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Family Buys Music City Tiny House for Fun and Extra Income

Tiny houses aren’t just for people who want to live in 150 square feet because they can be used as creatively as anyone can imagine. This young family decided they would hire the help of Tennessee Tiny Homes (aka Tiny Happy Homes) to build Music City’s tiny house, invite people like you and me to try on tiny while in Nashville, and meanwhile they even get to supplement their income from home. That’s just down right awesome, isn’t it?

Living simply doesn’t always mean you have to move into a tiny house either. Or move at all for that matter. It’s really just about figuring out what you want more of and what you want less of. This story is an example of just that. You don’t have to move into a micro home to simplify. But you probably do have some ‘life editing’ to do, right? We all do.

Anyway- what I really wanted to do in this post is simply show you Music City’s 200 sq. ft. tiny house that you can vacation in thanks to John and Sarah Murphy who are both in the hospitality industry.

Music City Tiny House in Nashville, TN


Images: Airbnb


This tiny house is one of a kind. John and Sarah did an incredible job with creating a large useful kitchen (you’ll see more below). And the staircase to the loft is just perfect (above). And yes… there are TWO sleeping lofts. 🙂


Big Sink in a Tiny Kitchen is a Must (Especially with No Dishwasher)


BIG Kitchen in a TINY House!



Full Bathroom with Shower and All



Sleeping Loft






Thank You Note from the First Guests of Music City’s Tiny House 🙂


Images: Airbnb

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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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  • Avatar Stew MacInnes June 26, 2014, 11:58 am

    Very well done! My compliments!!!!

  • Avatar Cyndy June 26, 2014, 12:10 pm

    Wow! Beautiful! What are those great kitchen counters made from?

  • Avatar Kate KV June 26, 2014, 12:11 pm


  • Avatar Frank June 26, 2014, 2:22 pm

    I’m sure they spent a small fortune on the interior, but talk about a job very well done. classy, clean, and functional….this is one the best looking tiny house interiors I’ve seen. And it looks very spacious, I’m big over six ft and over three hundred so room to move and stairs are a must….I was a carpentry contractor for twenty four years so I know a good job when I see it….well done guys, and thanks for sharing this alex

  • Avatar Bill Burgess June 26, 2014, 3:36 pm

    As you know I am not a fan of Tiny homes under 400 sq.ft. but I do like this one’s use of space and materials…A shame there could not be a way to get more head room upstairs as I know I would forget and whack my head every night….Three times a night… and in that condition, about those stairs…

  • Avatar Rue June 26, 2014, 6:45 pm

    Not a lot of headroom in those lofts – I’d be worried about bonking my knees on the ceiling, never mind my head!

    Do like the side-entry layout, though, and the spacious (for a th) kitchen and bath. Looks like there’d even be room to tuck a micro breakfast table behind the fridge.

    It also looks to me like the front of the couch folds up to create a third bed – great for a vacation scenario, or for those who can’t/would rather not negotiate ladders or stairs to sleep.

  • Avatar Lindy June 26, 2014, 7:00 pm

    Bill I agree with you about the head room upstairs. I think I would figure out how to have that sitting area pull out somehow and make into a bed downstairs and use the crawl space for storage (or maybe grandchildren sleep area, LOL) It IS beautiful– I love the way the TV looks like it could be viewed from up or down depending on how it is turned. Lots of good stuff here.

  • Avatar Cosy June 26, 2014, 9:48 pm

    I’m loving this th. I could easily live there. The layout with the larger kitchen is fabulous and it’s so light and airy. Very very very well done!

  • Avatar Mary J June 26, 2014, 9:58 pm

    lovely little home, especially nice painted white, gives it lightness and openess. Great to see a kitchen to do some cooking in. Love it all. Mary

  • Avatar Sherri June 27, 2014, 2:42 am

    Pretty much perfection if you ask me.

  • Avatar Jill June 27, 2014, 12:15 pm

    Love it! One of the nicest I’ve seen!

  • Avatar NH June 28, 2014, 2:13 pm

    This one reminded me a lot of the hOMe design by Gabriella and Andrew Morrison. I thought it might have even been an adapted version of that design, but the Music City home has a website that says they basically started from scratch, and mentions being inspired by the Minim house. It turned out great, I’d say.

  • Avatar Jean July 2, 2014, 10:07 pm

    Well done! Love the kitchen. But hate the ladder to the loft.

