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Incredible MitchCraft Tiny Home Built on an 18′ Trailer that will Amaze You

If you’re looking for a new favorite tiny home on wheels, this one by MitchCraft Tiny Homes in Fort Collins, Colorado might be it!

I think you’ll probably agree that it would be a pleasure to live in. It’s an amazing, one-of-a-kind tiny cottage built on an 18′ utility trailer set up with a permanent deck.

When you go inside, you’ll find a cozy living arrangement with a downstairs reading nook that doubles as a bedroom, an additional upstairs sleeping loft, classic woodburning fireplace under the staircase ladder, a dining booth, full kitchen, and a bathroom with exposed pipes. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thank you!

Incredible MitchCraft Tiny Home Built on an 18′ Trailer that will Amaze You

Incredible Tiny Home Built on an 18' Trailer that will Amaze You

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  • Avatar Nancy M. November 2, 2015, 4:24 pm

    Yup, I would LOVE living in this one! Has absolutely everything I would need (except A/C which would be easy to add), including lots of storage, and lots of funky, interesting touches! Now, if only it were on my property in Florida….. LOL!

    • Avatar Amelia November 2, 2015, 7:22 pm

      I have been looking at 100’s of THOW’s and this one is absolutely fantastic. This IS the one I’ve been dreaming of. Homey and rustic with loads of personality and wonderful touches. Love the exposed copper piping and the ratio of wood to metal is perfect – not too “industrial-looking”. And I also love the downstairs lounging/reading/bookcase area that can be used as the bedroom once I get too old for those stairs.
      The stairs are great, a perfect mix between ladder and stairs – just needs a railing on the wall.

      I would probably do this 3″ longer to fit a tub in (I need baths now and again) and to separate the composting toilet from the bathing area. I would probably also frame the door so it opens outward for more space (a little trick I learned from attending a TH-building workshop). And, as I am of shorter stature, I would put those sliding-drawer storage units below the fridge, rather than above it – I could NEVER see up there.

      Otherwise, this is just a perfectly wonderful construction. Thank you both!!!!

  • Avatar Tanja Andreas November 2, 2015, 4:45 pm

    My partner Jeffery and dear friend Joe, both experienced and professional carpenters, toured this Tiny Home and tell me it is beautifully crafted. Mitch and Christina are obviously wonderful designers and woodworkers. Good job, the design is fabulous, useful AND homey. Great spice rack/cabinet over the vent hood. Love the woodstove tucked under the stairs, I have not seem that design element before. Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to see your home myself!

    • Avatar DB November 2, 2015, 7:24 pm

      Did you notice the woodstove doesn’t have ANY chimney piping ? It looks like it’s just for show, which makes the corrugated metal shielding equally superfluous. I think they started with wanting it but then discovered it wasn’t going to be safe. Or they have yet to figure out how they’re going to actually run the chimney out the wall.

  • Avatar Victoria November 2, 2015, 4:53 pm

    I need something like this. Practical with a washer/dryer unit. I wouldn’t want a loft. Room for family get-togethers and sleeping area. I need to be financed and parked somewhere here in Okaloosa County, FL. Please help me.

  • Avatar Debbie November 2, 2015, 5:16 pm

    Oh how I love thee, let me count the ways. But really this is wonderful. Is that burlap for interior walls, what a great idea. Bathroom one of the best I’ve seen. For those wanting a main floor bedroom, this is perfect.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Avatar Kathy November 2, 2015, 5:28 pm

    Exceptionally well thought out plan. I like the woodburner under the stairs, but I think for me a ceramic wall heater or a marine stove would make more sense, and the understairs area could then be free to use for storage. Otherwise there’s nothing I would change. Great job! Best of luck in pursuing making a living building tiny homes. You definitely ‘got the right stuff’!

    • Avatar Marcy January 2, 2016, 11:57 pm

      Kathy, That’s exactly what I was thinking!

  • Avatar Joyce November 2, 2015, 6:21 pm

    woodburning stove does look like a hazard, also very messy. From the pics I can’t really tell what the total layout is…

  • Avatar Katiei November 2, 2015, 6:29 pm

    Such a great example why a side door makes sense. Love the storage under the settee and the kitchen set up /w an almost “regular” sized fridge. Great use of space for a first floor bed

  • Avatar Dominick Bundy November 2, 2015, 7:06 pm

    Like having the entrance on the side rather than the end. Very nice layout. Especially the area to hang clothes..

