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Man Builds 160 Sq. Ft. ‘Studio’ Tiny House For Sale (SOLD)

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You probably already know Dan Louche who’s designed and built several tiny houses by now. If you’re not too fond of ladders and lofts, I think you’ll appreciate this one. Update: Sold.

Today I’m showing you his latest. It’s a 160 sq. ft. studio tiny house and it’s available for sale right now as I write this.

It’s 20′ long and approximately 8’6″ wide. Inside you’ll find a full kitchen, pull out mattress, full bathroom, and more.

If you’ve been looking for a ready to move into tiny home that you can live in full time, this might be it. Either way, I’d love to read your thoughts on it in the comments below and whether or not you’d live simply in this model full time (I would).

160 Sq. Ft. Studio Tiny House For Sale


Images: Tiny Home Builders

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Images: Tiny Home Builders

Original story with even more photos and information: http://www.tinyhomebuilders.com/Blog/2014/08/06/tiny-studio/

For sale listing if you want to buy it: http://www.tinyhousemarketplace.com/House/Details/19

Video: Tiny Studio During Construction


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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Marjorie Alexander
    August 19, 2014, 12:32 pm

    Wow, I really like this design! I’ve seen this structural layout before but I also like the way the rooms are arranged, the use of the “loft”/split level as a kitchen, and the fact that you can pull out the mattress for use as a bed or couch. My only thought is how much room do you have to walk between the bed and the closet when the bed is all the way out, say if you wanted to go between the kitchen and the bathroom. It was hard to tell from the images and video. Other than that I love it.

    • Alex
      August 19, 2014, 2:16 pm

      Thanks Marjorie! Glad you liked it. I love the design too and how he was able to tuck the bed underneath the kitchen and how it doubles function as a couch too. As for walking space, not sure, I’d have to tour it I think or see some floor plans. Great question!

      • Kim Tripp
        August 26, 2014, 11:10 am

        In comparing the pictures of the bed both in and out (and where it hits on the window and doorway etc.), it appears that the corner of the bed would come right up to the shelves that are attached to the side of the closet. It seems that you may have to step over that corner to get to the bathroom. However if the shelves fold down you’d have a narrow walkway between.

    • Carly
      October 1, 2015, 2:12 pm

      It seems like if you switched which side of the unit that the bed pulled out on, you could have a straight walkway between the kitchen area and the front door/bathroom.

  • Susie M
    August 19, 2014, 1:00 pm

    Very nice basic design – especially for folks not so nimble on those darn ladders – I really like that the bed slides out so silently – the wheels are a material that will not mar the floor then I presume? Kudos on putting those steps on slides also – can’t imagine trying to change the bed linens without being able to reach most of the mattress. (rotate?)

    It’s beautiful that the kitchen is so proportional – so many tiny houses that I have been watching on this site, have a lot of space devoted to the kitchen, I wonder if the occupants really use all that stuff once they have lived there a few months – or get rid of kitchen ‘things’ in favor of using it for other storage?

    The simplicity is very refreshing – I do think it’s important to live in one for a few months before making the final tweaks to down-sizing – what is really needed and where – It is, after all – for most – a completely new lifestyle.

    Is there a 2 ring propane burner under that board next to the sink? A good idea to have a multi purpose cover for it – if not -then it’s another customizable approach – install 2 ring propane burner -or use portable induction cooktop and/or infrared oven – compact – energy efficient etc. I’m sure that once the occupant finds a place to settle, there will be a deck and BBQ outside the front door – having it on the side opens up much more usable space, and allows for a practical deck rather than a postage stamp.

    All in all – I’m very impressed! – there is enough completed to move right in – all of the important/difficult stuff is taken care of – yet not so overdone that a little tweaking to suit individual taste would be out of place ! Well done!! and thanks so much for listening to us ‘older folks’ with the ‘older knees’.

    • Alex
      August 19, 2014, 2:00 pm

      Thanks Susie! I’m glad you liked it too. I’m really impressed by it too. I can definitely move in (as long as it’s just me) and live happily.

  • Val
    August 19, 2014, 1:02 pm

    Love it. As long as it has a bathroom, I’m good! Great use of small space

    • Alex
      August 19, 2014, 2:15 pm

      Thanks Val! Yup. There’s a bathroom with flush toilet and full size shower 🙂

  • Hell's Mechanic
    August 19, 2014, 4:08 pm

    Very nice, but I would have to work in a sink in the bathroom, other than that I really like it.

