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The Nugget Micro House on Wheels

This is the Nugget Tiny House on Wheels.

It’s a 102 sq. ft. micro house built on a 12 ft. trailer by Modern Tiny Living.

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The Nugget: A 12′ Micro House on Wheels!

The Nugget Micro House on Wheels

Photos via Modern Tiny Living

The Nugget Micro House on Wheels

The Nugget Micro House on Wheels

The Nugget Micro House on Wheels

The Nugget Micro House on Wheels

The Nugget Micro House on Wheels

The Nugget Micro House on Wheels

The Nugget Micro House on Wheels

The Nugget Micro House on Wheels

The Nugget Micro House on Wheels

The Nugget Micro House on Wheels

The Nugget Micro House on Wheels

The Nugget Micro House on Wheels

The Nugget Micro House on Wheels

The Nugget Micro House on Wheels

The Nugget Micro House on Wheels

The Nugget Micro House on Wheels

The Nugget Micro House on Wheels

The Nugget Micro House on Wheels

The Nugget Micro House on Wheels

The Nugget Micro House on Wheels

Highlights

  • 102 sq. ft.
  • 1 bathroom
  • 12 ft. trailer
  • Off-grid capabilities
  • Solar panels
  • Available for $36,000

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Modern Tiny Living is proud to present the Nugget, our very first micro home! Outfitted with complete off-grid capability, the Nugget is the most livable 12 foot home on the market.1

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  • Nick August 13, 2017, 12:26 pm

    For $36,000?
    Good luck, fellas.

    • James D. August 13, 2017, 5:17 pm

      Nick, perhaps but lets compare…

      A 2017 Airstream Basecamp, which is around this size, would cost you up to around $47,000, for comparison… But this is more comfortable, is actually insulated rather than having metal walls, has better solar and water tank capacity, actual shower stall instead of wet bath, and a lot more storage…

      You could find something cheaper, for sure, but it’s unlikely to be as nice, forcing you to make compromises with things like a loft instead of a first level bed, and as comfortable unless you build it yourself and use reclaimed materials to help keep costs low…

      Not for everyone for sure, but it’s not bad for what it offers and those who that will cater to may think it’s worth it…

      • Modern Tiny Living August 14, 2017, 11:28 am

        Thanks James 🙂

      • Evening Iris August 14, 2017, 6:12 pm

        Yes, let’s compare:
        20′ build @ 36K = 1800/ft
        12′ build @ 36K = 3000/ft

        This is very nice, no doubt, but WAY over priced. This build should be coming in around 22K. Yes, yes. We’ve heard all of the rationales ad nauseum about why this is and why it should be, and yes, the seller is free to request whatever price point he desires, BUT… if builders expect top dollars every time they have a product to sell without considering the context of their target market, then don’t expect a stampede any time soon. We, the People, are just keeping it real.

        • James D. August 14, 2017, 7:24 pm

          Evening Iris, no… First, you’re math is off because it’s square footage and not just one measurement of length… at 102 Sq Ft this is only about $353 per sq ft…

          Second, cost per square foot increases as you go smaller for various reasons from it requiring more work as ever smaller spaces require more careful engineering to do right and because you’re squeezing most of the same things into a smaller space but those things still mostly cost the same to provide, they’re just packed into a smaller space… So sq ft comparison can be misleading when comparing difference size structures with different layouts, engineering, designs, appliances, fixtures, etc.

          You’re also ignoring what’s actually in this model… Like the solar and water tank… Things like Off-grid functionality is extra costs… Houses normally don’t come with off-grid functionality and the equipment required to provide that function aren’t free!

          You’re free to get something cheaper that won’t provide off-grid functionality, just realize the trade offs… Most structures this size won’t even give you three inches of closed cell insulation on the side walls like this one does as most are trying to maximize how much internal space is available and thus usually settle for just two inches of insulation…

          Really, while this is a little high for the size but there are houses even higher… Like there’s one that was a DIY build in California that ended up at $160,000 or just under $700 per sq ft… Because the owner wanted everything hand crafted by artisans, imported environmentally friendly products, too years to store the products before the build, the battery he got for the solar is just under $10,000 all by itself, had an architect help with the design, and used high end hardware.

          But that’s still cheap compared to the custom build for the rich that can go over $2000 per sq ft… Like Will Smith’s $2.5 million RV trailer…

          Needless to say, costs aren’t limited to just size and what may be readily visible in some photos as you can’t see things like the solar, the 4 sets of batteries to store power, the 100 gallon water tank, or how much work they actually put into the construction with things like how much insulation it actually has, etc.

    • Maria August 14, 2017, 7:44 am

      I agree with you. The price is way too high. !8,000.00 for this you be a better price. No where really to hang any clothes. Should have put in a small loft with dormer for storage.

      • James D. August 14, 2017, 7:51 am

        Maria, you’re not going to have hanging storage unless you give up the bed… This model doesn’t go to the full height and it’s only 12 feet long for only 102 sq ft, which is smaller than most Tiny Houses.

