I first met Graham Wales at a tiny house workshop in Wilmington, NC last year.
He immediately told me about his dreams of becoming a tiny house builder by starting his own company to offer design/build services.
I thought that was awesome and it gets better because today he’s accomplishing exactly what he told me along with completing his first tiny house on wheels project that I’m excited about showing you here today.
The house he built is called: The Inaugural. And his company: East Coast Tiny Homes. (Update: East Coast Tiny Homes is no longer in business)
Graham also took the time to let me interview him which you can read below.
I think you’ll really like the home since it has some space saving features that you probably haven’t seen before in other small houses so enjoy below and share what you liked most about it in the comments below.
Introducing: East Coast Tiny Houses (Interview)
I hope you enjoy touring his tiny house below along with the interview with Graham (founder of East Coast Tiny Homes) below:
Interior with Loft, Kitchen, Bathroom and Living Area
Custom Built Couch with Built-in Storage
Lots of Built-in Storage for all of your stuff
Latches for Hidden Storage in the Ceiling Under Loft
Hidden Built-In Storage in the Ceiling
Smart Space-Saving Pull Out Table (Love This)
Genius idea in my opinion (I’m sure many of you probably agree).
Sleeping Loft with Skylight and Clever Storage
Built-in Storage in the Loft
Compact Kitchen with Lots of Features
Custom Table (Notice Legs)
Bathroom with Normal Flush Toilet
Washer Dryer Combo
Exterior of the House
Interview with Graham of East Coast Tiny Houses
THT: So why did you start building this particular tiny house?
Ever since I knew that tiny houses were a thing I’ve been interested in them. It seems like an industry and subculture with strong, meaningful ties, and so I decided to merge my interests with tiny houses with my desire to start my own company, and after a great labor of love, I created The Inaugural.
THT: Can you tell us how it was designed?
I believe that one of the biggest barriers to the growth of the tiny house movement is that many “outsiders” see it as a fringe thing. They see designs with things like composting toilets and tiny kitchens and minimal storage (which I think are all great) and think, “yeah, that’s cute and all, but it seems like a little too uncomfortable for me.” They see it as too much of a jump from their lifelong lifestyle to really get interested. So when I sat down to design this house, I tried to make it as appealing as possible to the masses, hence the dishwasher, washer/dryer, relatively large fridge and as much storage as I could fit in it. It’s still a tiny house in every sense, just hopefully with a broader appeal.
THT: Will the plans for it be available for purchase?
I plan on sticking to custom designs and builds for now, so I won’t be making any plans available. Just going with a different business model for the time being.
THT: How big is it in square feet inside?
The floor is 160 sq. ft. with an 87″ wide by 92″ deep loft.
THT: What are the dimensions of this house?
It is built on an 8.5′ by 20′ trailer. I pushed the width of the house to the maximum legal road width to allow as much interior space as possible. The height is right at 13’6″.
THT: Where did you get the trailer to build it on?
I bought the trailer through a company called Rigsbee Trailers in Knightdale, NC. Mr. Rigsbee was a very helpful old sage and the trailer was manufactured by Maxey Trailers in Texas. It was a pretty quick turnaround (2.5 weeks) for a custom trailer.
THT: What was the most challenging part?
I actually had very little construction experience before starting this one. I have friends that are professional carpenters that helped me think through designs and issues along the way, though. It’s difficult to point to one single issue as being the most challenging. Overall, this was a new adventure for me, and I took my time and learned more in a few months than many do in a few years.
THT: What are you going to do next?
With my company, I hope to do custom designs for specific clients. I don’t aspire to have a large company so that I can maintain a personal touch and craft the perfect house for each person. I had a ton of fun building this one and I know I will enjoy future builds just as much.
THT: What inspired you the most to start building tiny houses?
When I was probably nine or ten years old, I had a copy of the Guinness Book of World Records, and one of the records in that book was “smallest space lived in for a year” (or something like that). I was fascinated with it and vowed to beat that record. I probably won’t, but the dream never really died. I was always fascinated with cozy spaces, and when I happened upon an article much later in life about tiny houses, something clicked. I knew that this was a thing I wanted to be involved with, and everything just evolved from there.
Graham, thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview and for sharing your tiny house with us.
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