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Tiniest THOW with a Main Floor Bedroom?

This is the Alpine Tiny House on Wheels by the Tiny House Building Company. It’s amazing because it’s a 13-foot tiny house on wheels with a main floor bedroom.

It also has an additional loft that can be used for storage or extra sleeping space. There’s also a private bathroom with a toilet and shower and a kitchenette with a sink, a miniature refrigerator, cooktop, and a coffee maker.

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13-Foot Tiny House with a Main Floor Bedroom, Kitchen, Bathroom, and Loft

13-Foot Tiny House with a Main Floor Bedroom

Images © Tiny House Building Company

Now, THIS Is A TINY House…😊

13-Foot Tiny House with a Main Floor Bedroom

It Even Has A Fully Functioning KITCHEN.

13-Foot Tiny House with a Main Floor Bedroom

With A CoffeeMaker, Air Circulator, Sink, Refrigerator, and Some Storage…

13-Foot Tiny House with a Main Floor Bedroom

Panning Towards The Other Side of the House…

13-Foot Tiny House with a Main Floor Bedroom

You Can See The Bathroom w/ Shower AND The Main Floor BEDROOM…

13-Foot Tiny House with a Main Floor Bedroom

And There’s Even Additional Space In The Loft… Can Be Used As Storage, Additional Sleeping, Or As A Lounge Space

13-Foot Tiny House with a Main Floor Bedroom

Here’s A Better Look At The Bathroom (It Has Its Own Window Too)

13-Foot Tiny House with a Main Floor Bedroom

And The Main Floor Bedroom – Also With Its Own Window.

13-Foot Tiny House with a Main Floor Bedroom

The Upstairs Loft Area…

13-Foot Tiny House with a Main Floor Bedroom

View From the Loft (You Can See the Window AC Unit From Here)

13-Foot Tiny House with a Main Floor Bedroom

Overview of the Kitchen Area…

13-Foot Tiny House with a Main Floor Bedroom

A Tiny House That Packs Plenty Of Punch…😀

13-Foot Tiny House with a Main Floor Bedroom

Images © Tiny House Building Company

Video Tour of this 13-Foot Tiny House with a Main Floor Bedroom

• 13’ long x 8.5’ wide
• Main-level sleeping plus sleeping/storage loft
• Full kitchen: induction cooktop, sink & refrigerator
• Electric heating & cooling
• 32” x 32” shower
• Dry-flush toilet

Learn more: https://www.tinyhousebuildingcompany.com/alpine

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  • Sparrow
    December 18, 2018, 11:01 am

    Okay, seriously: who the heck could live full-time in this? Way TOO small! I’d go nuts! And you can bet that every time its resident did a #2 the whole place would reek! This is taking tiny too far!

    • James D.
      December 19, 2018, 12:43 am

      Think you’re experiencing culture shock… Tiny houses can actually go to half this size and there are people living in even smaller spaces than tiny houses provide all over the world…

    • Marsha Cowan
      January 27, 2019, 1:03 pm

      Well, I have lived full time in a 9′ X 5 1/2′ tiny house for a year and a half now, so why not something a lot bigger?

      • Fred
        October 16, 2019, 2:15 pm


        Why did you move out?

        • Marsha Cowan
          October 17, 2019, 10:17 pm

          Hello Fred, I didn’t move out? I am still living in it, and it has been almost 2 1/2 years now. I love it and the freedom it brings to do other things. I was just saying that compared to my current tiny house, her 13′ x 8 1/2′ tiny house was a lot bigger. I love her house. It is so organized and cozy. I could be very comfortable forever there. How about you? My current house is not the tiniest one that I have built and lived in.

      • Millie Allen
        June 17, 2021, 10:02 am

        I would love to see a tour of your tiny and see how you make it work. I would love to build a tiny house but I’m going back and forth trying to decide how much space do I need and can live with.

    • Carol Winick
      August 3, 2019, 1:20 pm

      My husband and I LOVED living in our Ranger pick up truck camper for over seven months traveling from USA coast to coast!
      Length 8.5 ft, Height 5.5 ft, and 6 ft Wide.
      When someone did a #2 it did Not make the place reek, it was a composting toliet with additives that make it smell good.