    • Alex
      August 19, 2014, 4:13 pm

      Me too. Good call. I didn’t even realize there wasn’t one in there. I wonder if one of those tiny corner ones could be added.. Thanks HM

      • pat
        August 20, 2014, 2:38 pm

        there is a sink/toilet combo available to conserve space. i like this bed under the kitchen arrangement but then i liked the bed under the office arrangement too.

  • Jim
    August 19, 2014, 4:42 pm

    How about those toilets with a sink built in over the tank?

  • Dominick Bundy
    August 19, 2014, 4:57 pm

    Love it. at first glance it reminded of one of those older roadside tourist cabins that was popular back in the 40’s and 50’s until motels replace them.. Nice lay out and the side door is a plus with me as well.. Good job..

  • Kate
    August 19, 2014, 5:11 pm

    RE: Bathroom Sink – Could not a small sink be rigged up with a ‘goose neck’ hose drain system and be on a swivel that comes out and be returned back far enough so who ever is using the commode won’t bump the head or even come out of the shower? Never would have thought about that except I was thinking of that lit’ cooker in the TH dome in another story.

  • 2BarA
    August 19, 2014, 6:29 pm

    A very good layout and use of space. I did not see a stove??? I would also put
    a tiny sink in the bathroom. Otherwise, this is a winning design!

  • Michael
    August 19, 2014, 6:39 pm

    Yeah, a very nice design. All add on like stove and washbowl in the bathroom
    had been mentioned before. The only additional disadvantage I can see is that you have to make the bed every day twice. A murphy bed wouldn’t be in need of it.

  • Kathy
    August 19, 2014, 6:44 pm

    This is thinking outside the box for sure! It love both the roll out bed and the roll out stairs (I am assuming that the steps themselves lift off for even more storage). The foot of the bed is a great little sofa too. The kitchen is certainly adequate for most folks….I would love a bigger fridge and at least a convection microwave. But the eating bar is an inspiration facing the room like that! I keep thinking I need at least 300 sq ft, but when I see well planned spaces like this 160 sq ft cutie, I begin to think I CAN go smaller! Congrats to the designer!

  • Cosy
    August 19, 2014, 9:31 pm

    Great use of space. I’ve been waiting for someone to use the plan with the bed under the kitchen ever since you show us that great Paris apartment. Such a clever idea. Thanks Alex!

    • Alex
      August 20, 2014, 11:00 am

      I agree. It’s a fantastic idea for those of us who don’t want ladders in our life. Very clever and I’m also glad to have seen it being used and can’t wait to see more :))

  • Rob Benkhe
    August 19, 2014, 9:50 pm

    I have a 24′ trailer I am going to try this with, but with a different roof. I will have the in front of the washroom and start the roof off at seven feet, then work it up to 11′ at about where the kitchen landing starts, then back down about a foot to the rear of the trailer. This will keep the door at the side clear of snow and ice, and make it a little more aerodynamic for towing. Add in a flip up flat screen and Bob is your uncle.

    • Alex
      August 20, 2014, 10:56 am

      Sounds like a great plan, Rob. I’d consider doing a different roof too. Slanted roof so you get more spaciousness up there (and personally I’d add some loft space up there too). A bedroom or two.

  • Craig
    August 19, 2014, 10:51 pm

    It’s beautiful and simple. But “full kitchen” is misleading – no stove, no oven, just one sink and a bar fridge. Many motel rooms have more amenities than this. Not saying it’s a bad design, just saying, call it what it is. It’s not something I could live in long-term.

    • Alex
      August 20, 2014, 10:53 am

      Whoops. Bad choice of words on my part I guess. Although you could get a little toaster oven and a hot plate, right? Thanks Craig.

  • Denise
    August 25, 2014, 5:57 am

    Wow, I really like this one – good thinking on his part! The bed goes to a couch state and then back to a bed again. The storage in the stairs, the great use of the kitchen/dining to hide the bed, what a wise use of space.

    I am wondering though – what exactly is that cabinet with the two shelves on it for? It seems rather strange; wondering if a computer desk there would be more useful. Good placement of the air conditioner and I like the real flush toilet. Not all of us are fans of composting toilets.

