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Impressive 16-ft. Tiny House w/ Elevator Bed


This is a 16-ft. tiny house with an elevator bed for $39,000 out of Monterey, Tennessee via Nehemiah Horst on Tiny Home Builders.

It features a lovely exterior with a slanted, shed-style roof which seems as aerodynamic as it could be. Step inside, and I think you might be surprised as to how much you like the layout. Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments.

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16-ft. Tiny House with an Elevator Bed for 39k in Monterey Tennessee

Highlights

  • Built on 8×16 trailer
  • Kitchen
  • Bathroom
  • Washer & dryer
  • Elevator bed disappears into ceiling during the day
  • Living room with couch
  • Lots of windows
  • Shou Sugi Ban burnt cedar siding
  • Monterey, Tennessee
  • $39k

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  • Avatar Tiana
    February 14, 2020, 3:40 pm

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!! So simple and clean lined! I want one!

  • Avatar John Thompson
    February 14, 2020, 4:39 pm

    Whether people like the overall plan, they did one thing that I find lacking in most THs. They triple-purposed a space – necessary because the trailer’s so short. 1/2 kitchen, 1/2 “work space”, 1 relaxation spot w/big screen TV and one full bed space. I’ve seen elevator beds before; they lack something, but this one is good. The entire unit is still small – that’s their point. I couldn’t live in it, but it was really well thought out.

  • Avatar david
    February 14, 2020, 6:27 pm

    I like where they started going with this, but it feels poorly executed and thought out.
    The bed ends up being too high (well above counter height) when lowered, and blocks part of the light from the window in whatever position.
    The Television is unwatchable from laying on the bed, as it is half obscured by the Duvet.
    The workstation can’t have hardly anything on it, as the descending bed will interfere with it.
    You have all the opportunity to use concealed lifting screws for the bed frame, but instead they use exposed cabling.

    So you could make a ceiling pocket for the bed to slide up into, even making a little sub-roof bit to house it – or some framing around it inside anyway
    You could have the desk descend into the footwell when the bed is lowered, allowing the full compliment of workstation setup to be on the workstation AND the bed to be low enough to use from the floor AND the television to be viewable.
    You could put the lifting mechanism inside the tracks instead of external.

    But what do you expect for only a single somewhat less than annual salary cost, right?

  • Avatar Lee Baldwin
    February 14, 2020, 6:55 pm

    I really like the bathroom and the lovely light wood walls. Agree with the comments above about bed height and multi use spaces that end up not being fully useful, though I like the textures and the way things look. I would like see a 20 or 24 foot option that is less compromised. Mostly I’m writing because I think it is really not a great idea to drop your tiny onto cinder blocks: not strong enough, don’t do it.

  • Avatar Michael
    February 14, 2020, 10:36 pm

    It’s an example for a compact THOW suitable for travel. Roof shape helps to reduce air resistance when towing.
    However, David is right it could be executed better. Elevator bed down is too high and Ana White from Alaska showed us a better but still affordable lifting mechanism. I always would prefer a pre-fab one piece shower stall in a wooden structure.
    Beside that I would but sofa across driving direction would divide kitchen counter two both sides and with a fold up table in the living room a dining table and computer desk would be possible. This would also allow better access to lower bed and watching TV which could also double as computer screen for a laptop.

    Overall, 16 ft trailers are cheaper, easier to tow and can be outfitted with all your needs.

    • Avatar James D.
      February 16, 2020, 1:34 am

      No, Ana White’s bed worked basically the same way and would have the same height issue in this layout… There’s just no space to lower the bed to a better height.

      Both Ana’s and this design uses sliding guide rail hardware along the walls and that means the bed has to work along the full width of the house and can only go as low as what’s below it allows.

  • Avatar John Friesen
    February 14, 2020, 10:56 pm

    Do you have plans available for the elevator bed? The mechanics look neat and clean; whatever operates seems invisible.

    • Avatar James D.
      February 16, 2020, 1:44 am

      Hardware and mechanism is just built into the walls and ceiling. You can look at the one Ana White did for her Open Concept Modern Tiny House, which she has plans for on her site.

      Basically, sliding vertical guide rails along the walls to guide the bed, keeping it straight as it goes up and down, and providing stop points to rest it at a predetermined height(s).

      Cables can be either connected to counter weights to manually push/pull the bed up and down or a motor that you can operate remotely, or a crank and pulley system.

      There’s both commercial and DIY versions… Commercial ones you can be more sure options like the motor can take your weight for height adjustable beds. While the DIY ones you generally have to lock into position…

  • Avatar Roxanne
    February 15, 2020, 11:29 am

    Personally, I don’t care for the bed directly above the (glass) stovetop. Even after turning it off, the stove’s burner stays warm a long time. Plus, it’s not too difficult to crack a glass stovetop (speaking from experience). Also, as stated above, when the bed is down, it blocks part of the television screen, not to mention the screen is then too low to watch comfortably. Perhaps things could be switched around a bit, putting the closet, fridge, and shelves down across from the cooking space and the bed closer to the door and bathroom. The space is pretty but perhaps could have been better designed. But that’s what experience and practice are about, right?

