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Modern Tiny House With Pull-Out Bench/Couch: The Orchid THOW by New Frontier Tiny Homes

No matter what, moving into a tiny house on wheels requires some sacrifices. But if a luxurious shower experience is something on your “must-have” list, then the 300 square foot Orchid from New Frontier Tiny Homes should be on your short-list. Designer David Latimer (@davidlatimer_ on Instagram) managed to include a full-size shower in this 32-foot model.

This THOW sleeps four: Two in the king-sized loft and two in a pull-out sofa bed on the main level. The LED valance lighting is warm and dimmable and the skylights, french doors, and garage-door window let plenty of natural light in during the day. Please enjoy the photo tour below, and be sure to check out more from New Frontier Tiny Homes.

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The Orchid: A Tiny House on Wheels with a Full-Size Shower!

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From the kitchen you look out on the living room that’s basking in natural light.

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This compact kitchen allows for a stovetop, fridge and sink. You can upgrade to a fully off-grid model with a solar array if you want.

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A close up of the living room and the beautiful french doors that open up to nature.

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At night the valence LED lighting really *shines*, transforming this into a cozy space.

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Simply pull out your bed at night! Much simpler than those transforming couches of old.

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The mini-split hides in this little closet, where you can store clothing and knickknacks.

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Here’s designer David Latimer sitting in the living room. You can really bring the outdoors inside with this garage door!

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And here’s what you’ve all been waiting for: The full-size shower! No cramped bathing in this THOW.

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The mirrors really help make the space feel even larger and more open.

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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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  • Michael
    March 30, 2020, 7:25 am

    Nice design for temporary living. Permanent use requires more storage and bigger kitchen.
    The hanging locker is nice to view but insufficient for more than one.
    Price tag is for sure high and out of reach for many.

    • James D.
      March 30, 2020, 11:39 pm

      Opinions will vary on what can work for full time use… Actual minimalists, for example, will have the opposite opinion and consider this way too much or would use it for a large family…

      Besides, there’s more storage than the above photos show and not everyone needs a large kitchen… Also, not all storage need to be only in the interior and not all cooking need to be done inside only…

      That said, it is a designer home… The owner of New Frontier Tiny Homes has even discontinued building his own homes, contracting them now out to Liberty Tiny Homes. So he can focus on just the design work… For clients who don’t want just an ordinary home… So was never intended for the many…

  • husabergchamp
    April 8, 2020, 5:49 pm

    Love the roll out bed/sofa idea, will use that in the future. Eliminates a loft bed and the few steps to go up to the lounge area above the bed should not be a problem even for the elderly. Great use of space.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      April 9, 2020, 1:56 pm

      Exactly. Very innovative.

  • michael duffy
    June 2, 2020, 10:38 am

    Hi How much is The Orchid fitted with accessories as above
    Estimate price will do.
    Thank you Mr Duffy.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      June 2, 2020, 1:18 pm

      I’m going to guess around $80k but they don’t say on the website. You can contact them though for a quote!

  • Zac D
    October 26, 2020, 5:44 am

    Just to clarify most tiny’s have a full size shower(900x900mm), that one is double size. Which might make sense if it’s for a couple but it seems there’s just one shower head.
    I feel like there’s some interesting concepts but the execution is lacking. The slide out bed is neat but then the couch doesn’t look any more comfortable or well-upholstered than average DIY sofa-bed with storage. The way they cut that balustrade short of a power socket suggests someone forgot to put that in the initial design and I just question the level of professionalism in the design process.
    I realise these things may seem picky but the thing about minimalist design is it’s all about getting the details right; each part has to be well considered as the simplicity of the style emphasises any slight flaw or oversight.

    • James D.
      October 26, 2020, 4:39 pm

      More like you’re second guessing everything, which is fine as someone else’s design won’t necessarily fit you and it’s good to think of ways of changing it to make it fit your preferences but that’s not the same as there being any actual flaws or oversight…

      Like there’s other reasons for having a larger shower than just for couples. Walk in showers allow for a higher level of luxury and fit and finish for people who want a more spa like experience or just don’t want it to feel cramped and small. It can also be beneficial for people with special needs as the extra size can allow someone in a wheelchair to get in and out more easily. Some people may also have pets and a large dog can require more space than a person… Among other examples of alternative reasons for this design that just may not be ones you’d consider but are still valid for who it was built for…

      While the placement of most of the outlets are determined by code and there’s no reason the cabinet that encloses the Mini-Split needs to get in the way of it as it will remain closed most of the time, as it’s primary purpose is to hide the mini-split, with bonus space for hanging a jacket but it’s primarily just to make it blend in with the rest of the decor and not seem out of place.