    • Jerry Dycus
      November 3, 2019, 7:07 pm

      While it may seem hard many people only sleep in their homes, why waste money?
      As someone who has lived on boats you quickly find out what you need and this house has it all. All you need is a place to sit, sleep which can be the same place, closet, a toilet/ shower and kitchen and this has all those.
      In fact too many beds but not enough sitting area. Th bed, bath is good in a larger one but here , no good space to sit, have people eat so why put the bed in a separate room? Better to make it into twin couch beds and have a place to sit studio style with the bath, kitchen in the other 5’x8′. Good sitting for 6-8 and a 7’x 7′ bed if wanted.

    • Larry B.
      November 7, 2019, 4:06 am

      I can’t remember if it was posted on here or not but there was a couple that lived full time in a Sprinter van they converted, it had a toilet AND a shower, office and a bed and a kitchen with refrigerator. It’s all in how you look at life. 1000’s of people live in converted vans each day, not because they have to but because they want to see the world. There are 100’s of BLM places on the west coast alone that are FREE to stay.

    • JuDee Janowitz
      December 19, 2019, 8:00 pm

      Oh gosh I could. I have for short periods of time. How much of your time is actually spent in your home? Me very little. Especially when I am on the road. I am out exploring and my trailer is great place to sleep. As for the smell when one goes number 2. I always use the camp site facilities if they have them. If not the product Poopouri is amazing! Seriously I buy it for everybody I know. You spray a tiny bit in the toilet BEFORE you go and no smell! NONE! ZERO! Oh and I do t work for the product or am in anyway associated with it. Just impressed it does the job it claims to.

      • Eric
        December 22, 2019, 4:19 pm

        Oh so totally agree on Poo Pourri. My son bought me one as a (joke) Christmas present about 4 years ago. Only use it when other people are in the house. Otherwise open window for 2 minutes and smell is gone for free. My wife however keeps on using disgusting aerosol air freshener (?) which combined with smell of No 2’s fair makes me want to puke. And totally environmentally UNfriendly to boot.

    • e.a.f.
      December 19, 2019, 10:10 pm

      Your first world priviledge is showing. Even in First World countries there are millions who would love a home like this. Having their own space with the ability to lock the door with your own bedroom and bathroom. You may not think its great but to some one living in an SRO or a shelter, this is heaven. These tiny homes could go a long way to solving the homeless issue.

      For many this is enough space. In warmer climate, where people spend a lot of time outside, this is enough for many. It has windows and thus gives people visual space and people don’t feel to crowded.

    • Susan
      June 16, 2021, 2:36 pm

      Many people won’t have a problem living in this small space. It’s perfect for a young couple or single person, to save some money.

    • Bryan O'Connor
      November 10, 2021, 10:32 pm

      I very could and have, try living for 12 months in a 12×12 tent with 5 other people. when you live in the South or the Southwest you spend 80% or more of your time outside so the size of your house is irrelevant anyway. I used to be a Traveling Tech for Indian Motorcycles where I would be at a dealership for 6 months to year and lived in a 16′ pull behind Camper in a National/State Park or RV Park. You get used to living that small very easily and wonder why you lived in a “big house” in the first place.

  • ATBScott
    December 18, 2018, 1:15 pm

    Yes – way too small – maybe as a tow-behind for a few days’ travel, but then a “real” RV would most likely be a lot lighter… No place to sit and kick back unless that bean bag in the loft is supposed to be a living room. Also not a lot of space on that counter to do any cooking – especially once you put a hot place or something on it. Looks nicely built, but someone other than I will be living in it!

    • Eric
      December 22, 2019, 4:24 pm

      Real RV’s, as you call them, typically start falling apart after about 3 to 4 years. Added to which they have little or no insulation. So sure, lighter to tow, but most people in TH’s park in one place for extended periods of time all the way up to permanently. So towing costs become a moot point.

      And obviously, as you have pointed out, someone other than you “will” be living in it. And remember some people only need a hotplate (in this case a portable induction cooktop) so have no need for an oven etc.

    • Marsha Cowan
      June 16, 2021, 8:30 pm

      Oh! There are other pictures with a little sofa on that wall large enough for several people or to stretch out a bit.

    • Bryan O'Connor
      November 10, 2021, 10:34 pm

      If you lived in the South of Southwest you’d spend 80% or more of your time outside so the size of your house is a moot point.

