I’m honored and thrilled to show you Jerry & Rene Larson’s expanding 222 sq. ft. tiny house on wheels. It’s 24′ long and 8’6″ wide with two functional slide-outs to expand your space inside. This tiny home is 12′ high at the roof’s peak and has a chimney with an additional 6-8″ height.
Jerry & Rene designed and built this amazing tiny house themselves during their spare time over the course of a little over a year. Rene wants to move into it, but Jerry thinks they should sell it! So if you’re seriously interested in this one-of-a-kind gem of a tiny home, you might have a chance to buy it from them. Update: I just spoke with Jerry on the phone, and he and his wife are currently living in it. 🙂 For now please enjoy and re-share below. Thank you!
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222 Sq. Ft. Tiny House with Slide-Outs
Images © Jerry and Rene Larson
The two slide outs are manually operated. If you have two people on the outside and one on the inside to push, pull and align it’s very easy to do because they just roll in and out on top of the floor on castors. They’re also mounted on sliding steel rails which are housed into the floor frame.
This tiny home was built to be remote and off grid ready even though you can plug it into utilities just like an RV if you wanted to.
The walls are framed with 2×3 studs and 3×4 headers and beams instead of 2×4’s and 4×4’s. This was done to decrease the weight as well as to gain 2″ of width inside the house. Cool, right?
The exterior walls are sheeted with 1/2″ CDX plywood and the inside walls are paneled with 1/2″ birch plywood. In the photo below you can see the bathroom fan cover (top) and the water tank fill sprout/street water connection (just above the rear hatch).
This tiny home is insulated with spray foam made from Soy. It was then cured for about 48 hours. This adds 30% to the structural integrity of the house and gets it an R value of R18 in the walls, R41 in the ceiling, and R38 in the floor. This type of insulation expands into every nook and cranny to really seal up the entire structure.
When you open the rear hatch (see above) you can see the basement area where two 95 gallon tanks are housed. One is for fresh water and the other is for grey water. This area is also insulated and can even be heated if necessary. Very thoughtful work here, right? This is also where the propane water heater and 12 volt water pump is housed. Alright! Let’s go inside..
The interior walls are pre-finished birch plywood that Jerry and Rene primed, textured and painted. Instead of going with an upstairs sleeping loft, they chose this wall bed system that looks like a cabinet behind the table.
The flooring is laminate which made it easier to fit and roll the slide-outs inside. The wood that you see on the wall behind the table is cottonwood from eastern Oregon. Normally this wood is white and plain, but in Jerry’s words, “if it grows in harsh climate it can develop character.”
The smaller slide-out functions as a closet. Copper water pipes were used for a hanging rod and three wine boxes are being used as a drawer chest. At the bottom of the green cabinet, the little black panel you see there is a propane detecter. This tiny home also has a CO detector, smoke detector, and fire extinguisher in case of emergencies. And if you look closely there’s a small space under the bed wall that’s actually a long narrow drawer! Jerry couldn’t leave the space wasted so he created that to be used for ammo or fishing rod storage. Isn’t that awesome?!
If you look closely at the photo below you’ll notice a black panel box above the green cabinet. This is the electric converter because the house is wired with 12 volt and 110 volt power and this is the distribution center (kind of like a breaker box in a normal home or apartment). All 29 lights are 12 volt plus the ceiling fan, bathroom fan, range hood, television and the various 12 volt plugs throughout the house.
I’m telling you… This house just keeps getting better and better, doesn’t it? Jerry even thought to create an escape hatch! He says, “At our age we figured it would be easier to drop out the bottom than climb out any window in this place as they’re quite small and high.” See below. 🙂
The other slide out houses the double electric recliners. This is where they decided to spoil themselves a bit! They went with electric because the manual ones didn’t offer any foot rest adjustments (they would only lock all the way up or down).
The downfall is that the chairs are 110 volt electric so they require street power or generator power to operate. Optionally you can use another seating option or even create a built-in couch with storage. I think I’d opt to keep the recliners, how about you?
In the image above you might notice 4 spikes coming out of the four corners of the slide outs. These are what hold the slide-outs in place. It’s not high tech but it works very effectively and you can even hang your hat or coat on them too. Alright! Let’s pull out the bed!
Once you fold the table up and fold the chairs down on the floor you’re ready to pull your bed down. All you need is a little wall art, right?
Let’s check out the kitchen!
It has a 9 cubic foot refrigerator with a freezer that can operate on propane or 110 volt electric. It’s hard to notice, but there are two black grills under the stairs which help keep the basement area heated. Jerry also adds, “The little wood stove will be the primary heat source in the winter however you can see a small brass fitting at the bottom of the refrigerator cabinet where we’ll have a auxiliary propane heater. I’ll be cutting a DVD/stereo system into the upper refrigerator cabinet but haven’t decided on one yet.”
