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Yan’s Tiny Tack House based on Tumbleweed Fencl: Open House

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Have you seen Chris and Malissa’s Tiny Tack House before? Their tiny house is AWESOME.

One of my favorites because it’s a couple’s tiny house and Chris is a photographer. The latest tiny house that Chris has gotten to photograph from what I understand is Yan’s tiny tack house, shown below.

And Chris Tack’s photos are always amazing. To build this one they used a set of Tumbleweed Fencl plans. And they made some modifications to it. They even set up a pull-down screen and projector for movies.

When you walk in you’re greeted by a beautiful fireplace. To the right, there’s a little nook to hang out in with storage above and below. Vaulted ceilings and windows make it feel spacious.

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Yan’s Tiny Tack House

Candice's Tiny Tack House: Interior Photos: Modified Tumbleweed Fencl: Photos by Chris Tack (1)

Photo by Chris Tack

Yan’s Tiny Tack House

Notice the flip up table and storage underneath cushions.

Candice's Tiny Tack House: Interior Photos: Modified Tumbleweed Fencl: Photos by Chris Tack (2)

Photo by Chris Tack

I like how there’s not really any furniture. Look how awesome their loft ladder is.

Candice's Tiny Tack House: Interior Photos: Modified Tumbleweed Fencl: Photos by Chris Tack (3)

Photo by Chris Tack

So much natural light thanks to all of the windows and skylights.

Candice's Tiny Tack House: Interior Photos: Modified Tumbleweed Fencl: Photos by Chris Tack (4)

Photo by Chris Tack

Beautiful tiny kitchen with plenty of cabinets.

Candice's Tiny Tack House: Interior Photos: Modified Tumbleweed Fencl: Photos by Chris Tack (5)

Photo by Chris Tack

What an amazing sleeping loft. Great spot not just to sleep in but to read, relax and look at stars.

Candice's Tiny Tack House: Interior Photos: Modified Tumbleweed Fencl: Photos by Chris Tack (6)

Photo by Chris Tack

Another really awesome view of their sleeping loft below:

Candice's Tiny Tack House: Interior Photos: Modified Tumbleweed Fencl: Photos by Chris Tack (7)

Photo by Chris Tack

They modified their Fencl design to accommodate another sleeping area that you can see below:

Candice's Tiny Tack House: Interior Photos: Modified Tumbleweed Fencl: Photos by Chris Tack (8)

Photo by Chris Tack

I think they did that by moving the kitchen towards the front more and placing this room behind the kitchen.

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  • Nadine
    January 19, 2013, 8:49 am

    This is a pretty little house. However, I would have loved to see the bathroom. That is an important part of a little house being complete.

    • Malissa
      January 20, 2013, 9:48 pm

      Nadine, the reason you never see the bathrooms is because they are usually too small to get any good shots of them. But trust me, they do exist. Candice’s modified Fencl has a shower unit and an RV toilet, and lots of cabinet space.

  • ST
    January 19, 2013, 10:15 am

    Now! This one is impressive!

  • Jennifer
    January 19, 2013, 10:45 am

    Really nice home! Two sleeping areas, LOVE! Is the bathroom under the stairs? For me, I’d need a smaller fireplace and use that space for living.

  • Sharon
    January 19, 2013, 1:45 pm

    That wood stove is going to run them out of there with heat! Otherwise very nice.

  • Carolyn B
    January 19, 2013, 4:25 pm

    I like the floors and the cabinetry. Very nice shades of color.

    Like someone else said, where’s the bathroom? If there is one, I want to see it. If there is no bathroom inside, please note that in the article. Maybe it’s the camera angle but that ladder looks like a hip fracture waiting to happen. The steps are too tall, in my humble opinion. Thanks!

    • Malissa
      January 20, 2013, 9:52 pm

      Rest assured, there is a bathroom and it’s on the other side of the bottom bedroom. Too small to get a good shot, but maybe one day we will capture it. Not sure what you mean about ladder? She only has stairs in her home.

