Here’s the latest custom build coming from Indigo River Tiny Homes. Dubbed “Chuy’s House,” this THOW is 10 feet wide, offering some extra elbow room and space to put in not one, but two staircases to lofts.
In one loft, there’s enough standing headroom around the bed for anyone under 6’4″! There’s also two built-in wardrobes for clothing storage. Under that room you’ll find the bathroom complete with a washer and dryer.
The separate living room provides a dedicated relaxation zone, and there’s a full kitchen in the center of the house. Check it out below!
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Indigo River Tiny Home’s Latest 32 Ft. Build
The indigo cabinets add a stunning pop of color.
The step down into the house provides a perfect spot for shoes.
A mini split provides heating and cooling to the home.
A slide-out pantry makes use of an awkward space.
I love this flip-up live-edge counter top.
There’s an oven and stove and a farmhouse sink.
A staircase leads up to the secondary loft.
This is the living room area with huge windows.
There’s standing room next to the bed in the main bedroom!
Here’s the loft.
And another view of the way down.
Open shelving and a TV in the main room.
The bathroom has subway tile and a washer and dryer.
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- Stand-Up Loft for the Master Bedroom that accommodates anyone 6’4″ or shorter
- Full-Size Wardrobe in the Master
- Custom Built Storage Staircase with standard treads and beautiful wood banister
- Classic Loft for additional sleeping, office, living or storage space
- Large Bathroom with a Pocket Door plus a Laundry Nook under the landing
- Spacious Kitchen with plenty of counter space, custom cabinetry, paint & custom shelving
- Living Area with plenty of room for a convertible sofa and lots of LIVING
- Smartside Siding with an immaculate paint job
- Interior Walls made of real wood for a natural, cozy feel
- Vinyl Plank flooring for water-proof durability
- 38 Gallon Electric Water Heater
- Flush Toilet and standard RV hook-ups for water & sewage
- 50 amp RV style electrical hook-up
- Mr. Cool AC & Heat + a groovy ceiling fan and ventilation considerations built into the design
- Custom Trailer with a generous weight rating so the home/load stays well below the max
- And this home also includes many upgrades:
- Exterior Cedar Accents + Stain
- Deluxe Loft Upgrades including an L-shaped Landing to access the bed from 2 sides, extra Full-Size Wardrobe, extra Window & Custom Storage Bench Window Seat. This upgrade also allows for generous exterior storage under the extra landing space
- 10 ft. wide trailer allowing for a King-Sized Bed in the Master
- Custom Built “Backstairs” leading to the Classic Loft with standard treads & storage throughout
- Kitchen upgrades: Penninsula extension for extra lower Cabinets, Shelves & Counter Space, Full-Size Refrigerator, 24′ Oven, 4 Burner Propane Cooktop, Custom built Full-Size Sliding Pantry, Built-In Microwave/Vent Hood
- “Mason Jar” wall sconces throughout
- TV mounts in the Master and the Living Area
- Live-edge wood bar that pops up for dining and down for extra space
- Extra Large Laundry Nook for Full-Size Washer/Dryer
- Beautiful Tile Work & Glass Doors in the Shower
- Larger Vanity + Lighted Mirror
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- Beautiful 200 Sq. Ft. Custom Tiny House by Indigo River Tiny Homes
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It’s amazing how much space the extra width adds!
what is the empty space under the countertop in the corner for? The double access outdoor storage is great and the fan is really practical. Never been a fan of open shelving because so much more can be stored in a closed cabinet and I would need a stool to reach either anyway! The built in dresser area in the bedroom is great and being able to walk around the bed is a real plus as is the laundry area, a couple of cubbies can be stored there extra storage as well – nicely done, amazing what a little more width can do.
It’s a cabinet, for the otherwise corner dead space, the doors just aren’t installed yet. Like in the bathroom, the glass for the shower stall aren’t installed yet as well. They’re still waiting on some parts to be delivered to finish the final details.
While it’s debatable on what you can store more with as cabinets do take up more space and restrict what you can put in them, which shelving doesn’t. However, there’s something to be said for not having to look at a lot of stuff unless you can be sure to integrate it into your decor…
However, those aren’t your only options and you can also consider storage that can be lowered to you instead of needing to go up to them with a stool, etc.
There’s hardware to retrofit cabinets with pull down shelving. There’s hardware to make the entire cabinet lower or just the shelves pull down like a vertical drawer. There’s options similar to elevator beds but you can use it to lower anything you want, you can even have a kitchen island lowered from the ceiling… Also hardware to make it easy to raise things as well so you don’t have to bend down all the time either. Such as appliance garages, etc. You can have something heavy like a mixer just easily raised up to you for use, etc. but easily stored away in the lower cabinets the rest of the time.
Simple designs are good for ease of maintenance and will last the longest, mechanical systems do require maintenance and eventually need to be replaced, but there are ways to make just about any layout more convenient to use otherwise.
I would like to know the price tag for the Wonderlust tiny home.
I would too! How much and can you modify some things?
They’re custom builds, just size constraints for the trailer and model type you base your design off of, so nearly the whole thing can be completely different for each one they do.
