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Making Your Tiny House Feel Bigger

One of the challenges for tiny houses is feeling comfortable with the amount of space you have.

When I found this tiny house on a trailer for sale, I immediately noticed how neat it was that they had added a larger porch.

This way you can actually lounge outside and use the outdoor space as part of the home. You can read books, magazines, or just enjoy the scenery there.

Many people who live in a small space rave about how they have great outdoor space which they use a lot. In a house like this, it’s sort of a must, isn’t it?

This has led me to a few built in ideas that you can add to your own design so that you can expand your outdoor space (maybe I’ll share in another post)… But you can see a real example of it in action right here.

Making Your Tiny House Feel Bigger

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It’s hard to tell in the photo but the roof is red which actually looks really nice with the red accents on the windows and door.

If you are in the Orcas Island Eastsound, Wa area this house might still be for sale. It was purchased new one year ago for $36,000 and is now being offered for $30,000 because of health and financial reasons. Send a message to catellis -at- gmail dot com.

The builders were an Oregon company called the Home Help Team. It has a sleeping loft, compost toilet, propane heater for the shower, a refrigerator, heater, sink, and 2 burner stove.

Inside there are cedar shelves, cedar finish, and Ikea furniture. And of course the bonus 8 x 8 deck that’s designed for easy mobility (although I’m not sure EXACTLY how it works).

Learn how to build your own house like this one for about $20,000.

Learn about the building plans for this exact house.

Total weight for towing is 7,500 pounds.

What would you design/build/construct to enjoy the outdoor space if you had a tiny house on a trailer? Would you build a porch like this? What are your ideas?

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • December 29, 2010, 4:39 pm

    I sure would and am actually planning it! Our house is an extremely popular spot for all our McMansion home owning friends – NEVER dreamed this would happen! Every weekend for the past month we have had 10 – 15 people hanging out in our kitchen/living room! They even bring FOOD! So, they are planning on enlarging the deck for the spring – I will send photos your way. I will even send photos of these crazy dinner parties! What fun – I love our tiny home – thank you for your work in spreading the word….

    • Dave
      March 16, 2013, 9:33 pm

      I would love to see your pictures. I am planning my own tiny house. I spent many years traveling & working in Europe – cooking for lots and lots of people and want to continues to so for “neighbors”.

  • December 29, 2010, 7:56 pm

    Great Debra my e-mail is tinyhousetalk at gmail dot com

    Looking forward to hearing/seeing more!

  • Tracy in WI
    May 21, 2011, 10:04 am

    Hi there 🙂 I love the tiny house concepts and I have been dreaming of downsizing for almost a year now. I’ve decided that if/when I do build I will maximize living space in my trailer by not building a porch on it. My front porch will be a deck-like detachable one with a tiny roof (possibly find some sunbrella fabric to create a small dormer with? similar idea to the play/swing set structures with a fabric roof) that can disassemble and reassemble easily (in case we want to move it… and I may indeed want to move it because it is my dream to travel). The actual outdoor living area will be a patio lined with the least expensive bricks I can find. This way I can garden right around it and still have outdoor living area that can be expanded if I ever want to do that. I would still be able to reuse the materials and even bring them with me if I ever want to move. Or I could find someone who wants the old ones (cause ya, they are HEAVY) and then do a craigslist search for more in new location. I don’t know yet, but it is fun to dream up new ideas 🙂

  • May 26, 2011, 10:30 am

    That sounds like a cool idea Tracy. I’ve always thought of creating a swinging porch with a latch so you just fold it up for traveling/moving and secure it with some sort of fastener. Lots of creative ways you can do it! Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  • Dave
    March 16, 2013, 9:23 pm

    I love that idea of a fold-down porch. I would also love to put a crank out awning – a small one not too heavy. I’ve also thought about a couple of removable telescoping pedistals in the main room for a dining table when having guests like you find on large sail boats. ‘Tracy in Wi’, I would love to see your pictures. I am planning my own tiny house.

  • Victoria
    September 25, 2013, 12:13 am

    Ultimately my goal is to have a screened in porch (bugs seem to like me and I’m extremely sun sensitive) on my TH I’m building now and will be putting in a doggie door for my two pups to a small yard.
    I’d like my porch to be fold up for ease of moving until I get property. Then I will make the porch larger. My front door is on the side not the end of my TH.

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