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Companion Studio Tiny House: Two Tiny Homes Adjoined by a Deck

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This companion studio tiny house is built by Molecule Tiny Homes. If you want to create a life where you have more freedom with a tiny house but you feel like you need a little more space, this could be a simple solution for you.

I love the idea of living in a tiny house but since I run my tiny house business from home full time it doesn’t make it as easy as one might think because of shared space and distractions.

A companion studio would make it much more doable long-term because of the nearby but completely separate space to focus. This separate, quiet, and peaceful place to work on projects would be highly valuable, right? What would you use that space for?

Would a companion studio help you live better tiny? How? Take the tour of this awesome tiny house set up and let’s talk about it in the comments!

Companion Studio Tiny House – Two Tiny Homes Joined Together by a Shared Deck – A Great Way to Compliment a Tiny House!

Companion Studio Tiny House: Two Tiny Homes Adjoined by a Deck - Image by Molecule Tiny Homes

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Companion Studio Tiny House: Two Tiny Homes Adjoined by a Deck - Image by Molecule Tiny Homes

The tiny home on wheels is 8’6″ wide, 18′ long, and 13’5″ tall. It was sold for $75,000 with the decks (front and back), companion studio, and set up by Molecule Tiny Homes in California.

Let’s go inside…

Companion Studio Tiny House: Two Tiny Homes Adjoined by a Deck - Image by Molecule Tiny Homes

This one has tile flooring which is my personal preference because I live in Florida and I also like the built-in entertainment center with shelving. This is a very livable tiny house, isn’t it?

Let’s go to the kitchen!

Companion Studio Tiny House: Two Tiny Homes Adjoined by a Deck - Image by Molecule Tiny Homes

Again- even more, built-in storage here in the kitchen walls- I love that!

Companion Studio Tiny House: Two Tiny Homes Adjoined by a Deck - Image by Molecule Tiny Homes

Great choice on the refrigerator, too. The bathroom is direct to the right of the kitchen. Let’s check it out.

Companion Studio Tiny House: Two Tiny Homes Adjoined by a Deck - Image by Molecule Tiny Homes

Built-in storage, compact bathtub, definitely looks like a bathroom you’d find in a home, doesn’t it? Molecule Tiny Homes are awesome!

Companion Studio Tiny House: Two Tiny Homes Adjoined by a Deck - Image by Molecule Tiny Homes

There’s even an additional loft that cantilevers over the front porch that you can use as a guest space for sleeping, meditation space, storage, or anything else you can think of.

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Alright, let’s go outside real quick and look at the back deck. Then let’s go inside the studio tiny house. Notice that the studio has a pretty awesome loft area with dormers too! Pretty cool, right?

Companion Studio Tiny House: Two Tiny Homes Adjoined by a Deck - Image by Molecule Tiny Homes

There’s a separate sliding glass door entrance for the studio which I think is also awesome. Alright, let’s go inside there really fast!

Companion Studio Tiny House: Two Tiny Homes Adjoined by a Deck - Image by Molecule Tiny Homes

Yup! Another sleeping loft. So if you have guests over there’s extra sleeping space here. Or you can just use it for storage, a meditation area, or whatever you want really.

Companion Studio Tiny House: Two Tiny Homes Adjoined by a Deck - Image by Molecule Tiny Homes

I’m really curious. What would you use this additional companion studio for alongside your very own tiny home?

Molecule Tiny House with Companion Studio

I’d use it to meditate and read in the studio loft and run TinyHouseTalk.com and TinyHouseNewsletter.com every day in the companion studio downstairs. 🙂

Molecule Tiny House with Companion Studio

If you want to hire Molecule Tiny Homes for your next project you can get in touch with them on their blog here. Just so you know, there’s probably a waiting list. But it’s worth the wait if you’re not going to build your own tiny house.

Companion Studio Tiny House: Two Tiny Homes Adjoined by a Deck - Image by Molecule Tiny Homes

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This is definitely one of my top 5 favorite tiny houses ever because it packs so much value into an extremely tiny space. If you think about it, there are pretty much three bedrooms (if you count all of the lofts). And the separate shed/office/micro cabin really adds a lot of value to the deal for me because I love to be able to work from home.

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  • Chris Hutcheson
    May 26, 2015, 1:38 pm

    I’m a fine art photographer and printer. The studio would be used as the print studio, particularly for my large format Epson printer.