  • Linda
    September 12, 2014, 12:30 pm

    LOL!! Yes, by all means… save a few steps if you can. Might wear yourself out in a place this big !!! Nice job!

  • sharon
    September 23, 2014, 8:23 am

    I love the newsletter and read every word in every article. My only prob is that it seems to cover the same houses every issue. I’ve looked at the homes so often I feel like these folks are my neighbors!! When can I expect a new issue? Of new homes? With new designs? Thanks!!!!

    • Alex
      September 23, 2014, 9:27 am

      Sorry you feel it’s repetitive Sharon. Sometimes I re-share some old ones in the newsletter but there’s new ones everyday. They show up here in order that I add them: https://tinyhousetalk.com

      In the daily email I always put the new ones first towards the top and old ones I’m re-sharing (for new members and such) in the bottom. Hope this makes sense! Alex

  • melody mikel
    September 26, 2014, 11:05 pm

    Needs a stove . I like the set up. Hate ladders. Suggestion for bathroom sink is to get a “cup shaped urinal” with a sink faucet on top. my friend in a wheelchair has one to a standard bathroom so she can roll right up to the edge for easy access.

  • Tiana
    October 1, 2014, 6:36 pm

    YES! YES! YES! Finally a tiny home with the toilet as far as possible from the food! Two tiny additional appliance additions would make this complete…a tank-top sink for the toilet, and an induction plate for the kitchen.

  • Brent
    October 1, 2014, 7:09 pm

    I love this style with the bed stored below the kitchen/dining area. I also appreciate the flush toilet. I certainly see ideas that I will apply to my converted cargo hauler. Seems that the price per sq ft is well over the average stick built home on a foundation or pier and beam. In fact it is comparable to a high end RV and the idea I think is to save money along with other benefits, not go in debt over it. Not many people have a spare $40K to drop without financing it. I certainly don’t.

    • Gabrielle Charest
      February 18, 2016, 5:04 pm

      Remember, costs are relative to where you live. In the Seattle area this would be a steal!

  • Kristi
    October 27, 2014, 2:41 pm

    Love the use of space. Great tiny house.

  • Sharon McDafs
    October 28, 2014, 8:27 pm

    You say it comes with a full kitchen, but it never showed a stove in the house.
    It’s a nice layout, but I would only use it long enough to build my own tiny home and then rent this one out for extra income. So does it have a stove and if so is it built in and where?

  • Pam
    April 19, 2015, 8:42 am

    I really like this little house. You don’t really need a sink in the bathroom. Brush your teeth/wash your hands in the kitchen. Don’t need a stove either. A larger sized toaster oven, microwave & a 1 or two burner cook top is all you need. Once set up, I’d add another small building to use as a laundry room. All in all, something like this would work perfect for me.

  • anthony
    April 19, 2015, 9:32 am

    I really like the clean look. Nice design. However, barely any
    storage, no bathroom sink nor, it appears, any heat source. No
    stove and $37,000. That is insane. It seriously disturbs me to see
    how fast the tiny house movement has turned from a sustainable way
    of life to just another business for those who want to make exorbitant
    profit. REally disappointed in how the movement is going . . . just jacking up prices.

    • Rob
      April 20, 2015, 11:04 am

      Anthony- I’m curious – what do you think would be a fair price?

      • anthony
        April 20, 2015, 6:46 pm

        Based on looking at a lot of other brand new tiny houses at different sites (try a 255 sq. ft. one for $39,000, or a 322 sq. ft. one for $45,000 and those come fully equipped with dormers/lofts, abundant storage, full fridges and a washer dryer and heat/cooling sources), I would put this one here at about 16-20k. I personally would offer 16K for it.

        Let’s do simple math.

        This one, at 160 sq.ft. with the bare minimum of essentials (no heat/cooling source, barely any storage, a small bed, a truly minimal kitchen and not even a bathroom sink) is coming in at $231 per square foot at their current asking price of 37k.

        WOW. Any reasonable person should be agog at that price. Ridiculously OVER-PRICED. One should, if one has any common sense, walk away, laughing.

        Waaaayy out of proportion financially compared to what is out there.

        Do your research.

        Please do note that the 255 sq. ft. fully equipped one at another place I saw – I am NOT a rep for anyone so am not going to tell you the manufacturer (do go and have LOTS of fun exploring what’s out there as it is totally engrossing and entertaining AND will give you LOTS of ideas for how YOU want to build YOUR tiny house) – for 39K you get a lot more for your buck at $152 per sq. ft.

