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40ft Elmore Tiny House by Movable Roots

This is the 40ft Elmore Tiny House by Movable Roots.

It boasts about 500 sq. ft. of space inside with two sleeping lofts, a main floor bedroom, a screened-in front porch, luxurious kitchen, and more.

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500 Sq. Ft. Elmore Tiny House on Wheels by Movable Roots with Main Floor Bedroom, Double Lofts, and More!

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This is a pretty big tiny house, isn’t it?

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It even has its own built-in, covered, and screened porch.

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It’s built right over the hitch and features a loft overhead.

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This customer needed a main floor master bedroom with ample closets storage as well as 2 additional sleeping lofts and a front porch she could enjoy her coffee on in the mornings.

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The living room has a comfortable seating area for “L-shaped” couch.

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We designed a galley style kitchen that bar seating for 3 and a full-size fridge along with stackable washer/dryer all in the same space.

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Wow, look at that refrigerator! I think it has a tablet built-in, doesn’t it? You can pull up recipes and cooking videos for inspiration with one of these.

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The cabinets, and windows, beautiful…

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The oversized farmhouse sink is always nice. And hey, don’t miss the sleek window!

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Mini-split air conditioning system.

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A look at the spacious sleeping loft.

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Lots of room up here, but that still doesn’t mean everyone will like it up here. But don’t worry, that’s why there’s a main-floor bedroom in this tiny house, too.

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The catwalk gets you to the other side.

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Built-in closet space up here. Creative and simple.

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This is the downstairs bedroom now…

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Sliding barn door and windows.

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On your way to the master you have the bathroom with adequate sized vanity and large shower space.

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The bathroom is tucked near the master bedroom.

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The loft ladder leads to a large rear loft designed for 3 twin beds.

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The alternating stairs off the kitchen lead to the front loft that has space for a queen bed as well as its own small closet space.

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The alternating stairs off the kitchen lead to the front loft that has space for a queen bed as well as its own small closet space.

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Images © Movable Roots

Custom built home on a 40’ Movable Roots trailer with chef’s kitchen and front porch for morning coffee.

Starting Price: 120,000

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  • JOE3
    October 25, 2018, 5:35 pm

  • Karen Blackburn
    October 26, 2018, 5:09 am

    I like the screened in porch. This is something that I would insist on in any tiny house, mainly so that insects will be kept out (years of broken nights courtesy of mosquitoes will never be forgotten) and my house cat will get plenty of fresh air without the dangers of being hit by vehicles on the busy road out in front. Otherwise, a nice house but not tiny, or even really small. Sleeping for 7 people yet with a tiny living area that has virtually no seating, certainly none for people to sit around and talk, nor a table and chairs to eat anything cooked in the luxury kitchen unless done in rounds of three or standing up trying to hold a plate in one hand while using a knife and fork with the other 2 with the last holding a glass of water or wine.

  • bob
    October 26, 2018, 8:03 am

    1) 5,000 sq ft is not likely to be correct. Looks like a typo as was pointed out in a FB posting yesterday. No body must be watching the FB postings because the typo still exists.
    2) $120,000 starting price eliminates a good chunk of people who want to live tiny without that kind of an expense. For $120,000 you can get an 80 foot double wide with a lot more space which would certainly be less cramped for 7 people.
    3) That is the biggest refrigerator/freezer I’ve ever seen and I doubt it is actually that size. Most likely about 2/3 less than the photo shows.
    4) Bath is a nice size
    5) Access to the larger loft is by ladder while access to a much smaller loft is by a “staircase” structure? Doesn’t look right though maybe the camera is distorting the images.
    6) Suppose to be a Chef Kitchen yet only two cook tops. It’s over hyping the smallness of the kitchen considerably just as the camera is over hyping the space which is very tight. Not even close to being worth $120,000 which means the unit is also over priced.

    Just my opinion though pictures don’t lie and camera presents a false impression. Not professional at all.

    • Alex
      October 26, 2018, 10:37 am

      Just corrected the typo, thanks and sorry about that!

      • MareM
        December 31, 2021, 1:46 pm

        While you’re at it, Alex, would you change “sleak” to “sleek”? Thanks!

