This is the Companion Plus 40-ft. tiny home on wheels by Back Porch Homes.
The design features a main floor bedroom, living area, kitchen, and bathroom.
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40-ft. Tiny House by Back Porch Homes
In this tiny house, everything is on the main level. There are no lofts.
This is the living area with wall mounted LCD, fireplace, and air conditioning.
This is the bedroom with a closet, wall-mounted LCD, and its own air conditioning unit as well for proper ventilation.
The bathroom with flush toilet, vanity, and shower.
The floor plan so you can see the layout.
The MSRP for this unit is $75,000.
- http://backporchhomes.com/#companion-plus (builder website)
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- https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=tc9Y5sqhLo6 (3D/Virtual Tour)
- https://www.tinyhomebuilders.com/tiny-house-marketplace/the-companion- (unit listed for sale)
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No lofts 🙁 no lofts 😦 no freaking lofts 😭!?!. It’s just a house. A nice house. But a house.
A loft doesn’t make it a small/tiny house. It’s about smaller foot print, and minimalist living. There are some people (me), that find it difficult to get up and down a loft.
Was just kidding didn’t mean to ruffle any feathers
Feathers, you bet!
If I had feathers, I could just launch a glide-down from the loft… “Geronimo!”
Flapping up might take some doing…
I think the very noticeable horizontal siding lines (also on the ceiling) are a mistake in a long skinny house like this. It gives me the feeling of cage wires. I’d prefer something without lines, or at least turn them vertically in the living room, for variety. Otherwise, this is certainly a convenient floor plan, but overall not especially interesting.
Love it! I could definitely live in this! And yeah, no lofts! Don’t like ladders or stairs, so this is perfect! Enough space, maybe even a little too much, but that is because I am single (widowed) and no longer need a big bed. Lol! My perfect retirement home!
All white is too sterile but paint could fix that – get rid of the faux fireplace so you would have room for a book case or entertainment center of some sort or even a chair and side table. There are no windows on the back wall so no cross ventilation – turn the closet in the bedroom to the inside wall to create a space for a window over a nightstand or dresser perhaps. Put the bathroom sink under the window and free up space for a storage closet or even access for the utility room from the inside, that way you would have a place for the vacuum and cleaning supplies. I don’t understand not using slide outs in the bedroom and living room to increase room size – I have them in my 2000 single wide at a campground and the difference is amazing. A dishwasher is not necessary for living in a small space – cabinet/storage is necessary. Not really impressed.
Everything has pros and cons, including slide outs… You already know the pros but for the cons they add a significant amount of weight, they take up space when they’re slid in and if they get stuck you may be unable to move until it’s fixed… Has higher long term repair costs and added regular maintenance, especially if moved often… Going wider can limit places you can put the home and be able to take advantage of the slide outs, they tend to leak and negatively effect insulation value, more susceptible to weather and debre, and most of all they’re a costly addition, especially for a custom built THOW…
For THOWs, the Canadian company ZeroSquared is an example of a builder that employs slide outs in their models, but looking at their prices shows how much a premium slide outs can add to the cost…
While, if not going to move it often, simply going wider gives much more space than slide outs would and avoids most of the cons that slide outs can have… So less maintenance, longer lasting structure, more bang for your buck for the space you get, fewer things that can break and wear over time, etc.
Park Model RV’s are a good example of this distinction. Units that are intended to remain at a location and not for use for traveling, are typically 9-12 feet wide. While units meant for traveling will fit more the dimensions of a large travel trailer and employ slide outs.
This is built under ANSI, same as Park Models. So not surprising they follow those standards.
Much like going with a 5th wheel/gooseneck, slide outs are mainly a feature pushed for things that will be moved and can be used for traveling. While cost is often the deciding factor whether any option is included or not… But there are a number of builders who do offer slide outs if that’s what you’re looking for…
Tiny Idahomes, for example, often puts a lot of features you’d typically see in RV’s in their THOWs. They’ve even done a Toy Hauler/Hunting Cabin for a wheelchair bound client, complete with motorized ramp/deck, etc. Among other examples of builders that offer Slide Outs…
Forty is a nice sixe.
Coincidentally, we are converting a forty-foot semi-trailer to our home-plus-shop.
After nearly two decades full-time live-aboard in our ExpeditionVehicle at three paces across by seven paces long, we are convinced a tiny living-quarters is best for us.
Since 2017, we workkamp at a small organic teaching farm near the outskirts of Eugene Oregon.
We often visit shut-ins at a manufactured-homes park, and some of those are >2,000sf for a single individual.
We think that is a tremendous waste of potential.
Today’s THOW appears as though it was designed to mimic a stand-still house.
