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Another DIY Tiny Home on Wheels: The Tiny Blue House

This morning I found out about another DIY tiny home on wheels called the Tiny Blue House so I wanted to share it with you.

It has a standard pitch roof with a side door entrance and it now sits in what seems to be the perfect little plot of land for simple living in a tiny home.

Another feature you might like is that they added space inside by building over the tongue of the trailer where you can enjoy better views of the outdoors thanks to the windows on all sides.

DIY Tiny Home On Wheels: Tiny Blue House


Images: Tiny Blue House


When you go up the steps and walk inside the front door, below is what you see inside.


Micro kitchenette area to the left, table in the center, living space to the right, and notice the in wall A/C unit up top.


Ceiling fan with efficient lighting built right onto the ceiling. Nice, right?


Flip top table you can see above is built from Kansas and Brazilian redwood. Very simple to build if you know basic carpentry. 🙂

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The kitchen island is mobile so you can move it around according to what you want to do inside.

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Sleeping loft is upstairs with bathroom and closet space underneath.

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The vent you see there is for the on demand water heater and of course the propane wiring to power certain appliances inside (including the water heater) which might be a very dangerous combination that I’ll tell you about more down below. See inside the ‘shed’ below and be sure to read about how this is a potentially fatal setup below:


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Warning… (Fire Hazard?)

This ‘shed’ space is underneath the kitchen window inside.

You can see the electrical panel breakers are here too which in my opinion is risky and should be changed because of potential sparks. If propane leaks, and a spark occurs, this could be fatal.

This isn’t the most safe set up and would not meet code because you don’t want your propane tanks so close to potential electrical ‘sparks’ so this is a good example of what you do not want to do.

The safest bet is to store your propane tanks outside of the unit. This potentially is a serious risk and wanted you to know not to do it this way.

Besides that, what a lovely job, right?


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  • CrustyOldGeezer
    August 18, 2014, 2:21 pm

    What is the total – drag it down the road – weight?

    All the T&G paneling on the walls and ceiling has got to add an enourmous amount of weight.
    Other than that, ir is a Beautiful job.

    • Alex
      August 19, 2014, 2:45 pm

      Good question.. Not sure about the weight but I’m sure it’s pretty heavy. By the looks of it, though, it doesn’t seem like they plan on moving it about very often 🙂

  • Rachel
    August 18, 2014, 7:53 pm

    The water heater setup appears to have even more highly dangerous basic problems. It APPEARS to be what’s known in the trade as a B-vent unit. I surmise this by the angulated pipe section outside the box, which could only be done in B-vent pipe, not Direct vent pipe. If this is correct then the heater has a standing pilot flame. If one of the gas cylinders leak it doesn’t matter if there’s an electric spark! Also, as the venting exits the enclosure it APPEARS to not have a wall pass thru, and if it is B-vent, it can’t exit horizontally at all.

    • Alex
      August 19, 2014, 2:46 pm

      Thanks Rachel.

  • Kathy
    August 18, 2014, 8:23 pm

    Good looking tiny home….a little architecture on the outside goes a long way: love the bay window over the sink. It would make a great herb garden since it appears to have a counter over the utility area beneath. (Yep, please move your LP tanks!) So many little houses, taking that refrain “I want LOTS of natural light”, go so far with it that their insides remind me of being in a fishbowl. 🙂 This one has windows in strategic places, so that one can have light under the loft and have wall space on which to have bookshelves, a TV, paintings or other art work in the seating and eating space. Kudos for that! I also love the rolling island. I think I might put that beautiful fold down table on the living room side of it and when it needs to be open for eating, just roll it away from the door so as not to block it. I would like a look at the bathroom…is it a “wet room”? Great plan to put such a large closet under the loft as well. What are it’s dimensions please? Have you any estimate of your costs to build it? Nice nice job!

    • Alex
      August 19, 2014, 2:47 pm

      Great questions, Kathy, I’ll see about getting answers for ya soon. Glad you liked it overall too 🙂

  • Lindy
    August 18, 2014, 9:42 pm

    I would rather have all electric– solar with backup. I’ve had problems with propane, and would rather not deal with it. Other than that, I like it! I would probably put a daybed/fold down bed downstairs and use the loft for storage. I love imagining how I would live in a teensy house and hope someday to be able to make it a reality.