    • James D.
      October 26, 2018, 10:22 pm

      Bob, look at the 8th photo with the stacked washer and dryer in the same photo as the fridge for scale… It looks like the LG LFXS30796S, which is 30 cu. ft… So it may be as big as it looks…

      While they only mention 1 owner… 7 is just how many can sleep in it but that may be just for overnight guests, like visiting family and doesn’t mean 7 people will be full timing it…

      As for being worth the price… Depends… New Manufactured Houses can actually be this price and higher, especially if there’s any bit of custom work and high end finishing…

      There’s of course cheaper options, both for tiny houses and manufactured houses, but there’s always trade offs…

  • Pat
    October 26, 2018, 4:41 pm

    Over the years, I’ve become disappointed by how large and boxy tiny houses have become. When Jay Shafer appeared in the 1990s, he had a gorgeous TINY house–about 8×12 with wonderful aesthetics. I saved a picture of his tiny house and still admire it. Now? The “tiny” houses get bigger and bigger. Initially, the idea for many people was to have a mortgage-free home. Also, the idea was to live lighter on the earth. These “tiny” homes are more efficient that traditional ones, I suppose. I wonder how many are truly mortgage free, but perhaps that is not each owner’s goal.
    I’m not criticizing this lady’s home at all, just wondering out loud, so to speak. When I saw this house today, I decided to respond in general to many of the houses I see appear here. I greatly admire Marsha Cowan’s approach to tiny houses; of course, Marsha lives alone. But she really has considered what she wants and needs and builds accordingly.
    My comment is not intended to annoy or hurt anyone.

    • James D.
      October 28, 2018, 12:32 am

      Statistically, the ratio of Tiny Home owners who owe a mortgage is the reverse of big homes… Basically less than a third but the turn around times are far less with most managing to pay it off in less than ten years or even under 5 years…

      This compares to big home owners who over 2/3rd’s owe a mortgage with closer to 30 year or longer periods and over 7% owe so much that they are in constant threat of defaulting…

      While the more boxy designs are to maximize usable space, especially for lofts. Though, there are ways to avoid having them look too boxy… Speaking of Jay Shafer, some of Tumbleweeds designs were boxy but used architectural details to give the appearance of a more steep pitched roof line… Other builders like Incredible Tiny Homes calls it a reverse gable roof… Along with other methods but these add to labor and thus increase costs, which is why they’re not always utilized and often people have to prioritize what’s functionally more practical versus what they would rather have it look like…

      Mind, on the increasing size that more and more families are going tiny and so they’re pushing designs that can accommodate more people… Many of the earlier designs were for single occupants…

      Though, modern Tiny Houses go back more than several decades and designs are actually very diverse. There’s just a popularized segment that gets reported on more because of the present popularity with more nomadic lifestyles but that forces designs around what the road legal limits require and you generally have to go beyond those to really have free reign on possible designs…

      While goals of the owners do vary as well as what motivates them… But it’s also a matter of what choices and options are available as everyone’s situation can be significantly different as well and what’s practical for someone won’t always be the same as someone else… So there aren’t really any standards that apply to all equally and thus should be judged case by case…

    • Susan
      July 5, 2023, 8:57 pm

      I agree, Pat… I understand different motivations, for sure. Seems what resonated with me about the ideal and the movement was to live more simply and to live with less cost… if it was utilizing sustainable energy sources like sun and wind, even better… and incinerating and composting toilets… then repurposing gray water… all of these things were and still are attractive to me. With all that said, I do like the design elements that one is able to incorporate with a slightly wider or longer unit… what I don’t see with the larger units (along with their even bigger price tag) are any alternative energy uses… I did a post of a TH for a farmer which did have an incinerating toilet, but no mention of solar at all…

      I guess it’s safe to say, I’m conflicted… for myself, I will im to remain responsible towards the environment with as much comfort as possible…

      • James D.
        July 6, 2023, 12:33 pm

        Solar is more often than not considered optional, because it’s not always practical or affordable for everyone.

        Larger homes will tend to require more power, which increases what the solar power system could cost and that goes up in regions where energy from the sun isn’t as reliable or consistent throughout the year. Space on the roof may also simply be insufficient to make it practical, especially, if the home is parked in a shady area, avoiding heat gain, etc. and there needs to be enough usable land to place panels somewhere else but that can be hard to do if in a temporary rented spot…

        Solar also isn’t entirely green as the manufacturing and disposal process produces pollution and waste. Along with the additional responsibility for maintenance, repairs and replacements, high up front cost, etc. So people may prefer to just be more energy efficient and either use other alternatives or stick to the grid, which some may find the more affordable option…

        While, some people, with their own property, may just have a whole power system set up on the property, separate from the home, that acts as their power plant, and thus they don’t need to have it added to the home itself.

