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Hawaii House by Tiny Heirloom

This is an off-grid tiny home on wheels called the Hawaii House.

It’s designed and built by Tiny Heirloom in Portland, Oregon.

Notice how they built the adjacent deck on a utility trailer too! I haven’t seen that done before.

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  • Donna
    September 8, 2016, 12:07 pm

    really love the details in this tiny home – but having a hard time figuring out the layout – I see two lofts but it also looks like a bedroom/other room on the ground floor – at the other end from the kitchen. Would love to see more of the bathroom as well – but overall really well done.

    Would be nice to see prices on these posts as well as what is included and total sq, ft (and if it is built on trailer or can be removed)

    Thanks again Alex!

    • Julie Juarez
      September 8, 2016, 3:00 pm

      I am totally confused as well, but it seems like such a lovely house.

    • Eric
      September 8, 2016, 10:17 pm

      Nope, sorry you are mistaken. Bed is in one of the lofts. Access by a (gasp) ladder. Not a lot of headroom… surprise, surprise.

      Prices of these would depend on what appliances etc. are built into it. Yes, it is built on a trailer, see the picture with the deck, 2 sets of trailer couplings. I agree with you on the sq footage though. That info would be super helpful. Love the additional deck on a trailer too.

      • Daniel
        April 13, 2017, 10:21 pm

        There are two bedrooms. Master is on the ground level and a guest loft is above the kitchen accessed via the acordian stairs recessed in the ceiling. It is 400 sq ft priced at $250K as seen.

      • Evening Iris
        October 5, 2017, 8:10 am

        I’m not a carpenter. Square footage means nothing to me. Outside dimensions tell me all about the volume of a build.

  • sherry wood
    September 8, 2016, 12:51 pm

    Very nice. I don’t like the often cluttered look that small spaces often have. Very swank. Good job!

  • Johanna
    September 8, 2016, 1:52 pm

    Really don´t understand one thing: people go tiny, but in this tiny houses I always see this oversized kitchens with huuuge refrigerators! What for? For me, this has nothing to do with simple and tiny living!

    • Donna
      September 9, 2016, 10:27 am

      everyone has different needs – for me the kitchen is almost perfect and the larger appliances are mandatory as I do so much cooking – would give up living room space for kitchen space -that’s my entertainment area. This luckily has both…

      • Rebecca Pesyna
        September 17, 2016, 8:12 pm

        In my case, a truly functional kitchen would be the first thing I would look for in a small home. Who wants to go to the grocery store every other day? A real stove/oven and full size fridge are the way to go. This kitchen could actually produce some real meals. I can skip the loft bedroom, just give a a futon or sofa bed with a real mattress and skip the stairs to go to bed. This home is just lovely!

    • Sandi B
      February 3, 2017, 4:05 am

      Who says living tiny has to be “simple” or extremely tiny. I do not know if you are already living “tiny” or not, but I am and I do not want to cook my meals on a hot plate or bake my bread in a toaster oven. Tiny is in the eye of the owner and is different for everyone. There are no hard and fast rules. Nothing says you have to change your lifestyle because you choose to create a smaller foot print, not everyone can exist in an 8.6×16 or 20 foot space. I love to cook and bake, it is my hobby and passion so I look for plans with more space, larger kitchens, full appliances. I think this unit is very well done, but it appears to be about 10′ wide. I really like the open airiness of it. I have wondered about putting a deck on it’s own trailer, but like most others I have never seen it done. You would have to be really good at maneuvering to get it all set up together, but it is a great concept and if done right could also be used as an open trailer to off load some of the weight in the house itself when you wanted to move it, it also keeps the weight of the trailer down if the decks are not hinged to the unit but on a separate trailer. I really like this and it is all so well done

      The way they did the “track” lighting in the living area and bath is very unique and creative. I am in love with that island kitchen and brick fireplace/heater wall. This unit is just so very creative over all and I am sure worth every penny it cost to build. In one’s dreams for sure. Perhaps if I win the lottery. Excellent.

