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Ana White’s Open Concept Modern Tiny House with Elevator Bed

Today you are in for a huge treat: This Open Concept Modern Tiny House with an Elevator Bed.

The home, designed and built in Alaska by Ana White, would be amazing simply because of the $500 DIY elevator bed she created which solves the “loft problem” — but it gets better! The house is packed full of DIY, multi-purpose furniture pieces that often do two, three — even four — different things. There’s even a hidden washer/dryer combo unit!

I know this video is long (15 minutes!), but if you are building your own house it’s worth the time to watch the entire thing to glean from her brilliance. Because of her rural Alaskan location, most things were built from items you can find at the hardware store. This might be the most creative tiny house we’ve shown you to date!

Plus, get the free plans for the storage/chair cubes shown in the video here.

Ana White’s Open Concept Modern Tiny House with Elevator Bed

Images via YouTube/Ana White

Images via YouTube/Ana White

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributing writer for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She is a coffee-loving wannabe homesteader who dreams of becoming self-sufficient in her own tiny home someday. Natalie currently resides in a tiny apartment with her husband, Casey, in Scotland.

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  • Kim February 7, 2017, 11:49 am

    Sheer perfection. I love this home and think there is nothing I would change.

  • Holly G Clift February 7, 2017, 11:52 am

    I love this and that bed is awesome. I hate ladders and this also gets rid of the idea of stairs.

  • Connie February 7, 2017, 11:54 am

    Incredibly creative!!!

  • Mastenbroek, Peter February 7, 2017, 12:15 pm

    Anna White is a pretty incredible woman, it’s hard to believe how she managed to find all that space in this small Tiny house.

    I simply love the clever elevator bed, so much better than a loft, even more if you’re not as fit as you used to be.

    The double and triple use of most of the fit-out is the smartest solution I’ve seen sofar.

    It’s magic !

    Peter.

  • MareM February 7, 2017, 12:20 pm

    Love, love, love this one! No wasted space. No claustrophobia either. It’s like a 3D puzzle!

  • Carol February 7, 2017, 12:27 pm

    I love this tiny house! The bed solves a lot of problems as well as all the modular furniture items (sofa, table, closet, cereal cabinet, etc).

  • Rose Garcia February 7, 2017, 12:33 pm

    Wow, this is perfect! The bed is awesome and I love that much of the furnishings and fixtures are multifunctional.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee February 8, 2017, 7:07 am

      Yes the multifunctional furniture is what makes this home πŸ™‚

  • Cyndi ann February 7, 2017, 12:40 pm

    This Tiny House has everything, and space for lrg dining, the elevator bed is great as are all of the storage places and multi-use of items. I think her ideas are probably keeping her awake at night, I know mine do at times. Now I fall asleep designing my Tiny in my head. lol!

  • Larry February 7, 2017, 12:48 pm

    I am so impressed with this tiny house. It is just excellent. Very clever on the multiple uses and design of this house. The only thing I might add, would be out side solar panels. Either on the roof or attached/connected on the outside. What type of water hook up is needed and heating type?

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee February 8, 2017, 7:06 am

      I think it’d be a standard RV connection from the looks of it? And I’m sure you could add solar. Not sure what the heat was!

  • Debbie Johnson February 7, 2017, 12:48 pm

    I have seen several homes they have built on this site, and this is by far my favorite. I love everything about it. When can you come to Texas and build mine, LOL. I love the idea of no stairs or ladders. The kitchen is perfect for everything I would want or need. The only problem I have would be the W/D combo. I would like separate washer and dryer, how could that work? I suppose the W/D combo would work, I have never used one, but his particular home would be perfect for me and my cat. I could also keep my home based business. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!!!
    Would also like to know the cost of this home in particular. Thank you for this showing.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee February 8, 2017, 7:06 am

      I’m sure there are good washer/dryer units, and for one person you can manage, but the one in my apartment is dreadful haha. It’s actually handy, if the dryer dried clothing after one cycle. You never forget to swap, and if you do a load a day or every other day it all fits. But ours takes AT LEAST 2 dry cycles. But I bet if you research, you could find an awesome option πŸ™‚

  • James Havens February 7, 2017, 12:49 pm

    Nice job. Great use of space! I see a new trend by all the designers….elevator beds!!! Remember you saw it here first.

  • Bryna Ramsey February 7, 2017, 12:55 pm

    I love this!!! Perfect in every way. Can I get their contact information to see if I can hire them to build one for me? Thanks!

