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Newlywed’s Custom-Built THOW w/ Elevator Bed!


Just wait to meet one of the sweetest tiny house couples Tiny Home Tours has interviewed. Janae and Blaine designed and built their amazing THOW and have been living it since they got married back in 2019. It’s entirely off-grid, as well, and they have three adorable kittens.

But they don’t just live tiny — they design and build tiny homes as well with their business, “Cornerstone Tiny Homes” in Oklahoma. Once you see their THOW, you’ll want one designed by them for sure. This one has a elevator bed, tons of storage, a stacked washer and dryer, and more counter space than many apartments.

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So Much Storage in this Cornerstone Tiny Home!

Newlywed’s Custom-Built THOW w Oodles of Storage

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They used to have a Murphy bed but then installed an elevator one.

Newlywed’s Custom-Built THOW w Oodles of Storage 2

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Their outdoor area looks awesome, too.

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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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  • Dana L Turner
    July 21, 2021, 8:30 pm

    Beautifully designed and highly liveable.

  • Linda Baker
    July 21, 2021, 9:46 pm

    Wonderful finishes and space, being older I can’t see using the elevator bed though, too high and awkward. I see the solar as a wonderful asset but would think if they have water for laundry etc. A flush toilet would be easier/more convenient. Wonder what cost came to and feel they must own the land and have had $ available for this project, something most young people don’t have.

    • James D.
      July 22, 2021, 4:23 am

      Well, they’re the builders, Cornerstone Tiny Homes (no relation to the one in Florida) in Oklahoma is their company, so it was a bit easier for them being essentially their own clients…

      When off-grid a flush toilet isn’t necessarily easier/more convenient if you need to deal with a black tank, for example. Composting also frees up a lot of water, since it requires none, that you can use for laundry instead if you’re limited to whatever capacity tanks that may be installed or rain catchment system that you may also need to ration, if there isn’t an actual water source on the property or service to the property… A lot more can go wrong with a flush toilet as well, but there’s also other alternatives like incinerating toilets, or a septic system if you are too far to connect to city sewage and still decide on a flush toilet… Though, there are flush composting toilet options, if it’s in your budget as they’re expensive but could be a viable compromise option…

      While Elevator beds, like lofts, only have to be high if there’s something below that prevents them from being lower. Otherwise, they can be lower and be easier to access…

      People have done designs where the elevator bed can go all the way down or be set to sit between to function as a bunk bed with the lower space also set up as a sleeping space, such as a convertible couch bed, etc., which is an alternative to having a loft for guests…

      It’s just tricky to have the layout needed to achieve it but it’s not impossible… The issue here being it’s over the living room instead of an open space. They previously had a Murphy bed there but it had the same issue with height because it had to sit over the seating area. But the new setup allows them to use that far wall for storage and they don’t have to manually lower and raise the bed anymore with the motorized system.

      If you didn’t need storage in the living room, this layout uses it for storage, you could have it fold flat to be able to lower the bed lower or fold away, for example. Among other alternatives like a longer structure with a bedroom can double as a office that folds away to lower the bed to transform it into a bedroom…

      There’s just always trade offs but there are layouts that would make the bed more easier to access. So it doesn’t have to be that high…

      • Amanda J Wilcox
        July 23, 2021, 8:54 am

        Jim, I (almost☺) always appreciate your feedback and input. You provide information, not a lecture. Thank you.
        Amanda

  • Elaine Eichelberger
    July 23, 2021, 12:32 am

    James, thanks, that is a lot of really good info. I hadn’t thought of the composters not using so much water, so that sounds good. I checked the one he has here on the web and it looks like a really good one! I loved the elevator bed idea here until I thought of how I have to jump (I mean JUMP) out of bed sometimes when I get leg cramps. I would probably kill myself throwing myself down if the cramp was a really bad one! Other than that though I totally love that elevator idea. I do NOT want an upstairs bedroom. Trying to come down steps in the night if really sleepy would also be really dangerous for me!

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