Today you are in for a huge treat: This Open Concept Modern Tiny House with an Elevator Bed. The home, designed and built in Alaska by Ana White, would be amazing simply because of the $500 DIY elevator bed she created which solves the “loft problem” — but it gets better! The house is packed full of DIY, multi-purpose furniture pieces that often do two, three — even four — different things. There’s even a hidden washer/dryer combo unit!
If you are building your own tiny house it’s well worth the time to watch the video below to learn from Anna’s brilliance. Because of her rural Alaskan location, most things were built from items you can find at the hardware store. This might be the most creative tiny house we’ve shown you to date! Plus, you can get the free plans for the storage/chair cubes shown in the video, links are at the bottom of this article.
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Lots of clever little storage hanging on the wall.
This tiny house has a sleeping loft that actually comes down to you. 🙂
That’s what it looks like when it’s completely descended for sleep mode.
Here is the area below. Looks like a great place to watch a movie, read a book, and take a nap. 🙂
A tiny house that packs a punch!
The kitchen is on a raised floor, and there are several other interesting features of the tiny house. See it all for yourself in the video tour below.
Video: Open Concept Modern Tiny House with Elevator Bed
- Elevator bed
- Guest bed
- L-shape couch with storage
- His and her office tables
- “Thanksgiving table”
- Cube seats/storage
- Hanging closet in shower
- Composting toilet
- Hidden washer/dryer combo unit
- Apartment sized fridge/freezer
- Space for microwave and induction cooktop
- Hidden pantry
Get the plans and learn more here.
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Sheer perfection. I love this home and think there is nothing I would change.
Elevator beds used for many decades in Trek motorhomes.
I love this and that bed is awesome. I hate ladders and this also gets rid of the idea of stairs.
Anna White is a pretty incredible woman, it’s hard to believe how she managed to find all that space in this small Tiny house.
I simply love the clever elevator bed, so much better than a loft, even more if you’re not as fit as you used to be.
The double and triple use of most of the fit-out is the smartest solution I’ve seen sofar.
It’s magic !
Love, love, love this one! No wasted space. No claustrophobia either. It’s like a 3D puzzle!
Exactly! She must rock at Tetris 🙂
I love this tiny house! The bed solves a lot of problems as well as all the modular furniture items (sofa, table, closet, cereal cabinet, etc).
I am looking as a converted bus tiny and this Ana White layout is a great place to start.
I especially like the elevator bed. It would need to be lowered when driving, to avoid its weight swaying the bus on corners, but that’s hardly inconvenient. And it would allow me far more empty floorspace in a bus.
I would need to put my kitchen along the wall but I would use a flap-up bench extension as extra bench space and also as my standing desk.
I would use the flap-up table for eating. I’d previously thought of a flap-down one but the flap-up one here is much better for me.
Another really great aspect of this design is that all the fittings and fixtures are standard hardware items but it looks so stylish.
I have been following her from the moment I saw this tiny.
Wow, this is perfect! The bed is awesome and I love that much of the furnishings and fixtures are multifunctional.
Yes the multifunctional furniture is what makes this home 🙂
This Tiny House has everything, and space for lrg dining, the elevator bed is great as are all of the storage places and multi-use of items. I think her ideas are probably keeping her awake at night, I know mine do at times. Now I fall asleep designing my Tiny in my head. lol!
Hehe same 🙂
I am so impressed with this tiny house. It is just excellent. Very clever on the multiple uses and design of this house. The only thing I might add, would be out side solar panels. Either on the roof or attached/connected on the outside. What type of water hook up is needed and heating type?
I think it’d be a standard RV connection from the looks of it? And I’m sure you could add solar. Not sure what the heat was!
I have seen several homes they have built on this site, and this is by far my favorite. I love everything about it. When can you come to Texas and build mine, LOL. I love the idea of no stairs or ladders. The kitchen is perfect for everything I would want or need. The only problem I have would be the W/D combo. I would like separate washer and dryer, how could that work? I suppose the W/D combo would work, I have never used one, but his particular home would be perfect for me and my cat. I could also keep my home based business. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!!!