  • Avatar Rich November 2, 2015, 8:47 pm

    Meeting DOT standards (especially 8.5 ft width) doesn’t make any sense to me unless a tiny house will actually by moved frequently. However, the small changes that Mitch and Christina have made in this plan netted BIG improvements in the use of space; namely placing a door on the diagonal by shaving off the corner of the bathroom and locating the entrance on the long side of the rectangle as others have noted. Nicely detailed, crafted and designed!

    • Avatar DB November 2, 2015, 10:00 pm

      Agree with the DOT point, maybe best summed up with the THOW parentage of full size “mobile homes” being more widely known as “mobile once” homes. The problem I have with something like this being kept to transport size without needing permits is little attention paid to weight. The wood is nice but probably puts it over being safely towed by even a HD pickup. So if you have to hire a transport anyway why not make it a little wider and useful. Personally I think more RV sensibility and tech needs to be incorporated in THOW design.

      • Avatar kristina nadreau April 23, 2016, 10:59 am

        I agree with your last comment, that more rv tech needs to be incorporated in the tiny designs. too much re-inventing the wheel with non optimal designs.

  • Avatar katiei November 2, 2015, 9:20 pm

    Addendum : I lived on a boat for years – not on a dock but “on the hook” so I really appreciate the well thought out items. I’m guessing the propane tanks are in the cupboard on the tongue which is way safer to have it mounted outside /w good floor ventilation. I like the back access to the composing toilet so it doesn’t have to be lugged through the home. I like the use of vertical space. Personally I find a “wet bath” is a pain and would add a separating shower curtain and would paint (or whitewash) the wood to lighten up the entire home. That is just for me. I love your home.

  • Avatar Marcy November 3, 2015, 9:52 am

    Cute, eclectic, and cleverly designed. Love, love, love the over the fridge pantry! I haven’t seen anything like it before. Everything you need easily accessible. (I’m 5’2″ so I’d need a step stool, but still…) And I agree that the corner angle door to the bathroom is clever and allows for more use of space.

  • Avatar Nanny M November 3, 2015, 11:35 am

    You are so right, Alex, this is my new fave. Let me count the ways, but they have mostly been mentioned. Cozy, rustic, livable, with everything needed except washer and dryer. Maximum vertical storage in the kitchen. I would live in the reading nook, but with a smaller stove, so I didn’t bump and burn on my way.

  • Avatar Marsha Cowan November 7, 2015, 5:56 pm

    This house rocks! I love the bathroom and the slide out upper kitchen cabinets. It is beautiful and cozy. Great job!

  • Avatar Theo November 7, 2015, 6:49 pm

    And yet another loft, with no-handrail steps. This is not for me. parts look well done, other parts look like the materials were salvagd from a landfill. And that bathroom sink makes me queasy to look at it. Didn’t see a price, but I bet it was a heap.

  • Avatar Alisa Carter November 8, 2015, 11:51 am

    I am in love with the little downstairs bedroom space. It looks like the perfect spot to read, lounge, and take a nap! I liked this layout overall. There would have to be a few tweaks for me to live in the space and accommodate my 5 foot frame. Well done!

  • Avatar kristina nadreau April 23, 2016, 11:10 am

    it appears that they actually live in the space. I would like to hear of their experience in another 2 years. I like the use of space. seems practical in general, however, I do not want wooden interior walls in a tiny bath, that are subject to being wet daily. There is no product that will protect the wood from damage indefinitely. frequent maintenance is not doable for me.

  • Avatar Marsha Cowan April 23, 2016, 11:11 am

    Move over…I’m moving in! So many cool nooks, crooks, and crannies! Beautiful warm stained wood. A bath and kitchen to die for. And just when you think it can’t get any better…the loft! Man! This couple thought of it all. Charm, beauty, function, and best of all…the cuteness factor! Only in this case, it’s more of a fantasy factor…like a hobit house, cozy and clever. Thanks for sharing this tiny house.