  • heather
    January 27, 2019, 4:51 pm

    Love everything about this house except the price tag. I just wished they sold the blue prints or even just game me the dimension of the rooms so I could have some one make them for me. I have property but only allowed to build on a foundation which is fine because I don’t plan on moving any time soon. But I am on a budget and have people willing to help me build just wished they would give me something on the measurements.

  • Nita Hiltner
    July 12, 2019, 6:31 pm

    Not enough living room space at all.

  • Richard L Herrington
    July 16, 2019, 9:08 pm

    If you are going to build a home that large… why bother to put it on a trailer at all? After all… how often or how many times are you going to move it? Most likely, it will be moved to one place… set up and just stay in that one place. Therefore, you would have been better off to just build this house a little wider and put it on a concrete slab. You would have had a wider house and it would have cost less and would have been easier to build. I think a lot of people hung up on this “tiny house ” fad do not really think things through carefully before jumping into it.

    • SharonS
      October 15, 2020, 5:35 pm

      The reason to do the trailer over the foundation is simple- on a slab, you pay city taxes just like you do on a regular home. On a trailer, you save that money! Plus, who says that you do not want to move it later? We own a 40’ RV that we live it a few months every year and we use it quite differently than we expected at the time of purchase. Can’t wait to buy land and build our tiny home!

  • Dion
    July 23, 2019, 8:03 pm

    $120k is a steal!

    • Eric
      December 29, 2021, 6:57 pm

      …by the builder??

  • Theresa Perdue
    September 7, 2019, 10:31 am

    To have had this option when my kids were small would have been life changing. Compare the price of this to any regular house that could comfortably fit several children and you will know it’s a steal.

  • Donna Rae
    March 15, 2020, 5:46 pm

    I have to say that looking at that price tag from the perspective of living in a State where finding a place to live for under $500,000 is impossible, it looks pretty affordable. Of course, there is always the cost of renting a space, which is largely unregulated, so it does take it back into the realm of not being as affordable as we had hoped. And shouldn’t we have all gotten used to a newsletter about tiny houses has evolved into one that also shows tiny houses that are larger than a postage stamp? Surely there are more important things to be concerned about. As far as this particular tiny house is concerned, there are so many attributes and it deserves praise, for sure. There are things that many of us would change, of course. How about a more pleasing exterior color combination? Did they grab paint colors off of the reject pile in order to save money? Ahahahahaha Really, it leaves much to be desired. That cooktop arrangement is odd. It would have been better to just put in a range so the counter didn’t look so awkward. Whoever decided that alternating stairs was a good idea was not thinking very straight or even logically. First of all, it prevents full utilization of under the stairs storage and second, can you imagine trying to negotiate those in the middle of the night in an emergency? If you frantically start off on the wrong foot, you would hit the floor with quite a thud! They may be novel but they are neither efficient nor safe. Stop using them! The upstairs would require you to walk bent over so I would prefer you just skip having an upstairs at all…though some will like it and not find it a problem…and have a bedroom downstairs. Or just have a very open space with a Murphy Bed. For me the loft would only be good for storage so wouldn’t have to be that large. Give me a good kitchen and bathroom and leave the rest of it open. Simple and less expensive. And kudos to those who find this one perfect for their needs! But do rethink those stairs. I would hate for you to be injured! 😉

  • e.a.f.
    March 16, 2020, 6:24 am

    Like the main floor. Lovely kitchen and for those who want to entertain or have food close at hand, the fridge is a full sized. Washer and dryer are great, especially if you’re having the extended family over in the summer.

    the loft areas can also be used for storage for those of us who want to take it all with us.

    Think the price is reasonable given the finishes and build. Yes, you may be able to purchase other styles/types of homes for a similar price, but this is on wheels, full sized appliances, quartz or marble counter top.

  • Dody Myers
    March 17, 2020, 6:48 pm

    Doesn’t look like a tiny house to me. Looks like a modern house trailer that we had back in my day.

  • Sheila
    August 26, 2020, 11:46 am


  • Christina Galin
    August 26, 2020, 11:47 am

    Only thing missing, is a fireplace. Otherwise, perfection. I love this!!

