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The Little Lou Tiny House

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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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  • Larry
    December 19, 2016, 10:57 am

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

    • December 23, 2016, 2:37 pm

      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.

  • Lori
    December 19, 2016, 3:43 pm

    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.

    • Eric
      December 19, 2016, 11:26 pm

      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.

    • Rick C
      December 20, 2016, 10:27 pm

      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
        December 21, 2016, 9:34 am

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

    • December 23, 2016, 2:31 pm

      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.

  • Jane on Whidbey
    December 19, 2016, 4:48 pm

    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
      December 20, 2016, 6:18 am

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

    • December 23, 2016, 2:33 pm

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

  • TinyHouseLover
    December 20, 2016, 6:51 am

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

  • Lou
    December 20, 2016, 2:10 pm

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

    • Natalie
      December 21, 2016, 9:47 am

      Hehe 🙂 – Tiny House Talk Team

    • December 23, 2016, 2:38 pm

      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! 🙂

  • December 21, 2016, 1:20 am

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

    • Natalie
      December 21, 2016, 9:32 am

      Yes love that tub! — Tiny House Talk Team

    • December 23, 2016, 2:34 pm

      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!

  • Louise
    January 5, 2017, 5:41 pm

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

    • Jane on Whidbey
      January 10, 2017, 7:16 pm

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

    • sgmaps
      March 23, 2017, 6:55 pm

      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
        March 27, 2017, 9:00 am

        Politeness is key 🙂

  • jm
    January 5, 2017, 10:07 pm

    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
      January 6, 2017, 11:27 am

      Those are great ideas! — Tiny House Talk Team

    January 6, 2017, 8:35 am

    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
      January 6, 2017, 11:23 am

      In mine too! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Jane K.
    January 6, 2017, 12:23 pm

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

    • Kathy Khoshfahm
      April 9, 2017, 12:42 pm

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

    January 7, 2017, 12:16 pm

    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!

  • Carrie Gronewald
    March 23, 2017, 11:12 pm

    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
      March 27, 2017, 8:50 am

      Yay! So glad to hear it 🙂

    March 24, 2017, 7:30 pm

    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
      March 27, 2017, 8:33 am

      How fun! Gotta love a good bath tub.

  • Marsha Cowan
    February 8, 2018, 10:09 am

    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.

  • Michael L
    February 12, 2018, 5:56 pm

    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.

    • Chrissy Bellmyer
      February 12, 2018, 9:33 pm

      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.

  • sheebe
    April 29, 2018, 12:21 pm

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

  • Chad
    April 5, 2020, 11:09 am

    We just use thin sheets of wood for curved stair, laminating w/clamps’n glue. No steaming needed. Wacky wood is another resource for my field (builder) that easily curves. Very tight radii can B accomplished. We very much support DIY and use that model for affordable housing – folks w/o homes, working class, etc. Materials and floor plans R the whole deal. Well done builds equity so folks can move onto even more comfort if interested. Many appreciate our training and technical assistance (how to form a community land trusts to lower costs further, self organizing techniques for tiny house neighborhoods, open-minded bankers for purchases).
    – -Chad
    Affordable Housing Advocate

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