  • Avatar jennifer jacobs April 23, 2016, 1:19 pm

    So many great details I think this could be my favorite! I would add a additional convertible table to add an emergency bed & I imagine with a circular shower ring mounted with J’s made from copper you could protect that beautiful wood compost toilet. I also love the fact the tile under the wood stove was flush to the wood floor. Nice detail. Code is 18″ from combustibles for unlined wood stoves. Bet those stairs are toasty. The whole thing is just wonderful, creative and well designed.

  • Avatar Gigi April 24, 2016, 3:19 am

    Lots to love and imitate. Great job, MitchCraft!

  • Avatar Theo April 25, 2016, 12:01 am

    Woodwork looks nice. However, there are a myriad of things about the interior design that just do not sit well with me at all – including the corrigated metal.

  • Avatar Gabriella June 23, 2016, 4:28 pm

    I like the articulated line of the structure. Inside appreciate the unusual idea of the kitchen in the dining area then gradually confortable bathroom and especially the bed alcove under yje stairs as an alternative to the bed in the attic.

  • Avatar Large Marge June 23, 2016, 10:45 pm


    Nice use of corrugated roofing. I remodeled a two-car garage into a master suite, and used 12′ lengths on one wall clear to the cathedral ceiling.

    Be careful of tree limbs contacting your structure. That’s an ideal path for insects, and the constant brushing can damage the roof components.

    Thanks for the semi-Steampunk rustic craftsmanship!

  • Avatar Rick B June 24, 2016, 12:23 am

    Nice Job….. Beautifully done.

  • Avatar Christine July 11, 2016, 11:10 pm

    Are plans available? Cuz this house is sweet!

  • Avatar Kathy August 26, 2016, 4:31 pm

    This is my favorite so far. I love the placement of the windows. The bathroom sink is adorable. The pans hanging above the kitchen window and the counter with the hinged piece at the end are great organizational ideas. This place is very well thought out. Thank you so much for sharing and for all that you do!

  • Avatar ZACHARY E. MOHRMANN August 27, 2016, 10:19 am

    Beautiful tiny house….!

  • Avatar Lynn Duvall August 27, 2016, 2:37 pm

    Ditto all the admiring comments, useful suggestions, and criticisms above. Downstairs bed with toilet just steps away is necessary for many older guests (or residents). Does the book nook bed turn into a double? Might add some kind of privacy curtain between the nook and rest of the living area; same for the loft. Super design and result.

  • Avatar Jody August 27, 2016, 3:35 pm

    This is great! I get so tired of seeing the same floor plan. This is a great use of space, I love it! So many homey touches with tons of storage. If it was mine, I would just add stairs with storage underneath, instead of a ladder. That’s what makes these so cool, you can make them just for you and how you live. Love all the pics too! Thans for sharing your home with us!

  • Avatar Jody August 27, 2016, 3:40 pm

    I had to take another look. Other than the 18′ trailer, what is the size of this one and the cost if you don’t mind. *Also, I’ve been wondering when a price is shown for either DIY or from a company, does that total price include the trailer too?* Thanks so much!

  • Avatar Ruth August 27, 2016, 4:06 pm

    I agree with Amelia on the things she likes about the house. I am drawn to this interior because it reminds me so much of my grandmother’s summer Cottage up in Maine. My living situation is different, as I have a permanent place to keep it, so I would put in a real toilet and probably a marine stove instead of the wood burning stove. What I particularly love about this house is that it looks like somebody actually lives there. So often the houses we see have no evidence that there is an occupant, but this house manages effective use of space with personality and charm. This would suit me perfectly.

  • Avatar tanya hohe August 28, 2016, 10:03 am

    Love love love this one!! The only change I would make is have it 24 ft so that there could be a small living/.tv area. I am a avid reader so no tv in the reading room!! Other than that I am in love!!!

  • Avatar Donna Rae August 28, 2016, 2:42 pm

    A lot of great things packed into a smaller than average package. Most of the ones I have liked have been closer to 24′ in length. I am always puzzled, though, why people think having a curtain under a sink or countertop is more appealing than cupboard doors. Other than that, it’s really a wonderful tiny house.

  • Avatar Brenda September 20, 2016, 9:59 pm

    Being a Colorado native, now living in Oregon I see so many familiar and comforting pluses in this home. Using the beetle kill lumber is very artsy and smart, the kitchen counter top fold out, if it was just a little longer could join the dining table and be useful baking a big batch of cookies, the corner sink with the copper pipes super clever, specially coupled with the awesome sink, love the location of the wood stove and using the space under the stairs with the heat reflecting off of the metal would double the heat efficiency, pantry above kitchen great idea….just love this house. Very ‘Colorado’…very homey and comfy!! Great design, inside and out. Is this a company in Fort Collins building these, or a one time personal build?

