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Protohaus Tiny House Project at Alfred University

Ann Holley is a student at Alfred University at the Museum of Fine Arts.

A few short years ago she and her partner Darren Macca decided to build their own tiny house of just 125 square feet.

Off-the-Grid Tiny House

It was originally located on the property of AU and it is completely off the grid.

The house uses solar power for electricity and the refrigerator and oven are powered by propane.

ProtoHaus Tiny House Project

On the outside it’s 22′ long and it’s 8′ 6″ wide. Inside it’s 17′ and 7′ 6″.

So it’s 125 square feet inside without including the 9′ by 7′ 6″ sleeping loft.

There’s also a front porch where you can sit and relax.

The entire house is built on a trailer so that it’s easy to transport.

Interior Design

When you walk in through the front door there are two closets on each side so that there’s room for your stuff.

Directly above that area there’s an overhead loft space for more storage. There’s also a little window up there.

In the opposite side is the sleeping loft which looks welcoming and open. The dormers give you more space and light.

ProtoHaus Tiny House Project
Screenshot YouTube AlfredUniv

Solar Panels and Bathroom

In the bathroom there’s a closet where the solar power equipment is stored. That’s also where there’s a shower and composting toilet.

Walk outside and there are four large panels that you can easily adjust. A few feet away is the battery bank which houses batteries to store power for the house.


For this project Ann wanted to use as many propane appliances as possible in order for a few solar panels to be able to power the rest of the house.

So they used an RV refrigerator and an RV stove that fits perfectly in a small space like this.

Recycled Materials

In the kitchen they were able to use a variety of recycled materials which is a simple but great way to help the environment.

The sink and faucet came from Habitat for Humanity. The stainless steel table top came from a commercial kitchen.

For insulation in the walls they chose a soy-based spray foam. The oak floors in the house came from Ann’s childhood home that were left over from construction.

Get the full story in the video below. You can learn more about this tiny house and see pictures of it here. Go to their website at http://www.protohaus.moonfruit.com.

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  • March 30, 2012, 1:58 pm

    I love this house! Beautiful!

  • Tim
    April 3, 2012, 12:44 pm

    did she say there is a greywater shower basin? i did a quick google search for such a thing and i’m not having any luck finding one.

  • tom edwards
    May 22, 2012, 11:56 am

    could you please let me know how i can view your house project in person keep up the good work you did a great job on building this project

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