      • Natalie C. McKee
        February 3, 2017, 5:48 am

        Yes I agree Sandi. Going tiny can mean a lot of things, but there’s no need to give up one’s passion. The other day Tave made room for her sewing machine, and I, too, would need a substantial kitchen in mine 🙂

    • February 6, 2017, 3:20 pm

      Everyone places priorities where they choose!. I eat very simple and raw meals, for me a large kitchen and fridge is essential because of fresh produce needs. I do NOT consume food from wasteful packaging and boxes, maybe other people can do without a large fridge because they eat mostly out of takeout, boxes and cans.
      I have seen many tiny homes with dishwashers and clothes washers and dryers. I understand why some people may want these appliances but for me they are completely unnecessary (i can go to a laundrymat twice a month).
      Compared to normal size houses even 600sf is smaller and tiny! lets give people credit for going smaller, even if it is not as small as we define the word “tiny”. I like smaller homes but honestly i find the THOW’s too cramped with appliances, closets, couches, etcetera at 8′ wide. I much prefer 10′ or 12′ wide dwellings. namaste’, rachel

  • Judy
    September 8, 2016, 2:15 pm

    Well done, loving the details also. Would love to know what is the sq ft is and see more of the layout… Tnx

  • Kim
    September 8, 2016, 2:30 pm

    Follow up on Donna’s comments

  • Alex Jimenez
    September 8, 2016, 4:34 pm

    I’m in love with the look of this, but I agree – without a price range it’s hard to know if this kind of TH is for me. I’m in the early research stages and knowing what costs are ahead of time are really important!

  • Cindy
    September 8, 2016, 4:53 pm

    Holy Cats! What’s not to love? Real furniture and room to move around. It has to be at least 12 foot wide. Nice windows. Yeah, had a little trouble putting together the layout. Really like that lighting running across the ceiling.

  • Dick
    September 8, 2016, 5:11 pm

    I had to wipe the drool off the keyboard after looking at this home! Beautiful! My wife loved the kitchen, and she’s not usually that enthusiastic about TH kitchens. If we were in this home, I can see myself gaining lots of weight…

    Let’s see…what else? A real couch, a fireplace, and a living room that looks like a living room! And it looks as if there’s a bedroom on the main floor, with lofts used only for storage (wish there’d been a pic here or on the Tiny Heirloom site). And then there’s the deck…

    One question: this is an 8′ wide home?? Doesn’t look like it. I’d guess 10-12′ with, of course, a price to match. Let’s face it, Tiny Heirlooms are at the higher end of the price scale, but I believe you do get your money’s worth.

    • Donna
      September 8, 2016, 5:14 pm

      I went to their site – no pricing but more pics. The fireplace in the LR opens outside to the deck – isn’t that clever. Did not see a downstairs bedroom – which I gotta have – but all in all the space is exactly my dream!

      The site did have some pricing that seems like it might have been the houses/trailers if so this little puppy is around $110,000

      • Eric
        September 8, 2016, 10:20 pm

        Actually it doesn’t “open” outside to the deck… it is designed to heat 2 areas, inside and out in this case. Downside is you lose a lot of heat to the outside in the depths of winter unless there is a tight fitting covering for the outside glass panel so minimising the heat loss.

  • Jeffrey
    September 8, 2016, 9:58 pm

    I saw them build it on their show. It cost $150,000. As for the layout, there is a loft above the kitchen with drop down stairs in the kitchen. The master bedroom is on the main floor and has a murphy bed in it.

    • oxide
      September 9, 2016, 10:59 am

      $150K. Did I read that correctly??!?

      • Rev
        September 9, 2016, 9:57 pm

        Pocket change. I’ll just check under the couch cushions. We keep that jar on the dresser…

        • kim
          September 11, 2016, 3:42 pm

          Rev, cute answer. Thanks for the chuckle.

    September 8, 2016, 10:53 pm

    Well, I am not sure what I think about this place. It looks lovely, but what is with showing the living area a few times and not showing the bedroom and bathroom area? I am confused because I think there is something missing in these photos! Sorry!

  • chas
    September 9, 2016, 1:19 am

    Nice, but the only thing really Hawaiian about it is the name. No Polynesian décor or styling. The thing that would really make it Hawaiian is if it was located on a few acres on the Big Island. It is nice, but the stove/oven location is not practical without any apparent venting system. No can cook my Spam n’ eggs without that!
    Seriously though, with a downstairs bedroom and a few design changes, this would be my perfect retirement home…on the Big Island.

