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The Victorian Prepper Tiny House on Wheels

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This Victorian Prepper Tiny House is a guest post by Stew MacInnes of Maximus Extreme Tiny Homes

This is another Maximus Extreme Tiny Home, affectionately called the Victorian Prepper. I designed this home for a lady that is an avid “Doomsday Prepper,” who was looking to have a home that not only had off grid capability but had a very distinct Victorian design element.

You’ll note from the photos that the front incorporates a turret design, where the kitchen is located and above the kitchen is the master loft. The loft is accessed by a staircase that has ample storage for food, household items, clothing and firearms!

The interior has bead-board walls and a finish grade plywood wainscot that is accented with decorative trim. There is another smaller loft that is specifically designated for dry food storage, the space is large enough to accommodate a year and a half worth of dry goods! That space also is home for one of two “mini on-demand” hot water heaters that serve this tiny house, the other is located below the stainless steel apron kitchen sink.

There is a large bathroom that is equipped with a composting toilet, fan, concrete floors (same product as the kitchen counters), storage and a tiled shower stall (with glass door). Throughout the home the ceilings are covered with faux tin ceiling tiles. The kitchen is large and features tons of storage, a microwave oven, refrigerator and concrete counters.

The Victorian Prepper Tiny House on Wheels

The Victorian Prepper Tiny House on Wheels

Images © MaximusExtreme


I designed a roof rain catchment system. The roof is a Mansard styled roof that has a parapet top that is roughly 3-4″ deep. That area is lined with a synthetic membrane that has a drain that leads to a spigot located next to the front door. The roof can hold up to 300 gallons of water if the spigot is closed, but it is designed to capture the rainwater then drain it into a barrel to be purified and filtered. We also put in a brick hearth to accommodate a future wood burning devise. We also included a hybrid couch/sleeping design which combines the classic features of a futon and daybed into one built-in feature in the living room, with storage drawers below. The home has engineered hardwood floors and a combination locking front door. The exterior features a diamond shaped asphalt shingles and wood composite lap siding.

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Images © MaximusExtreme

We are excited to unveil a new feature for viewing our homes, we have hired Home Scans company out of Ogden Utah to create a unique viewing experience. If you follow this link you will literally be able to walk through this tiny home and view what you want to view! https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=z87Q5a2zTjP

Thanks for taking a look and for your continued support! Additional photos my also be viewed at www.maximusextreme.com.

All the best,


Angus S MacInnes

Learn more: http://maximusextreme.com/max-models/max-victorian-prepper/

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  • Matt
    September 8, 2015, 7:39 am

    Boy I bet that cost a pretty penny, that’s some awesome design work. Seems like it feels really spacious. I would like to know more about the tile shower and get some input from people. I know tile showers in mobile homes are tricky, so how do they do in THOWs? Any issues with cracking? I would think you’d at least want a premade pan for the floor

  • September 8, 2015, 11:54 am

    I hope that folks will take a minute and follow the link that is provided for a VIRTUAL TOUR of this home, it is a pretty neat feature!

    • Alex
      September 8, 2015, 1:25 pm

      I second that, it’s pretty awesome!

    • Mame
      October 11, 2015, 7:28 pm

      I did take the virtual tour and it’s a lovely tiny house. I loved the storage loft and the good size for the kitchen. Just one aspect that I thought was a little odd… the window by the stairs, I thought should be on the other side of the room. But perhaps there was a reason it was placed where it was? But that’s something that can be adjusted… overall, I love the place 🙂

  • Bill Burgess
    September 8, 2015, 12:18 pm

    Great timing as I am just starting a new French Country Designs book for Park Model RV Format. I am sure you will get plenty of comments on this jewel. Price is probably going to be scary but consider all the options this unit offers and compare to others…Fit and finish is VERY good and just enough vision to allow some modifications without changing the character..KUDOS..If Site Built it could be “Pitted” and the upper floor raised for head room as long as it was not going down the highway..Wrong colors for Doomsday Prepper unless parked in a Gravel or Stone Quarry. VERY Coastal look as is.

  • SC
    September 8, 2015, 3:54 pm

    The kitchen is very pretty, best part of the house. Nice closet space.
    That brick hearth looks terrific. Nice bathroom, no facebowl, though. Love love love the tin patterned ceilings, and that the light fixtures all match with the tin tile and each other. Beautiful flooring!

    The bedroom loft is incredibly dull looking, not one standout feature.
    I appreciate the cleverness of the rain catchment system you used with the mansard roof, but the exterior is hideous! If you are going to do a Victorian or Edwardian style inspired design with a mansard roof, I say get an oversized permit and expand the house to 10 feet max, so the mansard roof can flared out to 10 feet and taper back in, and do proper window dormers and add corbels and other nice trim work like around the door. Normally, trim around window dormers on a mansard roof looks spectacular! The flat trim work around the upper windows look goofy.
    I do love the diamond shaped shingles, however.

    Another strike is the awful, tiny cheap looking vinyl windows.
    Lot of times houses look okay with windows saved from the dump, but these windows destroy any style look you may have strived for.

    But anyway, congrats on completing all the hard work, and that new viewing technology is fantastic!

    • Bill Burgess
      September 9, 2015, 12:48 pm

      SC you have hit a lot of my buttons…Unless you are towing A LOT, why build so narrow? 10′ wide in this unit would make amazing difference. True Mansard shape with moldings and corbels would improve 1000%. I design in the Park Model RV format but always consider what can adapt to the smaller format. I am pretty sure for Park use a conventional commode would be fine, maybe one of the sink over tank models? They figure most of the loft floor is covered by the bed but I agree it’s VERY Blah.4Fathoms Designs on FB has some Mansard ideas. Next book will have some as well.