  • Pat
    December 18, 2018, 1:56 pm

    I LOVE IT! Sure, a tweak here or a window there would make it more my own, but as a geezer (65+), I think it’s awesome. Reminds me of Marsha Cowan’s great builds. As my husband says, this is why Baskins Robbins has 31 flavors; we are all different.

    • Marsha Cowan
      October 17, 2019, 10:24 pm

      Thank you, Pat! I love this tiny house, too!

      • Pat
        October 17, 2019, 10:45 pm

        Marsha! I’ve missed you. Are you still in your tiniest house? Out West or in NC? I’m in eastern NC. I’ve missed your interesting builds and your decor. Warmly, Pat

        • Marsha Cowan
          October 20, 2019, 7:56 pm

          Yes, Pat. I am still in the little tiny house with a metal roof and red wood trim (The Hannigan). Over 2 year now and still loving it. I teach high school, so I stay so busy that it is hard to find time to comment on this wonderful site, but I will try to touch base more often.

  • joan
    December 18, 2018, 3:53 pm

    Need a price!

  • Alison
    December 18, 2018, 6:09 pm

    I would park this on a lot in the country and use it as a vacation hide-away home. Sturdier than a tent, more appealing than a lightweight travel trailer. Or park it in your back yard or driveway as a place for your boomerang child to live while he figures out his future. I like it.

    • Marsha Cowan
      December 20, 2019, 1:02 pm

      Lol! I have some boomerang kids, too! They’re great, right? Once they do figure it out, though, watch out! They can change the world. I got 4 world changers, and 6 little grand “world changers” coming up.

  • kevin
    December 19, 2018, 7:16 am

    I want to like this but the space isn’t utilized as well as it could be. my micro house plans are actually smaller than this, but has minus the loft, yet more storage.
    I like where there head is at, it just personally wouldn’t work for me. cute tho(aside from the brown).

    • Alex
      December 19, 2018, 1:07 pm

      Hey Kevin, anywhere we can see your micro house plans?

  • GLoW
    January 25, 2019, 4:26 pm

    It’s pretty, but, having lived in an apartment with a totally impractical kitchen that looked beautiful, I would hate to try to actually cook in there, or, God forbid, have to make up that bed.

    • Marsha Cowan
      December 20, 2019, 1:08 pm

      Taco Shell! I have a queen sized downy blanket lined with a queen sized flat sheet that is folded like a taco shell, and I climb in every night and sleep well, then just fold the shell back every morning. It is so easy; been doing it for 8 years now in every tiny house in which I have lived. I have never lifted a mattress except to first install it with its zip up poly covering and a fitted sheet. Always take the path of least resistance when surviving (taking care of mundane things); the path most challenging when living (careers that give back to others).

  • Danielle
    January 25, 2019, 5:00 pm

    They need a gable roof in that loft.

  • Diana
    January 25, 2019, 5:44 pm

    That is NOT a kitchen, where do you put pots pans dishes silverware, etc. I don’t understand the point of this. The company would do better to make at least a 16 foot one. Wouldn’t cost that much more and you could actually have a real kitchen. Too crowded with the couch too. I’ve seen much better layouts in this kind of space. No thanks. And nothing to give a price.

    • Marsha Cowan
      January 27, 2019, 1:05 pm

      I have lived in tiny houses for 8 years now and have never needed a kitchen bigger than the one pictured, and when I cook, it is big. It’s all about preference really.

    • Aubergine
      November 10, 2021, 8:46 am

      For pots and pans, you hang a small pot rack. For knives, a magnetic strip on the wall. For silverware, a divided basket on the countertop. How many plates, cups, etc. would the one or two people living here need? A small wooden dish rack would hold it all. There’s plenty of counter space for that.