If I was me — which I assure you I am most assuredly am not:
* I would have smaller windows higher on the walls to imitate natural light.
* I would eliminate interior walls, and if needed, I would build stouter exterior walls to compensate.
* I would build on a tandem dually frame instead of triple singles.
* If I was building something like today’s offering, I would build something else… a retired semi-trailer for example!
“Forty is a nice SIZE.”
I would love to see your conversion when you are done!
Nice tiny house. Change the width to 10 or 12 ft add a french door on back side of living area, add a deck and small pool and I would be all set. This is much nicer than most. Great job.
It doesn’t tell you how much this house cost. But I will bet it is over 80,000.00.
Listing is for $75,000…
Linda, you have some good ideas regarding space, and James, you have some good ideas about adding a little width rather than slide-outs. Marge, I agree about interior walls cutting down on visual space. I think this is a very nicely done home and some color in curtains, furniture, wall hangings, plants, etc., would make it a very lovely home. Saving on space by not having stairs to a loft is nice. I would put both the commode and the sink under the window which would leave room to add an additional 18″ deep closet facing the bathroom for vacuums and such. Making it 10′ wide would remove the need to get rid of the dividing wall to the bedroom as it would give you more space in the living/kitchen area, then you could keep your privacy wall to the bedroom which is nice if you have a guest sleeping on the sofa, or a mate who wants to stay up watching TV while you sleep. I like the idea of rearranging the closet to the other wall and having a small window next to the bed and space for a small night stand. If the house were 10′ wide, even after changing the orientation of the closet, there would still be room for a piece of furniture between it and the door for more storage. So this is a really nice home as is, but with a few little changes could be a great home that might appeal to more people in the long run.
Tiny houses become larger and larger. This takes the prize. And way too much white on white. It is too sterile..
Just replying about the size, this isn’t the largest. Their largest model is 44′ but this one is only 40′, and there are THOWs from other builders that go even bigger and much wider…
I agree, sick of white on white on white, but that is what the “millennials” want; that and “millennial gray.” They have no imagination so they stick with those two blah colors.
The walls colored neutral allows for rugs, shades, cabinets, and furniture to provide visual interest.
Using colored removable/replaceable/interchangeable bits adds modularity.
It is interesting that you did not reply directly to the man (David) that made the original white-on-white comment but to me, the female. I realize the “neutral” as you call it, provides a dull background to add colored accessories, BUT it is still white-on-white and MILLENNIAL gray! Blah and boring and indicative of NO imagination.
@Cate – Um, on LargeMarge’s reply I may be wrong to assume this but I think you’re reading too much into it, people usually just reply to the last comment in a chain regardless of who they are replying to because it’s usually treated as an ongoing conversation and it’s also usually just easier to click on the last comment to add a reply. Some people also don’t always read all the other comments, while those who agree are generally replied to all at once unless specifically stated otherwise.
The main reason that isn’t always followed here is because there’s a finite number of replies allowed per chain before it either needs to branch or a new chain started… My reply to you is an example of a branch, as I could not reply to your other comment, and I specifically referred to you in my reply, designating it as being specifically for you and no one else.
Besides, you agreed with David. So, unless stated otherwise, a reply would encompass both of you by default.
Also, since you didn’t provide your full name it would only be an assumption what your gender was because Cate is also a last name and not everyone here posts with their first name or even real name…
Btw, no such thing as Millennia Gray color… It’s actually a term that refers to the fact Millennia’s can no longer be considered just young people anymore as they were born between 1979 to 2000. So the oldest are now in their 40’s and on their way to being middle age and thus starting to gray.
While all white dates back centuries but the modern trend actually started in Scandinavia and became wide spread because of companies like Ikea. The trend started around the 90’s and peaked around 2000. So we’re slowly starting to enter a new trend era where we will start to move away from such stark and minimalistic color pallets.
However, it’s still usually the default for a new home because it is assumed the owner will change it. So it’s used as a default blank slate. While it’s been overused in tiny homes because of the aversion people seem to have to the idea of it feeling too small and the over reliance on the idea that white makes the space feel bigger when that isn’t really always the case.
But, as customization is more common with Tiny Houses, it doesn’t really matter what it starts out as with most people will be changing it to their preference once they own it and move in and those custom built for the owner will of course be whatever color(s) they choose… The builders will just shy away from choosing any colors for you because that will limit the range of customers and showroom models will usually be designed to help promote imagination of how it can be done rather than try to lock you into a specific design and color choices, aside from actual limitations like siding that only comes in certain colors but those limitations are from the manufacturer of the materials and not the builder, and usually have more to do with costs and the technology used to manufacture the material product…
But plenty of options out there regardless of your preference or range of imagination… Just sometimes has more to do with knowing you have options…
Thanks for the novel, James. I was not born yesterday but apparently you were – millennial! I pity those who have to deal with you on a daily basis.