        What they did put in was surround shelving all around the interior and the bed has storage underneath in addition to a pull drawer.

        For price, you’re also not going to find something with 3″ of spray foam insulation for $8000, that’s going way too far in the other direction of costs…

        You can maybe find something like this for around $16,000 to $24,000 but it may not look as nice and like I pointed out there’s things this size that are priced even higher that aren’t even custom made…

        • Evening Iris August 14, 2017, 6:16 pm

          You don’t have to give up the bed, just those floating shelves. No one ever said a hanging closet had to be positioned on the floor. A very nice wall cupboard would do. For me, there should be drawers under the bed for clothing and bed clothing, and that wall free of floating shelves so I could hang up my guitar collection.

        • James D. August 14, 2017, 7:53 pm

          Evening Iris, the bed already has a drawer and storage compartment…

          While I don’t think you realize how little space there is around the bed… Even a small cupboard closet will have to hang right over the bed, which means the person sleeping has a much higher chance of hitting it every time they get in or out of bed…

          It would be fine if the ceiling was a little higher and this could actually have a storage loft or over hanging closets but it’s a little close for comfort in this design, IMO…

          More practical would be a simple hanging bar and curtain to cover it… That way, even if you hit it that it won’t hurt… But can still make the space feel more claustrophobic…

          But someone can always specify in their own custom build that the roof be a little higher or cantilevered out the back a little to provide a closet space just behind the bed… or just extend that utility shed on the outside to full height and use the upper part to place a closet… add a pull out hanging rod that can slide over the bed should give easy access but stores out of the way the rest of the time…

      • Modern Tiny Living August 14, 2017, 11:30 am

        Hi Maria,

        We hear you about the price, and if we could build a $18k Nugget with full-solar, batteries, water holding tank, full bathroom (Composting Toilet and 30 x 30 shower), Trailer Made Trailer, fully insulated, architect designed – we definitely would 🙂

        Everyone has different tastes and priorities though when going tiny.

        This was built to spec for the owner, and she is thrilled with her home!

        – MTL Team

    • Modern Tiny Living August 14, 2017, 11:26 am

      Hey Nick,

      We can build a Nugget for less than $36k for sure, but since this one is completely off-the-grid (panels + batteries, water holding tank, etc.), built on a Trailer Made trailer, and has a full bathroom (composting toilet + 30 x 30 shower), this is about the best we can do 🙂

      Thanks for commenting!

  • Anna pruett August 13, 2017, 1:18 pm

    No stove or indoor cooking facilities? What about the bathroom?

    • James D. August 13, 2017, 5:52 pm

      Anna pruett, it’s only 102 sq ft on a 12′ trailer… So not really enough space for dedicated appliances but you can have a one/two burner you can have stored in one of the cabinets or on a shelf until needed.

      This is a custom builder, so anything about it can be changed as well…

      On their web page for this model, it shows the bathroom is opposite the kitchen, with pocket door access, and has a 30″ x 30″ shower stall and a composting toilet…

      There are things I would recommend changing about the design, especially for the given starting asking price, but it’s an otherwise well made model and some would like the appeal of something that weighs only 4500 lbs, for easy towing, and has an actual bed they don’t have to climb to reach…

      Though, DIY or companies like Incredible Tiny Homes can do it for less… If you don’t mind applying some sweat equity…

    • Modern Tiny Living August 14, 2017, 11:27 am

      Hi Anna,

      There is a little cooktop the owner uses for this one. Bathroom is full, with Nature’s Head Composting Toilet and 30 x 30 in. shower 🙂

      – MTL

  • Gabriella August 13, 2017, 1:22 pm

    Pretty, Pretty, Bonbon. White Sweetly Integrated

  • Ray August 13, 2017, 2:06 pm

    Lots of pics, but I would have liked to see the shower. I like small. Don’t need a big stove. A little countertop hot plate works fine, and it’s out of sight when not in use. If you want a turkey, go visit mom.

  • Van August 13, 2017, 2:54 pm

    Nice little cabin on wheels. Simple but has everything needed for a cabin in the bush or by the water. I think one person or a couple can easily build something like this for about $6000 in material, depending on where it sourced. So I guess the seller is looking for $30000 in profit?
    However cleaver and cute it is, I don’t see $350 per sq/ft there. Believe me I’m trying to justify the price but I just can’t.
    Having said that, neat set up and easy build for just about anyone who can operate a tape measure, saw and hammer.

    • James D. August 14, 2017, 5:19 pm

      Van, it’s at least a couple thousand just for the solar, which has 4 batteries, another couple thousand for the trailer… Among other premium features… So, nope… profit would be a lot less than $30,000…

  • Cindy Long August 13, 2017, 8:23 pm

    👍

  • Wendy August 13, 2017, 8:37 pm

    With a microwave, some upper cabinets and a couple of burners, you could do some real cooking. I would also hope for a sofa bed instead of the big bed, possibly with storage under as it would make it feel more roomy and also allow for flip up, flip down table top/s so there is a place to eat, too. Some hooks for clothes, things stored over the bathroom, and it could mostly work for one, two if very temporary. Really attractive.