  • Christina Galin
    August 26, 2020, 11:56 am

    IF you are in a warm climate, the screened porch is great for dining….. that way you can have guests, family over and sit down and enjoy a meal. Maybe, if you are in a cold climate, the living room could be shifted around and allow table and chairs to fit in.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      August 26, 2020, 12:54 pm

      I still think there are lots of times of the year, say in New England, where you could enjoy it. Often in warmer places, it’s too hot in the summer just like it’s too cold in the winter in New Hampshire. I love the no-bugs!

  • Doris clatfelter
    August 26, 2020, 12:39 pm

    I would want some sort of decorative safety feature over the fridge going to the bedroom. The hand railing for the stairs is great but the open space above the refrigerator could be a hazard for children or older adults. Safety is always on my mind since I’m an older senior. Loved the overall looks and the screened porch.

  • Nita Hiltner
    October 15, 2020, 4:52 pm

    I love the porch but no way would I have one of these with ceilings upstairs you can’t stand up in. Also, like the couch that it is real, but there is no room for anything else, and not even a TV. The rails to go upstairs start beyond the 2nd deep step. NO. Basically, a no.

    • James D.
      October 16, 2020, 4:16 am

      Well, unless you get one designed with a slide up/pop up, there’s no second level, then it can only have an elevated level as THOWs can’t be two stories tall and are normally limited to a max height of 13′ 6″ from the ground to the highest point of the roof, usually leaving a max interior height of around 11′ but you need well over 14′ for an actual second level. So it just depends how you divide the space but if you have standing space in the loft then below it you won’t and will have to use it for something else, like storage… Though, some people may be short enough to make it work but would be hard on guests…

      While the master bedroom space in the rear can eliminate the need to worry about the loft but you could alternatively use it as an office, a dining room, as well as a bedroom with a convertible option. But this is a full custom builder, they fabricate just about everything you see except for the appliances and standard furniture. Even the trailer is custom made by them… So any design change for one built for you would be easily done…

      There is also room for a TV, the space between the two windows across from the couch has the plug and antenna connections for it and there’s a good gap between those two windows… Besides, that close to the couch the TV doesn’t have to be that large and a wall mount with swing out hinge can angle the TV to the kitchen if desired… But again, they do full custom and elimination of one or more of the windows will give more wall space… They can also make the whole house wider for more distance between the couch and wall for the TV… Though, I believe this is already 10′ wide but 12′ should be an option…

      BTW, if you look at the light from the window that is going straight down to the floor, you can see the edge of it striking the rail and the edge of the second step, which means it’s aligned with the start of the second step and not the third… Mind, it’s an alternating step staircase, which is steeper than normal… They can take some time to get used to if you’ve never used one before, like on a boat, etc. but probably more of a issue where they placed the pet bowls as you have to step over that as you use the stairs…

      Here’s a quick video tour they made of it, btw, to get a better feel of the space…


  • ATBScott
    November 2, 2020, 10:52 am

    OK – you got me – what is a “sleak” window? Or was this supposed to be “sleek” due to its narrow profile?
    This is a nicely appointed unit, but the prices on these “tiny” homes has gotten to the point of being somewhat ridiculous, IMO. For that price, one can get a very nicely spec’d manufactured or modular home at twice the size with a real living room, 2 or more bedrooms you can stand up in, etc… I’m all about downsizing, and like the idea of a tiny house as a way to save money and have a good way to get started (or finished, if you are retired) but retired folks are not going to be too excited about loft bedrooms, etc… Since this unit is a bit too big to really tow around to a new spot very easily, I think some of the features would be more appropriate to a smaller unit (easier to tow) with a separate deck/enclosed patio that could be trucked to a new site when the time came to relocate…

    • James D.
      November 3, 2020, 12:23 am

      Something to understand “For that price” has the issue that it invariably is just an invalid comparison that isn’t in any way equivalent to what is being compared. For example, you’re typical nicely spec’d manufactures or modular house won’t be built and engineered to multiple times the minimum standards required by code.

      This particular builder engineers everything, including the trailer that they fabricate themselves from scratch, and builds to extreme levels… Basically, it’s built well beyond the minimum standards that a regular house would be built to, to the point they can be multiple times better built… It’s essentially a tank of a house and could survive things that could destroy most other houses and will last a really long time…

      Houses are not all equal and there can be a lot more than just size differentiating them, which invariably gets reflected in the cost and what you’re actually paying for can be very different for each house.