  • Dean
    May 26, 2015, 1:48 pm

    Maybe Alex is seeing the same thing I am, but recently, he held a design competition based on a 12×8 floor plan.
    I noticed one overwhelming comment that permeated all the designs was that the space was too small to live in on a permanent basis.
    With the concept seen here, of the “plug in” addition, I think we’ve now found a way to make a space of that size a more permanent living solution.
    I like how the porch connects the two structures.
    Nice work Molecule.
    Thanks for bringing this interesting slant on the tiny home to us, Alex.

  • Bob Boxberger
    May 26, 2015, 1:54 pm

    There’s much to like here.
    But like the majority of tiny homes that I’ve seen reviewed here, access to the lofts is by ladder.
    I’m a fairly vigorous 86-year-old looking for a moveable tiny home to park on a relative’s property, but I’m not so vigorous, or stable, that I feel comfortable negotiating steep, unrailed ladders. And logically for me, that can only become more difficult.
    If I’m to have a loft, I need one that is knee-walled (I hope that’s the correct term), one that doesn’t require me to get about on my hands and knees to access and make the bed, a loft that is reached by a railed stairway that isn’t much steeper than the code stairway of a conventional dwelling. Better, for me, of course is main-deck sleeping, with any loft reserved for other uses, or not even included in the design.
    That’s a tall order (no pun intended) for designers of these small dwellings. But one of the facts of our society is that Baby Boomers have hit the 65-year-old mark, and we all know the immensity of that post-World War Two generation, and I suspect that many of that generation are suddenly aware of diminished incomes, need for proximity to progeny, and the need to divest themselves of “stuff.”
    Perhaps there are lessons to be sought here from the thoughtful use of small spaces exemplified in traditional Japanese dwellings. There’s also the bed that I saw in a one-room Nepalese hut that was cranked to the ceiling and out of the way every morning–that one accommodated a family of four, which I’m fully aware is not likely to be popular here, but it certainly could work for an older couple or single person.

    • Dean
      May 26, 2015, 7:04 pm


      I feel your pain. I see it every day in the guise of my 90-year-old mother.
      Concerning your comments about a loft, you could do a “low loft” (my phrase for it).
      Alex once did an article on a tiny home built by architect Macy Miller.
      Here’s a picture of how she solved her bedroom loft situation – (removed link expired)
      In fact, if you’re interested, here’s Inhabitat’s complete article on her home – http://inhabitat.com/architect-builds-tiny-196-square-foot-dream-house-from-scratch/
      You probably recognize some of the photos, which Alex also featured here in his own article on that place.
      I’ve seen bedroom “kits” that are essentially a box with drawers and a closet. The bed is either contained inside or on top.
      You can literally “plug” one of these into your own design for a tiny home.
      Especially with the version in which the bed is contained within the kit.
      It basically makes the place a single level house, but allows for a sort of “attic storage”, in a sense….or you can set a second bed on top for guests.
      Search around, you’ll see what I’m talking about.

      • Dick
        May 4, 2017, 7:21 pm

        One big difference between Macy Miller’s house and this one is that she built hers on a 28′ flatbed trailer, which to me looks like a gooseneck/5th wheel trailer. That’s why her bedroom is more accessible than the Molecule home bedroom. See (removed – deadlink) for a picture of the outside front of her home.

        Alex shows several homes built on gooseneck trailers on site. Some use the gooseneck area for the bedroom, and some even use it for a living room. The Nomad’s Nest uses the gooseneck for a bedroom (https://tinyhousetalk.com/nomads-nest-5th-wheel-tiny-home/), and the Lookout model (https://tinyhousetalk.com/updated-lookout-model-by-tiny-house-chattanooga/) uses it for a living room.

    • Suzi
      May 26, 2015, 7:32 pm

      My husband & I (& after a while, 2 children) lived 19 summerd in forest fire lookouts (much smaller than tiny homes: 12 x 12 ft and 14 x 14 ft, with a tall Osburne fire finder located in the middle. Our baby crib had rope wound thru a top frame & the crib bottom. When the crib was lowered (not all the way to the floor) the ropes became taut & were as safe as crib slats. in the daytime we just used a pulley to pull the crib frame flat against the ceiling.

    • Bonnie Odiorne
      May 27, 2015, 2:56 pm

      Bob and other older posters, I completely agree about stairs. Anything requiring bodily contortions would not work for my husband or me. I’d also love to find the relative’s property… Or find a community of tiny houses to join in New England. The idea of using the studio as a bedroom is awesome.

    • Jacqui
      July 26, 2015, 3:15 pm

      My husband and I are in the design phase of our own tiny house build. Despite being in our twenties, we would prefer to avoid contortionist feats to reach our bed. I have found a couple of viable options I would like to share with you.

