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Custom Tiny House Built for Comfortable Full-Time Living

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This is a custom solar-powered tiny house on wheels with a built-in deck designed and built by Jeff Hobbs, a boat builder and cabinet maker, for his client in New Zealand.

From the outside, you’ll see it has a built-in shed with utilities, outdoor housing for a washer/dryer, wrap-around deck, roof mounted solar panels, and more. Inside, you’ll find a living area with a couch that converts into a bed, reclaimed wood flooring, floating staircase to the sleeping loft, full kitchen, bathroom, fireplace, workspace, and more. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thank you!

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Custom Tiny House Built for Comfortable Full-Time Living

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Inside, there’s a fireplace and lots of wood accents. Plus a skylight!

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I really like the purple velvet custom couch. It looks comfortable, doesn’t it? And notice the built-in storage underneath…

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You have to love how they were able to squeeze in a little desk nook in the corner. How cool is that! And hey, that’s a Lloyd Kahn book, isn’t it?

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A really lovely tiny home with a kitchen, living area, and wonderful lighting.

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The kitchen shelves double as a way to get up into the loft.

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The sink is custom and beautiful, I’ve never really seen one like it…

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There’s a bathroom with a shower and vanity.

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And a ducted composting toilet.

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The sleeping loft looks very cozy, has a wood-paneled ceiling, window, and skylight.

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The exterior is painted a green tone, which looks really nice.

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It has solar panels and a covered deck. Ready for off-grid.

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  • Rhonwyn Jennings
    January 27, 2016, 5:49 pm

    My new favorite TH. Beautiful in every way.

  • Michael
    January 27, 2016, 6:02 pm

    It seems to me really designed and built for off grid living.
    Great ideas and plenty of amazing details. Putting a lift up bed instead of loft would reduce the overall height and provide more headroom at bath and kitchen area. SIP’s are great wondering how heavy it is. Well done.

    • Elaine
      January 27, 2016, 11:43 pm

      What is an SIP?

      • Michael
        January 28, 2016, 12:39 am

        Elaine, its a structural integrated panel. A foam core is covered by another material like wood, fiberglas or metal. These are glued together under pressure and they form a rigid very solid wall/floor/roof. Some re-enforcement may be integrated but they don’t need a framing. Openings can be cut every there.
        Light weight and fast to build.

        • Eric
          January 28, 2016, 3:55 am

          Actually, where we are (New Zealand yay!!!), and on other overseas sites, SIP stands for Structural Insulated Panel. see: http://www.sips.org/about/what-are-sips/

        • Elaine
          January 28, 2016, 9:39 am

          Cool! Thanks! (obviously I hadn’t watched the video…)

    • sc
      January 30, 2016, 3:49 pm

      How many people really want to have to lift a bed up all the time? How many folks really want to bother re-converting stuff they use everyday. There are of course people like you who dont mind, but stuff i use everyday I dont want to have to reconvert. murphy beds are nice for occasional guests. I am willing to bed most folks will just leave the bed down. Also not having a loft you would miss the wonder views.

      • Karen Blackburn
        October 23, 2018, 6:17 pm

        You are so right. I have lived in a 24ft caravan and the beds were never put away every morning in the rush to get to work. I have slept in the lounge before now, as did the lady in the house behind me, both of us because we couldn’t manage the stairs, and the beds were never converted back into the sofa during the day, I currently sleep in the lounge of a 38ft tiny home and while I did actually return the bed into a day bed to begin with again time, or lack thereof, means that it spends all day as a bed. You start out thinking you can and will but first you run late one morning, then it happens again and finally you realise that the half hour spent tidying up each morning could be spent as an extra half hours sleep, or breakfast, or at your desk working and then you find that the time at the end of the day when all you want to do is fall into a cool soft bed will first be spent talking everything off the bed before making it, or clearing in front of the Murphy bed or bed lift so you can lower it not to mention the effort involved. I am currently working on the best way to screen my bed so I won’t feel guilty every time I look at it and remember that I said I would actually make the bed that morning, except life/work got in the way. A screen or a curtain is calling my name.

  • Lauren
    January 27, 2016, 9:00 pm

    Beautiful craftsmanship and layout. Love the couch area, looks really comfortable. The woodwork is really well done. Love it. Very well thought out. Have also been looking at SIPs. Would like to know the weight of this tiny house.

  • January 28, 2016, 9:07 am

    Just love this tiny house! I love all the storage and woodwork! It’s really designed so nice.

  • January 28, 2016, 10:00 am

    I love the idea of putting the washing machine outside in the tool shed area out back. It give just that more space to the inside. It’s just perfect for her. I’d need a larger fridge and sink, but that’s just me. I also liked the fact that the builder acknowledged that at some point it would probably be a good idea to put some sort of barrier between the stairs and the stove pipe for safety purposes. It’s really, really wonderful. Enjoy your new home!

  • Sharee
    January 28, 2016, 7:11 pm

    Loved the sheep roaming about outside.

  • alice h
    January 28, 2016, 9:44 pm

    Looks very comfy and livable. For people worried about getting large enough sinks in tiny houses, think of it more as a funnel for water going into your greywater system from however large a basin, stainless steel bowl, tub or whatever other multi-purpose washing container you use. I use two large stainless steel bowls for a “double sink”. I can do dishes outside on the deck in nice weather if I feel like it and my counter space stays unbroken when the bowls are nested and tucked away. A small sink actually presents more opportunities, not less.

  • Theo
    January 29, 2016, 4:29 pm

    Nice woodwork. And the loft looks like a person can actually stand in it. Steps however absolutetly suck.

  • Rue
    January 30, 2016, 10:16 am

    Beautiful fit and finish on this one, from the gracefully turning steps, to the little desk tucked into the seating area, to the kitchen and bathroom.

  • Crissie
    January 31, 2016, 7:42 pm

    I just love this! Those stairs r the most awesome I’ve seen in a tiny house. The whole thing is very clever and well thought out, this is definately one of my favorites! Great job!

  • Eric
    February 16, 2016, 9:24 pm

    @ Eugene Wilson: re: what is a weta.


    …and no, no where near as big as it looks in the picture. Generally. 70 different species in the Anostostomatidae and Rhaphidophoridae families.

  • Saturday Sportsman
    February 16, 2016, 10:28 pm

    What is that kitchen sink made out of? Looks neat.

  • Sharon Markiel
    April 20, 2016, 5:51 pm

    The couch in the above picture seems more like two long skinny bench/boxes with narrow cushions. There is no reason to build tiny houses without normal, comfortable furniture. There are designs which include closets, not by pulling up floor boards or stairs to store your clothes and other belongings. Unless the idea of a tiny house is to cram everything you own into something less than 300 sq. ft.

  • Nanny M
    July 3, 2016, 5:33 pm

    Very beautiful artistry.

  • Deb
    January 8, 2017, 12:39 pm

    I really love this home! It has some awesome features (especially all storage for a woman). I’m working on down sizing and will be selling my big house this fall. Doing lots of research on these tiny homes soI can have one custom build for me. I can’t wait! Freedom here I come!!

  • Marsha Cowan
    December 11, 2017, 1:00 pm

    I love this! Very pretty and very livable.

  • December 11, 2017, 2:29 pm

    Already it would be easy to get what you by saying the Magic and Audacious phrase of Vittorio Alfieri: “I Wanted, Always Wanted and Very Strongly Wanted !”… and as if by magic a desire comes true…., but reality leads us to a dream far a world away still to be explored…., a torch to be lit which warms up. It is not easy, not for me….But there is another phrase of Michele Lassona: “Willing is Power”…:))

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