      While this is a custom builder, custom is one of the most expensive ways to have anything built and that’s one of the things you have to account for when making comparisons as custom built houses typically start 50% higher in cost and go up to over 4x higher in costs, which for larger houses can run up and into the millions for apples to apples comparison, which also includes manufactured and modular houses as the more custom they are then the higher they cost too…

      But that also means the buyer can have up to complete control over what they end up with and it is by no means limited to the layout you see…

      People choose custom for various reasons… They can want more control, they can want a home they can be assured will be healthy to live in, they can want a dream home that will make them happy, they can want a home that will cater to their concerns like environmentalism and sustainability, they can want a design they could not get otherwise, they want a home to meet unique needs or allow for a particular lifestyle they otherwise could not have, they can want to live off-grid, etc.

      But everything has trade offs and that’s part of the process of deciding what’s best for someone vs what it will cost to provide it… Not everyone needs custom to have their needs met but some do…

  • Donna Rae
    December 30, 2021, 2:52 pm

    So many great features and ideas! Though those stairs are novel, I dislike them very much because in the middle of the night or in an emergency, if you start off on the wrong foot, the possibility of falling is greatly increased. Why they are not seen as a safety hazard is puzzling. I don’t have an objection to each of the exterior colors on their own but the combination is unappealing to me. I’m sure someone would like it but it’s just such an odd combination. Someone’s idea of being unique…and it certainly is. Love the green kitchen! I acknowledge that my comments reflect my own personal preferences and others may very well find those features perfectly wonderful. And isn’t it great that we would each have the ability to choose? Life is good.

    • James D.
      December 30, 2021, 5:42 pm

      Alternating tread stairs can take awhile to get used to but mind they’re the alternative to using ladders in spaces otherwise too small, requiring too steep of an angle, to put regular stairs and the other alternative is steep stairs with very tall risers that aren’t comfortable to use.

      While frequency of use, geometry, and occupant awareness are all variables in what determines a “safe stairway,” but in general people are more cautious with specialty design staircases and studies done on their use and safety have indicated they are not prone to any increase in accidents, etc.

      It also helps uses like accessing a loft is not something you’d be doing constantly all day and, once you develop muscle memory for which foot goes first, it can feel very natural to use… The steeper angle also can allow you to reach out and grab a step to brace yourself and not rely on just the railing, at least when ascending.

      So once you’ve adapted to them it would seem you’d primarily just have to worry about guests using them…

      Besides, there are worse stairs, like Virginia Tech conducted a study comparing alternating tread stairs to ship stairs and concluded that alternating tread stairs have a clear comfort and safety advantage over ship stairs. Ship stairs having 73% more overall missteps and 129% more missteps when descending with a load. Also, 64% felt more likely to slip/trip on ascent and 85% felt more likely to slip/trip on descent with ship stairs vs alternating tread stairs.

      While, unlike some loft stairs in Tiny Houses (like those with very tall risers) alternating tread stairs are in the building codes for standards to follow and what applications they are suited for, like loft, attics, etc…. So you can be code compliant when using them…

  • Michael
    February 12, 2023, 7:24 pm

    It’s huge, expensive, not tiny anymore and looks ugly.
    Not my thing at all. Asking myself why there is a need for cramped sleeping lofts which are the main reason for it’s appearance.
    Well, it’s obvious that the customer who ordered it likes it that way.

  • kathy m
    August 25, 2023, 10:24 am

    i just finished reading all the comments on this tiny and tiny homes in general. apparently, the lady for whom this was built asked for the features included and is satisfied, if not down right happy, with them. no one has asked anyone else to select those features or even this house for themselves. the cost is high but, it is also a large tiny and is custom. as for general comments, people go tiny or tinier than what they currently have for a variety of reasons. that said, 500sf will be tiny for some and allow them to pay off their mortgage more quickly than paying on a “regular” home for 30 years. each person has his or her own specific needs from their home, whether it be portability, economy, indoor space, or whatever. as long as the home meets the needs of the owner, it’s perfect for them. i enjoy seeing the different styles, layouts, and types of tinies presented on this site. thanks for sharing them!

  • August 26, 2023, 5:30 am

    Good work

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