    • Avatar James D.
      February 16, 2020, 1:09 am

      It’s induction, so only the cookware gets hot… While the bed sits on rails embedded in the walls and stops a few inches from the counter top. So the bed doesn’t rest on it but supported by the walls…

  • Avatar D. Pedersen
    February 15, 2020, 2:09 pm

    I find it impractical and with a lack of storage space. Too much space is taken up by the washer and dryer. It would have been better with a combination machine half the size. That would leave space above for shelves.And I agree on some of the other comments about the bed.

    • Avatar D. Pedersen
      February 15, 2020, 2:11 pm

      I mean, there is no logical reason to have a washer and dryer, if there is nowhere to store the clothing.

      • Avatar D. Pedersen
        February 15, 2020, 2:15 pm

        And I just realised that the door to the washer and dryer is on the wrong side – AND opening the wrong way. You can not put any chairs at the window, since they will be in the way of the door.

      • Avatar James D.
        February 16, 2020, 12:51 am

        That’s not true…

        1) You don’t need lots of cloths to need a washer and dryer, any amount of cloths can justify it if you don’t have easy access to other ways to maintain your cloths… Versus not cleaning your cloths at all…

        2) Combo units can save space but separate washer and dryer can allow you to maintain your cloths much faster than a combo unit, not everyone can work around the long time it takes a combo unit…

        3) Use of washer and dryer is not limited to just cloths but also towels, bedding, and any other cloth product you may be using in the house…

        Besides, there’s some places to store cloths… Just only not a lot of space to hang anything but that’s not the only way you can store clothing.

        While the door to the washer/dryer closet is bi-fold. So it doesn’t stick out a lot and a chair can always just be moved when needed… But there isn’t a reason to put a chair by that window permanently unless you just want to clutter up the space with furniture.

        Would make more sense to leave a little step ladder against the window, the bi-fold door won’t hit it, and that can be used to access the bed more conveniently… and it won’t be in the way when not needed…

  • Avatar Alison
    February 15, 2020, 8:14 pm

    I like it. I never watch TV in bed, so the position doesn’t bother me. I might tweak a few things if I were in charge, but he made a nice house in a small space. The elevator bed gives me a lot to think about, design-wise.

  • February 16, 2020, 5:24 pm

    Smaller is better as far as I’m concerned so I find this one interesting. Having said that, some things here work well for me, some maybe not so well, but then again we are all different.

    But what about ventilation?! One thing all us small-space dwellers share is the need for sufficient ventilation, even more so than in a McMansion, so we don’t marinade ourselves and the structure of our homes in the juices of our own cooking – exhaling, showering, etc.

    I see two opening windows opposite each other, which is good for cross-ventilation as long as there is a breeze and it’s not raining, (sliders are plentiful and inexpensive but can’t really be left open in any but the most gentle of rains) but they don’t really cover the “hanging out and sleeping” space which means the fan-mode of the minisplit has to be utilized and that’s not really very quiet.

    As far as I can tell there are no roof-vents to encourage that highly effective and silent convective air-flow. And maybe it don’t show in the photos, but a shower without power-venting?

    • Avatar James D.
      February 16, 2020, 11:02 pm

      Yes, good observation, the only visible vent is for the cloth’s dryer and there’s only two windows that open, with no window in the bathroom.

      You can add window fans but adding active venting would, IMO, be a priority on the list of updates this would need for full time use.

  • Avatar Teresa-Marie Kitchen
    February 17, 2020, 3:49 pm

    To who, it concerns:
    You tried. I still like ANNA WHITE’s tiny house concept better but you come so close to what she was trying to develop as well. I say thumbs up. You are amazing for putting the effort in to try creating a tiny house concept. Your windows are just amazing with an awesome view. It the comforter on the bed was tucked in to where the television could have been seen more it might of seemed more impressive! Good Job to the creator of this tiny house on wheels!!! Personally I like it. I am still waiting for someone to work with me to help create a tiny house on wheels with me. It shouldn’t be that hard right? I’m 49 years old, so do you know anyone that would help me? I love ANNA WHITE’s Open Concept but time is running out. I have low income but it is honest income to work with. Let me know if anyone would be willing to work well with me okay? Signed – Teresa M. Kitchen

  • Avatar Angie
    April 3, 2020, 7:54 am

    Absolutely love this! It has everything needed for living and is compact, yet not cluttered or messy (as many THOWs can look). I might paint the underside of the bed a light color to add visual height though. Alternately, for those who don’t care for the elevator bed, it looks like there is enough space to replace the couch with a fold-down sofa bed.

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