  • Marsha Cowan August 13, 2017, 9:41 pm

    Sweet!

  • Van August 13, 2017, 10:05 pm

    James D. Let’s compare. The airstream is considerable more. However, there is a lot to be said for name recognition. RVs, and travel trailers depreciate in value but Airstreams in general hold their value better. So the real comparison should be made in a year or two to see what the market bears for either of the examples.
    I’m sure that there are buyers for this out there somewhere, wish the builder luck, but I’m having problem with cost to value ratio.
    I love Tiny houses, there are many great examples of them here, this one is very cleaver for its size. The problem I have is that since I’ve been following the trend in tiny houses, we are moving away from the original idea of sustainable, simple mortgage free living. Lots of lovely eye candy here, many are even attainable foxy the people with modest means, but I see that the trend is going toward the “small but trandy”.
    I’m truly concerned that this great idea of simple living with small footprint on our environment will price itself into a fad that will go away because it will become way too expensive

    • James D. August 14, 2017, 5:31 pm

      Van, don’t fear… Widening market is a good thing because it means everyone gets more options and it allows for cheaper options to become available because the builders and product makers aren’t constrained by such tight margins that they have to charge everyone the same…

      Instead, those who want a lot then pay a lot and those who want less pay less… Thus it works for everyone…

      As for name recognition… It doesn’t change you can’t have a Airstream custom built for you at this price, or the fact the Airstream is basically a metal box with little to no insulation… Vs this which has 3 inches of closed cell spray foam insulation…

      You’ll get your money back just by how much less heating and cooling this will require over the years and you don’t have to schedule where you travel to by whether the weather is good all the time or not where you’re going… and you have more storage and this can work off-grid/boondock much longer than the Airstream can…

      While holding value is when you compare to other RV’s… Tiny Houses are better built and will last longer before needing repairs and maintenance. So they will actually hold value longer, not counting collectors that’ll be wild cards on how much you can sell it later for but that’s no guarantee even for Airstreams…

      So ask yourself, what’s more important… Name recognition or getting the best experience possible out of the product?

  • Van August 13, 2017, 10:07 pm

    Correction it’s not foxy, it suppose to be…attainable BY the people….

  • Michael L August 13, 2017, 10:29 pm

    You can try to rationalize it any way you’d like to, but with tiny house pricing… good luck trying to get that kind of money!

    • James D. August 14, 2017, 2:53 am

      Michael L, it’s a smaller market for those selling at higher prices but there’s still plenty of people spending even more than this for products that they can’t even get customized to their liking…

      The appeal is for those middle class on up who can afford more than average but want something that can be completely custom made for them, which in the traditional market is usually reserved for products that can cost hundreds of thousands on up into the millions.

  • Claire Gourlie August 13, 2017, 11:27 pm

    A perfect little bunkie.

  • Brad August 14, 2017, 1:04 am

    Very interesting. I realize there is not a lot of room in this design, but it has the basics I’m looking for. To do 102 sqft, you need to make some compromises. Paired with my shed/garage, this may be a winner!

  • Beth Herberger August 14, 2017, 8:00 am

    I like it, lots of bright light and very compact. I used a convection toaster oven for 2 years to cook for 6 people it would work just fine on the counter top with a moveable hot plate stored on top. I don’t know if the roof line would allow it but I would love a murphy bed up against the wall where the shelves are now and then hang hammock chairs from the rafter. Then the hanging chairs can easily been pulled out of the way for the bed to go down. Maybe even a bench with storage under the window that the bed comes down on.
    If it weren’t for my 6’7″ husband and four teenage sons I would love to live in it.

  • Jenn August 14, 2017, 9:00 am

    I love how homey and cozy it looks. Great job.

  • Modern Tiny Living August 14, 2017, 11:41 am

    Hey Everyone,

    Seen a lot of questions about the bathroom – you can see more photos of the bathroom at http://www.moderntinyliving.com/nugget.html.

    For those asking, there is a stow-away 2-burner little stove the owner has in this unit that is included. Since counter space is at a premium, she doesn’t leave it out 🙂

    For those concerned about the price, we definitely are aware that for this size, $36k is not cheap. However, we use the highest end solar setups, highest end trailer, Amish carpenters for the intricate design work, a roof with a 40 year warranty, siding with 50 year warranty, fully insulated, etc. It is built to last forever, and wasn’t built cheaply.

    We can build a measurably less expensive version of the Nugget, but it would require sacrificing some of the off-grid components, etc.

    We know everyone has a different reason for going tiny. This home was built to spec for its owner, who is using it as a very nice “camper-esque” home that can survive off-grid, rather than her full-time home.

    Thanks for checking it out all!

    – MTL Team

  • kevin August 14, 2017, 11:50 am

    I LOVE this house! a couple of small tweeks and it would be perfect.

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