    • Jan
      May 5, 2015, 1:19 pm

      My thinking is that the steps are dangerous looking. And yes, where is the bathroom?
      Otherwise, I wondered about that heater? It seems to be right next to the kitchen stove warmth, wont need both like that close. I love the woods inside,and it has such pretty floors.

  • Teri
    January 19, 2013, 6:07 pm

    I love the style of windows in Candice’s & Chris & Malissa’s homes. I’m hoping they will comment back with the name of the manufacturer?
    Thank you!

    • Teri
      January 19, 2013, 6:14 pm

      I think I found my answer on one of Chris & Malissa’s youtubes! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KROHL_j3MZ4

      • Malissa
        January 22, 2013, 7:32 pm

        That’s it… we did use Jeld-Wen windows in our Tiny Tack House. Candice used Anderson Windows for her Yan’s House.

        • Teri
          January 22, 2013, 7:53 pm

          Thanks, Malissa! I Pinterested your house… hope you don’t mind.

  • ST
    January 20, 2013, 10:17 am

    …and how do you access the ‘storage’ inside the steps? I would make a pole to hang onto when I use the stairs …and WHERE is the bathroom?

    • Malissa
      January 20, 2013, 9:53 pm

      The step tops lift up for inside storage. You monkey climb the steps, just light you would a ladder, and the bathroom is behind the storage cabinet and on the other side of the bottom bedroom. Hope that helps 🙂

  • Malissa
    January 20, 2013, 9:55 pm

    Just wanted to clarify that it’s not Candice’s Tiny Tack House, but a Fencl from Tumbleweed.

  • Keyra
    January 22, 2013, 5:40 pm

    I love the esthetic of the storage steps in lieu of an actual ladder. Very nice! So many great ideas to digest here.

  • LaMar
    January 22, 2013, 5:40 pm

    Nice interior work!

    May I suggest when you post these you include more detail on the house dimensions for people looking for design ideas that fit a certain criteria ?

    The wood stove seems to overpower the licing area and because of heat clearances it would make placing furniture more difficult. Either a much smaller wood stove or a propane/NG stove would be my recommendation.

    Because of air pollution it is getting more difficult to even use a wood stove so before installing one I would check with your county on wood stove restrictions.

    It does not look like this is used for permanent living. Is this a vacation home ?

  • Jerry
    January 22, 2013, 5:54 pm

    Very nice! I especially like the staircase, trying to figure how I could incorporate that into my own design. I agree with others that the stove takes up too much space. Though it does add a nice touch, it’s just too big for the space, I would rather have one of the small propane or electric heaters. The flooring is very nice, I like the bordered pattern. Curious if the loft has angled walls below the ceiling, it looks that way in the pic, but could just be the camera angle.

    • Malissa
      January 23, 2013, 6:11 pm

      The loft is not angled, it’s the camera lens. You have to use a wide angle lens to get that much info into one shot.

  • Jen
    January 22, 2013, 7:42 pm

    Wow. This is gorgeous. I’m not a movie fan, but I certainly could become one in this place….love that feature! Very cool. Love the little bedroom in the back too. Thanks for posting.

  • Rob
    January 22, 2013, 11:16 pm

    I love the design of this house. Probably one of the best uses of the staircase instead of ladder I’ve seen.
    I do think the fireplace is a bit big for it though.
    There are some really sweet pot bellies that are only 12″ round that would be perfect for it.
    I’m now living in about a 10′ x 20′ apartment with my two teens to prepare for our build. There is a 6’x6′ bathroom but we take that into account because we’ll have a loft to sleep in.
    Things get a little tight when we are all standing but usually it is plenty for us.
    You have created a beautiful space though, very aesthetic.
    Thanks for sharing the pics and videos!