    • Cyndi ann February 7, 2017, 1:48 pm

      Hi Alex, just love these listings. From the questions being asked, it may be something you could add, or whatever, just giving a spot to contact builders on certain /a list maybe, but of course the original Tiny Houses at top.

      • Alex February 7, 2017, 4:14 pm

        Good idea, Cyndi, thanks!

      • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee February 8, 2017, 6:56 am

        Hi Cyndi Ann — We always include in the “Resources” section, links to the builders or owners. Builders will always have a “Contact Us” page πŸ™‚ Owners are more challenging because sometimes they shared with us, but they don’t have the time to respond to all the questions.

    • Alex February 7, 2017, 4:48 pm

      Hi Bryna — their contact info is at the bottom of their website πŸ™‚

      http://www.ana-white.com/

  • Donna February 7, 2017, 1:04 pm

    Damn near perfection! In fact, I think the only thing I would change are the colors inside. And a bigger fridge.

  • beachgal February 7, 2017, 1:08 pm

    So open and creative with the multipurpose uses!
    Having a shelf for herbs in the kitchen with sunshine is a great feature to me as well as the lift bed..
    Fresh air via a small slider window in the bathroom is a must for me, being right by the kitchen cooking…
    The hot water heater behind the toilet, should it spring a hot water leak is a bit concerning, maybe higher up in a slim cabinet, or under kitchen sink? My only concerns.
    Anna you have Sheer Genius in space manipulation…. Thank You for sharing!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee February 8, 2017, 6:59 am

      Good things to think about πŸ™‚ From the look of this video, I think she could make anything happen for you!

  • david February 7, 2017, 1:13 pm

    Ana White is the most creative builder ever, this house is unbelievable (and she’s beautiful too, but not for sale I know).
    I love the wide open space and all the small detail of clever ideas and centimeter perfect arrangement. If I lived in Alaska (never, too cold for me) I’d ask Ana to build one for me, she’s so much better than most tiny house builders we’ve seen here from the USA. I am guessing Ana does all the design, and her hubby drives to the store to buy raw materials and help fitting them under her control, lol.
    I would love to know how much the client paid for this please? (sure others wanna know too)
    Now the only problem I see, all the more in cold Alaska: Ana says the bath has no window (hopefully a fan?) and the clothes are hanging right in it. Let me say from experience: The mould will be a “joy” so much it will cause when just one person showers warm for 5 min twice a week, lol. Also it doesn’t have a sink. I wouldn’t want to wash my hands (not to mention mornings and evenings more than hands) in the kitchen sink.
    Regardless, I am sure Ana White would easily be able to adapt this house to my bathroom requirements. πŸ™‚
    Ohh, and the bed is even automatic, wow! The tables and chairs, wow! Love it all!! Ohh, and the cleverest way EVER of utilizing that damn corner space: the washer, wow!!
    Ana: keep up the great work, I wish you many happy clients with deep enough pockets. πŸ™‚

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee February 8, 2017, 6:58 am

      The washer was so clever! πŸ™‚ Loved it!!!

  • david February 7, 2017, 1:38 pm

    Turns out Ana just called me and so I have the answer: material cost no more than 30k total, and double that with the build included.
    (na, she didn’t call (yet) I watched another vid on her site where she mentions the price) so there you have it. A bargain for what it is I say!

  • Bill Burgess February 7, 2017, 2:21 pm

    Admit it…This has been a month of Amazement..Two of the BEST Tiny Home concepts..This Genius is an exception even for Alaska. I would suggest there has been a Bar established and I do not think we will see better in my lifetime. Imagine what a builder in the World could do not having the Alaska cold to deal with…These Ideas will change the whole industry….And at a cost that most will be able to afford…Imagine what the crew at Tiny Texas Houses can do with their 80K sq.ft. of reclaimed material warehouses?

    • Suz February 7, 2017, 6:27 pm

      Please share a link to the second “best TH concepts” thanks

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee February 8, 2017, 6:52 am

      Totally agree, Bill. Just when I think I have seen EVERYTHING, I get Alabama Tiny House with their revolutionary back-wall staircase and Anna’s all-around fantastic work.

  • maria February 7, 2017, 2:26 pm

    Alex, you need to get blueprints fir this one….PLEASE πŸ™‚

  • Kevin February 7, 2017, 2:26 pm

    Yes, the bed idea is very, ever clever.

    But what struck me the most, and what I like the most, are the large windows. There is nothing that makes a small space seem bigger than having lots of unobstructed views of the larger world outside.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee February 8, 2017, 6:50 am

      Yes I agree. Those windows really do the trick! I was wondering if they have those shades inside them that you can close? Just at night because I’m paranoid hehe.