  • Avatar Comet July 3, 2014, 4:03 pm

    Now THATS more like it! Love that apron front sink—have def wondered how you would clean say a pasta pot or pan in some of the mini sinks we so often see.

    It looks like you could even keep the book case and add a flip down table/desk to it—would be easy to adapt or build to start. Give you a desk/workspace/dining area with some storage at the back. Add a few thin fold chairs and et voila!

    Very nicely done–can I call you when it is time for me to re-work the RV we are thinking of??? LOL!

  • Avatar Mindi December 11, 2014, 11:38 pm

    Love this! I’ve been pinning inspo from this on pinterest lately and didn’t even know that you can stay in it! I live about an hour and a half outside of Nashville and we visit pretty often. I found the perfect place I wanted to turn into a little home that’s 256 sq. ft. and can’t wait to try this out to get a feel of living in a small home! So glad they do this!

  • Avatar Karen R December 16, 2014, 2:30 pm

    A lovely, well planned home!

  • Avatar Doug Elliot December 16, 2014, 2:36 pm

    Headroom needn’t be a problem. A slide UP roof would give the extra headroom required. Construction on the same princilple as convention slide OUT extensions seen on large motor homes. Slide DOWN for transport on public roads.

  • Avatar Jeremy December 16, 2014, 6:50 pm

    Well this place is quite spectacular. I wonder how much it cost to build? Air BnB lists it at $130 (CAD) per night. Say it cost 30K, good chance you could have it paid off in 2-3 years (230 booked nights), then have a nice little income producing asset.

  • Avatar Linda December 16, 2014, 10:32 pm

    Alex, I have two questions:
    1. Is there a registry of tiny house owners?
    2. Is there a registry of tiny houses for rent?

    Would be great to get a list of both, but especially of tiny houses for rent.

  • Avatar David Feldman April 19, 2015, 8:21 am

    My comment is not about the house, which is very well done. Put yourself in the place of the neighbors. You have your life savings tied up in you home and one of your neighbor decides to build a relatively huge”commercial” rental structure visible from your home and all of the adjoining properties.

    There are hundreds, if not hundreds of thousands, of designs for tiny homes which could have been built on this site with less deleterious economic, aesthetic and environmental impact on the surrounding property owners.

    Perhaps the structure would not have had all of the space and amenities and no, the owners might not have been able to got $130 a night in rent. But a TH of less mass would have displayed a lot of consideration for the surrounding property owners.

    It seems to me that projects like this are begging a NIMBY response and do little to advance the cause of Tiny Houses as auxiliary dwellings in the urban landscape.

  • Avatar M.K. Hook July 18, 2015, 2:44 pm

    I love the bright, airy, white, paint. So many tiny houses use so much wood that it makes the spaces seem smaller and less appealing. This is a very nice home.

  • Avatar Joan July 18, 2015, 3:51 pm

    This IS a nice build. I saw this build by Tennessee Tiny Home on the Tiny House Nation TV program. It was a good build, and I am sorry I can’t remember the budget, seems like it was $30-$40 grand! I apologize if I’m wrong on the dollars.
    As I understand it, Nashville does not have zoning for Tiny Houses.

    As far as depreciating the surrounding properties, it usually happens in reverse. Through the last few years, I have noticed during my travels, an increase in RV’s being parked along side single family residences almost everywhere. The thing about that observation is not just an RV parked next to a house; but the fact that it is very evident that someone is living in the RV besides the house. Whether it is a child that has moved home or parents that have downsized and moved next to the grown child is the question that is unanswered.

    As far as appearances go, I thing I would rather see a THOW parked in the back yard than a typical RV. The curb appeal, at least for my, is much more pleasant.

    Just my opinion, for what its worth!

  • Avatar Susanne July 20, 2015, 12:19 am

    I have seen this house in person. When standing in the street, the house can not be seen; I was wondering if I was at he correct address… There is a fence around their property. On one side while standing in the backyard, the neighboring building is not attractive; did not appear to be a house, but an unattractive cement block building painted white. Other side can’t honestly recall. But the Tiny House was much more attractive than the cement block building.
    Also as far as the size-it taught me to build a larger Tiny House in order to be more comfortable.

  • Avatar Liz August 18, 2015, 4:12 pm

    I love the tiny home, and would love to see it, I live in Nashville, if I can
    please contact me at 615-934-0545

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