        The comparison is simple.

        MINIMUM construction/amenities offered here for $231/sq.ft versus ABUNDANT construction/amenities for $152/sq.ft. elsewhere. Simple and clear.

        I really do love the clean lines in this model and it has a lot of potential as a beginning idea. Don’t get me wrong. It is clever and cool. NO DOUBT about that at all. But it is for beginners.

        And, I do not consider it worthy of a primary living space nor
        “retirement home” at all. Unless one is a hermit with NO interests whatsoever. Geez, no room for anything other than sitting on the
        couch/bed contemplating life outside the large window.

        I consider this offering a wonderful, useable, extra guest house
        secondary to a more abundant “first home” on a property. Or, a bare minimum shelter at a lake camp. Or an office space.

        That is what it is. It is not a primary “home.”

        So, though I do love it, do look at how it is advertised in the heading: “Studio.” That is the truth. It is nothing more than that.

        I dislike hugely that they then talk about it as a “retirement home.” That is a bit of a “bait and switch” routine in my book.

        Name it first (which they did) AND then offer it as such, instead of trying to interpret it as something else (which they also tried to do: “retirement home” – NOT).

        It IS a studio. It IS NOT a home.

        Discernment is key, here, folks. KNOW that which is being offered in truth. Do not buy someone else’s interpretation of how you should accept their offering. KNOW what you want for yourself.

        And, do look at your bottom line. WHAT exactly are you receiving for every square foot you are purchasing?


        Demand and receive the MOST for yourselves as that is what you deserve. Do not acquiesce to paying what someone else wants you to. Demand what you deserve for your money. I KNOW you have earned it the hard way, as have I.

        I wish all of you to find and inhabit your own homes for yourselves, whatever and wherever they may be . . . .

    • Rob
      April 20, 2015, 7:04 pm

      Anthony- have you built ine of these? Do you know what the material cost, generally? Do you have a sense of the labor involved?

      • anthony
        April 20, 2015, 8:01 pm

        Rob –
        No, I have not yet built one. I am in the process of deep research.
        Yes, I do know if you go out and buy all of the materials through Home Depot and all such it is going to cost you WAAAYYY more than if you do lots of homework in acquiring stuff second-hand, i.e. Craigslist, scrap yards and such.

        Okay, so, what I have gained through research is that, if you want to “buy” everything easily, it’s going to cost you about 30K for the gig.

        That is with 100% your own labor.

        Let’s take auto mechanics as an example. Materials are about 30% and labor 60% of total cost.

        Building is the same ratio.

        So, break it down.

        If you go through scraps and such, I’ve seen a woman build her own entire house with 100% of her labor for 5k.

        If you can buy “new” stuff and build it yourself, you are talking 20 to 30K.

        If you can find a combination of scraps/new/purchased labor/your own labor, I really think a 30k dwelling of superbossanova abundance is truly attainable.

        It is all in the percentages.

        So, it is really important to know what you can purchase or scavenge/acquire AND assessing your own physical abilities at any given age and whether or not you can “do” it on your own.

        Me, I am middle-aged with some physical limitations. I would LOVE to build the whole thing by myself, but am certain I cannot without some help involved. So, that’s how I am determining what “new” versus “used” materials I can acquire as part and parcel of what I can and cannot do with regard to the labor involved and am budgeting/searching out options to provide for my very real abilities (financial) and physical limitations (purchasing labor) in the overall cost of my tiny home.

        It is all a balancing act, Rob (and everybody else).

        What I have learned in this process of attempting to build a tiny house is the wonderful and great caveat: “Know Thyself.”

        What do I really, really need – that is my first step. And, in doing so, I have come to know myself more realistically.

        Materially, it’s all about looking at everything in my current house and being able to say, “I can do without that and that and that.”

        Physically, it’s all about looking at myself and truly assessing what I am capable of at my age.

        I am NOT a 25-year-old with a young body and gobs of strength. Gosh, how I so cherish that age and time and acknowledge my own abilities then and, now, at 54 years old, the fact that I am NOT that anymore. There are losses and gains in EVERY SINGLE MOMENT of life. It behooves us all to know what we are and are not and not to hold fantasies of what we think we are.