Would also like to know the cost of this home in particular. Thank you for this showing.
I’m sure there are good washer/dryer units, and for one person you can manage, but the one in my apartment is dreadful haha. It’s actually handy, if the dryer dried clothing after one cycle. You never forget to swap, and if you do a load a day or every other day it all fits. But ours takes AT LEAST 2 dry cycles. But I bet if you research, you could find an awesome option 🙂
Nice job. Great use of space! I see a new trend by all the designers….elevator beds!!! Remember you saw it here first.
I love this!!! Perfect in every way. Can I get their contact information to see if I can hire them to build one for me? Thanks!
Hi Alex, just love these listings. From the questions being asked, it may be something you could add, or whatever, just giving a spot to contact builders on certain /a list maybe, but of course the original Tiny Houses at top.
Good idea, Cyndi, thanks!
Hi Cyndi Ann — We always include in the “Resources” section, links to the builders or owners. Builders will always have a “Contact Us” page 🙂 Owners are more challenging because sometimes they shared with us, but they don’t have the time to respond to all the questions.
Hi Bryna — their contact info is at the bottom of their website 🙂
Damn near perfection! In fact, I think the only thing I would change are the colors inside. And a bigger fridge.
I know — so few changes needed! A rarity!
So open and creative with the multipurpose uses!
Having a shelf for herbs in the kitchen with sunshine is a great feature to me as well as the lift bed..
Fresh air via a small slider window in the bathroom is a must for me, being right by the kitchen cooking…
The hot water heater behind the toilet, should it spring a hot water leak is a bit concerning, maybe higher up in a slim cabinet, or under kitchen sink? My only concerns.
Anna you have Sheer Genius in space manipulation…. Thank You for sharing!
Good things to think about 🙂 From the look of this video, I think she could make anything happen for you!
Ana White is the most creative builder ever, this house is unbelievable (and she’s beautiful too, but not for sale I know).
I love the wide open space and all the small detail of clever ideas and centimeter perfect arrangement. If I lived in Alaska (never, too cold for me) I’d ask Ana to build one for me, she’s so much better than most tiny house builders we’ve seen here from the USA. I am guessing Ana does all the design, and her hubby drives to the store to buy raw materials and help fitting them under her control, lol.
I would love to know how much the client paid for this please? (sure others wanna know too)
Now the only problem I see, all the more in cold Alaska: Ana says the bath has no window (hopefully a fan?) and the clothes are hanging right in it. Let me say from experience: The mould will be a “joy” so much it will cause when just one person showers warm for 5 min twice a week, lol. Also it doesn’t have a sink. I wouldn’t want to wash my hands (not to mention mornings and evenings more than hands) in the kitchen sink.
Regardless, I am sure Ana White would easily be able to adapt this house to my bathroom requirements. 🙂
Ohh, and the bed is even automatic, wow! The tables and chairs, wow! Love it all!! Ohh, and the cleverest way EVER of utilizing that damn corner space: the washer, wow!!
Ana: keep up the great work, I wish you many happy clients with deep enough pockets. 🙂
The washer was so clever! 🙂 Loved it!!!
Turns out Ana just called me and so I have the answer: material cost no more than 30k total, and double that with the build included.
(na, she didn’t call (yet) I watched another vid on her site where she mentions the price) so there you have it. A bargain for what it is I say!
Haha! David, cute one, but thanks for info.
Wow awesome David — thanks!
Admit it…This has been a month of Amazement..Two of the BEST Tiny Home concepts..This Genius is an exception even for Alaska. I would suggest there has been a Bar established and I do not think we will see better in my lifetime. Imagine what a builder in the World could do not having the Alaska cold to deal with…These Ideas will change the whole industry….And at a cost that most will be able to afford…Imagine what the crew at Tiny Texas Houses can do with their 80K sq.ft. of reclaimed material warehouses?
Please share a link to the second “best TH concepts” thanks
Totally agree, Bill. Just when I think I have seen EVERYTHING, I get Alabama Tiny House with their revolutionary back-wall staircase and Anna’s all-around fantastic work.
