This is Andrea’s Mt. Kilimanjaro Tiny House that she turned into home sweet home.
We posted this house in it’s “out of the factory” state a couple weeks ago, and Andrea saw it on Facebook and told us it was her house! So now you can see how she made it home. This transformation just goes to show how personal touches really make a house, a home! She added railings, a storage staircase and her favorite books. Enjoy!
Andrea’s Mt. Kilimanjaro Tiny House Becomes Home
I’m a teacher in an area of California where houses are ridiculously expensive (Santa Cruz and Santa Clara County). A tiny house was my best option for a house of my own. I have it on my cousin’s property, which used to belong to my grandma. I love that my rent helps them keep the family farm and keeps me close to family.
The house was delivered in June, and I had the summer to build and add storage and get properly moved in. I had the builder keep it simple inside and not add any storage or railings so that I could do that myself.
I opened up the loft pass-through and added a longer beam so that I could build the stairs and not hit my head when going up them (I’m glad I tackled this before moving in, because in a tiny space sawdust goes everywhere!). I welded the brackets for a railing/book shelf along the loft, which also hides the bed from downstairs, and welded the posts for a matching railing around the stairs opening. I also built a storage bin on the wheel well near the stairs so that I had a place to stash shoes and jackets, and so the cats could look out the windows.
I know most people in tiny houses just get e-readers, but I’m stubborn and I like the feeling of turning the pages, so I wanted to make as much room for books as possible. The stairs I built to double as a bookcase and my kitchen pantry. The stamped metal doors are supposed to be like an old pie safe. They also let my dog go up to the loft at night to sleep.
The deck doubles the amount of living space, and after my dad and I built it over the summer that ended up being my main living room. I decided that I would rather have a large kitchen than a large living room. The living room seems small, but since I only use it for working on the computer or watching tv, it really only needs to hold a sofa, my electronics, and not much else.
I have a 40ft shipping container with 2 roll up doors as my garage and shop. I keep the tools, welder, outdoor gear, bicycles and motorcycles in it, as well as a little bit of storage for the house. Yes, the garage is technically larger than my house, but I like building things and always have a few projects going on, so it works perfectly.
I have a rule that anything in the house has to have 2 functions. The ottoman in the living room opens for storing my electronics, the train luggage rack under the tv holds tv electronics but also has hooks for coats and bags, and the kitchen stool at the breakfast bar is also the stepping stool. If it takes up space but is only good for 1 thing, I swap it out for something else more functional.
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