  • Karen Blackburn
    January 26, 2019, 5:30 am

    If younger can easily sleep in the lift and use the main floor bedroom as a living area, have lived in houses with kitchens this small so easily doable, lose the TV and put in a press for plates and pans etc, lose the sofa and add a table or work desk. Ideal for one person. Have been playing around with my own micro plans and you could easily live in this space or smaller (I usually plan around either 8’x12′ or 10’x12′ to take advantage of basic shed sizes) but equally adding on 3′ to make it 16′ long would make it more suitable for someone who can’t sleep in the loft but needs desk/work space as well. Perfect for a get away for a hunter or fisherman and much better than a tent with a sleeping bag on the ground, and dryer when it rains. Tried them with a 6mth old baby, this would have made the holidays perfect even when she grew into a teenager. More compact than a caravan (travel trailer??) and probably easier to tow plus much better layout and the loft means a smaller size, ideal if towing for a week/weekend away. Done that as well and this would be my personal choice over either a tent or conventional 3/4 person caravan.

  • Karen Blackburn
    January 26, 2019, 5:39 am

    Plus if using a proper composting or camping toilet there should be no smell. Certainly experienced using a camping toilet foir many many years with a husband who has medical problems, and NO smell afterwards, ever. If that worried about it, for holiday purposes you can always add on a small toilet tent outside the door, used this as well especially when camping in the car. This is perfect for a small family holiday when visiting different places, not much money for accommodation/food, don’t have to pack everything up each day, can pull over with young kids into a car park for lunch/nap which makes travelling a better experience as well, and you can take your pet dog or rabbit (travelled with rabbits, rats/mice and budgies as well over the years and this would have been easier in everyone including the pets) without worrying about whether the motel/hotel will accept them. Or just put in the garden foir visitors or as a bedsit for the teens.

  • Michael
    January 26, 2019, 6:50 am

    yes, its too small. Bathroom and bed aren’t comfortable at all. I am asking myself who want to live in this, probably a single person only.

    • Fred
      October 18, 2019, 4:57 pm

      Single person or maybe a young couple.
      Your comments on the bed got me wondering and I took a look again.
      The trailer is purported to be 8.5′ wide. This would make the bedroom approx. 4′ wide.
      Narrow, for sure, but notice the “mattress” completely fills the space.
      There is no mattress size that is 48″ wide.
      A Twin is 39″ wide and a Full is 54″ wide.
      A twin should fit in there very nicely.
      I slept on an old military steel framed bed for years and had no problems with room.
      I think we’re looking at a large “futon” dressed up to look like a bed, and there’s nothing wrong with that. =)

      • Mal Smith
        December 20, 2019, 3:42 am

        No mattress 48inches wide?! Maybe not in the States, Fred. But you can easily buy a 4ft or 1200mm mattress in the UK and Europe. I understand this thow is designed and manufactured in the States so just for general info if anyone wanted a 4ft mattress they could in fact purchase one.

        • Fred
          December 20, 2019, 11:08 am

          Thanks for the tip Mal. I wasn’t aware there were odd sized mattress’s available elsewhere.

      • Marsha Cowan
        December 20, 2019, 1:15 pm

        I am thinking the bathroom is just under 3′ wide and the bedroom is 5′ wide as she said there is full sized mattress in there on the video, and they are 5′ wide, so if you used a twin mattress (3′), you would have not only 2′ of walking space, but you could put some drawers under that bed and have great storage. It is a wonderful room! What I would change is the bedroom door. I would put a 2′ door on the bathroom side, so there could be a 3′ wall for a sofa, or chair, or built in desk/table, and it would not cover the bedroom door, nor take away from the 2′ wide walking space beside the twin bed. Just a thought. . .

        • Fred
          December 20, 2019, 5:04 pm

          This is starting to sound like something we need clarification on, from the trailer’s owner.
          I took her phrasing of “full sized mattress” to mean it could fit an adult, not the actual mattress size “Full”.
          I still say its approx. a 50/50 split between the bathroom and the bedroom.
          ….someone needs to put this to the trailer owner and find out for sure what she means.

      • Bruce Wheeler
        December 20, 2019, 6:53 pm

        Actually there is a standard mattress that is 48″ wide. That is the width of a 3/4 mattress, one more used in the 1800’s than now, but I had no trouble getting a new mattress for an old bed recently. Sleeps two people, but obviously many prefer the queen size now that we are so spoiled (or less friendly?)!

        • Fred
          December 20, 2019, 7:42 pm

          I don’t know Bruce.
          I looked it up to be sure and there is no listing, in the standard sizes of mattresses that shows a 48″ width.
          Sounds like you had something special made up and to that end, a “custom” could encompass any dimension.