    • Barnie
      January 18, 2017, 5:00 pm

      Look very closely, it seems there’s an auto-retractable exhaust along the back edge of the range. So spam’n’egg no prob’em bra! lol

    • wiz
      August 5, 2017, 7:49 pm

      YES – I thought exactly the same thing. Their marketing needs to be reviewed OR their decorating. I have to say that when the name is SO far off of what we actually see, it makes me wonder what else are they saying/doing that is NOT what they purport it to be. Almost a bait and switch. It would have been very inexpensive and simple to add a few Hawaiian decorator touches to justify it. But now I have suspicions about the entire company.

      • Daniel
        August 6, 2017, 7:19 am

        Wiz and chas
        The home is not being advertised as a Hawaiian themed home. Rather, this was for the Tiny Luxury show titled Hawaii House. It’s only conveying the fact it was going to end up in Hawaii.

        So, no bait and switch or some other nefarious actions by Tiny Heirloom.

        • wiz
          August 6, 2017, 12:56 pm

          Daniel~ Thanks so much for adding clarity to our issue. I’m sure there are others like us who reviewed this and thought the same but did not post.
          Perhaps the original poster could insert a few lines from your post to avoid the rest of us casting aspersions on the builder! Something along the lines of “This THOW was named H because…” would be appropriate, short and sweet.
          Thanks for taking the time!

  • kevin
    September 9, 2016, 7:35 am

    there is nothing tiny about this house. two trailers! huge kitchen with only a sit down space for two, yet the living room looks as though its set to entertain a group of people.
    there’s nothing downsizing about this house.

    • oxide
      September 9, 2016, 8:51 am

      There’s been some discussion about this point. Some of the houses shown here not “tiny;” they’re actually “small” (the threshold is 400 sq ft). And many of the featured houses are clearly more Rolex than Timex, with a price tag to match. And that certainly goes against the grain of what THOWs were originally about.

      But at the same time, ALL of these houses are a downsize from a McMansion or even from an 1100 sq ft ranch. And if you have the money to spend, heck, go for it. (But IMO if they get too big or cost too much, maybe it’s better to spend the same money on a foundation cottage with land.)

      • Donna
        September 9, 2016, 10:43 am

        Coming out of a 6,500 sq ft home – this is super tiny – lol. I could not live comfortably in a 200 sq ft TH but this one – it is perfect.

        Does a tiny house have to be anything but under 700 sq ft? Design, use of space and fit for the person, green if possible and if possible energy efficient -those sound important.

  • kim
    September 9, 2016, 8:54 am

    Does anybody know the size of the trailer?

  • Nanny M
    September 10, 2016, 10:47 am

    I’m with Donna. I love the kitchen and a larger one, like this, is important to me. And it sure does look like it’s 10-12′ wide.

  • Marta
    September 10, 2016, 3:19 pm

    Saw this on Luxury Tiny Living and they showed it from ground up. If you look at the picture of the kitchen, you will see some stairs that retract. That is sleeping loft, the stairs retract and are out of the way. By the way I believe that one of the owners is a chef and wanted big appliances. This tiny home is not inexpensive. It is beautiful.

  • Erica
    September 10, 2016, 6:22 pm

    I’d love to know where they purchased the furnishings for this tiny home – most specifically, the sofa. I am absolutely in love with that sofa.

  • jm
    September 12, 2016, 5:08 am

    I can’t see how the fireplace is designed to heat both outside and inside spaces without opening up on the outside. From the website it appears that the glass panel is removable. It would be in my home.

    Is that a brick masonry fireplace I’m seeing? I am noticing a lot of weight here. What are the limits on the roads?

  • Granville
    September 13, 2016, 12:31 pm

    We have been to Salem OR to tour two of the models. They have homes that are completely customizable. We looked at a 700sqf model with vaulted ceilings, marble counters, and an island large enough to seat six. It had a down stairs bedroom with two closets and dresser built in, plus bathroom access. It had full size washer and dryer built into the hall with a marble counter over them to sort and fold. If you are downsizing from a larger home where you liked to entertain this could be the home for you. It would make a great weekend place or a park model. They are expensive but still less money than you would pay for a comparable 700sqf condo in my area.