  • Cathy Witt February 7, 2017, 3:27 pm

    Really creative ideas! She understands how multi-functional everything in a tiny house must be! While the elevator bed is not a new concept, she devised an affordable, simple mechanism to make it happen. Kudos!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee February 8, 2017, 6:49 am

      Yes! The other day we saw one, but it was easily $1,500 or more to buy it. This one is DIY!

  • Rhonwyn February 7, 2017, 4:36 pm

    I am awed by your creativity. This TH is absolutely amazing. I am newly in love with tiny houses because of your amazing plans. Love the hidden treasures. Love the open floor and windows. Love it all.

  • Elaine February 7, 2017, 5:56 pm

    YOU ARE AMAZING!!!! You build an exceptional tiny home. Can’t wait to live that way.

  • ZACHARY E MOHRMANN February 7, 2017, 6:43 pm

    That is a cool bed…! And a very smart idea…!

  • Sandy February 7, 2017, 7:31 pm

    This is one of the best tiny houses I’ve ever seen. I can’t believe how you’ve used space. I love that a woman is involved so closely with the design. You’ve got the right concepts for tiny living without sacrificing real luxury. Congrats!

  • jannezack February 7, 2017, 7:40 pm

    Anna White, You win the THOW!!! I can’t believe all the uses you have for everything! You have come up with so many creative things I’m amazed. I love all the sliding things (bed, closet, cabinet/laundry). Way to go!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee February 8, 2017, 6:39 am

      She is my new favorite πŸ™‚

      • Sharee March 11, 2017, 11:39 am

        Mine, too. Bookmarked it.

        Skylight window in shower would help with air circulation to reduce mold growth.

        I really like this one. And the presentation.

        • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee March 13, 2017, 10:07 am

          Love the skylight idea!

  • Janie February 7, 2017, 8:37 pm

    I am speechless with awe. This is “thinking outside the box” taken to the next level. It is like one giant, clever, creative puzzle. Bottom line: I LOVE IT. SOOOOOOOOO smart.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee February 8, 2017, 6:38 am

      Exactly how I felt after watching the video. I kept thinking “I don’t need to watch the whole thing” and then she’d just shock me with another amazing innovation and I kept watching for more!

  • Sharon February 7, 2017, 8:57 pm

    This is great! So many innovations! The one thing I didn’t quite get – when they have company and the sectional is made into a bed, does it then pull out so the regular bed can be lowered?

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee February 8, 2017, 6:37 am

      She mentioned “now it’s in bunk mode,” so I think you’d just have to “bunk up” that night. However, it all seemed movable so I bed you could pull it out into that other floor space.

  • JoLene February 7, 2017, 9:24 pm

    Bravo! This THOW is the best of the best. Anna White you have raised the bar for builders and designers. You listened to your client’s wishes and created a beautiful home with the most creative features. The cereal storage really made me smile. I work in Battle Creek, MI which is known as Cereal City USA. The city hosts an annual Cereal Fest which is known for the longest breakfast table. Your ingenious table could be dubbed the longest THOW breakfast table. Thank you for sharing this gem!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee February 8, 2017, 6:36 am

      Haha love your insight on cereal πŸ™‚

    • Linda Kay February 25, 2017, 5:05 am

      I am from Battle Creek, born & raised. My grandma retired from Kelloggs. Been to the Breakfast table many many times!

  • Jeanne February 7, 2017, 9:51 pm

    Clever and efficient.

  • Gina February 7, 2017, 9:53 pm

    This tiny house is amazing! She has thought of everything! I’m so impressed with the storage space, the elevator bed, and the kitchen! It has everything you could ever want plus it is open and spacious and aesthetically pleasing. I love it!

  • Norris February 7, 2017, 11:26 pm

    This Tiny House is the most unique plan that I have ever seen. There is not on thing that I would Change. The Elevator bed is a plus for a Senior who does not want a loft. You have great vision for storage also.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee February 8, 2017, 6:34 am

      That’s what I thought. I was gushing about it all day.

  • Rusty Kerr February 7, 2017, 11:54 pm

    This is the best tiny house design, no stairs taking up space and no ladder. The elevator bed is wonderful. I would like a larger refrigerator and sink in the bathroom. Well designed for storage. Very open and roomy. I could comfortably live in this house and it would be easy to keep clean.

  • Patty February 8, 2017, 3:05 am

    Anna is very creative. Tiny houses continue to be refined with the likes of Anna White and others. I look forward to seeing more of her creations. Time for a book Anna, if you don’t already have one!

