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The Spa Tiny House with Transforming Bathroom/Sauna

This is The Spa Tiny House on Wheels in El Dorado, CA.

It was designed by Brian Crabb of Viva Collectiv.

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The Spa Tiny House with Bathroom/Sauna

24 THOW with Bathroom Transforms to Sauna

Photos via Viva Collectiv

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24 THOW with Bathroom Transforms to Sauna

Photos via Viva Collectiv


  • 24 ft. long tiny house on wheels
  • El Dorado, California
  • Large bathroom that turns into a sauna
  • 2 sleeping lofts
  • Full kitchen
  • Exterior fold-out deck
  • Designed by Brian Crabb
  • Built by Greg Gottschalk Construction
  • Photography by Craig Williams


  1. http://www.vivacollectiv.com/the-spa/

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  • Sondra
    July 20, 2017, 2:34 pm

    Saw this on Tiny House Nation, beautiful & brilliant, maybe another window in the kitchen, just a little too dark for me, but it works for them and that’s all that matters.

  • Sharon Wegner
    July 20, 2017, 3:38 pm

    The kitchen is ok – I would need a pantry and upper shelves or cabinets. The bathroom is, well….amazing! A bit more storage in there would also be good. The sleeping lofts are just that. I didn’t see any closet or storage space in there either. As for a living area – where is it?

    • dana
      July 20, 2017, 3:58 pm

      there seems to be a sofa, opposite the french doors, so about 5-6ft of floor length between kitchen, loft ladder and bathroom.
      i see a small storage unit peeking out behind the kids area “wall”, but none in adult loft. (maybe there is a 20ft container cube nearby? LOL)

      • James D.
        July 20, 2017, 5:39 pm

        Actually, the family lives most of the time in a 1000 sq ft rental house in Silicon Valley… The Tiny House is on a 20 acre countryside property they use for a weekend getaways to get away from their stressful work lives and focus on family…

        So they don’t need long term storage in the house… Though, the kids loft does have a little bookcase to keep some of their toys, with an additional storage they placed outside (looks kinda like a big bird house) that they use like a toy library for the kids.

        The Tiny House Nation episode this was shown in was S05E20 – 344 Sq Ft Tiny Tech Free Retreat…

        That extension shown on the exterior is actually a dining table that folds down from the exterior wall and it has a slide out bench that comes from under the trailer…

        They basically have about 18 cousins that come to visit them, so that gives them the room to have everyone over for a weekend diner…

        While, with 20 acres… They certainly have plenty of room to place a container if they ever need to make it a more permanent arrangement…

  • david
    July 20, 2017, 4:54 pm

    One of the most beautiful thows I have ever seen! And I have seen thousands. It’s so lovely, I could get used to the stairs! 🙂

  • Sharon
    July 20, 2017, 4:55 pm

    Whywhywhy in this tiny space use over four different wood finishes??
    Keep it simple. Vary textures with a plant, textiles, tile but keep the ‘bones’ simple.

    • James D.
      July 20, 2017, 6:00 pm

      Sharon, there are many reasons to have different finishes in even a tiny space…

      For example, it provides a way to give a sense of separate for different areas… In this case, the living space, the bathroom, and the kids and parents lofts…

      Short of putting up walls, differences in colors, finishes, etc. are a simple way to give those areas a distinction so it doesn’t feel like they’re all in just one big room and the mood can fit the area they are in… So when sitting in the living room, it can feel like the living room, when in the kitchen it can feel like the kitchen, etc.

      Some people also simply like to have variety in their home’s appearance… So it’s also often a matter of taste and personal preference…

      Other reasons include providing a space with some contrasts to help make it pop and have aspects of it stand out…

      While, if including other houses, there’s also what they may have had to work with… For example, people who use reclaimed materials often don’t have enough of one material for the whole house. So the interior can be a mix of different materials with different finishes… Using reclaimed materials often means adapting the design to what materials you have collected and converting them for your use can require a level of compromise and creativity…

      Then there’s also function… When making a steam room you typically use Cedar and that provides a distinctive smell and appearance that most people find very relaxing and helps with the benefit of taking a good steaming… So it would of course look different from the rest of the house…

    • Eric
      July 21, 2017, 6:09 am

      Whywhywhy in your comment are you soooooo critical????

      Fact: it is simple. Why complicate things with various textiles, tiles and plants? See what I did there?

      Oh, and the bones are simple. Just because it isn’t to your taste by all means say so just don’t be so critical.

      Now, what did I miss…. oh yeah, Sheeeeeeesh! ; )

  • Lynn
    July 20, 2017, 6:52 pm

    With very minimal (personal preference) changes, this is surely falls into one of my top 3 THOWs. Absolutely stunning all the way around and has everything I would want…..not many have saunas, but that is a must for me and has been incorporated nicely. Rough ballpark on price for this model?

  • Michael
    July 20, 2017, 6:57 pm

    This example shows how great an u-shaped kitchen can be and putting the bathroom on the other end allows to do it.
    I don’t like outside appearance with two overhanging lofts which I don’t like at all. But everybody needs are different.

  • Eric
    July 21, 2017, 6:14 am

    2 concerns I would have is 1: enormous amount of moisture from the sauna and 2: deck isn’t big enough to be practical for me. And yes, YMMV

    • James D.
      July 21, 2017, 8:58 am

      Eric, read my other post… There’s no deck… It’s an outdoors fold down dining table…

      For moisture, that’s the nature of a sauna… The room is made for it and the door closes it off from the rest of the space… Just make sure to vent the bathroom before opening the door…

      • Eric
        June 1, 2018, 8:17 pm

        Au contraire… in the description it says DECK…


        Exterior fold-out deck

        • James D.
          June 1, 2018, 8:39 pm

          Sorry Eric, description is wrong… Go watch the episode of Tiny House Nation this aired on, it’s a dining table!

          Really, it only has one leg, there’s no way anyone is going to be standing on it!

    • Paul
      July 26, 2017, 4:58 pm

      It’s a Finnish sauna, which are considered “dry” rather than “wet” even though you sprinkle water on the kiuas rocks for löyly (“lu-lu”, sauna steam). A Turkish hamam, on the other hand, is wet and could cause moisture issues. I had a sauna in my 10×12′ bedroom at my old house and never noticed any humidity issues because of it – and I was not exactly light on the löyly, lol.

  • Melissa
    July 21, 2017, 6:31 am

    Looks like Brian Crabb has been busy. Love his work. Each one is unique! 👍🏼

  • Joe
    July 21, 2017, 8:07 am

    The exterior is amazing and the interior is really well done.

  • Mark Downey
    July 21, 2017, 10:44 pm

    My very favorite so far. I every bit of it. I could easily lose one of the mattresses for a closet, and ask the architect to design a four-way fold out extension area that could add a little space to the living room (maybe even a slide-out).
    I love it………………sheesh!!! Lol

  • Tassie Biesecker
    July 22, 2017, 11:06 am

    I have no words! Beautiful! I want this!!!

  • Liz
    July 25, 2017, 11:45 am

    To have a home that is this nice, welcoming, and pretty would be a dream come true. Jeez, I can’t stand it. I LOVE THIS HOME. Every single aspect of it.

  • Bonney
    July 26, 2017, 6:45 pm

    This one is amazing I want it!!

  • Paul
    May 31, 2018, 1:38 am

    This is quite simply the best Tiny house I have seen after years of looking, I had gone off the whole idea as what people were trying to create and the cost didn’t seem to stack up against simply buying a caravan. This one I could live in forever and it looks like it would last my lifetime out.

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