        • Fred
          December 20, 2019, 7:50 pm

          …or could it be that Bruce either does not live in the USA, or bought his mattress from an overseas supplier?
          As Mal stated in an earlier post, there is a 48″ mattress width OUTSIDE of the USA, but since we’re talking about a product made in the USA, let’s use the AMERICAN standard sizes for mattresses, shall we?
          Thank you.

        • Bruce Wheeler
          December 20, 2019, 7:54 pm

          Fred – Check out Amazon for “3/4 size mattress”. They have more than one listed. I did not look any further than that, but I am sure many other companies sell them. When I bought mine it was special order as the furniture store did not stock that size, but they had it for me in a couple days, so it was not a “custom size”. I have not found that size fitted sheets, so have either made them from a full flat sheet, or re-sized a full size fitted sheet.

        • Bruce Wheeler
          December 20, 2019, 8:09 pm

          When I was teaching architectural design to high school students until a few years ago, the 3/4 size was listed in most sites. Now, not so, but if you look for “bed size” in Wikipedia, and scroll down to the North American sizes, you will find it listed. However, it is listed as “less common” in the second part of the list, so someday it may become only a custom size in the United States. Amazon.com does list this size among others for US consumption.

        • Fred
          December 22, 2019, 7:36 pm

          Bruce – I did check out Amazon and the “3/4” size is listed as you say….as an RV MATTRESS. In other words, a “specialty” mattress.
          I think the fact that you couldn’t find fitted sheets to work for that size is a testament to that.
          However, I now stand corrected. There’s a “3/4″ RV Mattress and its dimensions do include a 48” width.

        • Bruce Wheeler
          December 22, 2019, 9:36 pm

          Fred, I hate stretching this out, but you do need to look more closely at Amazon. The Zinus mattress is described as you did, but right after that there are at least 2 mattresses, made in the USA by American Mattress Company, that are listed 11 sizes. The second size they list is “48 x 75”. It does say that it is custom sized for RV and others, but the fact that it can be delivered to me on Friday, Jan 27 (this is 9:30 pm EST on Tuesday Dec 22) with a holiday in between those two dates. Since this seems to be “on the shelf, ready to deliver” I see no way that you can maintain that it is not in some sense a “standard” mattress, although one less sought after than the more common sizes.
          Beyond that, why is an “RV mattress” more of a specialty mattress than say a bunk mattress (34 x 75″) or a short queen or any of the others listed as ready to order mattresses?

        • Bruce Wheeler
          December 22, 2019, 9:39 pm

          Opps! Sorry, but I put in the wrong date for delivery”. It is actually DECEMBER 27th.

        • Mary Stratton
          December 30, 2019, 2:52 am

          Before queen size beds there were cribs, twins and doubles. 27″, 36″ and 48″. Then along came queen which was equal to two cribs = 54″. Twins grew to be 36″ to 39″, and King size was 72″ to 80″. Doubles became uncommon. Hope this helps with the confusion.

        • Alex
          December 30, 2019, 3:55 am

          Thanks, Mary!

      • Eric
        December 22, 2019, 4:34 pm

        Fred, @ comment to Mal Smith, I can assure you pretty much the rest of the world thinks the US is crazy to still be using complicated imperial measurements, as in feet and inches, and gallons instead of litres, miles instead of kilometres.

        I recall on a post here in the not too distant past someone from the US saying his switching to metric measurements made building so much quicker and much, much more accurate.

      • Aubergine
        November 10, 2021, 8:52 am

        There are also companies online where you can order mattresses to size. My son did that for his RV remodel, which he lives in. These guys are based in Colorado. I like to buy made in the U.S. whenever possible:


      • Bryan O'Connor
        November 10, 2021, 10:43 pm

        It’s probally a full size memory foam mattress cut down to fit then recovered. That’s what I did in my camper so it would fit.

  • Heather H J
    January 26, 2019, 3:53 pm

    I think this is a little gem. All the essentials. I think this would work for a couple looking travel. Or even a single parent with 1 child. Its definitely tight. Even smaller than the one stayed in on our anniversary at Mt Hood. However its very similar design with downstairs bedroom room. The one we visited was just slightly larger in each space. I think this one looks great & has potential. Id prefer this one for weekend getaways.

