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Mini 16ft Tiny House with All the Comforts of Home – Video Tour

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This tiny house is built on a short 16-foot trailer but it feels surprisingly spacious inside with a huge galley kitchen on the main floor and a queen sized bed in the upstairs loft.

Lumbec built this tiny home, La Nautique, as their first tiny house prototype.  They added extra square footage to the home by building out onto the triangular space at the front of the trailer, which created some “bonus” space for a cozy living room/dining room area.

Mini 16ft Tiny House with All the Comforts of Home – Full Tour


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In the center of the tiny house there’s a surprisingly spacious galley kitchen with tons of counter space, and ample storage beneath the countertops. There is an instant hot water heater that heats water for both the kitchen sink and the shower but there’s no water tank in this house, so it would need to be hooked up to city water.  The house is heated with a small Dickinson Marine heater.

Lumbec La Nautique - Tiny House Exterior - Exploring Alternatives

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The bathroom is the one room where the team ran into some design problems. Since they wanted the tiny house to be livable in all 4 seasons, they wanted to keep all of the plumbing and the grey water tank inside the insulated building envelope to prevent the pipes and the grey water tank from freezing in the winter. You’ll see that the shower is a step up off the floor and that there isn’t actually enough space to stand up in it yet (it is a prototype after all!).  They’re planning to remedy this by raising the ceiling directly above the shower, and using the raised surface this creates in the loft as a bedside table.


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Danielle is a digital nomad who is passionate about tiny spaces, living with less, reducing waste and eating plant-based food. Danielle is half of the Exploring Alternatives blog & video project. You can find more of her at www.ExploringAlternatives.ca and her Exploring Alternatives YouTube Channel.
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  • Sockeye
    October 21, 2016, 1:18 pm

    A well thought out design (and yeah, I like the afterthought of a built in table/shower bump) and beautiful wood throughout. I would want a 3 burner stove and am afraid that stainless steel counter tops will scratch easily but other than that this is the first tiny home I’ve really liked! Thanks for sharing it.

    • Natalie
      October 24, 2016, 9:01 am

      So glad you liked it, Sockeye! — Tiny House Talk Team

    October 21, 2016, 5:56 pm

    Very nice job on your test home, but I hope you dialed in the most important factor which is keeping the price down to where it will be affordable to those who like it as well….

    • Natalie
      October 24, 2016, 9:03 am

      It’s a great spot! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Dick
    October 21, 2016, 6:37 pm

    On the whole, I like this idea, but I think I’d want a longer trailer, at least 24′. I also appreciate the explanation of the Japanese stairs (I’d seen them many times but didn’t know the origin)–I’m one of those who’d start with my left foot…

    I didn’t see the refrigerator. Did I miss something?

    • Natalie
      October 24, 2016, 9:03 am

      It could be hiding under the counter! — Tiny House Talk Team

    • Lantz
      November 1, 2016, 2:19 am

      I just checked and I’m a right footer.

    • Eric
      May 14, 2017, 6:54 pm

      Japanese stairs? Hmm, where I come from they are known as ships stairs. Used for aeons on ships to save space and to make it far safer to use. Was even some discussions on this 3 or 4 years or so back here on tinyhousetalk.com… sure Alex would recall.

  • Allin
    October 22, 2016, 11:33 am

    This one really makes it. The refrigerator is on right side of sink under the counter. I’m about 6 Tiny Homes I’m considering And adding this one to the list .

    • Natalie
      October 24, 2016, 9:04 am

      Glad it’s so great! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Allin
    October 22, 2016, 2:31 pm

    Oppps I’m wrong. The refrigerator could actually be on the opposite side. Sorry guys !

    • Eric
      May 14, 2017, 7:32 pm

      Yes, the refrigerator is an underbench model on the far left of where the cooktop is.

      Too small for me personally… I’d need a standard size refrigerator with a freezer at the bottom to work “for me.”

  • October 22, 2016, 5:44 pm

    For me or any one else that is disabled, not being able to stand up in the shower is not a big deal. In fact I use a 5 gal. bucket to sit on. I have a really bad back and cannot stand for very long periods of time, like in a shower. you could use one of the shower shells with a built in seat.

