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Eucalyptus Tiny House by Minimaliste

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This is the Eucalyptus Tiny House on Wheels by Minimaliste Houses. It’s a 285 sq. ft. tiny home (8.5′ x 28′). Take the tour below and let me know what you think!

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  • Under 500 sq. ft.
  • Named Eucalyptus
  • Sleeping loft
  • Built by Minimaliste
  • Bamboo counters
  • Stainless steel applicances
  • Red cedar shelves


Our model Eucalyptus is a tiny house on wheels inspired by the Californian style. Custom built for a couple living in California, this is our second off the grid project, something we are particularly proud of. Encouraging eco-responsible development is a thought that directs several choices at Minimaliste.


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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • November 30, 2017, 2:00 pm

    In architecture school (BS 1979) we learned to design for the client and for the constraints. I notice that these homes are a unique solution to a modern problem, yet they are being built in conventional ways using standard materials, often not meeting even basic human and health and safety norms.
    Don’t know why? Is it easiery to not think, not design? Easier to rake something off the shelf, apply more money than necessary and call it new?
    Maybe that’s it. How many adults want to climb a ladder to crawl into bed? Any idea? Im guessing not many.
    Designing for how and how often we use things? I’m no doubt the 1% who just doesn’t accept this for a high quality solution. I accept that.

    • krausdogs
      November 30, 2017, 4:37 pm

      Are you commenting on tiny homes in general or this specific one? Your comments (complaints?) are so general and vague that I feel like I’m missing your point here. Sure many of these prebuilt THOWs look much the same (not so creative) but from my vantage point more and more of these tiny homes are being very much custom built to meet an individual’s/couples’ personal needs and desires for their living space. Just wondering, are you familiar with Lloyd Kahn’s small home book series? Amazing creativity in design and materials! So this makes me want to ask what kind of innovative solutions are you thinking of that are being missed by the tiny home builders shown in these pages (or beyond)? I, for one, would love to know more about what you see as missing or simply bad designs. Please, share some of your ideas.
      As for ‘climbing ladders’ to go to bed, I basically agree. However, the tiny house displayed here has stairs with a handrail to the bedroom. I’m in my 60’s and living in a small house but very much content with climbing steps to get to my bedroom. It is not uncommon in large and small houses to have bedrooms upstairs. Most people I know climb stairs to get to their bedrooms and this does not seem to be a problem.

    • James D.
      November 30, 2017, 5:46 pm

      Mary, it sounds like perhaps you’re confused on how and why Tiny Houses are designed the way they are?

      For example, there’s the simple fact most Tiny Houses are designed according to what the owner wanted.

      Things like ladders are entirely an elected option… Not every tiny house even has a loft.

      Take the two built by Stafford Structural Concepts and Design (Saint Helens, OR)… Both are three bedroom with two bathroom THOWs… and there’s many other examples as there’s actually an extremely wide range of ways Tiny Houses have been designed and built.

      While the THOW in this article, built by Minimaliste, actually has stairs leading to the sleeping loft… The only ladder is to the second loft that’s not being used for sleeping… While one of the builder’s previous clients went with a different design and had them build a THOW with a bedroom… and he’ll probably design something completely different for his next client, etc.

      Understand, most Tiny Houses are primarily a custom built product and thus just about every single aspect of them can be a choice for the owner to customize anyway they want. So they are designed for them and with the constraints that entails…

      Tiny Houses can also be built by their owners, so you’re not talking about just commercial builders but regular people building their own homes as well.

      The intent of making a home also means they do actually worry about making sure it meets their needs, that it is a healthy space to live in, that it’s a safe space to live in, and that it is as well designed and as well built as they can make it because they want it to last.