  • Marsha Cowan
    January 27, 2019, 1:07 pm

    We never get to see what is on the other side of that door, do we? Is it more kitchen, a seating area, a blank wall where a piece of furniture could sit?

    • Marsha Cowan
      December 20, 2019, 1:17 pm

      So. . .I watched the video (duh!) and it showed what was on that wall. I love this house!

  • Jenn
    April 3, 2019, 12:56 pm

    I don’t know why I haven’t seen this one before. But I love this little Tiny House, it’s perfect. It’s so tiny but it’s got everything that you need to live in it. 🙂

  • Michael
    July 31, 2019, 1:37 am

    You need at least 2 feet of legroom in front of the toilet to sit comfortable, I suppose there is only one foot here which may be suitable for a kid but not for adults.

    • Fred
      October 18, 2019, 4:47 pm

      I just ran to my bathroom and measured.
      There is almost exactly 2 feet of space between the front edge of the toilet and the outer edge of the bath tub.
      I never noticed that before!
      Must be why the bathroom measures 5×7 instead of 5×5.
      Knowing where my feet sit in that space, while sitting on the toilet, I think I could make a foot and a half work with no problem.
      Interesting factoid, though.
      Thanks for bringing that to my attention, Michael! =)

      • Paul Larsen
        October 18, 2019, 9:13 pm

        No matter how small the bathroom is, it still beats running outside to relieve ones self. Any pot in a storm I always say .
        I have a porta potti I use in my small truck camper.

        • Fred
          October 19, 2019, 11:11 pm

          When I was a kid I used to go hunting with my dad every fall.
          One year I had to take a dump and we were out in the middle of no where.
          He had one of those old porta-potti’s that was a toilet seat on a pair of metal folding legs (folds like an old tv table, if anyone here remembers those).
          There were supposed to be biodegradable bags that attached under the seat, but he ran out years before, so I got the fold up seat, a roll of TP and a small shovel and was told to go, “…downwind”.
          I dug my hole and did my duty, then covered it up when I was done.
          Looking back, Paul Larson says a lot in his appreciation for ANY kind of inside bathroom, and I gotta agree.

  • Sheila Plourde
    July 31, 2019, 1:39 am

    Tiny but awesome! I really like this. Has everything. Shower and toilet too. Nice.

  • maria
    July 31, 2019, 6:23 am

    If it were three feet longer in the kitchen/living area it would be almost perfect. Would have to have a dormer in the loft area and a mini split instead of wall unit.

  • Paul Larsen
    August 1, 2019, 9:15 pm

    This is a great little house ! nice simple design, To the naysayers i will add my thoughts . First making the bed , I dont think making the bed in this house is any worse than making one in a truck camper , After all it is a tiny house , so a few comprimeses have to be made , Second, the toilet, I am over 6 feet and certain I could do my business there quite well , as for stink? thats why open windows and fans were invented 🙂 Only thing i would like to see is some kind of stove , either propane or electric. But basically one of the nicest designs I have seen,

  • Melissa
    August 1, 2019, 10:26 pm

    If it was just me, this is a GO! My van currently has a 36 inch wide bed that I am cutting down to 30 inches. I need some room around the bed. Additional storage would be underneath and add 10 inches to the toilet area. I prefer a recliner and would not use a sofa. Outdoor living space would be a must. Picnic table, a couple of chairs and fire pit. I love cooking on a fire. I’d be happy as could be in this.

  • Carol Winick
    August 3, 2019, 1:31 pm

    Love the kitchen! As a minimalist I love the compact size, it will fit all of my husbands and my dishes and pots and pans. I love to cook from scratch and there is plenty of work space for making homemade pasta, pizza, etc. The frig looks to be about the same size as ours.
    I would love to see the bed chair height to sit on and have the ability to lift up for storage underneath.

