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Ulla-Carin: Modern Farmhouse Tiny Home with First-Floor Bedroom

Named after a wonderful foreign-exchange student this family hosted years ago, the Ulla-Carin is a modern farmhouse THOW featuring a perfect first-floor bedroom with a closet/hanging space in the hallway. There’s also a stacked washer-dryer, convection oven, and tiled shower.

A bench couch has drawer storage underneath, and a long bar-height counter lets you eat with window views. Finally, there are two additional lofts, one with a king bed for guests. What’s your favorite part of this one?

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This 26-ft. Farmhouse Tiny Home has a King Loft as well as a First Floor Bedroom

Looking out from the bathroom. You can see the stacked washer/dryer.

There’s a little couch bench on the right.

Drawer storage lets you hide your stuff.

The window above opens for a cross breeze.

A bar-height counter with views.

I imagine you get good airflow with these opens.

There are more drawers at the bar.

A classy farmhouse sink.

Two-burner cooktop.

A convection oven (so you can make cookies, of course).

View from the bedroom.

There are mini side “tables” next to the head of the bed.

A closet here with hanging storage.

You can put a TV on this wall.

View from the King-sized loft.

Railings and a cat walk!

I like the window right by the head of the bed.

I’m always a sucker for honeycomb tiles.

Nature’s Head composting toilet.

A glass door to let in even more light.

Could you live here?



Ulla-Carin features several spectacular features that make this a perfect tiny home for full-time living. The first floor master bedroom is a dream zone, and includes an overhead king-loft for guests. The other side of the home features an additional loft, which can be used for extra storage or snoozing if needed. This tiny home also enjoys a gorgeous kitchen with extended butcherblock countertop for meals or those times she needs to work from home. A full bath is also included, as well as a full-size stackable washer and dryer.

All told, Ulla-Carin is a spectacular, livable custom tiny home by our designers and craftsman at Modern Tiny Living, and we’re honored to have a played a role in this owner’s story.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • Donna Rae
    December 10, 2022, 7:59 pm

    It is very obvious that a lot of thought went into this model! Except for a few exceptions, it is really close to perfect! Feels spacious and homey even though it’s tiny! I do love how they used the eating bar to create additional counter space. For me personally, there are 4 changes I would want in thinking of this as a permanent residence even though this may be meant as a rental. One of my biggest complaints about some tiny homes is the size of the built-in sofa. They are rarely deep enough to really curl up on and get cozy on a cold day or use as an extra sleeping spot. I understand the desire to save space in a tiny space but if someone is meant to be comfortable, the sofa must be deeper and the cushion has to be thicker. I’m not a fan of the open shelves. They are attractive, for sure, but we all know that it takes a lot of effort to keep all our kitchen stuff organized enough for public viewing. Closed cupboards hide a multitude of organizational sins! As an older person, that first floor bed is a blessing but it is way too tall to get in and out of easily. Again, I understand the idea of adding storage. Perhaps the loft over the kitchen can be used as storage but not for every day stuff so another creative solution would have to be found. Please install a flush toilet. Enough said about that subject…;-). I like convection ovens but the one shown is way too small. I’d want one you can cook a bigger variety of things in…in other words, bigger. And I’d rather not have to look at the wiring under the counter for that oven. Maybe it could either be hidden more effectively or moved further toward the back. Sorry but I’m adding another. I can’t see a good place to put a TV. Can’t live without that! 😉 Most of these are minor tweaks and specifically from my own personal preferences so I acknowledge that someone out there will be completely and utterly in love with this tiny just as it is. I’d be very happy for them. Overall, this is a fabulous tiny home so congratulations to the designers.

  • Pam
    December 11, 2022, 8:59 am

    I agree with Donna Rae on what she said. My complaint on nearly all tiny homes with main floor bedrooms is there is never any space to walk around them to make the up without crawling over the bed which isn’t very easy for elderly people. Builders need to take this into account when designing their homes especially with ground floor bedrooms.