      This is a video tour of the “Full House” tiny house by Trekker Trailers. I feel the space could be designed more efficiently, but the idea of stairs leading to a landing from which you can simply sit down on your bed instead of crawling over to it has massive appeal. This is the idea I am attempting to incorporate into our own design. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lS6H2KgaAk

      This “Escape Traveler” by 21st Century Living could be designed to have a bedroom on the first floor in place of the living room area. The longer “XL” version has the bedroom on the first floor with one spare sleeping loft above the bathroom. http://www.escapetraveler.net/

      Another option is a wall bed which can be folded down for sleeping. Keep in mind that these can be built vertical or horizontal – horizontal being the easiest to maneuver. https://tinyhousetalk.com/expanding-tiny-house-with-slide-outs-that-will-amaze-you/

      I hope these sites give you some ideas that are more age-friendly.

  • Gabbi
    May 26, 2015, 2:13 pm

    We’ve been thinking about a sort of Tiny House ‘Compound.’ We would love two Tiny Houses and two separate structures like the studio shown above. We would use one studio as a library-study-meditation/prayer room (my husband is a writer) and the other studio would be used as a homeschool/craft room. The compound idea wouldn’t exactly reduce our footprint but all other aspects appeal to us…
    ~ Mortgage free
    ~ Mobility
    ~ Investment as future vacation rentals

    We really like this post. : )

    • Lora
      May 26, 2016, 4:57 pm

      This is exactly what we have been doing. We have 5 acres in the desert. Started with an RV (main house), put in a septic tank, added a travel trailer (The Bunker for hubby), built a storage shed/closet, hexyurt for solar batteries/storage, greenhouse with fenced garden area, and are currently building a house for me & my hobbies. Also have a school bus as a bedroom for our daughter. All buildings are 120 sq ft or less to avoid building permits.

  • alice h
    May 26, 2015, 2:30 pm

    That would make an excellent fibre art studio. Or guest space. I’m settling into building a 9×12 loftless skid shack this summer after playing with many possibilities. Not ideal but definitely more possible than any other plan. The 13′ Boler I’m currently in will become a little studio/guest house that a friend will enjoy as a writing shack whenever she can manage. I like the shared deck space but with the privacy of a separate building, also the increased possibilities instead of one really large place.

  • Sheri
    May 26, 2015, 3:09 pm

    A massage studio/writing studio/guest loft. With a portable table, I could easily put away my writing desk for any client who calls, then put up the massage table. I’d have a shelf for some sheets, oil and stereo/speakers in a corner and I’d be good to go!

  • Karen
    May 26, 2015, 4:03 pm

    It would be great to use as a music studio / practice room with drums and percussion and a piano, etc. 🙂

  • Lisa E.
    May 26, 2015, 5:08 pm

    I’d like this set up for a mother daughter arrangement. I’d put a bath and kitchenette in for her, but this would be ideal with the connecting platform.

    Since I plan on owning my own land, I’d put the smaller house on skids and put the platform in between my front door and her sliding doors. This way, we could sit out on the deck in the evenings together and enjoy tea and the setting sun.

    And if I needed to take the THOW someplace for a while, I could leave the cottage and platform in tact on the property. I also think I’d probably put in a tarmac of some kind to facilitate the re-docking of the THOW.
    My brain is also sending me pictures of a platform in the shape of a big “X” with a docking station at the end of each arm. This would be great for a tiny community with a shared platform. Isn’t it wonderful all of the innovations that are coming along in the THM? What joy! 😀

  • Tammy
    May 26, 2015, 6:12 pm

    This is so cool! I’d use the studio for a guesthouse or office! I want one!!!

  • Rue
    May 26, 2015, 6:28 pm

    Kitchen seems a bit cramped, and this is coming from me, whose idea of cooking is dumping something out of a can and heating it up!

    Love the built-in entertainment center though. I’d scoot it into the corner and move the door between it and the kitchen to create a sitting/TV nook and reroute the foot traffic from the door.

    Knowing me, that studio space would be full of all the stuff I didn’t get rid of when downsizing….that, and supplies for various crafts and the like.

  • Sarah
    May 26, 2015, 9:46 pm

    This is so cool! I am a medical person (once called medical transcriptionists, now we are labeled “medical word specialists” but my heart is really in self-expression of creativity–stitching, photography, fabric, etc. I would love to have a studio to keep everything “contained” in one area. This is very cool!