  • Hunter
    January 23, 2013, 10:03 am

    I love this home. The wood stove? to each his own, maybe they are chilly willy’s like me. And you only would need one or two small logs and that would do it. the view while it’s burning would make a currier& ives photo, on a snowy night. Love this interior design. and the overall package is well thought out. Nice.

  • Hunter
    January 23, 2013, 10:07 am

    Who’s YAN?

    • Malissa
      January 23, 2013, 6:12 pm

      Yan Ding is her name… and she built this tiny house.

  • Jo Huskey Chanin
    January 23, 2013, 10:18 am

    This beautiful.I love the clean lines!

  • Hunter
    January 23, 2013, 10:30 am

    Someone was looking for mid-evil or fairy tale designs a while ago. here is a site that offers cabins, barns, homes etc. etc. design’s of the type you maybe looking for.
    pennypinchers barn company,inc

    a very nice site to look through.

  • kme
    January 23, 2013, 2:41 pm

    Love it!! The most attractive one I have seen so far!

  • Kelley Chambers
    January 23, 2013, 3:44 pm

    VERY NICE DESIGN and execution. 🙂 Though, the link for tack photos.com is down. 🙁

    • Malissa
      January 23, 2013, 6:13 pm

      it’s http://tackphoto.com Hope that helps!

      • Kelley Chambers
        January 23, 2013, 6:24 pm

        Sorry, I was on my tablet and for some stupid reason it separated the words. ;( That said, in this paragraph: “And Chris Tack’s photos are always amazing. To build this one they used a set of Tumbleweed Fencl plans.” the link is incorrect. They’ve made it plural instead of singular as you noted above.

        I don’t mean to be a PITA and I’m sure that Chris would love the traffic! 🙂

  • Nick
    January 23, 2013, 9:53 pm

    Love that modern staircase design! That is so cool to keep the space minimal and those ladders don’t work for taller people with bigger feet!

  • Catherine
    January 31, 2013, 12:48 am

    Those windows confirm that quality pays. They make the whole place look super.
    Note for others on the wood stove; there are wood stoves for boats that would be more appropriately sized. You can find them at http://www.marinestove.com.

    • Esther
      April 15, 2013, 2:15 pm

      I just spent weeks researching tiny wood stoves and parts, so I just wanted to pass along some info here that might help anyone considering a Hobbit or Pipsqueak stove made by Salamander, or a marine stove from Shipmate or Navigator.

      While these small stoves are the perfect size for tiny houses, they require 4″ pipe which is EXTREMELY difficult to find (and quite expensive- expect it to almost double the cost of your installation). After weeks of looking, we FINALLY found the 4″ stove pipe and insulated chimney for our Hobbit, but FedEx damaged the chimney during shipping. After a long fight with FedEx it looks like they will reimburse us. I put the damaged stuff up on Ebay. You can save yourself upwards of $300 if you don’t mind the dings:

      Another bit of advice: I’ve seen a couple people try to install Hobbit stoves with 4″ pellet stove pipe, which is NOT THE SAME THING. 4″ wood stove pipe and insulated chimney is extremely difficult to find and expensive, so I think folks are tempted to use pellet stove pipe. This is NOT SAFE, is a fire hazard, and will cause toxic zinc fumes to burn off in your home. There are some wood stoves more widely available in the US that use 6″ pipe (the standard- looks like this stove has it), but they are generally larger than necessary for a 100-200s.f. house.

      • Teri
        April 15, 2013, 11:27 pm

        I’ve been researching the Kimberly Woodstove http://www.unforgettablefirellc.com
        Kinda expensive but I like the design and was impressed with the efficiency.

      • Maddy
        June 14, 2013, 2:38 pm

        Thanks Esther for this information; it’s VERY important to me! Appreciate you sharing it.

      • jbs
        October 1, 2014, 12:02 am

        can you please share where you found the 4″ stove pipe and insulated chimney for your stove?