Turning off all comments from this site. Millennials argue and argue and argue. SICK of this millennial generation who have proven themselves to be the worst generation in history due to their arguing and continued disrespect for elders….even their own grandparents. Sad.
Sorry you feel that way Cate, especially as I’m not a Millennia and I was showing you nothing but respect but that doesn’t mean accepting disrespect from you!
Have a nice day!
James D you sound offended by Cates remark. I did not realize “criticism was disrespect” and not just another opinion. There are many people who do appreciate your vast knowledge on the subject of tiny homes. However there are many of us who do not like reading in-depth details when a few lines would suffice. Such “novels” can be belittling, even insulting, as we may feel degraded for not being in a group of “know-it-all’s”. Too much information can get confusing as too little information can lead to wonder or doubt.
Sleep on it.
@Joyce Rader – Uh, no, that isn’t the issue at all as I have no issues with people taking issue with me simply presenting facts. The facts can speak for themselves and I have no ego involved in the process at all. People can either take the information or ignore it.
Most of my comments have nothing to do with opinion but just either correcting misinformation or providing information that may be missing from the discussion.
Actual criticism is fine, especially when valid and constructive. It’s part of the natural back and forth of discussion and I’m under no illusion that I’m remotely perfect and can never be wrong. I only present information to the best of my knowledge and if I’m wrong then I simply admit it and post a correction. Again, there’s no ego involved in any of my comments, regardless of how it may be taken. I only care about the facts, logic and reason. So I’m not easily offended…
The problem here is the obvious prejudice being presented by Cate. Stereotyping an entire generation of Millennials as all thinking exactly the same and suggesting anyone who disagrees with her must be a Millennia is discrimination, plain and simple…
Even if I was a Millennia, which I’m not, stereotyping is a form of racism and thus not a valid form of criticism by any stretch of the imagination. People should be judged by their character and actions, as individuals, and not generalized into groups and dehumanized into a stereotype, especially a negative one…
Similarly, the suggestion that LargeMarge was being sexist and treating her differently simply because she’s female when there was absolutely nothing to suggest that at all is another example of discrimination that Cate has demonstrated before…
There’s a definite difference between prejudice from valid criticism… I welcome the later but will fight the former!
Overall, it is nicely done and I can imagine living in it. My only concern is that the bathroom is on the opposite end of the home from the bedroom. Better to put the bathroom between the bedroom and the living room, sliding the kitchen down to where the bathroom is. Having a bathroom right off of the kitchen isn’t a great idea to begin with. Better have a really good exhaust system in that bathroom to avoid “unusual scents” wafting into the cooking area! It’s ok that it’s all white to begin with. It provides a blank canvas to customize your own “look.” Everyone has their own preferences and with tiny homes, changing the decor won’t break the budget.
I love this one! It is perfect for us older folks who can’t climb. I do agree about turning the closet, but it looks lovely and roomy.
This, then, at that length makes it a mobile home. I love the “no lofts” idea.
Just one more suggestion, now that I’ve looked at it again. I would switch the location of the closet in the bedroom by putting it on the wall with the pocket door. That gives more room around the bed so someone doesn’t have to crawl over another person to get out of or into bed. Even a little more space can seem enormous in a tiny home! 😉
Oh that’s a very good point.
I am grateful you think I am ‘interesting’!
‘Interesting’ is such a delightful compliment!
Irregardless, nice rig by Back Porch Homes.
Large – I said “it” is interesting, not you. Second of all, “irregardless” is not a word. The word is regardless.
P.S. Large – turning off all comments – REGARDLESS of what you think.
Well, LargeMarge, I find everyone here interesting and appreciate fellow commentators with a sense of humor. Especially, these days, I believe we could use a lot more of that in our lives. So thank you for your contribution to our collective sanity.
That said, I generally reply to comments primarily on the basis of whether there’s either a question or incorrect information being posted. So I try to keep my opinions to myself and stick to the facts whenever possible but I do try to be clear and that tends to make my posts a bit long for some to read.
In this case, the unbiased truth of the use of the word “irregardless” is that it can be considered controversial, has been since at least the 1920’s, but it’s actually still a word because it has been in use for over 200 years, by a wide range of people, and with consistent intended meaning, which can be found in most modern dictionaries to simply have the same meaning as the word “regardless”…
Besides, whether anything can be considered a word or not comes down to one thing… Usage! If enough people use it, for a period of time, with consistent interpreted meaning, then it’s considered a word. After all, language does evolve over time, with new words being added almost every year…
So, I for one, am not offended by your use of that word, for whatever my opinion is worth to you or anyone else, but like most of my comments, the actual facts are there for anyone to look up and confirm.