Wanderlust was a custom version of their Homesteader model series that the owner named Wanderlust. They never released a price for it, the owner of that model may not have wanted that to be publicly released, but you can look at their site for what the Homesteader Model starts and then request a quote if you want to know what it would cost with a specific design, optional upgrades, etc.
Besides, costs for custom models will vary depending on the details and at the time the build is commissioned. Like right now construction costs are much higher than normal and that’s effecting the whole construction industry, including Tiny Houses, being built this year.
So quotes would be the most accurate but only for the time period they are given and it can cost more or less at a different time period…
Builders with more standardized models, that they would build a certain number a year, would have less variance on price and can be much cheaper but your choices will be much more limited as the trade off… Custom gives the most choice but it’s also the most expensive and variable…
I really like this unit. However, I would make a couple of changes. 1. I’m not a huge fan of the mini-split units. They cost too much to run and, because of where I live, I don’t need A/C. I would much rather have either a propane or elect. fireplace. 2. In the main bedroom, I wouldn’t put in a bed platform, but leave it out completely so that the individual can put in what ever size bed they want. I hate having to crawl over the bed to make it up, but need the ability to walk around it for that purpose. Last, 3. In the bathroom, I would put a stacking washer & dryer, a small linen closet and a tub/shower combo for those people who do not like taking showers only. Other than those changes, I really, really, really love this unit.
All good ideas, but the bed platform is a necessity of being able to put a standing platform around it. Otherwise it would have to be more like a standard loft where you would have to move around the loft to get to and from the bed. You could still do it that way and limit the standing platform to just the entrance to the loft but that’s an example of the trade offs with that design.
Though, another way to do it is to make a the standing platform be it’s own space and you can make the actual bed/loft an extension that can then be any size you want up to what will fit in the space… You can check out the youtube channel “Erin Adams: Living the Dream in a Tiny House!” for an example of this design option. She uses three tier design with the bottom being storage compartment, which on top of is a standing platform/dressing room and then the lofted bed.
While Mini-splits are actually cheap to run, that’s the reason most people get them because they’re super energy efficient. The high cost is just the one time cost for buying and installing them but they’re much cheaper to own in the long run. Plus, they can also both heat and cool as they’re really heat pumps and can thus can move heat energy in either direction.
Actually generating heat takes a lot of energy, thus Propane or electric heaters will use more energy and thus cost more to run but if you don’t need cooling and you live in an area that can get below zero then a dedicated heating source is preferable to a Mini-Split as they operate best within a certain temperature range but lose efficiency beyond that range. Plus, dedicated heat sources can generate more heat to more quickly heat a space if you’ve been away for awhile and options like propane are easier to run off-grid and with limited electrical power.
Actually TEVO’s are cheap to run… 3.5 cents an hour to run in NZ. Plus instant heat to boot. And cassette aircons are cheaper to not only run, but cut out the HoRrIbLe draught that you get with mini splits. Gentle drafts of hot or cooling air is absolute bliss.
Uh, nope, according to TEVO’s own website, they state it costs 45 cents an hour to run in NZ, which they compare to $3.50 p/h of most gas heaters, which is what most comparisons are going to be made to, and that compares to 28 cents an hour for heating with a Mini-Split…
Really, a Mini-Split is a heat pump, even compared to an AC they’re over 160% more energy efficient with 8 cents or less an hour. While you seem to be confusing central air with Mini-Splits with that “HoRrIbLe” part… Mini-Splits are extremely adjustable and have option to be multi-zoned, up to 8 interior units, per exterior unit (depending on capacity). So you can selectively condition different parts of the house and control both temperature and fan speed for each zone…
No ducting also reduces losses from air leaks, heat conductance, etc. as it directly conditions the space for each zone…
The only downsides to a Mini-Split are high initial cost, appearance and how hard it is to hide them, and they have a limit on the temperature range they can operate in efficiently, which can mean needing a dedicated separate heat source if operating in significantly cold temperatures.
Fat fingers 35 cents an hour to run. Was last time I saw the commercial.
And yes I know that mini splits are a heat pump, the point I was trying to make was that they have one outlet for the heat, hence the draft. The cassette type has 4 exits and sits flush with the ceiling which makes it much nicer than the mini split which only has one. Simple physics.
There’s no air exchange with the outside, heat is transferred through liquid medium through a insulated tube line. So no draft with a mini-split… That’s something you’d have with Central Air system… The only sound from an interior unit of a Mini-Split is the fan that circulates the air and that’s it, they’re nearly silent…
While you can have a interior unit that’s flush with the ceiling with a Mini-Split, the wall unit isn’t the only option…
Gorgeous place. I would love living in a home like this. Very nice layout with all the amenities. Love the outside access crawl-space shown in the beginning. Beautiful!!!!
I live in a 5th wheel in the mountains of Colorado. Why I don’t need A/C. Heat rises, so something low to the floor is what is needed. As to the bed, why have a platform? Why not just put in a regular bed frame? I hate my bed on a box and the fact that I have to crawl all over my bed just to change sheets or make the bed up, and that ain’t easy for someone who’s 75. I’m speaking of the master bedroom where it already looks like walking room at least on two sides. I’m not a builder, per sue, just using logic and giving you a woman’s point of view, lol.