        • Comet
          October 3, 2014, 1:40 pm

          The tiny stoves made for boats are also meant to be purchased by people with “Unlimited funds” as in–“If you have to ASK you can’t AFFORD it”. Sad but true. There are LOTS of magazines and catalogs with these things and the prices will cause you to fall over in a dead faint. These things are going to be installed in $100k yachts etc. No one is noticing how much the stove pipe cost–if you have ROOM on a BOAT for a wood stove–you can afford the pipe! LOL!

          Grew up on boats and there is a REASON we don’t have them anymore,.

          That said there are ways to do reduction and expansions on pipes with couplers–but you might have to search around for them. One thing I have NOT seen on ANY of these tiny stoves is the clever STOVE PIPE SHELF—this clamps around the pipe and adds a space to place a coffee cup or similar or hang wet gloves/mittens, dish towels and pot holders and the like. Useful winter and summer.

          Know they are out there but don’t have a link for one. Google is your friend!

          Also have to say after heating with wood for 30+ years–this does look much too big for the space. Where is this being used and what insulation did they install? And ANOTHER thing I have NEVER seen in a Tiny House–a SMOKE DETECTOR! After almost having a fire when a coal POPPED and flew OUT of the stove and lodged in between the cusions of a couch–well AWAY from the stove!–and all the other possible scenarios for fire with wood stove (or ANY stove or electric or candle) I would not be with out a smoke detector. Cost is UNDER $20.

  • Schneb
    June 18, 2013, 12:46 am

    Love the contrasting colors of wood for walls, floor and shelves/etc. and especially the light colored strip of wood that runs around just inside the perimeter of the floor–wonderful touch! It really adds a lot for me. Little touches like that are crucial to Tiny Houses, as far as I’m concerned.

    Not sure why, but somehow they say something about the choice to downsize being made for style rather than purely economics/etc.

  • Denise
    October 7, 2014, 4:04 am

    This house is lovely with all it’s fine wood and quality workmanship. I would definitely have designed that staircase with some sort of railing or handle grips for safety as those stairs are steep, narrow, and slippery. A trip downstairs to the bathroom in the middle of the night can potentially be very dangerous.

  • David C
    May 5, 2015, 9:56 am

    Something I’ve noticed in many tiny home builds, when there are large windows on the ground level (window doors or in this one, large window in the downstairs sleeping area) is a security issue. How easily accessibility is available to someone up to no good!?! It is false to assume that it will never happen to me because it very well could happen to us. One never knows these days. I would have made the windows higher so that when one was sleeping, that it would not be an invasion of privacy. Just my thoughts.

  • Shirley
    May 5, 2015, 1:01 pm

    Beautiful! Due to disability, have to have a bed downstairs, so could perhaps make use of loft in different manner. However, could you give an estimated cost of this tiny home, once totally completed? Thanks

  • Charles
    May 6, 2015, 10:04 am

    Looks great and my wife wants one with a first floor sleep area. Wish there were some bathroom photos

  • Sgmaps
    May 6, 2015, 10:07 am

    It’s very attractive, love the steps with incorporated storage or perhaps the bathroom. It would be nice to know where the bathroom is. In the sleeping area behind the kitchen I would have both windows the size of the smaller one & have them at opposite ends of the room. Also they would be the same size as the kitchen window & create a more balanced appearance. There would still be enough light coming in with this modification & you would gain some storage on the walls and a large wall for artwork/family photos/floating shelves etc. Personally I would opt for the 2 smaller windows for a bit of privacy. I also agree with a smaller wood burning stove & a futon or built in couch with more storage under the window since we don’t know if the stairs hold lots of storage or hide the bathroom. You could have attractive wooden or metal folding chairs hung on the wall in between a smaller stove & the desk/folding table for seating at the desk specifically. There would still be enough room to navigate easily without it being claustrophobic.
    With these modifications I could easily see myself living there solo & one or two small dogs/cats.

    • karen robert
      June 21, 2015, 8:56 pm

      nice use of open & discretionary space. bathroom under stairs? bed in back? don’t need space for house guests

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