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Man Builds 145 Sq. Ft. Tiny Home to Escape Corporate Life!

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This is a 145 sq. ft. tiny house on wheels located in the Catskills of New York.

It was built by Chris Schapdick to escape the corporate and busy atmosphere of Manhattan and is documented on his blog Tiny House in the Country.

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Former Corporate Guy Builds 145 Sq. Ft. Tiny Home

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  • 145 sq. ft.
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 1 bathroom
  • Loft
  • Porch
  • DIY


It’s an incredibly empowering experience to create something like this and have it truly be your own. Home is a concept that is really hard for someone else to create for another person. This just feels right and I’m immensely proud of this accomplishment (special thank you also to my father for all the effort he put into this as well).1


  1. http://www.tinyhouseinthecountry.com/
  2. http://www.tinyhouseinthecountry.com/2017/06/its-done.html
  3. https://www.instagram.com/tinyindustrial/
  4. https://www.etsy.com/shop/TinyIndustrial

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  • Keith Couture
    July 11, 2017, 7:56 am

    Now this home is what I call to be a truly tiny home. I could live in it easily. Simple, basic and practical. Good job!

    • July 18, 2017, 11:03 pm

      Thanks for the kind words! It feels great to be finish this project and have it turn out the way that it did.

  • kevin
    July 11, 2017, 8:31 am

    it’s really a beautiful home.
    but where do you put your clothes?

    • James D.
      July 11, 2017, 4:14 pm

      Not sure, mind this was a DIY built for a getaway and may have just had luggage for cloths, but looks like there’s a good spot by the foot of the bed…

      If you ever saw the THOW showcased by Bear’s Tiny Homes of Georgia, they basically crafted a closet/dresser over the foot of the bed with enough room for your feet underneath…

      You could also design some storage underneath the bed… and you can add some thin ceiling cabinets to the walls above the window and along the sides of the loft…

      It’s tight at 145 sq ft but you can fit some things in there if you were to build one yourself…

    • July 18, 2017, 11:06 pm

      There is a pretty good size closet in the hallway. Deek did a video of the place at a recent show. (House got 1st place!) You can check it out here: https://youtu.be/aG9iYjHJLB8

  • Bill Burgess
    July 11, 2017, 1:37 pm

    Reviewing the needs of a single male this unit really works. In fact for a confirmed bachelor or senior on his own, this is nearly perfect. True no average female would survive without the walk in closet(my wife is an exception) unless they were full time RV people for years. but if available it would make most single men happy..Especially being that close to the Head for us senior. And no, I have no Idea what I would do with the lofts…Grandkid area?

  • Bill Burgess
    July 11, 2017, 1:44 pm

    Question. How wide is that bed area? The wife loves to cuddle had has no use for queen beds…Been cuddling for 48 years and see no reason to consider any changes now…

    • July 18, 2017, 11:08 pm

      The upstair loft bedroom has a queen size mattress. It will fit a king mattress. My daughter’s room has a regular twin mattress.

  • Joyce
    July 11, 2017, 2:17 pm

    Could we add a foot or so in length to make access lower bed easier? It is hard to crawl around to make the bed or get into this one from the photo. I guess there is some storage under that bed also. Overall the set up and design is nice.

    • James D.
      July 11, 2017, 4:18 pm

      It’s a DIY, this guy only made it for himself and his family, but if you built one like it yourself you can change whatever you want…

  • Liz
    July 11, 2017, 3:57 pm

    GORGEOUS. One could easily relax completely in this home. The wall-to-wall bed is what wouldn’t work for me. I would buy a new home if I had to make that bed. But an awesome home otherwise.

  • Pete Wilson
    July 11, 2017, 6:55 pm

    This is one of my favorite ones I’ve seen. I love the roofline, the little porch, induction cooktop and a second bed. The only downside is lack of functioning living room but still very practical.

    • July 18, 2017, 11:11 pm

      Thanks Pete. Yes, adding the second bedroom cut down on living space but, as with most of these, it’s purpose built and I needed a place for my daughter to sleep when we head up to spend the weekend in nature.

  • Michael L
    July 11, 2017, 10:53 pm

    I live what he did. Just enough space for one!

  • Annette
    July 12, 2017, 2:03 pm

    Congratulations on this project – really nice. I too like this roofline.

