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Blake’s Tiny Tiny House: The 7×11 Scout Tiny House On Wheels


This is the story of Blake’s tiny tiny house. It’s a 7×11 micro home on wheels called The Scout. It’s built on a single axle trailer with a very unique and wonderful design, a reminder of how awesome tiny tiny homes can be. There’s an interesting and serendipitous story behind it too. Enjoy!

I discovered Planet Structures (of Carleton Place, Ontario) by accident while phoning around to arrange for an inspection of a used tiny house I’d put an offer on. It emerged that they had made a shell for a customer who had ordered a tiny house and then walked away from the project before completion. It turned out to be everything I had hoped for: made out of SIPs panels (lightweight, well insulated) at the micro end of tiny house (7×11 interior), and ready to be customized.

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Story Behind the Scout Tiny House

This tiny house has been a dream come true: I’d been following the movement for nearly a decade, had hundreds of plans and back issues of Tiny House Newsletter, and several plans of my own. I discovered Planet Structures (of Carleton Place, Ontario) by accident while phoning around to arrange for an inspection of a used tiny house I’d put an offer on. It emerged that they had made a shell for a customer who had ordered a tiny house and then walked away from the project before completion. It turned out to be everything I had hoped for: made out of SIPs panels (lightweight, well insulated) at the micro end of tiny house (7×11 interior), and ready to be customized. With the help of my partner and input from an architecture student, we came up with plans for the interior that would make maximum use of this tiny space while being functional, beautiful, and feeling spacious. I had already done lots of research on tiny house appliances, heating options, etc.

Some key features of this build:

  • Walls, floor and ceiling built of structurally insulated panels (SIPs): lightweight, strong, high insulation value, no thermal bridging; with roughly twice the R-value of equivalent size stick wall construction (see https://www.sips.org/technical-information/r-values-in-the-real-world)
  • full kitchen along back wall, with 3-burner propane range/oven, under-counter fridge, deep round sink
  • Simple plumbing setup: 2 large food grade canisters under the sink, one with fresh water and one to receive sink wastewater, with marine foot pump for bringing water up to the faucet. Empty and refill as needed.
  • kickplate drawers under the main cabinets
  • Built-in couch with 3 large storage drawers under
  • side table doubles as landing for ladder to sleeping loft, and also houses emergency bucket toilet and pee bottle (I use the main house for shower, some bathroom needs)
  • double pane low-e awning style windows on two levels can be left open in the rain and allow for generous ventilation
  • Wrap-around bar counter in front of window with bar stool for eating and as work surface
  • air conditioner, sourced from California, uses 400W rather than the usual 1500-1800W; this plus the use of propane cookstove and propane heater enables the whole house to run off a household-grade extension cord to the main building
  • loft ‘railing’ made out of wood boxes made by low-income women in Toronto
  • Compact heat recovery ventilation unit sourced from Scandinavia
  • flat roof suitable for gardening or recreational uses, with access ladder from hitch

Learn more/resources

Planet Structures | The Scout Blake Drawing/Design

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Avatar Barbara J Anderson
    July 6, 2019, 7:09 pm

    I like the size. But, would have to find room for a corner commode. Outdoor shower maybe.

    • Avatar Alex
      July 8, 2019, 9:21 am

      An outdoor shower sounds like a good idea to build beside the house with a privacy fence. That would be really nice!

  • Avatar Sheila Plourde
    July 6, 2019, 11:19 pm

    Is pretty cool. At least he has a place to use the bathroom. Read the comment above. lol! After last night in a 7.1 shaker. I would jump at this last night. Is very nice for being so small.

    • Avatar Alex
      July 7, 2019, 10:00 am

      There is another home on the property where he keeps it, too. It’s actually sort of like his second home and workspace because he’s in a long distance relationship, and they’re basically using a tiny house to make it all work (since they both work from home they kinda need their separate space for that). I think it’s wonderful and a perfect out of the box example of how tiny homes can make your life better!

      Tiny homes don’t have to be your only home. They can be used creatively – like this – to compliment your life. It’s awesome!

  • Avatar Theresa Perdue
    July 7, 2019, 9:18 am

    I would squeeze a small wet room (not sure if that’s the right word) so I could use the facilities at home. Otherwise it’s adorable.

    • Avatar Blake
      July 7, 2019, 12:20 pm

      Thank-you for your comments. Alex is right about the unique circumstances. And while I realize lack of bathroom is not for everyone, it works for me. This may be a case of TMI, but for those middle of the night times I pee in a bottle which then fertilizes the garden ; garbage has a seat cover in case of a #2 emergency, but otherwise access to the main house makes it all a lot more functional. 🙂

      • Avatar Alex
        July 7, 2019, 10:48 pm

        Thanks, Blake!

  • July 19, 2019, 6:56 pm

    I love this. Not a fan of super tiny houses, but this is adorable for a getaway or second place somewhere. I was on a boat recently and there was a “pop up toilet” option…a tented toilet. But yeah, a small wet shower/toilet would be ideal…somehow.

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