        So, practically, I KNOW I am going to have to invest more in the labor end of things as I cannot do 100% of the work on my own. And, indeed, this affects the purchase of material goods (and/or scavenging/acquiring) to meet my OVERALL BUDGET.

        This is an wholistic process: finding the balance between material goods and physical labor and how to acquire both in balance.

        If anything, truly, this exploration into tiny house building has given me that wisdom, that strength and that knowledge to know what I can and cannot do now. If I gain NOTHING else from this tiny house movement, it is that singular understanding of who I am.

        So, that being said, Rob, and all the rest of you, please, DESIGN your dream for yourself in this and then, go and find out for yourselves what is offered and what you can do within it.

        I have, personally, though of everything from just purchasing a fully done deal from one of those TH websites to asking for just the frame-up to be done (and I finish the rest or with some purchased “help labor”), to doing the entire thing myself. Or design it with help with labor.

        I am not sure yet which I will choose. But I can tell you that, when I do, I will be fully informed and totally satisfied with my choice . . . because I made it taking ALL of my abilities and lacks thereof into consideration.

        I think my engagement with the TH movement has given me more in a spiritual/practical awakening to myself than I ever dreamed possible. And, to this point, I have purchased nothing materially from it, though I have gained so much in really understanding myself in relating to it.

        I hope you all gain the same. The Tiny House movement has so much to offer all of us if we use it wisely . . .

        Good luck, Rob.

        The ratio is always 1/3 to 2/3: material to labor. Find your own
        balance within it.
        Hope this helps.

      • Rob
        April 20, 2015, 8:53 pm

        Thanks for your perspective. This is where I am after some planning and a week of construction with a helper.


    • Cap Nemo
      February 18, 2016, 12:44 pm

      Anthony you are correct, the one factor that is never talked about is the fact that builders mark up materials over their cost and some are better at it then others. Instead of just charging for their labor and materials the escalation of profit is the motive if people want to throw their money at it so if a builder can get it they will sell it for a higher price.
      Personally if a builder isn’t innovative enough to build a Tiny Home at $100 per square foot or less they really are in it to milk it for all it is worth. The movement has as you have said is disappointing in not meeting the needs of the disadvantaged. I would only buy from a builder that actually lives in one. Not one who owns a mansion and is bent on deceiving the poor or middle class.

  • Debra VS
    April 19, 2015, 10:25 am

    Time for people to downsize with their beds, too. If you’re a single person, what’s wrong with a single/twin-size bed? Build in a daybed, with storage underneath, and you’ve got a winner. No loft needed, right?

    • anthony
      April 20, 2015, 7:18 pm


      Well, there is “downsizing” and then there is poverty/minimalistic living, the latter of which this design imposes, in my humble opinion.

      You sound ambivalent: “no loft needed, right?”

      Well, I don’t know for you.

      YOU have to decide that for yourself.

      See my posts above.

      There are A LOT of options for abundant living out there in tiny homes and I hope you research them fully and decide what YOU want for YOURSELF. Also, a lot more financing options emerging as the tiny house movement grows.

      Don’t settle for what is being offered.

      Design what you want – your dream for yourself – and then go find what excites you in the tiny house world. LOTS of stuff out there besides this offering.

      • Debra VS
        April 21, 2015, 9:34 am

        Well, I got your dander up, didn’t I? I’m just pointing out that a double bed is unnecessary for us singles. If you’re tall, an X-long single is the same length as a queen, so that’s a great option. I don’t feel that a double bed is a ‘luxury’. In a tiny house, where every inch needs to count, a double bed just seems a stupid waste of space to me. And, yes, I have arthritis, so a loft wouldn’t work for my main sleeping area, but would be a great ‘guest room’ if it was there. I am not the only person who has agreed that a loft wouldn’t work for them, so I’m giving yet another alternative. I am actually working with a camper builder to customize my own, and that’s one of the ‘customizations’ that I’m ordering. The storage space underneath, alone, will be a wonderful thing, but it also gives more floor space, too.

  • Margaret
    April 19, 2015, 12:31 pm

    I really like this design but I am perplexed. There is not a way to cook anything in the kitchen; no cooktop or oven. I noticed there isn’t a sink in the bathroom either, but imagine you thought washing hands could be done in the kitchen (right?). The overall design is really nice. As a “retired” person, I could live there happily!

    • anthony
      April 20, 2015, 6:57 pm


      TRUST your feelings of being perplexed. See my post above.