  • Maree
    September 25, 2016, 9:17 pm

    I love this one, though I would love to know of tiny homes that have the kitchen and shower closer together… localise plumbing to one area. Any suggestions on designs to look at?

    September 27, 2016, 7:59 pm

    It has to be one of the nicest houses I’ve seen so far from Hawaii.. I mean don’t get me wrong, I’m sure Hawaii has some beautiful houses.. I’m speaking that I have yet to see thus far only…!

  • Dave TheDrawingGuy
    September 28, 2016, 7:30 am

    This is a beautiful home. I do wish folks would look closer at the photos before they start complaining. So many obvious answers to the questions are right in front of you. I view this site on my phone, and I can clearly see the fold down stairs (not ladder (gasp)), the two trailer tongues, and a down draft stove. Nicely done.

  • Mary
    September 29, 2016, 12:18 am

    Lovely small home with lots going for it. Just curious as to how wide it is?

  • Janet
    November 22, 2016, 1:30 am

    I wish the show had let us know how they got the home from Oregon to Maui, and what it cost to move it there and set it up.

  • Cindy
    January 17, 2017, 8:14 pm

    Where can I buy furniture like that sofa? Love the kitchen and the layout.

    • Natalie
      January 19, 2017, 7:15 am

      Hmm I wish I knew Cindy! They don’t often advertise that information.

  • Kim
    January 17, 2017, 9:08 pm

    Same price as my 100 year old 1200 Sq ft Victorian with a fenced in 2000 sq ft back yard with a front porch and private driveway, Pocket doors and stained glass windows and high ceilings and hardwood floors. This is nice but makes no sense for the rest of your life.

    • Natalie
      January 19, 2017, 7:14 am

      Unless these folks live in a more expensive location, which is often the case.

    • Michelle
      February 1, 2017, 3:29 pm

      Two things: Expensive is a relative term. And, location, location, location. Where I live, the average house price is well over $500k, so a home like this at $150k is quite affordable if you can find somewhere to put it. There are quite a few RVs at that price point, and this is much more desirable to me than a big motorhome.

      • Natalie C. McKee
        February 3, 2017, 6:31 am

        Excellently said, Michelle.

  • Kim
    January 17, 2017, 9:11 pm

    Oh yeah and the land to park this on costs even more…this should be afordable for average folks. Need two incomes to afford this. no good.

    • Michael L
      January 18, 2017, 12:01 am

      It’s affordable for those who can afford it! And, probably would makes sense to that person who decided this is what they want!

      • Kim
        January 18, 2017, 8:00 pm

        Yes Michael it is affordable if you can afford it. I just can not understand why small things are so much more per square feet than a full size home..then again the land to purchase or rent on even more additional expense. I love love some of these tiny homes but I swear some people got together somewhere and said “hey we can make a whole bunch of money taking advantage of people who get hooked on this concept.” How is it that a full size house that comes with land and plumbing and electricity and water lines etc that takes 6 months to a year to build cost the same as a luxury hows built on 2 trailers? I guess i am not going to win this argument. Thats okay. Great THOW though..

        • Kim
          January 18, 2017, 8:05 pm

          House not hows?? lol

        • Natalie
          January 19, 2017, 6:17 am

          With a home like this, and this company in general, it comes down to finishes. Although generally the shell of a house will cost the same to build, they add all kinds of high-end features like expensive light fixtures, couches, throw pillows etc. And they add up! Now, I’d rather save that money and DIY decor instead, but if someone has the resources and wants those touches — to each his own.

  • January 18, 2017, 8:13 am

    It is refined, elegant, traditional in welcoming as the sofa that evokes the old “Chesterfield”, or the ceramics of the floor in the bathroom taste Italian years”20/40″, and para hob sketches, relief tiles, actually the key it offers a look at the timeless classic with some actual transgression as the beautiful shower that receives natural light directly from the sky

    • Kim
      January 18, 2017, 8:13 pm

      Gabriella. What is that? Poetry? The interior design is beautiful for sure. Expensive things are poetic looking. I love that $5000 couch. Seriously exquisite

    • Natalie
      January 19, 2017, 7:00 am


  • January 19, 2017, 6:21 am

    Other than poetry (poets 80% stir-fry air), this is knowledge of the field I say what I see and I say what know….The authentic Chesterfield date from the second half of 1600′ and were leather of various color. But your will only play model. Anyway, thank you for giving me the possibility of a reply. If it is constructive…, why not!