The little passage door you’re looking at here which takes you three steps up leads you to the beautiful bathroom which you’ll get to see in a few moments.
When you put the table up and put the chairs away in the closet there’s enough open space inside the tiny house to do yoga, do an at home work out, or even dance! This is all thanks, in part, to the slide outs.
The Morso cast iron wood stove you see below is made in Denmark. It’s designed to heat up 800 sq. ft. of space so it’ll be easy for it to keep the house warm.
“For the heat shield behind the stove I used galvanized sheet metal then unleashed the artist in me to burn some character into them with muriatic acid followed by a little salt and vinegar and a coat of paste wax to stabilize the oxidation,” says Jerry.
Left over roof metal was used as a backsplash in the kitchen behind the propane range. The large drawer you see next to it is where you can keep wood for the stove. During the summer you can probably use it as a clothes hamper. The kitchen countertops are laminate with black walnut edging and backsplash.
The cabinets are all custom built using 3/4″ birch plywood to help keep the weight down and strength up. There is 45″ of space from the edge of the counter top to the other end of it. It’s designed so that two people can work in the kitchen if you wanted to.
The little rod for the paper towel holder was purposefully left a little longer so you can use it as a grab bar when you step up to the bathroom.
Below you can see how every possible nook and cranny was utilized by Jerry and Rene when they designed and built this beautiful tiny home. This is the toe kick storage space below the cabinets which is often wasted in most homes and apartments.
Jerry chose not to put drawer guides for these to keep the drawers stable during transit and so you can easily pull them out and place them on the counter to fill, empty, and organize the drawers. I love it!
Alright! Let’s take those three steps up to the bathroom. Use the towel rack hand rail if you have to!
Right now there’s an Airhead composting toilet installed but Jerry thoughtfully mounted it over a conventional toilet flange with a water valve nearby in case you’d want a flush toilet with sewer hookup.
The finished floor space in the bathroom measures 47″ x 89″ which feels pretty big for a tiny house.
“As you can see, I went a little wild with a wire brush attached to an electric grinder on our galvanized metal shower walls. Gave it that original one of a kind artsy look and then I coated it with paste wax to keep it from rusting and easy to clean. The water just beads right off,” says Jerry.
The shower is 48″x32″. This is larger than some showers in normal homes! Jerry’s wife, Rene, found the beautiful hammered sink which looks absolutely beautiful.
There she is ready to tow down the road! The slide-outs are in and it’s ready to go.
Let’s take a look inside the storage shed, shall we? This is also the house’s mechanical room. In fact, the generator you see in there was used to build the entire house!
Jerry says the Honda EU3000is generator is a great machine because it runs as much as 20 hours on 3.4 gallons of gas and it runs very quiet for a generator. It’ll even charge the batteries each morning and evening when they need 110 volt power. There’s still room in the shed to add more batteries and an inverter for solar equipment.
Above is the house wrap that was used and here’s what Jerry has to say about it, “Its a little spendy but its the Gortex of the house wrap world. I was going to have my daughter make me a raincoat out of it but I didn’t have enough left.”
Below is a close up shot of the basement area where you can see the tanks, drains, water heater and the water pump. 🙂
Images © Jerry and Rene Larson
Before they designed and built it they looked at several tiny house blogs for months to find their own likes and dislikes and basically learn from others mistakes, right?
Life Long Construction Experience
And if like me, you’re wondering how they did so well with their first tiny house, it’s because Jerry has been in the cabinet and construction business his entire life.
To build it they rented two covered RV storage spots side by side to keep the project protected from the elements. When I talked to Jerry on the phone he told me, “this is the most fun I’ve ever had building something.”
Jerry and Rene did all of the work themselves on their spare time throughout the course of a year. The only thing they hired out was the plumbing and electrical work.
The tiny house is located near Portland, Oregon. They spent about $41,000 in high quality materials to build it while they labored away at it themselves on their spare time for over a year. That part, in my opinion, is priceless, isn’t it?
The rounded metal roof and the insulation, for example, were very expensive. In fact, the blown foam insulation adds about 30% to the structural integrity of the house because it tightens it up, makes it quieter, cooler or warmer, and it keeps away the bugs too.
Want to Buy This Tiny House? Or Hire Jerry to Build Yours?
If you’re interested in buying this tiny house the asking price with everything that you see included is $70,000 USD. Jerry is also open to making himself available to help you build your dream tiny house on wheels. If you’re seriously interested, he can be reached at eaststonecreek at gmail dot com or call him at 360-nine2one-200three.
Our big thanks to Jerry and Rene Larson for sharing their incredible tiny home with us!
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