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112 square feet Off Grid Tiny House with Folding Porch Roof

This is Yahini Homes smallest home ever built and it’s a 112 square feet tiny house on a trailer. It’s 8′ x 14′ and meant to be off the grid with solar battery power and a rainwater collection system.

For heat the owner is planning on using a simple wood stove and since it’s well insulated it will be no problem to keep the place warm.

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Off Grid Tiny House on Wheels by Yahini Homes


Photos by YahiniHomes

Yahini Tiny House on Wheels with Porch Up




During Construction and Design of the Porch




Before the Porch


Video Tour

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  • Ralph Sly
    July 26, 2013, 2:40 pm

    This would be a great little starter for someone trying to decide if this is the direction they would like to take in minimizing their life. (big time) Very cheap to practice your building skills and if anything would make a great little guest sleeper, camp, or even portable office or hobby shop. The potential for this is great. Shy of the off grid equipment, most of us probably have the material hanging around and using bastard windows wouldn’t cost much.

  • LaMar
    July 26, 2013, 6:04 pm

    Good design- nice to see someone use the side door design.

    It says flip down porch but I don’t see that porch attached to the house when it is being moved ?

    I have a similar design only 8×16 only it uses a pull out couch bed that converts do a dining space and office.

    The slant roof could also allow you to put two of these together (opposite roof angles) to make a larger house if needed.

    These sizes would be good for a single person to live in while they are going to school or working and not ready to settle down permanent yet.

    • di
      September 15, 2013, 11:35 am

      A daybed or sofa bed seems more practical.

      Built-ins are permanent. In a small space, I’d like to rearrange furniture for a different perspective.

      • LaMar
        September 15, 2013, 12:04 pm

        Hi Di, There are drawbacks to both. With a built in you can get more dedicated storage space under and around a bed or couch but you lose the ability to re-arrange. Having a bed out all the time is a waste of valuable space in my opinion so a couch bed that can also be used as seating for a dining area makes sense for a tiny house. It really depends on how each individual uses their house and I rarely sit at a table to eat and like to lay around on a couch watching TV and working on the computer but other people may have different lifestyles.

        • di
          September 15, 2013, 1:05 pm

          Me, too. I lounge, read, study and eat while on my daybed.

  • jerryd
    July 26, 2013, 6:09 pm

    Nice little place and well set up. I’d make the bed more useful but other than that it’s quite good.

    The construction of this is far more easy to do especially for first time builders.

    The porch roof should be solar panels. If I was going for a porch roof and floor I’d go for walls too to make extra room. Or at least screen it in.

    This style lends itself to expanding as say your family does, work space, etc. Just do a mirror image. For larger extend the roof inward say 5′ on both and have a 10×14 room in the middle for little cost.

    • di
      September 15, 2013, 11:32 am

      In the backyard of a larger family home, this may be a great place to rent.

  • Norene Hamilton
    July 26, 2013, 7:04 pm

    Unless there is another door, how would one get in the house once the porch roof is down?

    • sue brittain
      July 26, 2013, 8:00 pm

      I’m guessing that the roof is down only when house is being moved

  • ElTee
    July 26, 2013, 7:04 pm

    I love it and could have lived in something like that when I was in university even though it’s considerably bigger than the room I lived in I’d have given up some of that space for a small bathroom. You could still have a small loft for storage and utilise under the bed fully for the same. I presume the table folds down or slides in (I would make it so the leg hinged to flap up and then the table slid into its own compartment under the bed allowing access to slide out drawers/cupboards), and you could then use the little bench as a sofa (with the right thickness of foam on it, though it could probably benefit from the depth of the seat being a bit deeper) or the bed could be bed by night/sofa by day.

    The outside isn’t pretty but you could live with that (it can paint or you can clad it, etc) and as LaMar said, I don’t see that the porch flips down, the porch roof flips up in the pics so maybe the floor hadn’t yet been attached to allow it to flip down; I also agree that for real off-grid living you should have the guttering for rain collection & solar panels. The side door works especially well in this design, but I think I’d like to see an extra few feet (maybe 8 x 16) on the length for a little more kitchen cupboard (and a microwave) on one side and a wardrobe on the other. It’s great to see a simple design and one that has a proper bed rather than a sleeping loft or murphy bed.

    • di
      September 15, 2013, 11:29 am

      Areas around universities may not be zoned for tiny houses.

      If the bed were lower, a bench may not be needed and access to the bed would be easier for the elderly or disabled.

      Store kitchen items and a wardrobe in pull-out baskets beneath the bed. Closets, cupboards, shelving and built-ins take up a lot of space.

  • Cahow
    July 26, 2013, 7:44 pm

    Very nice and cozy design. I’m in love with the expanse of windows in this small unit. Would be awesome as a G.C. office/property manager place; I could have seen myself staying in one of these throughout the years at large development properties. All the comforts of home and zero commute! 🙂

    • di
      September 15, 2013, 11:19 am

      Prefer windows over the kitchen area. Kitchen items could easily fit beneath the sink or bed.

  • August 1, 2013, 12:46 pm

    Wow! This is quite creative. I have a couple of family members that lived off the grid for a while, they used something like this but not nearly as productive. I would suggest something like this to them for the winter.

  • di
    August 9, 2013, 5:45 pm

    For off-grid, hang a camping shower bag in the shower or hang the bag to wash dishes, clothing, cleaning, etc. Still have to think about grey water disposal.

  • di
    August 9, 2013, 5:51 pm

    Vertical storage is claustrophobic. Store kitchen items beneath the sink and in pull-out baskets beneath the bed. Store clothing in the baskets as well.

  • di
    August 9, 2013, 5:53 pm

    Go paperless. A table may not be needed if you use a handheld computer or eat with your plate in your lap while sitting on the bed.

  • todd
    August 11, 2013, 10:05 pm

    I love small houses on trailers. I am building a 7×12 house on a trailer and plan on living in it until i find me a bigger trailer to build th next one. I built it out of pallets!!

  • Molly
    September 16, 2013, 8:00 pm

    I went to this builder’s FB page, and he does some good work at really good prices! I especially like the 8×18 cabin he did, although I could go a little smaller. Yahini Homes is now on my short list if I am able to have a tiny house built!

  • Louise
    October 8, 2014, 9:56 pm

    How much does this house weigh? I’ve been thinking on building a tiny home of my own around this size but I am limited on what I can buy truck wise. I can afford a 1/2 ton but not anything higher ( Some models I’ve looked at were 14,000 for a truck that is 13 years old with 200,000 miles on it; which is STILL out of my price range. I don’t want to get in debt or buy a lemon). I will have a heck of a time trying to make it as light weight as possible but I’m up for the challenge if I have to do it. I just need to know if it is within reason. It looks like he was towing this with a toyota tacoma or tundra. Maybe a nissan frontier? I could be wrong.

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