      You are correct, there ARE no cook tops nor ovens. I had to laugh when the video said, “after cooking your meal you can enjoy it on the couch.” I know I am paraphrasing, but, in fact, you cannot enjoy the meal you cooked because there is NO cook top nor stove here.

      Margaret, this is NOT a reasonable nor decent retirement home for what they are asking nor providing.

      LOTS more options for you to be more abundantly happy than this offering provides. Again, see my posts above.


      • Margaret
        April 23, 2015, 12:42 am

        I think if I ever plan to have a TH myself, this would be a nice place to start. It amazes me that this is offered as having a “full kitchen” inside. What? Where? Did I miss something? LOL Okay, I understand have grandiose ideas; I am a pro at those. This, however, is a minimalist ides. Admit it and move on. I need something that allows for more storage and a REAL kitchen and bathroom. And as Anthony said, add heating and cooling as well as a washer/dryer and then talk about charging that much $$ for it. This is an extra room for decent weather and maybe a guest. It is NOT for full-time living.

        • Dick
          April 18, 2016, 6:20 pm

          Again I see a reference to retirement. Dan did design a retirement home for his mother, but it’s not this one. This one’s just a bit too minimalist for my taste, and it lacks something that, for me, is a must–laundry. My wife and I both hate laundromats, so a way to handle laundry is a “gotta have”, and I don’t mean a hand-cranked WonderWash. If I were looking for something similar to this design, and if I could afford it, I’d buy the Minim: minimhomes.com.

          Dan’s “Tiny Retirement” is shown here: https://www.tinyhomebuilders.com/tiny-houses/tiny-retirement.

  • Frank
    April 19, 2015, 12:52 pm

    awesome for my husband and myself just need to find a small piece of land somewhere here in Wisconsin preferably northern but this would be ideal! love it

  • Susan
    April 19, 2015, 1:50 pm

    Love this design. I have a very similar floor concept drawn up on a 24′ plan. I hadn’t thought of using the steps for extra storage, or the loft. Mine did incorporate a sink into the bathroom & my kitchen is layer out in an L shape. Its nice to see a T.H. built. Mine also had the pullout bed. I’m wondering what the total height/width is? Great design overall! Thanks for sharing….

  • John
    April 19, 2015, 2:46 pm

    Like his design sense, I call this model of his “The Paris Solution” since it features a similar layout that two other apts in Paris use for maximizing space. Just not sure it has enough “hanging” closet space for me . . . under the stairs provides plenty of horizontal storage though. Only thing I worry about is what happens that one time you make a big pot of soup and picking it up you forget the potholder and down it goes and across the floor and . . . so where do I sleep tonight 😉

  • Jean Conway
    April 19, 2015, 4:28 pm

    This design would work perfectly for me. It’s quite lovely. It’s also way too expensive for me.

    • anthony
      April 20, 2015, 7:03 pm

      Yes, Jean, it is lovely.

      And, as you note: WAY TOO EXPENSIVE for what it is.

      It isn’t you, it’s the asking price – absolutely OUT IN LEFT FIELD
      for what is being offered. Please do see my posts above.

      Keep looking. There are a LOT of options which can be affordable and
      far more abundant than what is being offered here.


  • Jonathan
    April 19, 2015, 10:50 pm

    Alex, thanks for the site, I hope to be in a position of having a piece of land to work with away from airports and expressways. I have a lot of toys to sell, just about everything I thought was important is more of a anchor.

  • Rob
    April 20, 2015, 9:22 am

    When building a gable roof structure, collar ties or a structural ridge prevent the walls from splaying outward due to roof load. I rarely see either in these tiny houses and I’m wondering what the builder did to counteract this force- roof load. I’m also curious if any stiffening tactics were used to make structure more rigid & stable in transport.

  • April 20, 2015, 9:52 am

    I have commented on another of these type TH before. I LOVE this concept. I have a few comments which may make this just a little better, however. My comment from before was about the closet… why not make the closet go up to the loft above the bathroom, for double-decker hanging, or hanging above and shelving/drawers below? That would make for a much nicer closet and the AC could easily be moved elsewhere.

    Someone else made a comment on a TH at one point, I don’t remember which one, but he said: If the house is not going to be Mobile (like those who like to use theirs as an RV, if it is basically will be on wheels, yet parked for very long periods of time in the same space, why not make it just a bit wider and put the “Wide Load” banner on it if and when it needs to be moved. I like that idea, especially with this model.

