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Man Builds Skinny and Tall Tiny Home in Bend, OR

This is the story and video tour/interview of how a man named Gary Beaudoin built a skinny and tall tiny home on his 6,000 sq. ft. lot in Bend, Oregon.

The home has a footprint of 28′ by 16′ and is almost 30′ tall. Inside, you’ll find about 876 sq. ft. of interior space between two levels.

The bedroom is on the first floor along with the bathroom. When you go upstairs, you’ll find a living area with beautiful views, an outdoor balcony, and the kitchen. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thank you!

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Man Builds Skinny and Tall Tiny Home in Bend, OR

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  • Matt
    November 25, 2015, 6:12 pm

    I love it. I definitely see why he designed it this way, always cheaper and easier to build up rather than out. I’m actually remodeling a 600sqft cabin right now and it’s killing me they have an entire loft above them they aren’t using!

    Still, reminds me of the episode of King of the Hill when Dale builds his lookout tower lol

  • Bridget from Cali
    November 26, 2015, 6:07 am

    Clever design. The exterior strikes me as being a cross between camp cabin style and rustic French country side. Love the bedroom being downstairs while the main living area is flipped on the top level, especially if all your neighbor’s floor plans are designed along more traditional lines. Bravo!

    • Alex
      November 26, 2015, 9:57 am

      I like it a lot too! I think it has a Spanish style to it, too. Seems very cozy.

      • Bridget from Cali
        November 27, 2015, 2:56 pm

        Yes, I suppose it has Spanish flair too. The designer certainly took advantage of the attractive countryside. Feels like a tree house on the second level. That suits my security paranoia too. Would be comfy hanging out and leaving the windows and doors on that level open at all times when at home. Don’t have to worry about wild critters strolling in either. Although out in the open, it still offers a certain level of privacy too.

        I stay away from 2 story homes with 2nd floor bedrooms. I am a woman formerly terrorized by a brother who did sneak attacks, parents who loved scary movies, horrible news reports, and way too much imagination. As a result, I always hear odd noises at night on a lower level or think about somebody busting in when I am asleep. Don’t like that vulnerability. Thankfully, I don’t feel so skittish during the day.

  • alice h
    November 26, 2015, 11:42 am

    His thoughts on the design process really resonate with me. Love the interior, the layout, the finishes. His book about the weavers is wonderful, will have to check my local library for that.

  • Deadrock
    November 26, 2015, 12:30 pm

    Watching this vid actually brought a tear to my eye…in a good way 🙂 Bless Mr. Beaudoin and may he be happy here for the rest of his days.

    THers looking for TH friendly spots – Oregon in general is more than sympathetic to the TH movement, and Bend in particular is often lauded as being a great and beautiful place to live. Don’t know what the actual regulations are, but there are a lot of TH builders on the West Coast who could probably give you a good idea of what to expect. If you’re able to move from where you are, I’d seriously recommend Bend as a place to check out.

    If you’re interested in starting a TH community, Oregon has some really intriguing crowdfunding resources to help get a business off the ground, with the help of like-minded people pooling their money and talents. I don’t know if anyone is doing it to start a TH community, or even for sure if it’s possible, but do a little research (try hatchoregon.com) and maybe you’ll get some ideas. If someone can get some land and then promote the creation of an eco-friendly, self-supporting community of potential TH homeowners who are willing to invest in it to make it the sort of place people would really want to live, maybe the dream of having a real (and legal) place to live tiny could really happen. If it works, the model could be replicated and spread across the country. It just seems like, if something like that were to ever happen, Oregon would be the place where it starts.

  • Sharee
    November 29, 2015, 1:09 pm

    I like having the kitchen upstairs. Exercise before you eat.

  • curt
    November 30, 2015, 12:00 am

    I really like what he did- the bedroom and bath on the first floor is what I would do- my uncle had a condo built that way- allowed a great view in the living room. I love the fact the window for the kitchen is not centered on the wall. I wondered about the lack of overhang and gutters–depends on how well the roof is insulated and how well the bottom of the wall and foundation is protected against the back splash. If you did a self sticking rubber membrane on the roof all the way down to the foundation and then had some good drainage and even a French drain set up. I think the pitch of the roof would let the snow avalanche off the roof and not land right next to the wall. No eves also helps with fire- Living in the high desert foothills of the rockies the dry grass around the house makes me a little nervous. The stucco would be a little fire resistant. did love the fact he is letting the yard be natural no mower shed/garden shed in site. the grass could be trimmed down and brush cleared quickly if you new the fire was coming. I love this house- like any house I want to put my touch on it but I will say not much would need to be done.

  • Patience Pontious
    January 10, 2016, 12:35 am

    My hubby and I are seeking to downsize and curb our financial outgo. We are in out mid sixties and have looked into tiny houses, but have no land to put them on. Besides he want more room than most tiny homes offer. So I looked into mobile home in parks, both for size and legality. Seems that I can find the homes for a very small price, but the park fees are too much and they do not offer much more than being close to my daughter and her family, not that it isn’t a great reason. So where does one look to find small, affordable living for senior citizens in the Portland metro area? I am getting discouraged and not any younger. Help me if you can. Thanks for your time and attention.


    • Monika
      February 3, 2016, 9:48 am

      I am in a similar situation. Want to downsize in max two years (preferably Oregon or Washington State). I am always wondering if it would be a good idea to collaborate on this with people that are the same age and have similar ideas and needs. Maybe buy some land together and put several th on it. Be in nature, be independent but not totally isolated. With a small group of people it may be easier to find the resources (research code, pick/built th etc.) Just thinking out loud… lol

      • P)atience Pontious
        February 3, 2016, 4:47 pm

        Hi Monika and others out there in the TH world,

        I have been given new information lately. My beautiful daughter and her mate have decided to offer us a home in the Beaverton, OR area within the next 2 years, and they will help cover all costs and more. I will be closer to them and can enjoy our grand daughter also. This is something I am hard pressed to turn down.

        I got to go to our local Home and Garden show a few weeks ago and got to go through a couple of Tiny Homes. I loved it and spoke to one of the builders about making one with the bedroom down stairs. They even replied. My hubby would even walk through one, says they are too small and crowded.

        You can see my frustration. I want to build a TH of my own, and my husband is against it. My family think I am a bit nuts to even consider it and are willing to make other arrangements for our life. I even suggested that they find some land and they could have the home they want and we could build a TH that suited me and my husband and place it on their land. That didn’t fly either. Now what. I love all my family and am not willing or able to leave them to follow my own ideas, so I am at a loss. Perhaps the next few years will change their minds. We shall see.

        Better luck to those of you with willing supporters in your lives. I am not going to totally give up though, so I hope you don’t either. Much love,

  • Brian
    April 26, 2017, 4:05 pm

    Wow, love your house obviously built with a lot of imagination. I too have a house with oversize windows and high ceilings and tell everyone to use these attributes for a light filled home. Thankyou for sharing and cheers from Australia.

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