This is one family’s 41ft Phoenix Tiny House on Wheels built by Alpine Tiny Homes, a tiny home builder out of Vineyard, Utah. Sadly, the family lost everything in a fire in Santa Rosa, California in 2017. Even after the Fire Watch Service tried so hard, they weren’t able to save much. Their new tiny home is this 41ft x 10ft tiny house and it has a 6.5kW solar system with a backup battery.
It features an entertainment center, fireplace, pass-through window, outdoor shower, real wood beams, 3 skylights, 5ft ceiling fan, dormers, full-size appliances, trough sink for two in the bathroom, extra sleeping area/office from the gooseneck bedroom, built-in queen bed with storage, two mini-split air systems, drawers built into the stairs, built-in bookcase up the stairs, and more! Update: Be sure to watch the video tours at the bottom that were just added.
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Family Builds 41ft x 10ft Solar Powered Tiny Home on Wheels After Losing Their Home and Belongings to a Fire
Images © Alpine Tiny Homes
When they lost their home and belongings to a fire, they went to a tiny house…
It’s a 41-ft. tiny house on wheels by Alpine Tiny Homes.
Air circulation is not a problem with this ceiling fan.
This tiny house features a full-size kitchen and an overall beautiful interior…
The barn doors can hide the television when it’s not being used so you can focus on the fire below instead. A healthy way to transition to bedtime!
Storage staircase with built-in drawers that lead you to the master bedroom. Super cool!
There are even storage cubbies to your left here.
In the master loft bedroom, there’s a window as well as your own mini split air conditioning system here which is really nice, especially if you want to keep your door closed!
A built-in shelf overhead to hold all your stuff.
See that little opening there? I wonder what that is…
It’s a baby nook in the master loft.
With a skylight, too…
Coming out of the master loft…
Passing by the bathroom.
The bathroom has an oversized sink with dual faucets. Very stylish.
Loads of storage in this bathroom to make space for the family.
Good lighting, too.
There’s a vented composting toilet installed here.
Subway-tiled shower with glass enclosure, custom-built.
The bathroom is very nice, in my opinion.
And yes, the family needs a washer/dryer.
Back to the open living area of the tiny house with vaulted ceilings, makes it feel very spacious.
Nice lighting throughout.
Another look at the fan and barn door entertainment center .
How do you like these fixtures?
Bar stool with window that opens wide.
From the outside… Also notice the dutch doors. I love these because they keep pests out (and your pets in) while letting some fresh air in.
Another look at the luxurious kitchen…
This is a super nice tiny house, isn’t it?
It also has an outdoor shower, which is really nice, especially when you have kids.
Isn’t it cool how you can hide it? Very handy when you’re towing the tiny house, or even if you just want it to look neater.
Images © Alpine Tiny Homes
Video Tour of Exterior
Video Tour of Interior
How do you like this tiny house?
- 41ft x 10ft
- Named the Phoenix
- 6.5kW solar system with battery backup
- Built-in entertainment center with fireplace underneath
- Pass through window at the fold down bar for future outdoor deck
- Outdoor shower
- Real wood beams
- 3 skylights
- 5ft ceiling fan
- Full size appliances
- Trough sink for two in the bathroom
- Extra sleeping area/office space from the gooseneck bedroom
- Built-in queen bed with storage
- Two mini split AC systems
- Drawers built into the stairs
- Built-in bookcase up the stairs
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First, am sorry they lost their home. Sequoia National Forest is where I live. Fires are common here. This home is beautiful! The kitchen is real nice. Design is classy and thought through. Perfect in my eyes. Love the entire inside and outside.
Where do the kids sleep? And can the family have a sit down meal?
There’s a loft connected to the master bedroom… And yes…
They said that was a baby nook, but I am sure all the children do not sleep in that one room, right?
Absolutely beautiful! I love the design and decorating, and the homey, cozy feel to it. What a beautiful family! The loft area is cleverly done, and the bathroom is lovely. I am happy for you all to have such a wonderful home.
Karen Blackburn was correct that the kids in the photo are not the owner’s. We were never given details of the owner’s family. So there may have been only 1-2 kids at the time this was built…
OH, then that would explain a lot. It is a great house, though.
Love it. Happy for this family!😆
Your new home is amazing… Probably the nicest I’ve seen here. Sorry to hear about your loss. God bless.
I am not sure I believe this story. They might very well have lost their home to a fire. But there are absolutely no rooms for the 4 kids, no toys and no beds for them, in this house. It looks like it is only occupied by two adults. It is like they do not live in the house. Something is a bit fishy about this story. However the house is nice.
