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The Little Lou Tiny House

This is the Little Lou Tiny House on Wheels in Burlington, Vermont.

It’s a 200 sq. ft. tiny home built using lots of recycled materials! Enjoy!

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The Little Lou Tiny House

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  • Avatar Larry

    I like everything but the bathroom. I would but in a sit down shower, since there is room, and a diff. compost toilet.

    • Hey Larry-
      I totally hear you on the compost toilet. I was using the Humanure Method (http://www.humanurehandbook.com/) and while I believe in this method from an environmental standpoint, it became too much for me to manage. I recently upgraded to a Nature’s Head Composting Toilet (http://natureshead.net/). It’s not nearly as pretty but it’s so easy to manage and is still a really great from an environmental standpoint.

  • Avatar Lori

    How did they get the wood to curve for the outside wall/railing of the staircase?
    I would change the bathroom too. Rusty metal isn’t my favorite thing and it’s buckling near the tub in the corner.

    • Avatar Eric

      Agree with you… rusty metal just means leaks/rot/mould issues down the track, if not already happening. So just creating an environment which you will need to effect (expensive?) repairs sooner rather than later.

    • Avatar Rick C

      If it’s anything like woodworkers do, you steam it in a box for a while, then as soon as you take it out you put it in a frame that bends it into the shape you want and holds it that way until it dries out/cools off, and it’ll hold the shape afterwards.

      • Natalie C. McKee Natalie

        Yes I believe that is the process. Very cool! — Tiny House Talk Team

    • Hi Lori-
      We were inspired by the Esket Tiny House (https://eskettinyhouse.com/) for the staircase. Originally we had planned to make the staircase in my friends wood shop using a steamer to make the wood flexible. But we accidentally left some plywood out in the rain and it became just damp enough to bend and clamp into shape! As Bob Ross would say, it was a happy accident!

      I personally love the look of the rusty metal and the contrast of the ornate mirror and other more modern features – but agreed, it’s not for everyone. As for moisture, it’s been about a year and I’ve had no issues. I make sure to completely enclose the tub in the curtain when I shower.

  • Avatar Jane on Whidbey

    What a lovely home! I particularly appreciate that there is so much light, even though it doesn’t appear to have many windows from the outside, it looks different from the inside. And I love the bathroom. It’s huge! I’m sure the owners love all the carefully thought out features. I wish them the greatest happiness there.
    I love custom designed homes, and can’t stand Negative Nellies. They need to keep their thoughts to themselves.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie

      Hahah, Jane 🙂 I always appreciate positive comments! — Tiny House Talk Team

    • Thanks Jane! The Negative Nellies can sometimes be a bummer but the Positive Patties make up for it!

  • Avatar TinyHouseLover

    Amazing job. Looks very homely. Getting lots of great practical ideas from what you’ve accomplished.

  • Avatar Lou

    Lots to like about this one. Great staircase. Great name too!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie

      Hehe 🙂 – Tiny House Talk Team

    • Thanks Lou! My middle name is Louise so I’ve been going by Chrissy Lou for years. And my builders daughter is named Luna Lou.
      We think it’s a great name! 🙂

  • This is a great house. Love the galvanized steel tub and the sleep loft looks cozy and has a decent amount of headroom.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie

      Yes love that tub! — Tiny House Talk Team

    • Thanks Debra! The loft is so cozy and I love that I can sit up in bed. I’ve even got an awesome view from there!

  • Avatar Louise

    The inside is nice, but the outside is really ugly (I’m sorry, but it’s just my opinion).

    • Avatar Jane on Whidbey

      Why would you give an opinion that you had to apologize for?

    • Avatar sgmaps

      Everyone is entitled to their opinion, however there are more polite ways to convey things. Such as simply saying that you are not a fan of the outside of the house. While a lot of people seem to like the rusty metal type of finish, interior and exterior, I don’t like it, but that is simply my personal preference.

      • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee

        Politeness is key 🙂

  • Avatar jm

    Good to have counters on both sides of stove. Steel siding a little too far gone for my taste. I would replace with copper–which has some great patterns as it ages. Seems some storage is needed in bathroom.
    I would put a whole-house fan in ceiling to ventilate. Not crazy about exterior colors. Propane tanks need to be screened somehow. But what really strikes me is the lack of nice big windows, or window, at the front exterior. But then I see photos with windows?? Maybe they are at back. Like the light-colored bedroom joists. Too many others use dark stained wood.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie

      Those are great ideas! — Tiny House Talk Team


    Nice job, and I like the fact that they used recycled material as well in it’s build….! A big plus in my book…!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie

      In mine too! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Avatar Jane K.

    I love that you have a designated living room. So few tiny houses do.

    • Avatar Kathy Khoshfahm

      I agree Jane. A cozy living area is a must for me…

  • Avatar ROSEE

    Nice and well lived in. Although I have to agree with Larry about the bathroom. I would be very concerned about the rust edges of the wall, hoping that nobody would need a tetonis shot. And the outside doesn’t fancy to my liking either. Sorry!

  • Avatar Carrie Gronewald

    Wow. Perfect in every way. I love looking at tiny house decorating style and space use. This gorgeous house is my number one choice if I were building and decorating my dream tiny home! Thanks for sharing!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee

      Yay! So glad to hear it 🙂


    I have the same bath tub…! I don’t know why but for some reason they create a master bath to accompany the master bedroom, but built it with out a bath tub, and built the guest bath with a tub instead.. So I chose not to go traditional, and go the rustic build instead for a bath tub and bought a horse, and or live stock trough instead for a bath tub… And it was a lot cheaper than a bath tub which would have cost me a small fortune to have one it’s size… I would think theirs is smaller than mine as my tub is 6 ft. in length… But to have my size tub in this tiny home would eat up a lot of space leaving no room for the rest of their bathroom…! But a nice job on their build…!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee

      How fun! Gotta love a good bath tub.

  • Avatar Marsha Cowan

    I loooove the bath!! The rustic tin and footed tub go so well together, and it looks like you have a curtain and shower set up. The entire house is warm, inviting, beautiful, and cozy. Amazing job! I know you love living in this.

  • Avatar Michael L

    I like the small foot print for the ladder. I just wonder how the owner feels about it now with daily use?

    It’s always nice to see a lived in home. So many on here are bare for selling or staged for rentals. It’s nice to see how people really live in them. Thanks for sharing.

    • Avatar Chrissy Bellmyer

      Hi Michael! I find the staircase to be similar to a ladder in terms of going up and down. You get used to it but it’s definitely not as easy as stairs.

  • Avatar sheebe

    Classy! Beautiful and stylish. Love all of it. Working on my own plans. I get ideas from your newsletter.

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