t want them to be able to enter that space unaccompanied or have them contaminate the kitchen or be accidentally exposed to your customers, especially when dealing with a pandemic, etc.

      Along with other considerations like home chemistry is yet another consideration, and keeping the spaces separate helps better control air quality, etc. of the living space.

  • Donna Rae
    March 8, 2022, 1:07 pm

    My first suggestion is that people stick to the subject of the post rather than going off on tangents about political or health issues. Don’t we see enough contention on TV?

    Back to the Tiny House: This seems to be the perfect setup for the purposes of the owner. The commercial kitchen is a wonder! And after cooking all day…or for hours, anyway…a small kitchen in the residential side makes sense because you’d like a break. The two lofts are cleverly situated, the bathroom is nice and roomy and there is a general feeling of spaciousness even though it is tiny. The only change I’d make would be to make that little couch much longer. There are actual couches that would fit nicely in that space and would be more comfortable with a cushy back so you could relax…maybe even take a nap or have a space for an overnight guest. Anyway, though not everyone needs a commercial kitchen, this setup is a good one. Now I’m hungry for a donut!

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