  • Lynnette
    September 8, 2015, 4:07 pm

    This one caught my eye when I first saw it. It’s absolutely gorgeous. Does need a bathroom sink of some sort though. The bead board just adds to the charm as well as the brick. I am not a fan though of that built in couch as I think personal furniture in this beauty would be much more personalized aND appealing . This one is definitely a show stopper. I love that more and more builders are opting for more storage stairs instead of ladders. Love it.

    • Lynnette
      September 8, 2015, 4:09 pm

      P.S. I LOVE those folding doors in the storage loft. I see so many with storage in the lofts and it appears untidy visually. I love this idea ♡♡♡

  • Sondra
    September 8, 2015, 4:26 pm

    Love the vinyl windows, they look great. Love all the storage, and the hidden table. I dig how you left the loft for someone to put their own flair to it, I’m not a fan of carpet but up there it works when you’re crawling around on your hands and knees 😉

  • Dominick Bundy
    September 8, 2015, 4:57 pm

    I could do without that brick hearth , and use that space for something more useful and practical.. In my opinion tiny houses don’t need fireplaces/ wood burning stoves since space is already limited. everything else I really like about his place especially the closet space, large sink and refrigerator .And the attractive outside curb appeal.. This is another good fine..

  • gale
    September 8, 2015, 5:34 pm

    I think this is as lovely home inside and out. Great finishes on everything. Super job guys.

  • dz
    September 8, 2015, 9:00 pm

    Someone didn’t understand the fireplace. A prepper will want to be able to heat her home if propane is not available. Love the brick, is there storage in the floor for the prepper?

  • Leann
    September 8, 2015, 9:24 pm

    I am such a fan of tiny Homes, I think I have seen everyone I can look at. I do like this one, I like the painted woodwork and all the set up in the kitchen. The large sink is a plus, it is hard to do dishes in a 10 in. round sink. Very pretty and functional, I hope the owner lives a very happy life in her new home.

  • Therese
    September 9, 2015, 8:43 am

    The water catch system sounds genius & I would really like to know more. I’ve been looking at THs for years & I am starting to make the life changes that will allow it to become a reality. Thank you for sharing – your TH has some refreshingly different features.

  • Liz
    September 9, 2015, 10:34 am

    Is the A/C in the bathroom? Seems like it would freeze the bathroom and not be able to push out much cold air to the rest of the home. But, it’s a pretty home.

  • Bill Burgess
    September 9, 2015, 1:10 pm

    This Unit brings up an Idea or question. A business to use the new Print Technology for the heavy moldings and the styles of Victorian or Art Nouveau Europe would be a great tool for small builders. Maybe use recycled plastic bags or bottles for feed stock? Many Victorian works used the same type of features and we have become sterile and mass marketed to the point of becoming Lemmings. We have become Sheeple and believe whatever the Tube is selling. Trust me…Humans used to strive for beauty, just because they could….

  • Glema
    September 10, 2015, 3:46 am

    I really like your kitchen and the large sink is great. It will come in quite handy on laundry day:) Also great for bathing babies, or pets without having to bend over and try to hold them while bathing. I think it’s a great idea! Thanks for sharing your home and thank you Alex for sharing their story. God bless and Happy Trails everyone!

  • Sara Moore
    September 22, 2015, 9:51 pm

    Price? Is this for sale? Love love love it! We are on the hunt for a perfect tiny home. Ty

    • Monica
      November 17, 2015, 4:13 pm

      I actually saw it posted for sale on ksl.com classifieds.

  • Kim W
    October 10, 2015, 1:41 pm

    Alex, today’s selection of Tiny Homes in the newsletter is superb! Thank you. I love the kitchen sink. I could do with that in my full size kitchen! It’s about choice, though each of us likes to think through how we would make it work for us!

  • Jonathan
    October 10, 2015, 2:30 pm

    Cusps for the overall looks and function, efficient wood stove yes, large sink yes, rain catch of roof system yes, stair storage,. I leave no negative only constructive question. These units do not look built with aero dynamics and wind drag in mind or consideration, I fear of loosing roofing shingles at 65 or 75 miles an hour where applicable. How will she cook? The hearth and fireproof backing do not look tied in astetically, could a lighter sheet material work, and I also would rather have a forgiving shower enclosure weight, and seam cracks invite problems. I like it, I want to buy one less weight as possible, and like one responder no painting to keep up on. Keep me in formed. What size truck do I need to start saving for.?

  • patricia noll
    October 10, 2015, 3:55 pm

    This tiny house leaves nothing out in my idea of a tiny house. It is tidy, clean and well thought-out. I feel at home just looking at it. Perfect for me to down size to at the beach.

  • Dick
    April 23, 2016, 3:20 pm

    I didn’t see how long the home is. As has been said on a few other homes, it seems the living space is shorted on designs like these. Just a couch/futon, and that’s it. With this, and other couch designs like this, I think my back would go on strike! lol Actually I like the house, but I’d want it a bit longer, using the space in the living area first, and then to add a washer-dryer combo and room for a stove in the kitchen. There may be a place for a stove, but this blind guy didn’t see it, unless, of course, the client wants to use her wood stove for cooking.

    A/C…why not a mini-split? I don’t know the pros and cons of those, but I agree with the previous comment about the a/c in the bathroom.

    There are lots of things I like about the house. As for the exterior, it can probably be changed easily for someone who doesn’t like that design. Remember, the article says this is a custom build, so what may be a minus for you and me could be a real plus for her.

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