A bar established? What drinks do they have…?? ; )
Alex, you need to get blueprints fir this one….PLEASE 🙂
I’ll see what I can do ! 😀
Well….what about it? Is A Bluķe print been created for this jewel???
Hey Ken, check these links out:
http://www.ana-white.com/woodworking-projects/diy-elevator-bed-tiny-house (bed plans)
https://www.ana-white.com/woodworking-projects/open-concept-rustic-modern-tiny-house-plans-sources (house plans)
Yes, the bed idea is very, ever clever.
But what struck me the most, and what I like the most, are the large windows. There is nothing that makes a small space seem bigger than having lots of unobstructed views of the larger world outside.
Yes I agree. Those windows really do the trick! I was wondering if they have those shades inside them that you can close? Just at night because I’m paranoid hehe.
Really creative ideas! She understands how multi-functional everything in a tiny house must be! While the elevator bed is not a new concept, she devised an affordable, simple mechanism to make it happen. Kudos!
Yes! The other day we saw one, but it was easily $1,500 or more to buy it. This one is DIY!
I am awed by your creativity. This TH is absolutely amazing. I am newly in love with tiny houses because of your amazing plans. Love the hidden treasures. Love the open floor and windows. Love it all.
I’m so glad to hear it was that inspiring!
YOU ARE AMAZING!!!! You build an exceptional tiny home. Can’t wait to live that way.
Me neither 🙂
That is a cool bed…! And a very smart idea…!
The bed is awesome 🙂
This is one of the best tiny houses I’ve ever seen. I can’t believe how you’ve used space. I love that a woman is involved so closely with the design. You’ve got the right concepts for tiny living without sacrificing real luxury. Congrats!
She’s a mastermind 🙂
Anna White, You win the THOW!!! I can’t believe all the uses you have for everything! You have come up with so many creative things I’m amazed. I love all the sliding things (bed, closet, cabinet/laundry). Way to go!
She is my new favorite 🙂
Mine, too. Bookmarked it.
Skylight window in shower would help with air circulation to reduce mold growth.
I really like this one. And the presentation.
Love the skylight idea!
I am speechless with awe. This is “thinking outside the box” taken to the next level. It is like one giant, clever, creative puzzle. Bottom line: I LOVE IT. SOOOOOOOOO smart.
Exactly how I felt after watching the video. I kept thinking “I don’t need to watch the whole thing” and then she’d just shock me with another amazing innovation and I kept watching for more!
This is great! So many innovations! The one thing I didn’t quite get – when they have company and the sectional is made into a bed, does it then pull out so the regular bed can be lowered?
She mentioned “now it’s in bunk mode,” so I think you’d just have to “bunk up” that night. However, it all seemed movable so I bed you could pull it out into that other floor space.
Bravo! This THOW is the best of the best. Anna White you have raised the bar for builders and designers. You listened to your client’s wishes and created a beautiful home with the most creative features. The cereal storage really made me smile. I work in Battle Creek, MI which is known as Cereal City USA. The city hosts an annual Cereal Fest which is known for the longest breakfast table. Your ingenious table could be dubbed the longest THOW breakfast table. Thank you for sharing this gem!
Haha love your insight on cereal 🙂
I am from Battle Creek, born & raised. My grandma retired from Kelloggs. Been to the Breakfast table many many times!
Clever and efficient.
This tiny house is amazing! She has thought of everything! I’m so impressed with the storage space, the elevator bed, and the kitchen! It has everything you could ever want plus it is open and spacious and aesthetically pleasing. I love it!
Every time I look at it, I’m more amazed.
This Tiny House is the most unique plan that I have ever seen. There is not on thing that I would Change. The Elevator bed is a plus for a Senior who does not want a loft. You have great vision for storage also.
That’s what I thought. I was gushing about it all day.
This is the best tiny house design, no stairs taking up space and no ladder. The elevator bed is wonderful. I would like a larger refrigerator and sink in the bathroom. Well designed for storage. Very open and roomy. I could comfortably live in this house and it would be easy to keep clean.
