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Jay Oistad’s 8×12 Sunday House

Jay Oistad is sharing his 8×12 Sunday tiny house design with us as part of our 2015 8×12 tiny house design contest. I’ll let Jay explain his design with you.

This THOW is built on a trailer 8′ by 12′, however the square footage without calculating the single loft and additional sleeping ca coon is 142 square feet,

Main TH is 96 square feet
Kitchen ” Room Roll Out ” is 32 square feet
Private office is 12 square feet

Extra space not included above:
Single Queen size loft 35 square feet
Single sleeping ca coon is 30 square feet
Total of extra, not included space is 75 square feet

Total of all space is 217 square feet.

Jay Oistad’s 8×12 Sunday House

Jay's Expanding 8x12 Sunday Tiny House

Images © Jay Oistad

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Images © Jay Oistad

The Sunday House is our interpretation of a 1900’s cottage. Our Sunday house is shown on an all aluminum trailer with double galvanized axles. This is our new Faast Track trailer which is fenderless and provides no obstructions for our design. Our method of construction is 2″ IMP Insulated Metal Panels with aluminum skins, resulting in an insulation R value of R 19. Even though the footprint is small, we offer a full, compact kitchen, with all the amenities that you would expect with a larger unit. Additionally, we have two folding decks that position themselves in an up position while transporting. Front and rear columns are detachable as front and rear porches are self supporting due to our integrated aluminum cage and roll bar technology. Due to it’s small size, this TH has a wet bathroom. Also, notice the private office for blogging. Upstairs, you have a Queen size loft and across the way is a twin size sleeping ca coon. If you get desperate for food you can eat the siding on this TH….it’s made of 60% rice husks, 30% common salt, and 10% mineral oil.lol. Windows are double insulated, recycled composite composition. Because this TH is both large and light, you can pull it behind a lightweight truck, SUV, or minivan, etc. This Th is the smallest one that we offer from our ” Tiny Wheeled Estate ” series.

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  • Cahow
    April 9, 2015, 6:00 pm

    Ah, the “Sunday House”. THAT is what ‘hooked’ me on tiny homes decades ago in Lester Walker’s CLASSIC book “Tiny Tiny Houses.” 😀

    Very nice design. LOVE the massive kitchen; wish there were links to the other alluded to areas.

    However, I’m going to be a Nit-Picker here. The contest is for an 8′ x 12′ house, meaning 96 sq.ft. All the “not included add-ons” bring the total up to 217 sq.ft. or an additional 121 sq.ft.!!!! That’s DOUBLE + 25 extra sq.ft. added to this design.

    That doesn’t seem to be quite fair, now, does it?

    As I stated above, lovely tiny home on wheels, but the additional 121 sq.ft. rather disqualifies it, to my way of thinking.

  • Ova Dehr
    April 9, 2015, 7:17 pm

    That is THOW awesome. (ova dehr)

  • Marie Kuenn
    April 9, 2015, 7:44 pm

    I like the Sunday House and would love to know the cost to have one like that. Can changes be made at all? I really do not need the office. I also can not do ladders so a stair case would be needed. Same with the stairs for the smaller loft. Please get back with me on this. Thank you.

  • LouAnn Gurske
    April 9, 2015, 10:59 pm

    I agree with Marie K. completely and would also like information on availability of changes and cost. Are there actual pictures of a Sunday House that has been built? I hope you will publish these. Please include all areas of the house too. Thank you. Love it !

  • Jason McQueen
    April 10, 2015, 12:22 am

    Despite being over size (debatable) it is beautiful and well-designed. I especially like that it is designed to be pulled by something other than a $50,000 Ultra-Super-Duty EFG-350 8L V12 6mpg whatever. I already own a Suburban but not even that can pull a Tumbleweed. If you were going to go tiny, the cost of the truck plus the cost of the house may put you back in real-estate mortgage (or at least modular home) territory (depending on where you live). Something like this may actually represent a possible reasonable solution for low-income families.

  • Michelle H.
    April 10, 2015, 9:09 am

    Where on earth is the storage? Where the heck would I put a broom or my clothes and shoes? I guess a dresser/cabinet would need to be added.

  • Mary Ann
    April 10, 2015, 10:47 am

    After extensive review I have come to the conclusion the drawings do not represent the write-up or the 8×12 criteria. The outside renderings seem to represent several alternatives, ie the back shows both a small and large bump out. A small bump out is illustrated as the blogging area. This might be a slider, but the renderings show a permanent roof. Also a 7′ sofa sits where the slider would move into.