    • James D.
      December 12, 2022, 2:14 am

      Well,being that this is a custom builder, that actually would have to be something the client has to consider because custom builders just build what their client’s hire them to build. They may work within certain limitations like a specific size/model for the layout to fit in and may only give their clients a certain range of options but being a custom build means it’s the client/owner who ultimately decides on the layout and details of the build.

      Problem is there is always trade offs, every design choice will effect something else, and that means dealing with compromises. So, depends on the client’s/owner’s preferences and priorities versus what trade offs and compromises they are willing to accept from those they won’t…

      For example, the sleeping area may get less priority than say the kitchen and living area. So people may compromise on the bed because they won’t compromise on something else like ensuring there’s enough counter top space, etc.

      Of course, you can just go bigger but that adds costs and complexities as examples of the many possible trade offs every choice may effect and why such design choices are made…

      • Donna Rae
        April 24, 2023, 2:18 pm

        You make some very valid points, James. You modify one thing and it changes the dynamics of something else in many cases. And please know that my comments about making changes are always from the perspective of personal preferences, not as criticisms of the designers. They should be considered suggestions rather than complaints. I do think that if you look at the photos, you will see that the sofa could easily be made deeper by at least 3″, maybe even 4″, and the cushions made thicker without modifying the floor plan at all. Make that a more comfortable seating arrangement and I think I might take that bed out altogether and use the room for my art projects. Use the sofa as a daybed…seating by day and bed by night. Of course, that would only work for someone who was single so that would be a major factor. I am wondering if you can just ask for the built-in sofa to be eliminated and a real sofa put there instead? I am also wondering if having it built-in is influenced by the mobility of the Tiny? Would the regular sofa possibly move around while in transit? Could it be anchored a bit to prevent that movement? That manufacturers allow for some customization is wonderful and it is obvious that their designers have tried very hard to make this as livable as possible…and I would say they have done a good job. One of the things I like about the Comments area is we all get to learn to see from different perspectives and it is fabulous food for thought! Thanks for sharing! It is a great educational opportunity, for sure!

        • Donna Rae
          April 24, 2023, 2:55 pm

          Actually, James, adding a couple of feet to the length is one of the first things I thought of to make this Tiny nearer to perfect. Yes, it adds to the cost, but if you are going to be living in it full-time, shouldn’t comfort and usability be a major factor? I realize it could make the difference being affordable and out of reach but perhaps a bit of creativity in material choices could help save a bit of expense. You are so right that every aspect of modification can affect everything else so some contemplation and planning would be necessary. In a way, that’s the fun part! 😉

        • James D.
          April 24, 2023, 3:10 pm

          “I am wondering if you can just ask for the built-in sofa to be removed and a real sofa put there instead?”

          Yes, even non-custom builders would often consider removing something as what they are concerned
          about are choices that will add to the cost and time it takes to complete the build, but choices that reduces those is almost a no-brainer. Along with it often being a way that can remove some costs, if you already have a sofa, or other option.

          Custom builders will often work with the client to modify existing furniture too and make it work in the space.

          Custom building is a service that gives the client more options and control… It’s just also the usually more expensive way to build but owner becomes the designer of their home…

  • Eric
    December 16, 2022, 1:10 am

    I’m sorry, but its a No from me, that cooktop is toooo small. Total fail for me… I gotta have at least 2 elements for it to work for me. And yes, I know, its for somebody else. James need not reply… 😉

    • James D.
      December 16, 2022, 1:16 am

      Um, it is 2 elements…

      • Eric
        December 16, 2022, 5:23 am

        Damn, I saw the first pic and the way the lighting was set up it looked like a single element. I stand corrected by no less than the inimitable James D. Off to the optician tomorrow to realign my eyes or summat. 🙄

        • James D.
          December 16, 2022, 6:33 pm


          Look up on youtube – Corridor: Stormtroopers, but They’re ACCURATE

  • Eric
    December 16, 2022, 8:57 pm

    Bwa ha ha hahhaaaha OMG that’s hilarious. You gonna nominate it for the Oscars??

    • James D.
      December 17, 2022, 12:12 am

      Would be fun, imagine Vader’s acceptance speech, “Do not underestimate the power of the Ophthalmologist”

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