Me too — this house is stellar!
Anna is very creative. Tiny houses continue to be refined with the likes of Anna White and others. I look forward to seeing more of her creations. Time for a book Anna, if you don’t already have one!
Seriously! She rocks.
A very ingenious house and quite attractive. I really like the elevator bed. No ladders, no stairs, no problem with headroom. The sectional is fantastic as are the storage cube/seats. I would put casters on the boot box/step. For myself, I would add on a few feet off the bathroom for a stackable washer and dryer and a closet or more shelves and a small sink. This would, of course, increase the price. I wouldn’t be moving the house, once I found a suitable place to put it. I do not like composting toilets, so I would need it plumbed for a regular flush toilet. Also, I would put a narrow plant shelf on or over the wheel well under the window. I like plants in TH to clean and refresh the air/O2 levels, especially in the winter. This is truly an IDEA house. Anna White is an exceptional designer.
Yes she is! I really like your ideas, too! I think she did such an awesome job designing for her clients, even if I’d change some stuff personally.
I’ve seen a alot of innovation in the tiny house world from many others however I was missing the “European design mind” in tiny spaces. I always would notice wasted space and lack of consistent multi-function within…..something they do better than us because they have always had to work within smaller confines. There would be a few clever things but not across the board which need to always happen when building tiny. Ana has definitely accomplished this. She’s clever and thoughtful in her work. And I love that she uses everyday materials to show us that spaces can still be aesthetically pleasing, multipurpose and cost effective.
Precisely! She really does it all 🙂
Nice and open with Main floor bed. Very clever.
I’m speechless…this tiny house is amazing…love, love, love it
Me too 🙂
Awesome! This is the best THOW interior design that I’ve ever seen. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!
This is THE MOST CREATIVE THOW I’ve ever had the pleasure of viewing! I lived in Alaska (Anchorage area) in the 80’s and always wanted to go back. Still have land on 3 mile lake… this would be PERFECT! Thank you so much for sharing and I’ll be back ?
Wow that’s so cool!
This was fascinating to me. I am very impressed with your creativity and your awesome use of space planning. I am a fan of the tiny house movement and I think your design is one of the very best I’ve seen! I will check out your website next!
Her website is awesome 🙂
Very well done. Did I miss it or is there no sink in the bathroom.
I would build this one.
No sink in the bathroom, you are correct.
I have been always proposing a lift up bed and multipurpose furniture for non permanent use as a space saving feature for THOW. This is a great example how it looks like. Together with huge windows and plenty of light you can create the illusion of much more than 20 ft which is a great size for towing, too.
I would place kitchen and bathroom on the opposite ends and living space in between because counter space is limited for daily cooking from scratch and a u-shape provides more room for a full size fridge and moving, too.
The barn doors are a bit to rustic for my taste but that is cosmetic.
Multiple table and stool options are perfect. The wardrobe in the bathroom is interesting but not really for the FL climate with its high humidity.
Anyway, I like the approach and most of the details.
I’ve followed tiny houses for several years and this plan is by far the most inventive, open and airy plan ever!!
Yep! I agree 🙂
Wow! Extremely versatile, spacious, etc. I definitely could live in this house! Love everything about it. ONLY negative I can think of is that there is no room for a dress to hang — but I’m sure I could figure something out! Everything about this house is gorgeous!
It really is! 🙂 I think her client was a man — thus the no dress space haha 🙂
Innovative, creative, brilliant! My favorite THOW,yet. And I more of a shipping container aficianado. Love all the storage, the elevator bed, the barn door cabinets, how many features serve more than one function.
It is just beautiful and amazing. Congratulations!
There are so many of these things that would work very well in a shipping container too 🙂
Ana is a genuine genius. Bet she’ll keep coming up with more brilliance. Let’s stay tuned.
Good point 🙂
This is a favorite. Such a creative use of space and no an inch
waisted. Love the elevator bed and hidden washer/dryer.