    • Linda
      May 27, 2015, 11:52 am

      Sarah – That’s what I’m doing. I have lots of hobbies and crafts but some things are in the garage, some in the bedroom closet, some in the guest room in bins… I want a workshop/studio that has everything in one place and is organized! I’ve chosen a spot on the hill behind my house and the deck will overlook the deer (and fox, elk and wild turkey) trail. The house wil be 120 sq. ft. but the deck will be large. My husband is building my studio and he’s going to try for an October “grand opening”.

  • Eugene
    May 26, 2015, 10:10 pm

    I would use the studio tiny house as my sleeping area instead of the lofts in the main tiny house.

  • Kathleen
    May 26, 2015, 10:20 pm

    The extra smaller house is a fabulous idea. It could house my husband’s must-have puttering stuff so he’d be more agreeable to living in a TH. The tile flooring is a great, new idea to think about. I like it! I have been living tiny for several years, even though we’re in a huge, 650 sq ft apartment, so the transition would be easy. However, I measured the things I use in my kitchen, and I know I need 15 linear feet of shelving, at least a foot deep, and probably 12″ high. I rarely see kitchens that can accommodate this need, but my own plans of an 8″ x 20′ THOW take care of it nicely. I’ve noticed the TH’s with a bigger fridge (my preference) frequently have them perched on a shelf. Why is that? I don’t get the advantage and certainly wouldn’t want it for myself. I’d rather have the fridge on the floor and put the microwave on top.

    • Linda B
      June 2, 2015, 11:00 am

      I’ve wondered about the same thing concerning the apt size fridge. I’m guessing by elevating it, it puts it to a height that compares more closely to a full size fridge that we are all more familiar with. Personally I like it elevated with storage under it but if not elevated then I too would put the microwave on top.

      I love this setup with a companion studio and deck!!!! I am not yet living tiny but I am working my way to doing so in the next year or two. For now I’m looking at everything I can to determine exactly what I want, especially in a floor plan! This companion studio just opened a whole new way to think about and plan for! As for what I’d use it for I’d put my washer and dryer there as well as all of my hobby and crafts. Then set up the loft for either as an extra sleeping area or storage. Alex thank you for sharing this wonderful concept with us!

      • Alex
        June 2, 2015, 3:41 pm

        Thanks Linda!

  • Patty
    May 26, 2015, 10:25 pm

    I like this idea, too. I have several businesses and one is making things with old jewelry. The studio would be great for that. Still need stairs for the loft and the main house has enough room for stairs with storage underneath.

  • Christine
    May 26, 2015, 10:31 pm

    Where did you buy the fridge and what brand is it?mi see its energy efficient love you tiny homes

  • Tina
    May 26, 2015, 10:36 pm

    Seeing a mobile tiny house with a studio and bath house for an RMT business! This is absolutely what I’ve been dreaming of!

  • Peter Piper
    May 26, 2015, 10:42 pm

    Having an appraiser in the family helps. This house is about half of what they are asking for it.

  • Julie
    May 26, 2015, 10:56 pm

    I went to bed imagining combining two tiny houses last night! I don’t like lofts for sleeping, so I would use one house as a bedroom with bathroom. When there were guests, I would give them the bedroom, and sleep on a bed that expands from a couch. The other house would include the kitchen and living area.

  • two crows
    May 27, 2015, 2:49 am

    I’m wedded to my desktop computer. I keep seeing these tiny homes with laptops and thinking, “Ugh!” The studio would work wonderfully for computer space/TV [I never have had a TV in my living room and don’t want to start now.] A third function would be my art studio [I’ve got that in my computer room/TV room now – so it wouldn’t even be that big a change.

    And the house is so livable! Love it!
    OK, yes, I’m 67 at the moment and can’t say how much longer a ladder is going to be an option for me. I wonder if Molecule would work with a potential buyer to modify this design to add stairs-with-storage – – possibly putting the bathroom in the studio [so it could be the bedroom] and make the house the TV/computer/art studio space? OK, maybe I _could_ change my ways enough to put the TV in the living room after all – – –

  • Lisa
    May 27, 2015, 5:04 am

    You may think I am joking w/ what I am posting here: but here goes. I am really not of the budget to get the THOW that are on the market. I am not physically able to build one or do any labor. I am of the budget to do a cheap RV. That will be my tiny home. I have been on CL looking for a cheap rental as I am in need of housing. Also looking at RV spaces and RVs. In the ads I saw these sheds-basically cheap little wood cottage sheds: they were being sold in an area where they could be place w/ out a permit if they were that size or smaller. That would be a perfect companion for a TH or RV if I had my own land. That ad hit my bookmarks for the future. If you have the bucks I say go w/ the extra quality of the one above-great set up. If you have money issues then I say go w/ one of those sheds like what I saw and improve it as funds become available. They even delivered these locally and I just bet they would have some friends they could refer you to for improvements. Love this post and great way to expand and maybe have TH and then say an extra wk space or studio etc.. I have even thought of getting a cheap rubbermaid trash can shed on amazon to store things like broom, mop, off season clothes and stuff to make more space for stuff inside.