  • Elle
    January 20, 2017, 4:47 pm

    I’d really like to know how much it cost to transport this home to Hawaii and to which island it was transported? What company did the transporting? I’m actually interested in the numbers for personal reasons.

    • Natalie
      January 23, 2017, 8:32 am

      Ooh those are really good questions Elle, but I’m honestly not sure. You could contact Tiny Heirloom and ask if they do transport and what the costs would be!

  • Eileen
    January 29, 2017, 4:21 pm

    Initially what caught my attention was the elements of tiny in size and cost. That was at the beginning of this “movement”. It seemed possible that someone with limitations in movement and limited funds might be able to live in a better climate and nicer space. Now, most promotions are for do-it-yourself or luxury spaces, 600 sq.ft. and up. Costs definitely up and out of my reach. Obviously I am looking in the wrong advertisements

    • Sandi B
      February 3, 2017, 4:31 am

      Actually the “creation ” of this movement was to get around zoning laws and building/code restriction. This could be done by building on a trailer. I have talked to park model companies that do all custom builds who will do a 10×40 for about $10,000 and that includes loft areas (which in a park model are higher than in an RV and stairs and railings etc. Then you could finish it out yourself the way you wanted the interior to be. I am sure if you wanted expensive windows and doors and roofing materials that cost would increase, but the amount includes standard windows and electical and plumbing. You do not have to pay exorbitant prices to get a decent place to live.

  • Candie Childs
    February 12, 2017, 8:56 am

    Alex they are beautiful. Do you ever design and make them for Disabled people who can’t climb stairs ? I don’t think most made are for people that are disabled. Thanks

  • Linda Patterson
    May 25, 2017, 11:39 pm

    I would really like to know how the couple transported there looks really tiny home to Maui Hawaii. Thank you I love it I think it’s gorgeous I love the kitchen. You guys do a really good job I watch program often.

  • Diane Gray
    August 6, 2017, 1:25 am

    Very pleasing to the eye. Like the white walls and brick and wood contrast. Not too much of any one thing. Lovely!

  • Adina Hirschmann
    October 4, 2017, 5:45 pm

    My apartment living room and stairwell are very much needing those lights. They would illuminate and integrate the two spaces with a modern touch and energy efficiency. Wondering where they got them. Also, is the TV integrated into a residential system for audio distribution? What about HVAC? The folding scissors stairs look safer than the ladder because they’re permanently attached. Surprised they didn’t go for a set with handrails. I would have wanted to see more of the bathroom. The interior camera angles were a bit disorienting for visualizing the lsyout. BTW, the kitchen is more spacious than mine! As for the couch, I have a larger, modern, high-backed version in black leather in my living room I found on Craigslist for $350. Seek and ye shall find.

  • Drew
    October 4, 2017, 7:00 pm

    Wow! Just amazing! That is a beautiful home! I am still looking for my socks! They seem to be missing after being blown off across the room! I am seriously in awe at this home!

  • October 4, 2017, 7:26 pm

    The bed and/or lounge out on the deck with the adjustable head, where can I find one????

  • John Day
    October 5, 2017, 11:59 am

    Trailer-houses are illegal in Hawaii. Too dangerous in storms, and no landfill space to put them at end of life-cycle.

  • Heather H
    October 5, 2017, 4:09 pm

    Is it wider than 8.5? It look wider in looking at layout and the size of couch sectional.

  • October 5, 2017, 10:17 pm

    I could go for this easily. However, the first thing I would have them do is get rid of the ladder. Replace it with fold down steps as they did at the other end or put in steps with storage. Ladders, in spite of their popularity, are accidents really waiting to happen as well as a major distraction for the overall view. Nevertheless, choices can always be incorporated in any design for one’s own personal tastes and needs. That’s actually the beauty of these tiny structures.

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