  • Joyce B
    July 17, 2017, 4:34 pm

    Not being the “average” female with tons of clothes–I actually detest shopping for them, so wear my clothes for many, many years regardless of fashion trends–I could very easily live in this sweet little house (sorry, Chris, but to me, it’s sweet in that it’s a perfect size and layout). I particularly like that bedroom on the main floor; that is just perfect for one, me being the one, and the loft sleeping area would be just storage.
    What a wonderful feeling of accomplishment this has to be, and I congratulate you, Mr. Schapdick, on a job well done. Two thumbs up!

  • Nathalie Clermont
    August 10, 2017, 7:03 pm

    It’s amazing how you could fit 2 rooms in such a small space. Good job.

  • Kim W
    October 12, 2017, 5:10 pm

    I love this tiny house, built to suit Chris and his family. Enjoy your adventures 😃

  • October 12, 2017, 8:12 pm

    Chris, loved the way you used soft, light colors combined with dark woods. Very attractive!

    • October 13, 2017, 6:32 am

      Thank you! I’m not a designer…so it took me a bit longer to get it right…

  • Kathy Handyside
    October 12, 2017, 8:26 pm

    This is beautiful! It’s like the Linden model that Tumbleweed Tiny House Company used to offer (and I have the building plans for it – I bought them at one of Tumbleweed’s workshops.)

    I hope to start building mine soon!

    • October 13, 2017, 6:31 am

      What’s stopping you! Build it. There will never be a ‘perfect’ time to do so. The longer you put it off the less likely it becomes. I’m happy I built it when I did. Would be harder for me to kick that project off now… 🙂

  • Kathy Handyside
    October 12, 2017, 8:28 pm

    I’ve noticed that almost all the timy house models look like plaon boxes or shipping containers. I want mine to actually look like a house – just like this one!

    • October 13, 2017, 6:30 am

      Thanks! Thats a really nice comment. I put a lot of love into the place.

  • Diane
    October 13, 2017, 12:48 am

    You had a great carpenter with an eye for detail. This is probably the most livable tiny house I have seen. I wish I could talk your carpenter into coming to Scottsdale for the winter. Ha.

    • Diane
      October 13, 2017, 1:00 am

      I just watched the video and I think you built it yourself. Wow I am impressed. But then again maybe your Dad is the carpenter. Whoever did it they did a great job. I just wanted to make sure they knew that I noticed all of the nice detail.

  • Kurt
    October 20, 2017, 11:47 pm

    The bathroom looks cramped. For some reason, I’m occasionally bumping my knees on something. I think the frequency would increase with a bathroom that small.

    Where’s the fridge?

    • October 21, 2017, 9:47 am

      The bathroom is invariably tight. I’m 6’3″ and I do fine in there though. A large bathroom was not that high on my priority list. I don’t bump my knees though 🙂
      The fridge is in one of the sides of the kitchen cabinets (dorm room size).

  • Karen Blackburn
    June 16, 2018, 3:24 pm

    Can be done depending on how much stuff you have. My share of a tiny home comes in at 120sqft but in that I store all my clothes, fabrics and wools (weaver and seamstress plus artist), canvases and paints, old fashioned wooden desk for work, built in storage, twin bed, tombs of indoor plants and food/crockery etc storage as well. Have a shared bathroom (toilet and basin). I have 6’x17′ roughly and use plastic boxes to store things in because they stack properly and easily. I am about to get rid of the bed for a sofa bed which will provide much more storage underneath, plus is much shorter so will give me more space to work. Planning is the key, there is a built in dresser unit which provides lots of shelving plus a deep bay window where all my plants live. I find that I am thinking about trying to adapt an old truck into a THoW, mainly because I would like to have separate work areas for painting and sewing, they really don’t mix and the key to success in a really small space is being tidy, and painting in oils doesn’t lend itself to tidy.

  • Marsha Cowan
    June 16, 2018, 8:59 pm

    Aaagh! Where did you get that wonderful bathroom sink? I love it. The whole house is very masculine while beautiful. Love the ceiling with the recessed lights. Loooove the beautiful furniture in the kitchen. The whole house is great.

    • June 21, 2018, 3:46 pm


      That’s a standard Ikea sink. Thanks for the kind words!



  • Eric
    June 18, 2018, 12:47 am

    Bit too small for me… I’d get an unhealthy dose of claustrophobia.

    • June 21, 2018, 3:45 pm

      Some people might think that. When people see it in person though, that is usually the first comment they make…that it DOESN’T feel claustrophobic at all. The high ceiling and large open space helps in that regard.



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