    • Lisa E.
      May 27, 2015, 4:23 pm

      What is the name of the company that makes the sheds and where are you? Locally to you may be across the continental United States for someone else. Thanks!

      • Lisa
        May 27, 2015, 6:18 pm

        It was on the Phoenix AZ Craigslist. I am sure they sell this kind of thing all over the US.

  • Jane
    May 27, 2015, 7:20 am

    This is really nice but access to lofts was a little confusing. Love all the nooks and the fact that lofts are extending out over the decks. Good use of space.

  • jenn
    May 27, 2015, 11:56 am

    I would use it as a workout room!

  • Diana
    May 27, 2015, 2:03 pm

    I would use it for my massage space. I have been doing massage for 11 years and that was the thing about tiny homes that didn’t give me any option.

  • Ruth Vallejos
    May 27, 2015, 2:56 pm

    I’m assuming the studio and back deck are fixed, while the “main house” is mobile. I would think about lifting the studio up 2′ or so to put permanent lockable utilities and storage below, accessible from the downhill side. This would help the studio serve as a home anchor so you didn’t have to travel with all your stuff (i.e. winter clothes in the summer). Also, you could have enhanced off-grid features at home that might not travel well (grey water system, wind turbine, enhanced solar collection).

  • Sarah
    May 27, 2015, 3:14 pm

    Linda – You’re really getting a tiny studio? You are so lucky! How much I would give just to have everything in one place, esp my stuff that’s “in process” so it wouldn’t get damaged. I have even designed it in my mind’s eye. Love the idea of it being around animals. Your husband sounds like a great guy. Please post pictures when it’s done!~ Yay for you!

  • Jake
    May 27, 2015, 8:08 pm

    Alex, if your listening and or reading? I’m just wondering how marketable tiny houses are? Do you know how many sell each month? Or year?

  • Catherine
    May 27, 2015, 10:09 pm

    Love this setup! Molecule is my favourite TH builder. Visit their website, they have models with stair access to loft. What I don’t understand is the use of vinyl floor tiles in the shower. At least that’s what they look like to me.
    I would use the studio as my craft room. It would be great to have a dedicated room; leaving stuff out would be an inspiration to creativity.

  • kendra
    May 28, 2015, 12:27 pm

    This would be our dream situation! My sweetheart & I would love this set up. We might have to draw straws over the studio! He is a sailmaker & fabric structure creator, while I am a ceramicist, painter & photographer! We love tiny house living. This is an awesome set up!

  • Stine Larsen
    May 28, 2015, 12:47 pm

    The studio for my (in some years) teenage son and all his stuff. Would make it easier for a teenager, that needs his timecand space alone, to accept TH living.

  • Kim Moore
    May 28, 2015, 12:49 pm

    I would use the bigger one for my husband and I and the smaller one for when our children visit. Or for guests. And when we hav ever no guests I would make my homemade lotions, body sprays etc.

  • Patricia Schneider
    May 28, 2015, 2:44 pm

    We are animals lovers and rescuers. We have considered small homes, but what to do with the cats at night? We have 10 right now and I could see the studio built with all sorts of cubby holes for cats, walkways so they can get into the loft—what a fun space that could be. Then, the deck would be screened in with heavy-duty screening so the cats can go outside, along with us. It would be perfect for all of us.

  • Keith Proctor
    May 29, 2015, 9:00 pm

    I love this set up and this is the way to go for me. I would live in the bigger one and turn the other in to me recording studio/ hobby shop. PERFECT IDEA !!!

  • Susanne
    May 31, 2015, 11:13 am

    Even for people who don’t enjoy cooking the kitchen seems to be an afterthought…too cramped for people wanting to cook to save money compared to eating out…

    • Cana
      July 5, 2015, 11:18 pm

      I agree; I think the storage is nice, but the super narrow counter seems way too impractical. I could also do without that monstrosity of a build in entertainment center.

  • Kim G
    June 1, 2015, 12:32 am

    Are permits required for a house built on skids? Are there restrictions on living there year-round like there often are with THOWs? Thank you in advance!