      Designs often encompass function but sometimes it’s for multiple things that may conflict and there’s trade offs between them for the resulting design that can create results that may seem counter intuitive but is what works…

      Designer homes especially, will be strongly influenced by how the designer wants it to appear and feel, as it’s a form of art and the details of the design often get worked around that theme…

      So, ultimately, getting the details right doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. Some people, the home needs to feed their soul and creative spirit, others it needs to be as functional and efficient as possible and they may not care how it looks, yet others it may need to cater to different needs than other people typically consider… There’s a lot of diversity out there and everyone will have their own idea of what is perfect, which just also means to someone else it won’t be…

  • Eric
    October 1, 2021, 3:31 pm

    You can really bring the outdoors inside with this garage door!

    Yeah ok, but you could achieve the same effect by using bifold doors instead of the garage door, and a plus is the looks tidier.

    • James D.
      October 1, 2021, 3:52 pm

      Yes, but it’s harder to keep doors aligned in a movable structure. So they can be more problematic, and gets worse the more doors sections that have to work together… While the garage door gets completely out of your way, for a more open feel, and it’s easier to motorize a garage door to make it automatic…

      Like I often point out, there’s always trade offs…

      • Eric
        January 31, 2022, 11:57 pm

        Point taken. However, the garage door looks, to me, out of place. If it could be integrated with the ceiling that would be better. But that comes with its own problems. Like you always say… tradeoffs.

        • Eric
          February 1, 2022, 12:04 am

          One could of course use a screen that fits inside the frame of the door. Just need to be careful that you don’t create holes in the fabric/mesh. But, completely doable.

  • Joyce Rader
    December 12, 2021, 4:49 pm

    Some of the ideas are nice. Personally garage doors without screens is asking for biting bug problems based on location and season. Other unwelcomed guests may choose to check this place out if door left open. Be safe and have the camera ready for those timid visitors.

    • Kathleen Maxwell
      December 28, 2021, 3:22 pm

      Yes, I always wonder about keeping out mosquitoes and other bugs with a garage door. It doesn’t seem very practical.

      • Liz
        April 20, 2023, 1:40 pm

        Being a very large opening I definitely would not leave it open unless you can be there to closely monitor. If in the desert it’s imperative to consider the possibility of rattlesnakes, scorpions, tarantulas and the such. They’re sneaky. While we lived in the desert we did have Javalinas and Bobcats in oir backyard 😬

  • John S Thompson
    February 1, 2022, 11:52 am

    Being old school (old, old school) I remember when there were multiple plans to cover windows so that the heat loss wasn’t a net horrific number from night temp. variations – or winter winds. Yes, tiny homes need a lot of “vista type” windows. But with most of the window heavy design I see, the convective currents will be freezing a lot of unsuspecting asses right off the homeowner. Canadian research has the calculations for when enough windows is “enough”. None of these still valid rules are being applied to tiny homes. Result?highly uncomfortable night and cold days with internally generated breezes that will cool you instead of warm you. AND your heating costs will suck! I don’t care how efficient a mini-split is; if the overall design is wrong, you won’t be happy. Just sayin!

    • James D.
      February 1, 2022, 5:32 pm

      Well, something to realize is technology has come a very long way since those old school days. So it would only be an issue if the builder didn’t design it for handling such extremes but passive house standards are becoming the norm in the building codes for anything being built new now and tiny houses are much easier to make to those standards…

      You can look up products like Arctic Windows, which is rated for all 3 of Canada’s climate zones and even as double pane it perform as well as what used to require triple pane, for an example to show windows don’t have to be an issue anymore. They also go up to quad pane now too for handling really extreme temperature ranges…

      Besides, there are people living in Tiny Houses in Canada that still have plenty of windows… Sure, you wouldn’t want a garage door like this model but just windows isn’t a big issue as long as it’s built right and using the right products… While no home needs to be limited to only one heating and cooling system. Plenty of tiny homes have wood stoves and other heating options, for example…

  • JJZack
    November 28, 2022, 3:02 pm

    Like it a lot! Curiosity has me though, if the bed is simply rolled up under the platform, why does the bed have a break in it where your feet go, couldn’t this be a complete, normal mattress? Just curious.

    Another question: What is the brand/color of the paint on the walls (by the sink) of the bathroom? I love that rich gray color.

    • James D.
      November 29, 2022, 2:03 am

      Pretty sure that’s just the bed sheet hospital folded and tucked to keep it from moving and to make it easy to slip in and pull the sheets up and over you when you get in… Seen that done in hospitals and would make sense for a trundle bed…

      Can’t help you with the paint color but you can contact the designer for a possible answer…

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