    • Natalie
      October 24, 2016, 9:05 am

      Creative ideas! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Mary
    October 22, 2016, 7:57 pm

    I love the use of the triangle portion of the trailer, first time I’ve seem that and I find it a refreshing change! What the cost of this model?

    • Natalie
      October 24, 2016, 9:07 am

      I’m afraid they don’t have a price set yet, at least not on the website — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Nanny M
    October 23, 2016, 3:56 am

    Wonderful how much they included in such a small home! Very nice job.

    • Natalie
      October 24, 2016, 9:07 am

      Agreed! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • October 24, 2016, 7:03 am

    Love your ideas for this tiny home! You seemed to have thought of everything! Great job! Love the idea regarding your living room how your using the triangle effect along with the storage solution. I also like that you can move the table to accomidate if you are entertaining guests. Also pretty ingenious to think of having sliding windows up in the loft area in case you want to get rid of your mattress or if you have something large you want to put up there. Enjoyed viewing your tiny home and looking at all of your awesome ideas! Thank you for sharing!????

    • Natalie
      October 24, 2016, 9:08 am

      It’s a great one! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Nancy
    October 28, 2016, 9:29 pm

    Very cool. I love their creativity!!!

    • Natalie
      October 31, 2016, 10:09 am

      Me too 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Claude
    December 20, 2016, 8:53 pm

    This tiny house is built in my city, by highly skilled builders as an additional projects to their business.

    • Natalie
      December 21, 2016, 9:39 am

      It’s awesome! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Allin
    December 20, 2016, 9:08 pm

    Natalie can you help please? I can’t find the link to find out more about this. When I go to the one posted. They say that there’s only a 20′ can you email me?

    • Natalie
      December 21, 2016, 9:38 am

      Hi Allin, this looks like a prototype, which means it’s not necessarily being mass-produced yet. You can contact the builder (Lumbec) on their website, though, for more info. It looks like this is the page about the design: http://www.tinyhouselumbec.com/protototype/

  • Allin
    December 20, 2016, 9:10 pm


  • keepyourpower
    December 21, 2016, 5:06 pm

    I like the design!

    Do You have room for a washer/dryer in the kitchen?

    And being disabled, I could not climb those stairs, often. Is there a plan to make a Murphy Bed downstairs, by any chance?

    • Natalie
      December 22, 2016, 7:36 am

      Not sure about either, I’m afraid. Might not be roomy enough for a washer/dryer, but you might be able to add a Murphy bed. — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Heidi
    May 14, 2017, 1:26 pm

    I like the tiny house…I have an idea for that corner area, if you’re open.
    There are corner table units where 2 benches fit into that point,
    with seating that opens far extra storage, then the table to size and another bench to slip under table when not used. If custom built; that table could be a drop down table for creating extra sleeping for yourself or visitors.
    Anyways Tiny Houses are the answer for less is better living, to enjoy a better life.
    Thanks for sharing your home.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 15, 2017, 7:47 pm

      Great idea Heidi!

  • Dominick Bundy
    May 14, 2017, 1:54 pm

    Very nice layout, but it lacks a closet , where would one hang their clothes?

  • Evening Iris
    May 14, 2017, 9:23 pm

    I’m always interested in THOWs under 20′. This one, at 16′, is particularly well done in that I really thought it was a 20-footer. I totally love the breaker box behind the spice cabinet. Where I live now, when I blow a breaker, I have to go outside and around the house to reach the box; at night in the dead of winter (yuk!) And I love the way the hot water heater is so nicely contained in the counter; no ugly spots in the house. And I am someone who would be interested in solar panels, so the fact that there is battery accommodations already and waiting is another plus. I’d like to have some kind of water (collection) tank under the counter on the other side behind another metal door. I’d want a w/d combo, though. I’d like to see that get figured in; maybe in the bathroom in a box above the commode? You’ve got some very attractive design appointments going in this THOW. I encourage you to continue to develop your ideas because there are people like me who are very interested in what you are doing. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 15, 2017, 7:35 pm

      I’m so glad you liked this one, Iris! I thought they did an especially good job with the design and with using the triangle of the trailer 🙂

  • Eileen
    August 24, 2017, 5:20 pm

    A beautiful tiny home! Love the bump up idea and the window. What is the cost for this type of tiny home. Thanks for sharing!

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