  • Patricia Chang February 8, 2017, 3:35 am

    A very ingenious house and quite attractive. I really like the elevator bed. No ladders, no stairs, no problem with headroom. The sectional is fantastic as are the storage cube/seats. I would put casters on the boot box/step. For myself, I would add on a few feet off the bathroom for a stackable washer and dryer and a closet or more shelves and a small sink. This would, of course, increase the price. I wouldn’t be moving the house, once I found a suitable place to put it. I do not like composting toilets, so I would need it plumbed for a regular flush toilet. Also, I would put a narrow plant shelf on or over the wheel well under the window. I like plants in TH to clean and refresh the air/O2 levels, especially in the winter. This is truly an IDEA house. Anna White is an exceptional designer.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee February 8, 2017, 6:31 am

      Yes she is! I really like your ideas, too! I think she did such an awesome job designing for her clients, even if I’d change some stuff personally.

  • PaulaV February 8, 2017, 8:26 am

    I’ve seen a alot of innovation in the tiny house world from many others however I was missing the “European design mind” in tiny spaces. I always would notice wasted space and lack of consistent multi-function within…..something they do better than us because they have always had to work within smaller confines. There would be a few clever things but not across the board which need to always happen when building tiny. Ana has definitely accomplished this. She’s clever and thoughtful in her work. And I love that she uses everyday materials to show us that spaces can still be aesthetically pleasing, multipurpose and cost effective.

  • Kim C February 8, 2017, 12:25 pm

    Nice and open with Main floor bed. Very clever.

  • Norinda February 8, 2017, 12:56 pm

    I’m speechless…this tiny house is amazing…love, love, love it

  • Lauri February 8, 2017, 3:00 pm

    Awesome! This is the best THOW interior design that I’ve ever seen. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

  • OlFolk February 8, 2017, 3:21 pm

    This is THE MOST CREATIVE THOW I’ve ever had the pleasure of viewing! I lived in Alaska (Anchorage area) in the 80’s and always wanted to go back. Still have land on 3 mile lake… this would be PERFECT! Thank you so much for sharing and I’ll be back ?
    BrYan

  • Jacque Chinnery February 8, 2017, 3:38 pm

    This was fascinating to me. I am very impressed with your creativity and your awesome use of space planning. I am a fan of the tiny house movement and I think your design is one of the very best I’ve seen! I will check out your website next!

  • Joseph February 8, 2017, 6:09 pm

    Very well done. Did I miss it or is there no sink in the bathroom.
    I would build this one.

  • Michael February 8, 2017, 7:08 pm

    I have been always proposing a lift up bed and multipurpose furniture for non permanent use as a space saving feature for THOW. This is a great example how it looks like. Together with huge windows and plenty of light you can create the illusion of much more than 20 ft which is a great size for towing, too.
    I would place kitchen and bathroom on the opposite ends and living space in between because counter space is limited for daily cooking from scratch and a u-shape provides more room for a full size fridge and moving, too.
    The barn doors are a bit to rustic for my taste but that is cosmetic.
    Multiple table and stool options are perfect. The wardrobe in the bathroom is interesting but not really for the FL climate with its high humidity.
    Anyway, I like the approach and most of the details.
    Great job.

  • jackie Barnett February 8, 2017, 9:31 pm

    I’ve followed tiny houses for several years and this plan is by far the most inventive, open and airy plan ever!!

  • Nancy M. February 9, 2017, 12:03 am

    Wow! Extremely versatile, spacious, etc. I definitely could live in this house! Love everything about it. ONLY negative I can think of is that there is no room for a dress to hang — but I’m sure I could figure something out! Everything about this house is gorgeous!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee February 9, 2017, 6:07 am

      It really is! πŸ™‚ I think her client was a man — thus the no dress space haha πŸ™‚

  • Kelly February 9, 2017, 1:13 am

    Innovative, creative, brilliant! My favorite THOW,yet. And I more of a shipping container aficianado. Love all the storage, the elevator bed, the barn door cabinets, how many features serve more than one function.
    It is just beautiful and amazing. Congratulations!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee February 9, 2017, 5:56 am

      There are so many of these things that would work very well in a shipping container too πŸ™‚

  • Nanny M. February 9, 2017, 5:43 am

    Ana is a genuine genius. Bet she’ll keep coming up with more brilliance. Let’s stay tuned.

  • Cosy February 9, 2017, 5:59 am

    This is a favorite. Such a creative use of space and no an inch
    waisted. Love the elevator bed and hidden washer/dryer.
    Genious!

