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Two Tiny Homes Connected by Porch

Shaye has been an incredible tiny house builder and designer who we’ve admired for years, and this is her latest masterpiece! The “Ashleigh” is a one-of-a-kind modular tiny house design that’s essentially two tiny homes connected by a middle porch space that doubles as another living room.

The main tiny home has the kitchen — with tons of counter space and a fun pull-out table — and a living room with giant built-in couches that provide an extra seating area if needed. The second pod has two bedrooms, one of which has a nice built-up twin bed to maximize sleeping space (since this is an Airbnb). I could see so many reasons why someone might live in this house full-time! What do you think?

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Ashleigh: Two Tiny Homes Connected by a Porch

Shayne’s Incredible Modular Airbnb Design

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Two large skylights provide a natural glow to the kitchen.

Shayne’s Incredible Modular Airbnb Design 2

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Shaye’s been living tiny on-and-off for 10 years!

Shayne’s Incredible Modular Airbnb Design 3

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VIDEO: She Designed This Stunning Modular Tiny House


  • Shaye’s first tiny house was a greenhouse-style home she DIY-ed with her then-partner.
  • She needed a way to keep costs down, so she could pursue creative outlets. Tiny living was the perfect solution.
  • Since that first house, she started an entire business designing and building incredible tiny houses!
  • This is her “Ashleigh” model which she is using as an Airbnb in New Zealand where she lives.
  • The modular design means the home can be set up on site with a few different layout options.
  • The bedrooms are currently housed in one “pod” and there’s an enclosed porch with a wood-burning stove!

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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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  • Laila
    November 20, 2023, 1:11 pm

    Very nicely done. Love the concept of separation, but the enclosed hallway to walk over. Love the quality of materials as well.

    • James D.
      November 24, 2023, 10:07 am

      Seperate structures with a connecting roof are generally called breezeways. They were very common back when people had to build their own homes and could only build seasonally, with mainly only local resources for materials, etc.

      Over time, the open spaces can be enclosed to turn it into one large structure or additions directly built on existing structure to eventually have a larger home.

      Process can also be reversed to make structure smaller. So it’s a very flexible idea. People have just gotten used to monolithic structures over the past century but there has always been lots of other options.

  • Michael
    November 23, 2023, 6:19 am

    I like the pod concept and the thoughtful design.
    The second bunk bedroom would be my home office and the enclosed porch room with the wood burning stove would be a great secondary living room.
    A great idea among others are the integrated roll up screens at the open porch which keeps bugs out at night.
    Shaye, very well done.

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