  • Fred
    October 17, 2019, 10:38 pm

    Marsha Cowan,

    Apologies for my reply. I misread your comment. I’m glad you’re still finding joy in you tiny space.
    This article gives me an idea for putting a 12×8 shed on a trailer. Nothing earth-shattering, but an appealing idea for off-grid living.
    As for me, I currently reside in a traditional home of about 1450 sq. ft., but I still look back fondly on the time I lived in the back of my 1973 Chevy Vega GT Station Wagon.
    Not 50 square feet, but 50 CUBIC feet!.
    I bought a sleeping bag at the local Value Village and found a large cardboard box where I kept both dirty and clean clothes (each organized in their own SEPARATE areas).
    Everything else I owned was kept in a 5×7 storage space.
    As for showering and cooking, I knew the spots where one could get a free shower (as opposed to the “expensive” places that charged me a quarter for 15 minutes for showering) and I ate out at local restaurants or I picked up something from the deli of any of the local grocery stores. One place in particular used to sell half roasted chickens for not too much $$$. That and a quart of non-fat milk kept me happy and full for most of the day…..man that chicken was good, too! Haven’t been there in years. I’ll have to go back. I know right where the place is and I know its still there….(*stomach rumbles*).
    Had a great time and still remember it as “The summer I went camping”. =)

    • Fred
      October 17, 2019, 10:49 pm

      OOPS…the above, that says, “One place in particular used to sell half roasted chickens…”, should read, “One place in particular used to sell ROASTED HALF CHICKENS…”.
      Further apologies for any misunderstanding that poorly composed section may have incurred.

      • Marsha Cowan
        December 20, 2019, 1:23 pm

        Lol! I didn’t even notice! No problem. Just keep the cool stories coming. The “half roasted chicken” was a hoot! I was thinking that maybe it was a place like the pizza places where you take home an uncooked pizza and cook it yourself. Lol!

        • Fred
          December 20, 2019, 4:53 pm

          Thank you for keeping your sense of humour about that.
          It is a grocery store in the north part of Seattle.
          …that whole story has me considering the “van life” again. Not too far removed from a THOW, depending on the size of the van….maybe one of those Sprinter vans or a former moving truck.
          That would be cool.

  • D
    November 3, 2019, 11:02 pm

    I prefer the Airstream Nest if your going this small.

    • e.a.f.
      December 19, 2019, 10:19 pm

      the price tag on an Air Stream is fairly steep. this tiny house most likely costs less or could be built by some one handy.
      every one is different and have different tastes. for some the air Stream is great, others like a house.

      • Diana
        December 20, 2019, 12:03 am

        WELL, the nest is the least expensive airstream and can be hauled by an suv or small truck. You can def find one at the price of this one. So, its a preference.

  • e.a.f.
    December 19, 2019, 10:16 pm

    Love it! Its getting back to basics, what tiny homes first were, before people started morphing them, as their needs were different. The kitchen is big enough. Bedroom also. No one lives in a bathroom, so if its small, no problem. Many would prefer a home such as this to a trailer because this is sturdier. The doors are built like regular doors, where as many trailer doors are just to easy to get through.

    Frequently these small homes are being purchased by people who need to have a secure place to live and need it to go the distance, which trailers don’t always do.

  • keepyourpower
    December 20, 2019, 1:08 am

    Where do you put your clothes, ironing board, broom, etc?

    • Bryan O'Connor
      November 10, 2021, 10:50 pm

      Hang it up while it’s still a little damp and you never have to iron anything. I spent 21 years in the Army and never ironed a uniform, spin them twice and then spray starch on then and then hang them up one they dry the all the right creases are there, civilian clothes are no different.

      • Natalie C. McKee
        November 12, 2021, 6:57 am

        Now that’s a life hack!

  • Marsha Cowan
    December 20, 2019, 1:32 pm

    People still iron?! Just kidding! I actually fold all my clothes and since they are mostly jeans, and blouses made out of material that doesn’t wrinkle, I rarely iron. However, I do own one and use it occasionally. It is stored on a shelf, with my tiny hand held vacuum cleaner. It is a butane iron so it needs no electricity, just a little butane from a can. I lay a cloth on my counter top and iron there so no need to store a board, though I do have a tiny, tiny one to lay under collars or such when needed. My broom is only 3′ high, made by an artisan in Denton, NC, and bought at her shop during the Antique Tractor festival that happens there every June. I love it! It is made of real straw, does a great and thorough job, and props out of the way in the corner of my kitchen below the counter top. When you live in a tiny house, or rather, when you want to live tiny, you must think outside the box, the Walmart box. Many things suitable for living tiny can be found at these wonderful festivals, fairs, antique shops, and out of the way artisan stores. There is a place in Ohio from which I ordered my butane iron. Again, take the path of least resistance when living tiny and save your energy for life outside your home.