Best design I have ever seen. Need to watch the Tour video…
Yes! It’s worth it, I promise 🙂
I’ve been pumped about planning this tiny new chapter in my life, but I’ve felt discouraged in my research. I’m near NYC and it seems I have very little options for building and parking a tiny home in my area. It’s frustrating that zoning laws and municipalities are not open to tiny homes yet from what I’ve read. The system makes it pretty difficult. I don’t want to have to take out a 30 year mortgage and slave away my life. I want the freedom and reduced stress. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
🙁 It’s a huge bummer, Alex, but it’s true that in many places the regulations are not compatible with tiny house living. Particularly not those close to a huge city like NYC.
This is a great design. I have never built a THOW but I AM aware of artificial products that outgas chemicals. Mass market bed mattresses, carpets, furniture and FOAM are among the worst of them. There are many more including commercial paint and most building products. I would suggest that people pay extra and buy natural latex rubber (talay?) for their cushions which is nontoxic and does not outgas.
Well! You did not post my comments pointing you to this site a few weeks age, now you present the site, it does not matter. The site is now known. You may not post this comment, but we both know.
Hi JC — sometimes comments with links in them get automatically deleted. It was not meant as an affront, it’s just the program we use to weed out spam 🙂
what brand is the electric winch for the elv bed
She doesn’t share, I’m afraid.
That woman is a genius. I’m finally sold on the tiny house concept after viewing this video.
Wow! I’m so glad to hear that 🙂
Like the house and the elevator bed. My only concerns are the time it takes to lower/raise the bed and the noise it makes. Maybe a winch might make a better lift. Also, being that it’s made for an Alaska environment (I’m assuming), I didn’t see any stove or fireplace. Maybe it could be added in the open area?
Too many windows for my tastes because it might be quite expensive if it were triple-paned. Would there be a problem with wildlife possibly breaking the windows while the occupants are asleep?
I think there’s electric heat, and windows certainly do add costs. I don’t think animals typically break into windows, but I don’t know 🙂
Wow this tiny house is amazing. What ingenious ideas! I love that elevator bed and the triple use storage stools.
I know! How cool are those stools! I need the little laptop rest part.
Simply brilliant! I really liked this video and the detailed overeview of the house. Such a great usage of space, and I found myself gasping several times in surprise as the hidden space spacers unveiled. You have a new fan of your work, thank you!
Me too 🙂 It’s hard to keep me engaged for a 15 minute-long video, but she did so with ease!
This woman’s THs are awesome. What wonderful design solutions she comes up with for her client requests. LOVE the elevator bed and all the storage. Wonderful, smart, specific to the buyer’s needs. You go girl!
This Tiny is just about the one of the best for cleverness. It has all anyone needs, especially the bed for main level sleeping. I’m a senior, this all just great. 😀
Yes! It is just SO clever 🙂
It gives new meaning to going up….!
This is one of the most innovative use of spaces I have seen on Tiny Home sites. I love it. I would liked to have seen the actual washer/dryer fitted.
This is the third time I have watched this video and I am still in AWE of the design elements that she has come up with. I am blown away each time I watch — not to mention the fact that she is just so sweet — I wonder if she realizes how revolutionary some of her ideas really are. She completely solves the problem for people who do not want/or can’t use a loft bedroom and yet still keeps two sleeping areas. Amazing . The two desks, the two ways to use the table for eating, the”pantry”, the hidden laundry room, the closet and so on and so on. Amazing. AND, it is still spacious and cozy at the same time that it has an amazing view……
AWESTRUCK the more I see it.
Yes! This is SO brilliant I can’t handle it 🙂
This is a brilliant house. I didn’t think that she could do better than her triple bunk arrangement, but she did! Only one little improvement I could suggest would be a trap door in the kitchen floor for better access to the storage behind the drawers in the floor under the kitchen, or possibly just making he drawers full length for as often as they’d have to be pulled right out. I had puzzled over the shower/closet thing myself, but her solution is so, so much better than anything I came up with. I just love her work.
Oh I love the idea for the trap door!
