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The Miter Box: Modern Tiny House on Wheels by Shelter Wise LLC

This is the Miter Box Tiny House on Wheels. It’s designed by Shelter Wise LLC in Portland. And for a while, back in 2013, it was part of the Tiny House Hotel in Portland, Oregon.

You can still buy the tiny house plans from PAD Tiny Houses (they’re currently selling for $79.00) and you can use those plans to build your own version of the Miter Box or you can hire a contractor to do it for you (using the plans).

This tiny house was completed in June 2013. Its nickname is “The Miter Box” because of the precision of the project. This 90 square foot house features a dining table that converts into a queen bed, much like in many RVs. In addition, it offers two other lofts. And the bathroom is a wet bath.

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The Miter Box Tiny House on Wheels by Shelter Wise: Get the Plans and Build Your Own… 122 Sq. Ft. on the Main Floor + 28 Sq. Ft. Loft

The Miter Box: Modern Tiny House on Wheels by Shelter Wise LLC - Plans Available!

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Modern Tiny House on Wheels

The Miter Box: Modern Tiny House on Wheels by Shelter Wise LLC - Plans Available!

By the way, you can buy and download the plans for this tiny house so you can build it yourself or have a contractor do it for you.

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Awning Style Windows

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Interior of the Pearl Tiny Home

The Miter Box: Modern Tiny House on Wheels by Shelter Wise LLC - Plans Available!

Wet Bath Washroom

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The Miterbox tiny house on wheels

Dining Table that Converts to Queen Bed

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Upstairs Sleeping Loft

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View of the Other Loft Above Washroom

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Custom Lighting

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If you want you can buy and download the architect plans for this house so you can build it yourself.

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Dining Table Converted into Queen Bed

The Miterbox tiny house on wheels

The Tiny House Hotel, circa 2013

The Miterbox tiny house on wheels

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Source: http://www.shelterwisellc.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-miter-box-photo-essay.html (August 26, 2013)

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  • Cahow
    August 26, 2013, 1:02 pm

    Little House on the Prairie Meets Scandinavian Design! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!!! Crisp, clean, 2013 vs. 1813…I could eat it up with a spoon. I’ve visited their site and gave them 5 stars for concept and what their goal is in creating their compound.

    “Pearls” can ALSO be a Girl’s Best Friend, along with diamonds.

  • Lionel
    August 26, 2013, 9:01 pm

    Magnifique dessin, belle réalisation dans tous les détails. Bon choix de photos aussi. Je remplacerais la dînette par un ensemble de sofa sectionnel: moins d’obstacles, plus d’espace, mieux adapté à la vie en roulotte aujourd’hui.

  • Derin Williams
    August 27, 2013, 9:13 am

    FYI the Miter Box is actually 120 sqft, not sure why the Caravan has it at 90 sqft. This does not include the loft space, which is 24sqft (larger loft) and 16sqft (smaller storage loft).

  • Shell
    August 30, 2013, 1:16 am

    Oh my…I so love it! It is SOOO zen! I could live there too. I live in Portland, I really need to get over there and see this place.
    Thanks for sharing. Namaste

  • Sue
    August 31, 2013, 8:46 pm

    I looked into the Caravan tiny house hotel, but $125/night is DEFINITELY not in my price range. Very disappointing.

  • di
    September 15, 2013, 4:50 pm

    What kind of wood is appropriate for the wet bath?

    • jerryd
      September 29, 2013, 1:49 pm

      Most used are Redwood, Teak, cypress and some cedars.

      Not that thrilled with the layout as not good seating and climbing over the other getting into and out of bed.

      First item any TH is having good, comfortable seats, not flat benches, but well done soft comfortable one for each person living there.

      Only then design the rest. You’ll spend a lot of time there, so take the little time, money needed to do it right. An inch here and there plus some angles and curves so small yet make al the difference.

      And again the ‘door/porch’ takes space that could be better used for other things.

  • Barbara Murray
    November 24, 2013, 7:38 am

    I have to say the Pearl is the cleanest design I have ever seen and I have been following these posts daily for the better part of a year. It is beautifull. I wouldnt be able to live in it and do it justice because I am naturally just messy but props to th designer!Also I just adore the name choice!

  • Paul Bodnick
    March 6, 2014, 3:59 am

    No heating or cooling?

  • Donald
    April 4, 2014, 4:27 pm

    No me and my wife are gitting to old for latters.

  • Michael
    April 4, 2014, 6:41 pm

    Its a modern interpretation of the traditional tiny house. However, as usual I dislike the loft and the wet bath both isn’t very practical for daily use. The sitting benches are providing storage but aren’t much comfy to sit on for long.