  • Charli February 9, 2017, 9:40 am

    Best design I have ever seen. Need to watch the Tour video…

  • Alex February 12, 2017, 11:42 am

    I’ve been pumped about planning this tiny new chapter in my life, but I’ve felt discouraged in my research. I’m near NYC and it seems I have very little options for building and parking a tiny home in my area. It’s frustrating that zoning laws and municipalities are not open to tiny homes yet from what I’ve read. The system makes it pretty difficult. I don’t want to have to take out a 30 year mortgage and slave away my life. I want the freedom and reduced stress. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee February 13, 2017, 8:28 am

      πŸ™ It’s a huge bummer, Alex, but it’s true that in many places the regulations are not compatible with tiny house living. Particularly not those close to a huge city like NYC.

  • rachel February 17, 2017, 11:38 am

    This is a great design. I have never built a THOW but I AM aware of artificial products that outgas chemicals. Mass market bed mattresses, carpets, furniture and FOAM are among the worst of them. There are many more including commercial paint and most building products. I would suggest that people pay extra and buy natural latex rubber (talay?) for their cushions which is nontoxic and does not outgas.
    namaste’, rachel

  • J C February 23, 2017, 10:40 pm

    Well! You did not post my comments pointing you to this site a few weeks age, now you present the site, it does not matter. The site is now known. You may not post this comment, but we both know.
    Love always
    J C

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee February 24, 2017, 5:27 am

      Hi JC — sometimes comments with links in them get automatically deleted. It was not meant as an affront, it’s just the program we use to weed out spam πŸ™‚

  • steve schjenken March 14, 2017, 5:03 pm

    what brand is the electric winch for the elv bed

  • Robin March 17, 2017, 6:19 pm

    That woman is a genius. I’m finally sold on the tiny house concept after viewing this video.

  • Scott March 17, 2017, 11:41 pm

    Like the house and the elevator bed. My only concerns are the time it takes to lower/raise the bed and the noise it makes. Maybe a winch might make a better lift. Also, being that it’s made for an Alaska environment (I’m assuming), I didn’t see any stove or fireplace. Maybe it could be added in the open area?

    Too many windows for my tastes because it might be quite expensive if it were triple-paned. Would there be a problem with wildlife possibly breaking the windows while the occupants are asleep?

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee March 19, 2017, 5:10 pm

      I think there’s electric heat, and windows certainly do add costs. I don’t think animals typically break into windows, but I don’t know πŸ™‚

  • John Page Jr. March 18, 2017, 1:41 am

    Wow this tiny house is amazing. What ingenious ideas! I love that elevator bed and the triple use storage stools.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee March 19, 2017, 5:05 pm

      I know! How cool are those stools! I need the little laptop rest part.

  • Lory March 18, 2017, 9:12 am

    Simply brilliant! I really liked this video and the detailed overeview of the house. Such a great usage of space, and I found myself gasping several times in surprise as the hidden space spacers unveiled. You have a new fan of your work, thank you!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee March 19, 2017, 5:00 pm

      Me too πŸ™‚ It’s hard to keep me engaged for a 15 minute-long video, but she did so with ease!

  • Elle March 18, 2017, 11:27 am

    This woman’s THs are awesome. What wonderful design solutions she comes up with for her client requests. LOVE the elevator bed and all the storage. Wonderful, smart, specific to the buyer’s needs. You go girl!

  • Cyndi ann March 18, 2017, 1:55 pm

    This Tiny is just about the one of the best for cleverness. It has all anyone needs, especially the bed for main level sleeping. I’m a senior, this all just great. πŸ˜€

  • ZACHARY E MOHRMANN March 18, 2017, 6:16 pm

    It gives new meaning to going up….!

  • Julie Brown March 19, 2017, 1:36 am

    This is one of the most innovative use of spaces I have seen on Tiny Home sites. I love it. I would liked to have seen the actual washer/dryer fitted.

  • Janie Farner March 23, 2017, 8:03 pm

    This is the third time I have watched this video and I am still in AWE of the design elements that she has come up with. I am blown away each time I watch — not to mention the fact that she is just so sweet — I wonder if she realizes how revolutionary some of her ideas really are. She completely solves the problem for people who do not want/or can’t use a loft bedroom and yet still keeps two sleeping areas. Amazing . The two desks, the two ways to use the table for eating, the”pantry”, the hidden laundry room, the closet and so on and so on. Amazing. AND, it is still spacious and cozy at the same time that it has an amazing view……
    AWESTRUCK the more I see it.

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