  • Eugene
    June 3, 2015, 2:19 am

    I have friends in Philippines and see this as a great idea for them as I have heard of multiple generational families living in the same small 1 bedroom homes. Having a couple studio suite/sleeping areas with a common deck would be a great asset to them.

    • Dean
      June 3, 2015, 12:47 pm

      It’s a very traditional way to live – having several generations live in the same household – for both Asian and European lifestyles.

  • June 4, 2015, 10:40 am

    This would be perfect for my family. We have been “living tiny” for nearly 5 years — two adults, a growing child, a dog (and now a cat!), and our business. The studio would allow us space to work and continue homeschooling, without tripping over one another all day. I love this layout!

  • Heather
    June 4, 2015, 10:57 am

    My husband and I live in 130 square foot THOW and we get along fine but I am an artist and that can take up s lot of room, especially when I’m doing projects. So we’ve been considering building another but smaller THOW as an art studio for me. It will free up a little more space in our living area and allow me more creativity flow in the other.

    • Bonnie Odiorne
      June 4, 2015, 5:24 pm

      Absolutely! Tnat is my main concern about tiny houses and don’t know why I didn’t put it in my initial comment. Ladders would be impossible for both of us, and we were leaning toward houses with stairs, which still could cause difficulties in the future. This does solve the problem nicely.

  • Jessica Anne Davis
    June 4, 2015, 12:37 pm

    The studio would be perfect for someone who can’t make it up ladders due to a handicap. The lofts then could be used for storage and guests/roomates. This would be fantastic.

  • Matt
    June 4, 2015, 6:39 pm

    this is an inticing option for someone like myself, that is I am becoming more and more drawn to tiny house living and the lifestyle, but was looking for more space for anything from an office/media living space … This is a nice approach.

  • Angela
    June 4, 2015, 10:45 pm

    We have been scouring ideas for tiny or at least “small” homes to downsize into next year, and the hardest thing is that we come with two kids and plans to have more, so we just can’t go as tiny as some people insist is the only way. Especially because we plan to homeschool, and they are only toddlers now. So we are home FULL TIME, and while the point is to get outside, you simply can’t spend all day every day outside, so we struggle with the options that fit our desired budget, but just don’t see getting as tiny as we would dream of being if we were without kids. This is kind of one of the ideas I already had, with making a tiny house with an additional studio or shed or quonset hut or something that could be “classroom” or whatever….

    • dea
      June 5, 2015, 1:17 pm

      Right-o Angela! I’m in the process with kids and find a lot geared toward just singles couples etc..the fun part is making what you need and that’s the point of it all. Don’t worry about who thinks what, just design and go for it! you will have a blast and the family will be surprising you every step of the way too… MANY BLESSINGS! 🙂

  • Mary McGuirk
    June 5, 2015, 3:44 am

    I would use the studio as a travel trailer (easy to tow) and the larger one as home base.

    • Dean
      June 5, 2015, 11:42 am

      Yeah, I was thinkin’ the same thing. Wrap the driveway around the house, too, for easy parking when you bring the RV portion home.

  • Elyse Paulus-Mount
    June 5, 2015, 3:03 pm

    I’d love a tiny house but I can’t climb stairs. Need a washer and dryer and 2 baths/bedrooms.

    • wini
      June 7, 2015, 5:19 pm

      I agree about the stairs, and especially not a ladder! I think this is for the young folks.

    • Cana
      July 5, 2015, 11:15 pm

      I have seen some layouts that actually have first floor bedrooms. Granted, you have much less space in the front, but it is possible :-). I stayed in a tiny house cottage last weekend and it had a full bedroom in the back, kitchen/bathroom in the middle and entrance in the front with an additional sleeping loft.

  • Mary Jo
    June 5, 2015, 5:39 pm

    My sister and I have often talked about building a “family compound”, so-to-speak. I’d put a bathroom into the studio and use it for one of us to live in. So we can share meals in one of the houses, but both have some space of our own to retreat to.

