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The 224 Sq. Ft. Cider Box Tiny House by ShelterWise

The ShelterWise design team created this house for a client who wanted a tiny house for full time living.

So they came up with an energy efficient tiny home with 162 square feet of space on the main floor and an extra 62 square feet of sleeping space in the upstairs loft.

Outside the structure is about 22′ long, 8.5′ wide and 13.5′ high. And did I mention that it’s on wheels? Yes. It’s designed to be built on a heavy duty trailer.

Inside you’ll find a full service kitchen, washer/dryer combination unit, lots of clever storage, and a full bathroom. See for yourself and share it with others too if you want below.

The 224 Sq. Ft. Cider Box Tiny House


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  • Trisha May 21, 2014, 8:08 pm

    I love the outside, however the inside looks like a miss mash of woods without much contrast which is why I think another posted it was dark because it has enough windows. My least favorite was the flooring and the strange wood on the pantry. I like the use of the stairs for storage and for someone who wants a loft this would be very nice. These old bones aren’t going up and down a ladder in the middle of the night. 🙂

  • Eva Hays May 21, 2014, 8:29 pm

    Can you buy any of these little houses around Clanton Al.? Is there some place they have them on display to buy and are they delivered? Thanks

    • kristina nadreau November 9, 2015, 8:40 pm

      go to the builders website and do your own discovery.

  • Deborah May 21, 2014, 9:21 pm

    I could see for one person, but for a couple? Good luck! Too dark. I would get depressed real fast. Beautiful workmanship, though. Did I miss hoe much it cost to build?

    • Eric April 16, 2017, 12:19 am

      Agree on the darkness comment. Makes if “feel” small, and depressing. To me anyway.

  • Cosy May 21, 2014, 9:29 pm

    Wow. Very well done. Could I .. Would I live here? Absolutely!

  • Jesse May 22, 2014, 8:01 am

    Hey hey,
    I love the design of the outside… I’m not so sure about the design on the inside… I would have thought there would have been more natural light being let in, but it seems rather dark inside. And although I really love the outside design work of the shed roof, I’d probably only have the one wider shed roof (and not the other skinnier part or the roof)… that could really open up the inside… then they could move the stairs to the side of the wall that is highest (that’s where you want the most headroom anyway… climbing up and down your stairs and ladder). Really do like how they incorporated storage into the stairs. I plan on using a similar technique

    • Susan Johnson June 26, 2014, 4:10 pm

      About the stairs and ladder, I agree, the placement should be on the higher-walled side for headroom. Also, I tried to envision making the sideways twist that would be required to transfer one’s body from ladder to loft, and couldn’t. It seems that ladders and lofts are tricky enough already without placing the ladder perpendicular to the loft.

  • Barb B May 23, 2014, 8:33 am

    I love the exterior design and look! Absolutely stunning! The interior is too dark and too much wood for me— but only my opinion. In the TH’s defense, this looks like a true “guy house” as most guys like a more wood look in the interior. Beautiful little house!


  • david May 23, 2014, 11:14 pm

    And so it begins….the McMansionization of the tiny house.

    • Paul November 19, 2014, 10:03 pm

      What? At 226 sq ft you call in McMansionization??? OMG, does that mean anything over 150 sq ft is “too big”????

  • Aldene May 26, 2014, 10:55 am

    A beautiful exterior; would love to see plans for sale for more modern shapes like this, both for 8-foot-wide homes and for some a little bigger.

  • di May 28, 2014, 7:13 pm

    I’d need a couple of skylights, a span of windows across the kitchen counters and a window in the bathroom.

    • Paul November 19, 2014, 10:26 pm

      If you go to the builder’s website you’ll find it is in fact much lighter inside than what the pictures on this page indicate. Having looked there I can say that while making bigger window in kitchen would be nice, it certainly isn’t necessary.

      See: http://www.shelterwisellc.com/#!projects/c183g

  • di May 28, 2014, 7:17 pm

    Two under-counter refrigerators would take up less floor space.

    • Paul November 19, 2014, 10:05 pm

      physical impossibility… 2 under counter refrigerators take up twice the floor space.

    • Karen B. Jones November 24, 2014, 6:29 pm

      Those really tiny refrigerators are sometimes less reliable than the larger ones. Unless you go for something really high-end. But I suppose it goes for personal preference. How much cold storage do you need, how much counter space do you need and how much undercounter space do you need. It’s a trade-off.