      People are even using Tiny Houses for things like to ensure they can have healthy homes built from environmentally friendly products from renewable resources and ethically sourced…

      Point being Tiny Houses represent their owners, and everyone just does it their own way, limited only by their creativity, resourcefulness, skills, and budget…

    • Alison
      November 30, 2017, 6:49 pm

      This design will appeal to many people, and it says it was custom built. But I see your point. My husband and I designed and built our own tiny vacation house (on wheels, but it will be semi-permanently placed). I’m afraid to show it on this site because it is completely custom, to meet our needs specifically, and most people will find fault with it in one way or another.
      It looks like there is a steep stair to the main sleeping loft. Regarding stairs in tiny houses, keep in mind that one cannot stand in the loft, so one tends to clamber up the stair sort of like a ladder. It’s actually pretty safe if you do it on all fours. And I sit and go up backwards. There are many solutions, and the specifics don’t always come through well in these snapshots.

  • November 30, 2017, 3:24 pm

    Love the overall design. Wood ceiling and trim adds such warmth and interest. Clerestory windows are great, but would like more lower windows. The subway tile in the kitchen is a great disappointment. Leave off! A very nice home!

  • Michael
    November 30, 2017, 6:00 pm

    The floor plan shows that kitchen at the end of the THOW allows a very workable space and avoids the common hallway effect although weight distribution for towing needs to be considered very well.
    A lift up to the ceiling in the center would be my preference substituting the loft and space consuming stairs and would allow to reduce overall height because headroom of the loft isn’t needed.
    A fresh and modern design with clear lines.

  • Chuck
    November 30, 2017, 6:05 pm

    Love the kitchen but oh those stairs!

  • Russell Stanley
    November 30, 2017, 7:58 pm

    I like this home. My only comment would be to show the entire home from a normal viewing angle. While looking up at the kitchen from the floor might interest some people, I would prefer to see the bathroom, and not just a closeup of the sink or faucet. A drawing of the floor plan is also helpful. If space allows or a feature is unique then show it but also show the basics of the entire home.

    • James D.
      December 1, 2017, 2:41 pm

      There’s a video tour on the builder’s youtube channel… and they usually get re-posted on the Tiny House Listings Channel as well…

  • Betty
    November 30, 2017, 10:51 pm

    Looks nice, but with two total knee replacements, would NOT look forward to climbing those stairs to bed each night. Crawling or scooting backwards!!😣

    • James D.
      December 1, 2017, 2:50 pm

      The bed is right there at the edge of the stairs, so you would only have to scoot onto it… But it would be a concern for when you fix the bed and would have to go to either side of it.

      Though, there’s products on the market now for making self-fixing beds but it remains to be seen how reliable they are…

      A possible design alternative would be to make the landing go the length of the loft, so the only thing at loft height would be the bed itself, which you then just climb in like a normal bed but that would reduce the size of the bed as the trade off and you can only get in and out from one side… While what would be below the landing would have to be considered as well…

      Along with other alternatives like elevator bed, etc… Some have even done a simple counter weight pulley system to avoid needing to use a motor and it just locks into place when brought down and then again when raised back up…

  • Tom Osterdock
    December 1, 2017, 2:29 am

    very nice, I like this very much. I would have to have changes and would turn it around quite a bit. This has much of what I want but would have to change the efficiency of it. Very nice guys.

  • Bob Summers
    May 25, 2018, 9:17 pm

    MARY,you really might consider that you opinions are not all that important and you assumptions are based on your bias alone. Having build many small to tiny homes, what I have been seeing on this forum is refreshing and kudos to those who just “go for it”

    As a mid 70s guy, climbing a ladder is great fun but hardly a measure of thoughtful design. That comes from the heart not from possessing a degree….

  • Kathy
    May 26, 2018, 11:28 pm

    This is a lovely home. Boy the “extra” 4’ over the 24 footers I have been trying to stick to, sure make a huge difference. Biggest and best I can see, is a staircase with 8 steps. No small improvement over 5 or 6 much steeper stairs that we usually see in tiny houses. This home is crisp, clean and bright …inviting and comfortble looking. The folks this was built for a fortunate!!

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