No, we are just not given all the details…
But we do know there’s plenty of space. Most tiny houses are a lot smaller than 400 Sq Ft but this is 410 Sq Ft… There is a loft that can easily sleep 3-4 children, not counting the living room which can easily sleep one or more, and if the photos of the people in the house are the actual family then it looks like it’s just the mom and 4 kids. So that may be all they need for now and they can always make different arrangements when the kids get older…
Unlike some, this family still has a property to place their home on and so that also means they have room to expand and add things later…
Even just counting just the THOW, there’s plenty of interior and exterior storage throughout… The photos are just taken before it was delivered so we don’t see their stuff actually in the house.
Besides, in the facebook comments, Kathie Mcadams indicates she met the family when the project was started. So that’s at least one independent indication that it’s all real…
I don’t think there is anything fishy about this. The two older children can sleep in the LR, the bar folds down and a blow up or roll up mattress could go there. Then, there is the couch. The baby sleeps up in the nook beyond the master.
Believe photos taken before delivery so kids probably not the he clients. Also suspect new owners quite capable of furnishing house themselves. Loft plus gooseneck (could be office but could also be bedroom) could easily sleep 4 at least and as the occupier of a 37ft THoW that sleeps 4 adults I can assure you that 41ft can easily sleep 6 incl 4 kids. Especially as there is no details given about ages, some could easily be teenagers who have other sleeping arrangements. With no details given it makes no odds, but it is a lovely THoW and a practical design. I noted no real space for 6 people to sit and eat so it is possible that all six won’t be living full time in it anyway. I would add my own furniture and lose the entertainment centre (don’t see the point in TV, mainly rubbish and a waste of time) to suit my requirements so for all we know the furniture in the photos could be no more than window dressing for the pictures. Good luck to them in their new home. It did occur to me that if they made it a requirement for areas regularly subjected to bush fires that all new homes were THoWs it would be much safer and cheaper for both inhabitants (tow house away if fires approach, no loss of property plus you can continue to live in your house until the emergency is over and then return to the land) and the insurance companies who must lose a fortune everytime fires burn down the properties in the area, and to judge from newspaper articles in season this seems to be an annual occurrence in some cities.
What happened to the earlier posts???????
I would imagine that the two boys share one of the queen-sized beds. The girl might either share with her mother, or stay in the nook right next to it. It was exactly what my family did when a hurricane took out my family home.
It’s a beautiful home and a great layout. The cost is actually lower than I expected. BTW, I adore that ceiling fan. Still, there are a lot of high-end things here, that fan, the lighting, some of the materials and appliances. Without those, I bet you could nearly half the cost.
Losing a home can break your heart with what you’ve lost, irreplaceable things. But this is lovely, and I hope you make more beautiful memories.
This is a beautiful tiny house with plenty of room for a couple to live it and still has some space. It appears to be very roomy and the bedroom I could even stand up in it ( A HUGE plus ). One of those that is best to be pulled somewhere and parked for a long period of time. Would not want to have it towed to many times, just the size of it.
Thank you for sharing this wonderful tiny home with all of us.
Beautiful home! How wonderful to have a place to call home so soon after loosing everything. My family and I lost everything in the witch creek fires of San Diego 2007. Our journey took us through two weeks living in a hotel, then with friends of family, then two rentals, until we finally (two years later) were done with the process of moving into a home we built on the lot of another fire survivor. It is an exhausting process and I must say you don’t understand what home means to you until you loose it all by way of natural disaster. Looking back I wish we had build a more modest home and had become less caught up in the trend that seemed common to all us fire survivors, at the time, to build bigger;perhaps to somehow make up for all that was lost. It was common to hear, “well at least you can replace most of it, the material things”, but there are so many personal items that you simply can’t and you go on for some time mourning that loss. The most important thing is that this place feels like home to them and they learn to let go and move on from the loss. May this family enjoy this tiny home and rebuilt their lives anew. Don’t let any negative comments get you down, only you know what this journey means to you. Best of luck!
I understand gratitude for a place to live after losing everything to a fire. But I have lived in a 1-bathroom home as a family of 5, and, well, it wasn’t pretty. Goddess, bless them.
Growing up in a family of 7 with only one bath taught patience, consideration and a bit of planning ahead in our family. Probably the only downside is that now, as an adult I have no truck with inconsiderate people.
So where is the closet? May need to be small but still needed.
This is great. I am disabled and wouldn’t be able to do the steps to bed, but I just love the rest!!! Lots of suggestions I would be able to incorporate in a small space. And that big fan is fantastic!!!
I didn’t see any reading lights in the master bedroom. Would also like a simple shelf on the wall!
Where are you building the Phoenix? What is the cost? How long does it take you to build? What is the cost to deliver?
I’m afraid this company is no longer in business.
Hopefully everything worked out for the family with this build. It’s a real concern that these builders come and go so quickly! We’ve seen that from the posts here as well as some that have been featured on TV.
Yes I’d be curious to see some numbers on how tiny house building companies compare to other small businesses. Do they come and go with any more rapidity? Or is it just the nature of start-ups that many just don’t make it?