  • Brenda Russell
    June 5, 2015, 8:06 pm

    Oh, gee, let me think for a minute . . . Library! Grandma’s piano! The BIG recliner! Cat tree! And yeah, probably a big screen so I can watch a decent football game (and actually see it). The downside is, I would probably need a second companion studio to actually work in. There’s the cutting table, materials storage, ironing setup, serger and sewing machine . . . I guess I really couldn’t downsize below about 800 square feet in reality, although I am currently living in 250 square feet plus bath and kitchen (on separate floor) with 2 cats. I do have to go to a friend’s house to cut fabric, but I can at least work here 🙂

    By the way, the most impressive, to me, characteristic of most Tiny Homes is the abundance of natural materials. I am very environmentally sensitive to the off-gassing of manmade materials, such as vinyl, plywood, and particle board, although IMO vinyl is the worst (my throat closes up and I cannot breathe in a synthetic environment less than about 5 years old). So a home built of wood, glass, stone (ceramic or procelain tile is OK), and steel is my idea of healthy. For me, anyway, and for the planet as well if salvaged or repurposed items are used. Win, win.

  • Kathlene Kelly
    June 8, 2015, 11:54 am

    I would use the companion for my companions. Little dogs, their own place…how can I finance this… at the end of this month, I will be living in my truck because my job just doesn’t pay enough for my rent, much less food and bills…. this would be my savior to have this tiny house… it’s perfect….can you please help ?

  • Kathlene Kelly
    June 8, 2015, 11:54 am

    Then I can purchase the companion one…

  • Marlene Hodges
    June 9, 2015, 7:58 pm

    Hello, I now have a Class “C” motor-home and would like to convert it to a tiny house. Do you or any of your subscribers have any idea of how to go about doing this? The Dormer loft cottage 8′ 6″ X 18 would be perfect and it’s companion studio with decks. Or would it be more feasible to sell the RV and purchase the homes, what is your opinion?

    • Dean
      June 10, 2015, 12:11 pm

      Just off the top of my head, I think I would use the camper body of the motorhome as something to build off of.
      To get the camper section of the truck, you need to disconnect any wiring that runs to the engine and unseal it from the cab. After that, you simply need to unbolt it from from the truck’s frame.

  • lynda
    June 13, 2015, 10:32 pm

    I am so in love with the Tiny Houses. I just looked at the one with a separate Studio. I absolutely love that one. all but the loft bedroom. I cannot sleep with the ceiling so close as a loft. Can that be changed. But the studio would be perfect for a sewing studio. I am a Quilt maker and need a separate room. Thought that if the two could be combined some way and the deck in the back instead beginning like a porch from the house?? Possible, and the price is really high, like one person said it would probably be cheaper in the US. I am so ready for one, just need a piece of property and to sell my duplex that I live in downstairs, renters up. If I had to pay that much for the house, the property would be impossible. Thanks for all your information you offer to us!

  • Lynnette
    June 13, 2015, 10:46 pm

    How did I miss this???? I LOVE the layout of the home. A tiny functional kitchen, PERFECT. I love that the kitchen and bath are compacted into one side of the house. Add this old gal a decent set of steps to the loft and I’d call her perfect!!!

  • Shannon
    June 16, 2015, 10:39 pm

    Love this set up.. I am beginning to fall in love with tiny houses. I’d use the studio for writing and prayer room! I love that there are guest rooms and I would add a bathroom in the companion studio as well.

  • Patricia Crawford
    June 18, 2015, 9:33 pm

    Cute choice on the sink in the kitchen, it’s a stock vanity and sink available for very little from Home Depot. It works great as a tiny house kitchen sink.

  • Glema
    July 24, 2015, 12:46 pm

    I like the smaller building for those times when by law here in CA one can’t live full time longer than 90 days in the THOW so then I would stay in the smaller building for a month or whatever is required to be in compliance with the law and everyone could be happy. Use the small building for the permanency of mail or packages as well. Establishes residency. Place a porta-pot and a sunshower style bathroom, an all in one kind of kitchenette like the Avanti, a space heater/ac and a couch that makes into a bed. Tada home. hehehe

  • Rebecca
    July 31, 2015, 6:21 pm

    I thought about using two small homes “facing” each other and connected by a greenhouse… a good sized greenhouse for this gardener! I have another plan at the moment, but don’t start building until next summer so who knows!

  • Faith
    August 17, 2015, 9:23 pm

    I would use the studio for homeschooling my daughter so that school would be a destination outside the main house.

  • August 31, 2015, 11:37 pm

    I live in Virginia and I’m wondering where the powers that be would let you put one.

  • October 10, 2015, 1:08 am

    I sell on eBay so I would totally use the studio for storing my eBay items, set up a packing table to pack and get my items ready for shipping, store all my packing supplies and have a small table to use my computer. I would put a mattress up in the loft for times I wanted to just relax and take my computer up there to do some research or read. LOVE the combination!