  • Avatar Brenda September 20, 2016, 10:03 pm

    Never mind, just answered my own question. Just checked out your site……

  • Avatar Jody Mead September 21, 2016, 9:24 pm

    OK how the heck did they manage to fit a bedroom downstairs too?? I want to do that too but it just doesn’t seem to work. Is it because the bathroom is on an angle? Love the little stove too 🙂 This layout works really well.

  • Avatar Sarah October 26, 2016, 4:43 pm

    Ok, now this is seriously awesome (whatever that means). I’m not sure what I love the best…the reading nook is awesome, totally wonderful with shelving that could also be useful for a crafter like me. Love the wood, the bathroom sink, the branches holding up kitchen shelving. This is soooo cozy! What a great build!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie October 27, 2016, 8:47 am

      I’m so happy you love it so much 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Avatar Lynn Duvall October 27, 2016, 11:32 am

    I’m 67, so I want a tiny home that has first floor bed(s), for if/when I (and/or my older friends) can’t climb to a loft. The reading nook/bed conversion is great. You might get a second bed by reconfiguring the dining table/benches – a 3 bedroom tiny home.

  • Avatar jm November 2, 2016, 1:37 pm

    Pretty woodsy. I, too, am not a fan of so much wood in the bathroom. Wet baths are just that. Wet. I like the exposed piping (just to make sure it is not leaking and for maintenance), although you can burn yourself on the hot water pipe. Slow water leaks do many of these thows in. It rots the floor and causes big headaches. For that reason I like all exposed water piping.

    I think that I like more space as these tiny homes become cluttered very quickly with just simple items you need in your life–unless you want to live like a hermit in a cave.

  • Avatar Frank February 3, 2017, 5:34 pm

    Interior walls of knotty-pine/fir or Hemlock can really be enhanced
    by painting each knot with varnish, then after they dry use a white
    paint to cover all. Wipe off that white paint with rags and it gives you a great light color, and easier to keep clean. Try it on one panel before you put it up on wall to see if the color meets your approval.
    I was working at a lumber/logging company in Oregon and was the first to use this method on the interior with wall paneling cut from old downed trees in coastal fire burn.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee February 6, 2017, 7:53 am

      Thanks for the tip, Frank!

  • Avatar Marsha Cowan March 7, 2017, 11:41 pm

    I have always loved this house. It is so original and warm and beautiful. There are so many clever little design elements that add to its charm, like that bathroom sink, and all the metal and stained wood. Great job.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee March 8, 2017, 9:08 am

      It’s always those little details that just make a place wonderful 🙂

  • Avatar ZACHARY E MOHRMANN March 8, 2017, 6:28 am

    I really like this tiny….. The only thing is the composting crapper, It’s a deal breaker for me …!

  • Avatar Sgmaps March 9, 2017, 12:05 am

    Just wondering where the living area/couch is. I have gone over & over the pics and all I can see is the kitchen, bathroom, back office to bedroom and the table with 2 wood storage benches.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee March 9, 2017, 7:33 am

      The back room is the living area by day and the sleeping by night from what I can tell 🙂

  • Avatar ROSEE March 13, 2017, 12:13 pm

    Obviously a cozy well lived in TH abode! Hopefully nobody missed a step and slipped onto the wood stove!

  • Avatar Betty September 13, 2017, 4:12 pm

    Some aspects of this home I like, and there are others I could not live with. Hope this couple is enjoying living in it.😊

  • Avatar Yaffa B. September 15, 2017, 9:21 am

    Ohhhhhhhh… the BUILT IN BOOKCASES! The COPPER fittings over the kitchen sink! LOVELY. I would change either the length or the placement of the kitchen as I want a real sofa in a living room. That little nook where the books are, I’d have as an office. Solar electric for everything. I LOVE wood -burning stoves, but would fear for the creosote potential. I’m seriously in love with composting toilets and have only not figured out how I would get/keep/use water. All in all, a LOVELY build! I’m very impressed.

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