    If this were just 12″ wider than it is now, you could have a bigger bed, (or 2 twins side by side with the stairs in the center). I might make it just a bit longer too so that you could have another chair in the room besides the little bar stools and the one other stool at the closet. This would also allow more space in the bathroom for a sink. I know that not having a sink in the bathroom is weird for some, Personally, I don’t care, it’s only 6-8 steps away from the kitchen sink. I wish someone would create an “all-in-one” sink/shower. A small corner sink in the shower. You’d need a sink faucet and the shower faucet/head. I know a mirror would be an issue with steam while in the shower, but if this is just to wash your hands/face/brush teeth, some of this can be done WHILE showering and if you use a squeegy to help remove the vertical water, the shower will dry out quickly, so that stepping in to wash your hands after other business wouldn’t be an issue with wet floors, etc….. or have a good rug to dry your feet on. (I’m assuming no one would wear shoes into the TH as it is so TINY and shoes are pointless inside anyway. Then again, there’s the cute IKEA tiny sideways sink that most people use which could be used in the bath area as-is now.

    My Major change to this unit is basically in question form. Why are the stairs to the kitchen all the way on the opposite side of the house from the front door? Why couldn’t the stairs be on the extreme left (when looking at the kitchen). The Bed on the Right. This way, if, say, one person is already in bed, another comes home late, they can get into the space in the hallway created between the pulled-out bed and bathroom (the closet area) and walk directly to the left to put things down in the kitchen, or get a late night snack, then slip into bed. This would keep you from having to maneuver around the closet/shelf area to get up the stairs when the bed is pulled out. I LOVE this concept, the bed could stop at the side of the closet. Also, if you opted to have two twins with the stairs in the center of the room/kitchen area, you could leave one out fully for a couch, the other could be for sleeping a second person, or leave the couch set up as a couch and sleep on the other bed, and then push it all the way under the kitchen loft.

    I still love this unit and IF I ever build a TH, it will probably have something like this going on. I might also NOT push the stairs under the kitchen as a rule, I might add a LID on top of the storage area, but leave it pulled out as a rule and just walk down the high hallway that it creates. You could use that area as a night stand when in the bed (from both sides if using twins) and have additional storage behind the stairs, under the raised kitchen. You could add outlets (or USB charging outlets) into the vertical steps (risers) to charge cell phones, etc. at night.

    Just some random thoughts available to make anyone’s TH better.

    • kristina nadreau
      October 2, 2015, 11:34 pm

      there are fully functional “wet room” plans. there are some structures where the shower, sink and toilet are all one unit. check out boats, check out Japanese hotels, check out your internet. I wonder at the people who do not bother to read the comments or go to the builders web sites or make any other effort to educate themselves. There is always someone complaining about the prices of Tiny houses, and they go to the $per sq ft, which is not a useful model for tiny houses. there is always someone who thinks the builders of the tiny houses should get paid $1 an hour for labor, and all materials should be low end or recycled. Ladies and Gentlemen, please read and consider before you make comments.

  • Lillian Arboleda
    April 20, 2015, 2:25 pm

    Love it, i would love to buy this can i make payments on it.

  • Susanne
    April 22, 2015, 11:10 pm

    I too would not mind avoiding ladders; but love the various steps available! It’s nice how lofts open up the floor space. Would not hurt to increase the square footage somewhat…

  • Diane
    October 1, 2015, 3:40 pm

    No stove, refrig? and I see a mess in the making with the table where you would be eating situated over the bed/couch. Plates and glasses, etc. do slide or get knocked off and there is nothing to stop said plates and glasses from landing on your sitting/sleeping area. Pretty outside!

  • Joyce
    February 18, 2016, 10:42 pm

    Like the layout and it has some good ideas to keep in mind though I would need a larger kitchen since we both cook a lot. A wet bath is great use of space and not as awkward as most people think. Had one in my first motor home. Really like the pullout bed though I would design a murphy bed, I think

  • Phil
    April 4, 2016, 11:55 am

    Meh… Never cared for the slide out bed, especially if you have to eat over it at that bar thing. I like the no loft thing. I’m going that route myself, but opting for a Murphy bed over my couch instead. The kitchen and bathroom at opposite ends appeals to me.

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