    • Alex
      August 19, 2014, 2:48 pm

      I don’t like having tanks of propane around either. I’d much rather do electric/solar too but sometimes it’s easier and less costly to just go with propane to start with so I understand why people do it. Anyway- great idea on the daybed too and I’m happy you liked it 🙂

  • Comet
    August 19, 2014, 10:11 pm

    For those concerned about trailer weight—and I thought the exact same thing when I saw all the wood—you need to check several variables; two are :::

    GVW-Gross Vehicle Weight
    This is the total loaded as it will be towed weight of the vehicle and everything it is hauling–those propane tanks; interior contents etc

    Tongue Weight:::

    This is the weight that “rests” (as I understand it) on the tongue of the trailer as it connects to the hitch. In our experience these two are vastly different but play crucial parts—can the vehicle PULL the total weight? Does the law ALLOW you to pull this weight with the vehicle you want to use? Tongue weight as I understand it is a measurement of how much stress is ON the actual hitch and ball etc. Too much and you can seriously damage your tow vehicle.

    Most vehicles out there might SEEM beefy enough to tow something but surprisingly few ARE able to tow more than a small tear drop or boat. We tow a motorcycle that weighs 850 pounds “wet” (with gas and other fluids in tank) and the ramps and of course the trailer itself is a weight. This was fine with my former 6 cyl van; at about the limit we are comfortable with for the CRV we now have and at that we blew the AC taking it over Eastern mountains. And of course you have to accoun t for the loaded weight of the tow vehicle—for us the saddle bags and our personal items are carried inside the tow vehicle for safety and it makes it much easier to strap the bike down.

    I have trailered horses and boats large and small and these too need weight considerations.

    So consider these and other weight issues BEFORE you go and buy lovely wood etc. IF you don’t plan to move it or plan on moving but with a semi or the like–all fine n good. For your basic pick up–perhaps not!

    • Alex
      August 20, 2014, 10:57 am

      Great information here on towing Comet, thank you!!

  • Brian
    November 3, 2014, 4:47 pm

    Wow this TH is just great and what stood out for me right away was the separation of the bathroom from the kitchen. For me this is a must but not implemented in many Tiny Houses. Placing the two areas close together to save on plumbing is never a valid point. Thanks for sharing your beautiful TM. Cheers from Australia.

  • zenLoki
    November 3, 2014, 5:18 pm

    open flame and propane don’t mix. the tanks need a separate space which can be walled off and sealed within the current space and they must have ventilation high and low.

  • Glen
    November 4, 2014, 1:05 am

    I just hate this tiny house. With a bathroom that is barely big enough to crap in and that dreadful claustrophobic loft , living here would be utter misery. Pull it apart and start again!.

  • Allan
    November 12, 2014, 9:10 am

    I have been following “Tiny Homes” for some time now and so far have seen little to no reason to not like them in their many iterations, until now, I am quite aware of the lack of extra space and the problems trying to locate a suitable place to put one without buying special use land or even special permits, let alone trying to find a place for overnighters without people constantly telling you to “Move Along”, because they bring property values down, or because they are fire hazzards, or even because they are full of riff-raff and what have you, (Never could get used to the “Sideways Glance”) But this has to be a joke right? If not, would someone please, for the love of Pete,,,, “Go upside this persons backside”!!! You should NEVER store propane tanks in what would be considered “Indoors” as shown here, and to have not only to have the Electrical Breaker Box (Think Sparks/Ignition Point) next to the tanks, they also have what seems to be a “Gas Flamed Water Heater” on the other side of the same tanks, also an “Electric Bulb (Unprotected and easy to break Ignition Point) above the tanks, and just to tempt fate even more,,, Things are being stored on top of said tanks which may fall and damage or loosen the fittings/hoses connected to those tanks. Now I personally would question the quality of this build and would recommend a “Do Over”,,, This is exactly what we “Don’t Want” to see and should not tollerate, if for nothing at all, for all our safety.

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