    • Theo
      October 19, 2015, 6:58 pm

      Agree. I would have the bed rest on seats/table, and hinged so you laid it against the wall when not in use. If you just ‘have’ to have a loft then it could be for storage. I think I would prefer the roof rounded also. The outside sides that are painted, or whatever, make it look like it is unfinished, should all be wood.

  • Leo
    April 12, 2014, 4:27 pm

    I love the design and choice of materials and colors. I’m not sure you’re still keeping up with this page but I have a question on the bathroom. I love the wood tiles and the walls but is it sealed? As in, the moisture from a shower can’t find it’s way between the panels on the wall, underneath the tiles, etc??? I am about to embark on building my own tiny house and the bathroom is one of my biggest concerns as far as sealing for longevity. I don’t want to worry about mold in the walls etc.
    Overall, GREAT GREAT job on this house.

    • Dan
      April 23, 2014, 4:26 am

      Venting is a MUST! Install a 12v fan to exhaust the water vapors. Install hardee backer with kerdi you’re good for years’ of worry-free service.

  • Nancy
    April 22, 2014, 10:25 am

    Cooking stove? Little refrigerator? Or is that a small refrig. under the counter? Heating for a Polar Vortex Maine winter? Needs comfy couch or relaxing chair – benches not comfortable. I do see most of (if not all) these Tiny Homes are on the West Coast. I’m certain there are many thousands of us on East Coast who would love to live in something like this, at a reasonable cost and built for the climate (no easy challenge!). Why not do an issue of your email on East Coast tiny homes and suppliers? Appreciate it. Thanks for your work.

    • Kim daniells
      July 29, 2014, 10:48 am

      I agree. I live on Long Island New York and have been trying to find Tiny House builders closer to home. Also, property here is very expensive, and any and all advise will be appreciated. Thanks

  • Derin Williams
    April 24, 2014, 9:44 am

    No longer at the Tiny House Hotel, currently For Sale in Portland Oregon. Go to Shelterwise.com to get all the details about the Miter Box. It was a hotel room (hence the lack of storage) and now can be easily made into full time living, we have many unique options for storage for the Miter Box. As you can see by the comments people have different ideas of what they want to store (we might talk you out of a vacuum storage though:)

    • Cahow
      April 24, 2014, 1:22 pm

      Our large extended family doesn’t lend itself to having something this wee but THIS Tiny House has always been beloved by me. Pity that it isn’t available for rental any longer but I’m sure that the people who DID manage to rent it really enjoyed it.

      I love the other name this house went by: The Pearl, as it truly is a ‘gem’.

  • Cheryl Lowery
    May 22, 2014, 3:54 pm

    I could totally live there! But someone else would have to climb the ladder. The only drawback I see to tiny houses, is that I’ve yet to see one equipped for the handicapped. But I appreciate the ones with bedroom AND bath on the same, lower floor.

  • neha
    August 25, 2014, 11:25 am

    House on wheels is awesome. You can get it transported anywhere! This type of house is like an adventure ride 🙂

  • Denise
    October 11, 2014, 7:21 am

    I have seen this featured before, and I am glad you have repeated it Alex. This is the best tiny house on wheels, bar none, that I have ever seen. The clever FLUSHING toilet in the shower off to the side so it can be sat on when showering, to the cozy seating in the back under the loft that also converts to a sleeping area, to the clean crisp lines and design – there is nothing about this that I would change. Not to mention it is a perfect size – not one of these tiny house behemoths that one can barely pull, but not too small either so one doesn’t feel cramped. This is perfect and if I had a F150 to pull it I would buy it.

  • Les
    October 31, 2014, 4:20 am

    Does anyone know how they were able to avoid seams on the ceiling and walls? I believe this small little detail is partially what makes the room feel so much cleaner than many other tiny houses.

  • Jeanine Austin
    July 9, 2015, 2:21 pm

    Where can I buy this house? I live in Phoenix.

  • Allin
    October 20, 2015, 12:32 am

    Went to there blog and was informed that it didn’t exist. I think you’ve run this before under a different name. Or an I thinking of the “Salsa” home? Anyway think both are great. Thanks!

  • Nanny M
    October 20, 2015, 6:03 am

    Amazingly clean design.
    Seems like I’ve seen a lot of Florida and N. Carolina homes here, but maybe not so much for the colder climes.

  • Gail kelly
    July 2, 2016, 12:18 pm

    Loving the bath…I assume under the slatted wood floor is a metal or tile floor which contains the drain. I would very much like to convert my rubber stock tub which I am hating, into one similar to yours using teak slats on top of tile floor. My question is do the wood sections need to be removed for cleaning?

  • Gloobal
    November 10, 2020, 10:19 am

    The new buildings of the future are wonderful. Simplicity, warmth, reduction of superfluous spaces and dynamism, as well as the possibility of transporting the house to another place. Just great !!

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