    • Rev June 16, 2016, 12:10 pm

      How about a pair of good-looking fridges built into the counter. This way, they take up ZERO floor space.

      • Rev June 16, 2016, 12:14 pm

        That is supposed to read TOP-OPENING fridges. Predictive text fail…

  • di May 28, 2014, 7:19 pm

    To save space, store a two-week wardrobe beneath a daybed or futon couch.

  • Rebecca June 25, 2014, 11:47 am

    Guess: the dark wood is hand milled Juniper. I have lots on my property and it is gorgeous. I saw beautiful floors and furniture made out of mesquite (in Mexico). Makes me want to buy a mill. It does seem dark inside, but all wood surfaces seem dark unless they are blond… I love the design of the roof since mine is going up in a sunken gardsn and clerestory windows would catch the morning light once it gets over the mountain.

  • omnilove June 25, 2014, 12:10 pm

    aloha! Love your house, well done. What is the brand of your toilet and has it worked out with you?

  • Martha June 25, 2014, 12:50 pm

    Did I miss a photo of a couch or chair? Wonder where the “living room” is.

  • Chris Hutcheson June 25, 2014, 7:42 pm

    I like the design, but would use lighter wood. Also wondering what the living/great room space is like. As far as “mansionization” is concerned, I don’t see an issue – if I were to have one of these, the build quality of the house and fixtures would be something I’d want as well.

  • carlene June 25, 2014, 8:00 pm

    To each his own…I love the dark warm, rich, calm feeling from this beautiful home and the amazing wood and craftsmanship as well. It has a craftsman feel to it and the colors and tones of craftsman/bungalow traditional were darker – rich wood tones. There are enough windows sans window dressing to bring in light too.

  • Julie June 26, 2014, 9:45 pm

    I like the exterior design but it is definitely too dark inside — I agree with the commenters who would want more windows — I’d want much more natural light coming in, and lighter wood. (That being said, it IS beautifully done wood!) I also find that the risers on the stairs are too steep (I’ve noticed this in other tiny house pix presentations) AND agree with the commenter re: shifting sideways into the loft. Also would want rail on loft …

    • Paul November 19, 2014, 10:29 pm

      That was my thought too when I saw the pictures. But… after going to the builders website it is in fact not anywhere near as dark as would appear from the pics on this page. Suggest you go have a look at their website:


  • Jennie July 6, 2014, 12:11 pm

    Loved the outside design, not to keen on the inside to dark, but loved overall the look of this Tiny House, I am getting ready to built my 8ft by 20 ft long Tiny House and still haven’t decided how I want it but for sure this one really caught my eye, I won’t have it as Dark, and I am thinking of putting real stairs toward the back of the Trailer at one corner as not to use to much space, I have to have real stairs and my bathroom will be much larger ( I am old) I have already purchase the french doors will be place pretty much where they placed theirs, I intend on having skylight windows at the top sleeping lofts, but otherwise this one is very beautiful good work

  • Liz September 16, 2014, 3:06 pm

    What an awesome home and awesome quality work. I love this place and would easily live in it!!

  • Jim September 16, 2014, 3:23 pm

    Beautiful little house with great woodworking. If the max. width to transport without a permit is 8’6, how do they get away with the substantial overhangs on the roof? I would also like to no the manufacturer of the trailer.

    • Alex September 16, 2014, 3:29 pm

      Normally the over hangs are included in the 8’6″ width. I assume that was accounted for in this design too.

    • Varenikje August 17, 2015, 12:41 am

      The trailers are made by a company called Iron Eagle Trailers. Here’s a link to their site: http://www.trailerinfo.com/ironeagle/ or at least I hope this is a link.

  • CG September 16, 2014, 9:12 pm

    I’ve seen some good ones but this my favorite T.H. ever. Beautiful work and the appliances and woodwork take it over the top. Love it.

    • Alex September 17, 2014, 9:17 am

      Thanks CG- one of my favorites too!

  • Caitlin September 17, 2014, 12:03 am

    This is litteraly my dream tiny home layout and style! I absolutely love this and it inspires me to continue saving to build my tiny home!

    • Alex September 17, 2014, 8:59 am

      Thanks Caitlin. one of my favorites too!

  • Jeremy November 19, 2014, 12:33 pm

    This is probably my favorite trailered tiny house. Having a proper kitchen would be one of my top priorities, and this one nails it. The finish (although I can see why people find it to be too dark) looks to be very high quality.