  • Cindy
    October 24, 2015, 2:21 pm

    I don’t understand why none of the houses use spiral stairs. They can be purchased for as little as $500 to $600. Also, when I was a child my parents bought a small “camp” made from an old refrigerated truck trailer which had been converted into a cottage with windows, kitchen, living/bedroom, bathroom. The kitchen and bath interior was all plate glass and quite lovely. Always toasty warm when it was cold because of all the insulation in the trailer walls.

  • Sandi
    October 24, 2015, 7:22 pm

    I am a silversmith so I would use the additional space for my workshop.

  • October 25, 2015, 12:35 am

    I started smiling when I realised this double accommodation would be perfect for those who have a partner who snores and kicks in the middle of the night. I often find myself on the sofa just to get some decent shuteye. Goodness knows what people do with just one tiny house – sleep under the stars?

  • Cooltruth
    October 25, 2015, 4:23 am

    Beautiful exterior wood. Where did you get it? Loved the interiors just as much. I could live in either of them but would probably live in the pair of them if I had a set up like this. Think it could use a stove, maybe small propane stove. Somebody did an excellent job building this one.

  • Glema
    October 29, 2015, 2:11 am

    Can someone in the know, please tell me what the dormers are suppose to be for? It seems to me they take away space, get in the way if you move to fast and generally are a pain. Still, they do make the houses “look” more like a house and are pleasing to look at. Are they actually serving a purpose? Thanks for your replies in this regard. May God richly bless and keep you all. Happy trails!

  • Adria
    December 3, 2015, 4:33 pm

    Hey Sandi. I’m a silversmith too. I’m looking into a tiny house as a studio space. Studios are completely unaffordable or hard to get in the DC area.

  • Sandi
    December 5, 2015, 9:03 pm

    Adria I think one of the tiny houses would make a great studio. I am lucky that I have an 800 sq foot studio on my property that I work in. Well I work in half of it. The other half is guest quarters. I sell in a couple of galleries so it doesn’t matter that my studio really doesn’t have customer access.
    I may have to move out of my studio in the future as a friend may need to rent my guest house. So I have been looking at the tiny house/building to be my studio. I think in your situation the tiny house/building would make a good silversmith studio especially if you don’t teach classes.

  • Gabrielle Charest
    January 13, 2016, 6:48 am

    I continue to be amazed and inspired by the creative uses of space. Great job!

  • sandra willis
    January 23, 2016, 10:28 am

    hi, i love this home how much is it to build

  • September 25, 2016, 9:57 am

    Hello! Love this. I am an artist/writer, and would use the studio exactly as that, a a studio! Perfect, and light filled. Currently, I would love having just the studio.
    Susan M.L. Moore.

  • Chelsea R
    March 16, 2017, 6:07 am

    I love this idea, I would make the additional unit the master bedroom with that loft as the closet. I would put a small t.v. and a bed with nightstands on the bottom thats it. I lived in a house where the bathroom was separate from the house before and if you covered the deck it wouldn’t be bad. People probably walk farther to their washrooms in a house. That way my boyfriend could watch tv or I could make food without waking the other up. Great build

    • Natalie C. McKee
      March 20, 2017, 11:18 am

      Oh great thinking 🙂

    March 17, 2017, 10:39 am

    Great idea and beautiful!!!

  • May 4, 2017, 7:25 pm

    Hi, has anyone “invented” a roof system for the lofts in tiny homes that can be raised up after parking to allow walking on the second level? I would love to see that solution to the cramped loft spaces. thanks for tour.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 5, 2017, 5:16 am

      I haven’t seen one yet, Chris, but you aren’t the first person to want one! I wish I was an engineer or designer and I’d try 🙂

    • anon
      June 17, 2017, 10:58 pm

      Somewhere or other (TV maybe?) someone did that and used a ship’s wheel rigged to pulleys to manually raise and lower the roof. I thought that was pretty clever.

  • August 22, 2017, 2:58 pm

    I need an office/library/music room/recording and broadcasting studio, separate from but connected to a tiny house. A covered deck that connects the structures is a great answer.

  • J
    March 24, 2019, 2:44 pm

    Quilting/sewing studio !!!!🎉🧵✂️❤️✅

  • Jan
    July 14, 2019, 9:22 pm

    My boyfriend and and I having a tiny house built, but we are also each going to have a shed. His is his spot to “geeze”, work crosswords, work on projects, listen to music. Mine will house my book collection, extra household storage and be my design studio. We are older and don’t want to totally downsize in order to live tiny!

    • Alex
      July 15, 2019, 2:10 pm

      That’s an awesome idea! I love it!

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