    The kitchen illustrates a 30″ fridge, a 30″ stove, a 24″ sink and 24″ washer. This is wider than 8′. So where is the kitchen located? With the front entrance on centre it cannot be at either end. Looking at the outside window configurations, the kitchen seems to be located in another bump-out. The fridge back is against the windows!!

    As for loft space… There is none over the kitchen outside rendering, so no sleeping here. Also the illustration of the blogging desk area has an open sight line to the high windows… So no sleeping area here either!!

    So what we seem to have is pretty pictures where the written description, the 8×12 criteria, the outside renderings and the inside illustrations do not match. Even the porch is different than the write-up. It looks good, really good…but THIS could never be built as moving TH.

    All is not lost. The use of building materials other than wood is a big step forward. Also building panels with R19 is a big improvement within the industry. R19 will keep the TH warm in the winter and cool in the summer. As McQueen mentioned previously it is great to have a trailer light enough to be towed without needing an oversized, gas guzzling vehicle. Maybe Jay could work on a more air dynamic design to have the TH less susceptible to highway winds and road conditions.

  • Mary Ann
    April 10, 2015, 10:57 am

    Whoops… Sorry… What I thought was a bigger rear bump-out is an exterior rendering of the kitchen bump-out.

  • David Feldman
    April 10, 2015, 11:53 am

    This is a lovely house BUT it is an 8’x12′ tiny house like I am the former heavy weight boxing champion of the world. Not! . If this is an official entry in the 8’x12′ tiny house competition then it should have been immediately disqualified. And if the competition is to be judged on the number of “Likes” then the entire credibility of the competition is questionable.

  • James Chapman
    April 10, 2015, 2:30 pm

    The contest should be in two categories,one for trailers and on for houses,the different state codes make it impossible to be fair,one cannot legally build a house because of state codes that will compete with what you can do legally do with a trailer.For instance if the porch supports on a small house are not connected to the house,then the porch becomes a part of the foot print of the house.If that makes any sense.

  • harri
    April 10, 2015, 5:39 pm

    no matter how you slice it or dice it it still feels claustrophobic especially in cold climates in outside inclement weather

  • April 11, 2015, 10:14 am

    This is not exactly 8×12 now is it. Although pretty.

    • Dea
      April 11, 2015, 4:57 pm

      I was of the understanding the contest was for any 8X12 creative /theoretical, and real designs: If you port it at road standard then it shouldn’t get anybody’s goat. I’m sorry if differences in peoples drafting ability are catching more attention. I’ve recently found my 6yr old with SPD prefers Autocad to gaming when I started doodling some ideas for our dream build I’ve seen some great crayon drawings too doodled during meetings at restaurants (LAUGH) totally true. My point being I don’t think the focus was on the flourish, but the innovation involved here and unique qualities of each. I enjoyed them all sadly our entry wasn’t finished in time due to a storm outage, but that’s the scramble, we had a lot of fun together…I can’t wait for more contests just to see the creativity, its like art class all over again. Enjoy living and please don’t stress over the unnecessary, something newer will just take its place…foodie for thought

      • LouAnn Gurske
        April 13, 2015, 9:54 pm

        Very well said Dea!

  • Mary
    April 12, 2015, 9:56 am

    Yes! finally someone got smart and added a slide out…much needed and a great design.. I would like to know who makes these units it did not say , if the couch design takes up to much room use a murphy bed as extra sleeping, it folds up out of the way,when not needed. altogether a great design would love to get one…please give info on who built this and where…

  • Cindy
    April 12, 2015, 9:46 pm

    This THOW shows some real creativity, in thought and design. I am so glad you shared it. This work stands out in the crowd even if it is not in the “criteria”. Please let me know where you can buy one of
    these and how much they cost.

  • LouAnn Gurske
    April 13, 2015, 10:00 pm

    I have noted that several people have asked for information on Jay’s Sunday House, including me. Has one actually been built? If so, pictures please ! Pricing? I have seen these sketches before and remain very interested in the concept of roll-outs. Please enlighten us.

  • Paula
    May 12, 2015, 7:54 pm

    Looking for someone to replace porches on my cottage in Upstate NY? Any names? Thanks!!!!

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