Beautiful tiny home, but I’m curious, where do the children sleep?
This tiny home is fabulous… exactly what I am looking for in downsizing and moving out of the heart of the city where I have been for 25 years…the configuration is perfect for me, with a few minor changes, nothing structural…I would love to have pricing and access to these plans for a potential build…changes would be elimination of the fireplace and leaving that wall blank and no need for a washer/dryer and using that space for shelving storage as well as a stainless farmhouse sink, stainless kitchen counters and painted window sills, mouldings and doors. I would prefer both doors to be Dutch doors and I would like to do all the painting inside…thank you so much… this is an incredible design… I look forward to hearing from you… Nancye Alameda
Hi Nancye — So sorry to say but this company is out of business now. That said, many tiny home builders create custom homes so if you showed them this I’m sure they could make something similar! Where are you located?
I am confused about the house itself and how it would be allowed on the roads. It is 41 by TEN, which is 1.5 feet wider than allowed by highways. So how is this hauled from one place to another? Sure couldn’t pass this thing easily when on a 4 lane highway as it would stick into both lanes! If anyone has any info on this I would love to get my brain expanded!
Hi Denis! In this case it would be hauled as an oversized load and require a special permit.
Love the floor plan and really cute children yet a question, 3 children so where do the children sleep?
Where can I buy this?
It was built by Alpine Tiny Houses but I’m afraid they’re no longer in business.
This is a beautiful tiny home. Real spacious and does not seem tiny. The layout is great.
Where do the children sleep.
The Phoenix is one of my favorite ones that I have seen on the tiny house newsletters. Was wondering if you build them? If so, could a person have one built pretty much like the one you see above with a few modifications? And what kind of price range is this.
The builder of this home was Alpine Tiny Homes, but they are no longer in business… However, they were a custom builder and other custom builders could copy the design, but it would be a pretty high cost build…
Mind, this is a very large THOW, most are around half the size or less, and this has many high end features that you typically only see in homes that can well exceed $100,000. Having something custom build usually comes at a premium. Though, a lower cost version could be built, if you can find a budget builder, but could still exceed $80,000, unless you go smaller…
Options like Park Model RV’s could be an alternative in this size range if you don’t need something as well built as a tiny house but still has the appearance of one, which you can find depreciated units for sale at up to much lower cost, but they’re legally considered RV’s and may be harder to place as an ADU and may have higher long term costs…
Alternatively, a DIY build using reclaimed materials could get the cost much lower but it depends if that’s an option or not… But there are pay for services like NOAH that can help guide the build with remote inspections and give it a certification when done, similar to an RVIA but will work with DIY’ers, which RVIA will not… While the 2018 IRC update with Appendix Q provides building codes that apply to Tiny Houses on foundations that can be used as a guide to know what’s the residential minimum standards to build a Tiny house to and could allow the home to have the option to be placed on a foundation in places that have adopted the update and can recognize the home as a legal residence with a certificate of occupancy, which will also allow it to be treated as real estate when coupled with land…
Just to highlight some of the options available… The site has a list of builders you can check to see if there are any near you that you can consult and there are many tiny house advocacy groups across the country that can provide information and help guide you as well…
I have family in Santa Rosa and they only missed burning down by less than 1/4 mile and a fluke of which direction the wind was blowing. It was horrific for them so I can’t even imagine how terrifying and completely awful it must have been and still is for this family. This tiny house is the perfect solution. Fast and homey…and it can be moved quickly. It is nicely done, too. I think I’d make that eating counter the same width as the other counter so I could use it for more things. I know it is a tiny home but that extra counter space would be useful for so many things. I’d also get a bigger sofa though I understand that there may have been budget constraints or a feeling that small furniture is better in a tiny space. To a degree, that is true but comfort is also important. Just as a personal preference, I hate rain shower heads and would prefer an adjustable hand-held but I know some love the other. I’d put a hand-held both indoors and outdoors. LOVE how you can hide the outdoor shower. Clever! Overall, nicely done and very livable…homey with personal touches we can all choose for ourselves. Wishing the family the very best of luck. This is a good start!
My husband and I are getting ready to retire to some land closer to grandkids. This is the best tiny house I have seen. I LOVE everything. The bathroom is my dream bathroom, so perfect. Love the cubbies up the stairs, the baby area off the master which I would used as reading nook. High ceilings are fabulous, lots of room in living area. I like how they have a couch vs a handmade bench area. Kitchen is great with full size appliances. Really, this is the best I have seen. I am savings this for our near future. Thanks for sharing with us.
How do you get by moving the house on public roads that limit 8.5’ wide? How much does it weigh and what will pull it? How much does it cost?
Look up oversize/overweight permits…
Very confused! This is a family of 5 – Yet there is only one bedroom? No other beds or sleeping areas? I think the wrong pics with the wrong story?