Love this tiny house. Being a drafter and having worked for 2 motor home manufacturers, I know how frustrating it can be to have room for maneuvering and yet all the comforts that you need in a limited amount of space. LOVE the elevator bed, but have you thought of utilizing the space under it? I immediately saw in my minds eye this spice rack system, on a much larger scale
that could hold these bins
with a split lid opening, or without the lids even.
Just another storage idea for you.
And because I don’t like seat areas that might slip, I thought that if you router a small groove into both sides of the lids on the storage/ottomans and then staple or glue down a small cord to assist with placement and negate slippage, would make the cubes more stable.
Sincerely, Lela Gallentine
PS, say hi to my cousins up there!
Thanks for those links, Lela! Great ideas.
I really enjoyed this great tiny house!! How much to build? Finding all the uses for stools, storage, shelving and slide out cabinet/washer-dryer was the best. Are plans for sale? How much? Good job! Best I have seen for us in our 70’s!
This tiny house has Everything you could possibly ask for! Amazing storage spaces, hide away area for the washer/dryer combo, perfect solutions for clothes storage & protection from the shower. Love the cereal space! And for those of us who don’t want to climb ladders to access the sleeping area, LOVE the elevator bed! The large windows make the living space seem huge. By far this is the Best THOW I’ve seen! Thank you for sharing!
I can only say WOW! This is an amazingly creative design. The elevator bed is brilliant for those of us who don’t want to have to climb a ladder to get into bed. There is a huge amount of hidden storage, and this hidden washer/dryer combo fantastic. Great job!
Is there an exhaust fan in the bathroom to get moisture escape after showering?
This was the most thought out multi purpose simple tiny house that I have seen to date. It’s beautiful. Love that open space.
You had to have lost a lot of sleep thinking up ideas to save space and look nice, too. I’m most impressed, particularly since you don’t have to climb a ladder or stairs. Very impressive! Love the light in the unit bringing the outdoors inside and all the comforts that one person really needs. Awesome!
Beautiful. Clean and bright. Meticulous with class. Perfect for one person or two. Impeccable job.
LOVE LOVE LOVE this place. I am at the end of what has turned out to be a disastrous tiny house build and needed an idea for how to get a bed in the small space but also be able to have seating, love her sectional idea and would love to have the plans for that. I have figured that to make things work in the space I have I will need the “couch” to be 45″ wide at the longest point so would love to get the plans for that sectional that I can “tweak” to make it work in my space
Just wow. Not only “cute” solutions; real solutions that can be lived in and with. Amazing.
Nicely done. If I can make two suggestions: you can build a bookshelf under the bed or a small storage if it doesn’t add too much additional weight for the lift; and build a lip around the top of the seat cube so that it locks in place when you flip it over to use as a seat.
very well thought out love it!
That is the most ghetto designed tiny house I’ve seen yet. And with that said, the cutest and most practical/livable. I just love Ana’s imagination and creativity. Both thumps up!
Yet another applause for the creativity in making the housework. With the multi-function of so many pieces, I was surprised how relatively easy it was to make the transformations. The only ‘flaw’ I could see was the closet in with the shower. Yes, the curtain will stop water from directly soaking the clothes, but it won’t do anything about steam. You close it all up after a shower and you have a real possibility of mold growing on the clothes.
I was thinking that as well…but wondering if a “door” to seal off that storage closet wouldn’t work? Like some kind of plastic kind of option…
THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST OF ANY TINY HOME I HAVE EVER SEEN. I HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING THIS SITE FOR MANY YEARS. THIS IS JUST SO WELL THOUGH OUT, FAST AND EASY ACCESS TO ALL OF THE STORAGE. ABSOLUTELY LUV IT.
Ana…you are a freaking genius. I’ve never seen a better use of space than this. Very unique, very brilliant.
Congratulations on taking small homes to the next level for performance, storage and usefulness.
Extremely clever designs, great layout, and amazing cabinet and appliance ideas! She is really good at designing tiny houses! You go girl!!
Love this little home.
Necessity is truly the mother of invention!
Very lovely tiny house designing by the girl I have been seen yet. Go ahead.