Hope everyone has a nice day and let’s be more tolerant of one another, pretty please with sugar on top ;-p
Ask the folks on NPR about the word “irregardless.” I’m 81 years old interested in spelling and grammar my entire life. That word is redundant and isn’t accepted by English teachers.
Why would I ask a political organization that doesn’t always get its facts right and aren’t an authority on language what is officially a word or not?
Merriam Webster Dictionary, on the other hand, is an authority on words used in the English language and they have officially stated that “irregardless” is a word. Besides, being redundant is frankly irrelevant in the English language that has literally 400+ redundant words and phrases. Along with a number of words with different ways to spell them and even change meaning depending on how they are used.
There’s a number of common grammar myths besides the notion of what is and isn’t a word in a world where new words can be created at any time. Like the fairly common insistence on a double space at the end of each sentence, which is a relic of the days of typewriters, when the extra space was necessary to clearly indicate the beginning of each new sentence. But unlike typewriters, computers print proportionally (the amount of space allotted for each letter depends on its width) which makes the beginning of a new sentence obvious without a double space.
While some style guides (like APA) still require the double space, others (like MLA) require a single space. So often the enforcement of certain grammatical “rules” ends up being entirely arbitrary.
Among many other examples where even the “experts” disagree… So there’s plenty of controversial things we could focus on, some more than others, but a study of the history of languages shows that to be a pretty common issue…
It’s NOT a tiny house – it’s a MOBILE HOME, disguised (badly) as a tiny house.
I ran into this builder in San Diego at the Tiny Home Expo this year 2021. I was very pleasantly surprised at the prices, the way they are built, the appliances that come with it, all very pleasing. Yes, white is extremely sterile, however nothing some paint and or real wood tacked to the walls say half way up? You can also “exclude” a lot of options as well. The mini split HVAC system allows for more than enough air flow and I would even add a real fireplace something like a Grizzly Cub, small but very effective. No dishwasher, no microwave, no TV for me, I already have them and you can delete these options as well saving on the overall cost. I have envisioned the colors I would use, the types of real wood I would make shelves with, and so much more. I already have 150 liner feet of 500 year old Knotty Pine Tongue and Groove planks that I know I can find a very good use for in one of these models. The planks are 1/2 thick, 8 inches wide, feet long and were milled in 1888 from some very big timber in Missouri. They would look amazing here!
So awesome to hear your experience, Jeffrey! And yes, the awesome thing about tiny houses is how customizable they are!
The bathroom needs to be move next to the bedroom for those who get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom (senior citizens). It needs to be a little wider also. I love all the windows on the one side but there has to be a least a few small windows on the other side. Basically like it but would have to modify it more to fit my needs & wants.
Personally, I kinda like it as is. 10 to 12 wide would be nice. No one needs a dishwasher in a tiny house. But, it’s needs a bathtub/shower instead of just a shower. I’d put in a vintage style double bed in the bedroom, but that’s me. If you don’t like all the white, they make buckets of paint that will fix that. I don’t care for the all white look, but I know how to use a paintbrush and add color in other places.
NENER NEVER put the bath at one end and the bedroom at the other!!! Put them next to each other and the living kitchen area together! Floor plan is terrible!!!! Designed by a guy, I we’ll bet! Kaveri a 40 foot motor home that is all much better floor plan!
It generally has more to do with practicality, budget, and what makes sense from an engineering standpoint.
Being a mobile structure means you have limits on where you can put all the plumbing, specifically the drainage because the longer the run then the lower the plumbing has to go to maintain the gravity fed slope angle needed for it to work, which means you can run into the problem of the plumbing ending up below the trailer where it’s exposed and vulnerable to damage. Especially, really long structures can even need to have the plumbing removed when it’s moved to avoid it being damaged during the move…
Layout also effects the costs and keeping the design within budget often means dealing with compromises on the layout…
There are often other considerations as well, like in a linear layout where you have to walk through each section to get to the others, there can be issues with needing to either walk through the bathroom to get to the bedroom or walk through the bedroom to get to the bathroom, like for guests, etc. that some may consider a more important concern…
Thing to remember is there’s always trade offs, especially when dealing with small mobile structures and there’s usually a long list of reasons for a given design/layout…
But doing things like going wider, opens up more options and helps mitigate the compromises and trade offs. Like you could either have the bathroom and bedroom side by side in a wider layout or add a hallway so it isn’t necessary to traverse through each every time, etc. But the given dimensions are usually what has to be worked with and those will limit what layouts can reasonably be done…