I understand, but the problem is these are lofts and not actual bedrooms. Meaning, there’s no room for a regular bed frame, as it would be like trying to put a bed frame in the bunk bed section of a 5th wheel, and any design changes directly effects what’s below the lofts, which would be the living room and bathroom in this design… The box is literally the ceiling of what’s below it…
So you would have to go with a very different design that creates actual bedrooms, then you can have regular bed frames, etc. It’ll just involve some trade offs but single floor designs can be done…
This design just tries to fit a 2 story design into a 1+ story space…
RE: Erin Adams: Living the Dream in a Tiny House
Is her home an Indigo Rivers home as well? I would love to buy the design plans!
She designed it herself, she’s an associate professor and coordinator of Western Carolina University’s interior design program, and hired a local contractor to build it for her. She has plans drafted but I don’t know if she’s ready to release them yet as she hasn’t posted an update about them for quite awhile now.
You can get an idea of how they look from the earlier video she posted on her channel of the 3D rendering she did before she finalized the plans and had it built…
I do not know her present status but if she’s still active you can try posting on her video and see if she replies or try her work email eeadams(at)wcu.edu…
I really like this one. I would make a few changes. Like I have said before, open shelving is just a cat walk and I wouldn’t be able to put anything up there that wasn’t glued down. The other change I would make is the window where the couch goes. I don’t know why but that kind of creeps me out having a window behind me. I would also do on demand water heater instead of the tank. I love the extra width and all the storage areas.
Note, as 50A electrical service is too low for an on demand water heater, it’ll have to be a gas/propane on demand heater and you’d likely need to upgrade the propane tank as in the present design it’s just servicing the kitchen for cooking but would have to also support bathing, washing dishes, and laundry with that switch to the on demand water heater…
Depending on the water quality, it may also require more maintenance and an annual flushing out to clean out scaling build up from hard water, etc. So best to place the unit where it’ll be easy to access…
Oh, and after a second look I think I would rather have the window that is over the stair well would be better suited to the other side. Especially if you are using the other loft for an office or art studio.
Love this set up looking to go tiny in about 6 months. Can you give me the price of this THOW? Very interested.
Like this very much — the beautiful wood, the Indigo cabinets, the shelving, storage and pull-out pantry. While I might make a few changes — they would be minimal! Nice — very, very nice
Beautiful. So lucky to have much wider
Roads in the US so can have wider THOWS. In Australia 7’2” wide seems to be it 😒
Australia does have oversize/overweight permit option too…
For example, Class 1 load carrying vehicles can be up to 5.5m (18′) wide, 35m (114.8′) long and 5m (16.4′) high (state and territory dependant).
There’s just fees, permits, route specific limitations, etc. involved and I’m not sure how it directly compares to the US system but if you can manage the requirements then you may have other options besides the normal road legal limited size/weight designs…
Yes, as does NZ. In fact I assume every, or nearly every, country has oversize load limits. Otherwise how would certain loads be carried. Though the sizes might vary somewhat, and you’d probably only want to do it once.
Yes, most countries do have such permitting options… Mainly a question of road infrastructure to what it can support being transported and that will vary per location and routes used…
Very well done. My sincere congratulations to the designer/builder and the lucky person that gets to live in it. This is respectfully submitted. Stephan of Arkansas
I wish you’d give approximate prices for these builds. Most of the ppl that buy/buils tiny houses do so because of cost.
It can be understandably frustrating but costs change over time, especially during changing significant economic times like we’re going through now. So fewer are posting prices as they can be completely different later, especially for custom builds. Thus, there isn’t always a price available to be posted in the article.
However, most builders will give quotes on request that will be valid at the time of the quote for doing comparisons and there’s still builders who do post their prices but these will usually not be for custom builds and starting prices can be deceptive for how high they can go for custom builds. So a quote will be more accurate and helps avoid confusion or misinterpretation of the prices.
I LOVE this home. It appears well built with attention to detail. The interior is large with all the necessities and more. I would have preferred wall cabinets in the kitchen from the standpoint of storage as well as protection from dust. The exterior colors are a little loud and I would like a color such as sage, maybe light steel blue. Otherwise this home is exceptional.
Beautiful. But I’m seeing a pattern with the side beds, which I’m not a fan of.
However, my main question is, why are NONE of the beds able to flip up and be used for under-storage like they do in an RV? That’s a massive waste of space. Even if the wheels are under there, something could probably be salvaged for linens, winter wear or shoes.
You can refer to my response to Pam for the previous answer to this question but basically because it’s not a bedroom but a loft. There’s nothing under the bed but the ceiling of the space below…
In actual bedrooms, they do often put in a storage bed but there needs to be space for storage to put storage… What they’re basically doing is making use of every square inch of space and that sometimes means spaces are overlapping and blurring the lines where one ends and the other begins. So you have to keep in mind what is actually in that space, in all 3 dimensions, for where there’s room to put anything else.