  • Mike November 19, 2014, 4:19 pm


  • Anthony Rizzo March 15, 2015, 9:33 pm

    I agree with Trisha. The outside is beautiful but the inside is dark and poorly designed. I liked the stairs but not the ladder. The kitchen was too big and the loft was too small. I would have added another loft. and done a kitchenette against the 8 foot wall instead. For Trisha who will not climb stairs I would add a Murphy bed on the first floor. I would also add more mirrors, larger windows and lighter wood.

  • Pamela April 7, 2015, 4:13 pm

    Unfortunately, the over hangs are not included in the 8’6″ width. Whoever noticed that has a good eye. We love these plans, but do not want to hassle with a wide load permit. And if the plans are altered to make the house fit the 8’6″ limit the loft will be too, too small. Disappointed.

  • nancy chisholm April 23, 2015, 1:36 pm

    this looks like its built very well …it has a strong feel to it ..it is rather dark but I do think its quite cozy….:)

  • Richard Bryant November 9, 2015, 1:44 pm

    I am curious – what does this house have to do with “cider”? Or was the word meant to be “cedar”?


  • Steph November 9, 2015, 3:04 pm

    This is a pretty good layout and use of space really.The only thing I would possibly do is gable the roof for just a bit more head room in the loft and sliding door for the bathroom if their isn’t already ,couldn’t tell. As for us older bones,some hand rails here and there but overall one of the better examples I have seen for space utilization so far. Very nice. Oh and it would be a trade off but, maybe one of the double doors be solid , or split dutch door or just a single door for a slight bit more wall space maybe just a window so you could still get sun light. Still could woulda shoulda whatever…still a very nice little home. Cheers ! 🙂

  • Nanny M November 9, 2015, 5:00 pm

    Yes, the range and windows are exceptional. Are those two stacked refrigerators? The one on top is such a perfect functional height,that would be enough for me, and put something else underneath.

  • Eric April 16, 2016, 12:06 am

    Loved the first picture… OMG did I ever. Then we see roofing material on the other side of the TH. Why? I just totally detracts from the look.

    Then you go inside and the flooring, the walls, the cabinets look like they are made out of rough sawn timber. Looks like a typical rip, sh*t and bust job internally. Well does to me anyway, obviously others appear to like that look. Personally I like clean lines and smooth looking floors which you know are going to be easy to clean. And are aesthetically pleasing.

    Shame the inside doesn’t live up to the promise of the outside.

  • Saga June 16, 2016, 7:17 am

    I like the stairs/ladder combo, clever. Although I would have it up against the loft, not the wall.
    Very nice house. And again I giggle at the comments: Too dark (but when white interiors then too light). Too big, too small. Too expensive, too shabby. Stairs! Ladders! Stairs! Ladders!
    I am sure the owner of the house has just the house he wants.

  • LargeMarge June 16, 2016, 12:31 pm

    Five stars for the exterior. Wonderful use of both vertical and horizontal lines. Creative blending of soft and hard. Thank you, designers, this is a pleasure to behold.

    Interesting craft interior. I chuckled at the comments about rolling around the loft! Imagine it, and you create it!

    Width and height == across America, generally 8.5 feet by 13.5 feet requires no permits. Larger dimensions, such as park-model mobile homes or ‘temporary’ classrooms, can be any size… but require specialized movers with permits and routing and pilot cars fore-and-aft. In America, we imagine it, then do it!

  • Marianne July 13, 2016, 11:46 am

    What was the final cost of this home?

  • ZACHARY E MOHRMANN April 15, 2017, 8:24 pm

    It really is a beautiful tiny house, but a little dark for me, I like the white pine interiors which reflect the natural light they let in thru those big beautiful windows…!

  • Patti April 16, 2017, 7:16 am

    I really like the tiny house – looks like the perfect size for me. I liked both the materials used outside and inside.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee April 17, 2017, 7:26 am

      I’m so happy you like it!

  • Mary July 21, 2017, 10:55 am

    Didn’t see your asking price for this. Still available?

  • Susan October 23, 2018, 8:26 pm

    It’s wonderful. has everything I need, except the ever so elusive 1st floor bed. Just can’t climb crawl in and out of bed. I do see an opportunity to male the storage/couch area a bed, though…

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