  • Marsha Cowan
    December 20, 2019, 1:35 pm

    BTW, Alex, I am still your greatest fan and read every newsletter you send, just don’t have time to comment a lot right now. It is Christmas holiday, though, so today I was babbling. Lol! I love your site, and really enjoy everyone on it and all the lovely homes. Keep up the good mission and God bless you real good this Christmas season!

  • Tori
    December 9, 2020, 5:18 am

    I love this little tiny home on wheels!! I like the ones that I can imagine myself actually towing around.
    Do you know what the interior ceiling height is? And the max height of the roof?

  • Lasse S
    June 16, 2021, 11:43 am

    Amazing! This has to be one of the three best tiny house i have ever seen and i have seen hundreds different. But this one has to be the easiest, cheapest solution all by them. But one suggestion is that rise up your bed with storage to the left and pull-out “sofa” instead of having the couch at the right side.

    It would give you much more “open” feeling.

    Like this:

    Im saving up for house right now, and finally after several years with waiting on the government they are finally making more suggestions for tiny house movement so it can make it cheaper and easier clearify with the laws and so on.

  • amanda collins
    November 9, 2021, 10:49 pm

    Very cozy but I’d need a Lil bigger kitchen cause I love to cook

    • Bryan O'Connor
      November 10, 2021, 11:01 pm

      I love to cook also, it’s not the size of the kitchen, it’s what comes out of it. We bought once of those Emeril Lagousse multi-function counter top ovens last year and between it and the nuker we haven’t used our big oven since, I’m not pitching for his product because there are others out there as well, that’s just the brand we bought. it does like 9 different types of cooking and even has a Rotisserie that’s big enough to do a full size chicken. the only thing it won’t do is is a full size turkey but it’s big enough to cook a turkey breast, both on the Rotisserie or in a pan, which is what were doing for Thanksgiving.

  • Kay Wilson
    November 11, 2021, 12:36 am

    Maybe get rid of the gigantic coffee maker and replace it with a microwave oven and you’ll have a functioning kitchen. Right now… Not.
    Otherwise, I like it.

  • BrownLuster
    November 12, 2021, 8:57 am

    I actually like this tiny space and I think this could be a cozy livable space! The following are my customization ideas that I could see for myself in this tiny space to make it super cozy. For the entry level bedroom, I would use a pull out Murphy bed that serves as a dresser when fully folded and locks and pulls out to a bed for sleeping. The dresser drawers hold extra pillows and a blanket as well. I cud definitely see myself using this Twin XL to gain a tad bit more space on either side of the bed: https://www.wayfair.com/furniture/pdp/canora-grey-audet-solid-wood-storage-murphy-bed-with-mattress-w001452996.html

    Also, some floating shelves on both bedroom walls for underwear/delicates, socks, a few night gowns + a few books: https://www.wayfair.com/storage-organization/pdp/wade-logan-meurer-3-piece-accent-shelf-w004999044.html

    I would add a wall mounted towel rack (holds rolled washcloths) on the wall space above the towel rail in the bathroom: https://www.wayfair.com/home-improvement/pdp/best-desu-inc-unlimited-wall-mount-towel-rack-btds1661.html

    On the opposite side of the kitchenette, I would take out the couch and definitely add this folded table for eating/working/card game etc.: https://www.wayfair.com/furniture/pdp/inbox-zero-wall-mounted-floating-table-space-saving-hanging-table-w004916265.html

    I would swap out their 2 wall hooks for these on the wall behind the door: https://www.wayfair.com/contractor/pdp/mercury-row-garfinkel-solid-wood-5-hook-wall-mounted-coat-rack-w000174811.html

    Lastly, I DEFINITELY need a bathroom sink over the top not the toilet to wash my hands after any bathroom duty (no way am I washing my hands in the kitchen sink after using the bathroom): https://www.wayfair.com/home-improvement/pdp/deervalley-white-ceramic-145-rectangular-wall-mount-bathroom-sink-with-faucet-drll1084.html

    The loft space would serve as my personal closet space for shoes, clothes, my 2 leather tote bags, 4 purses, etc. I would also use a cute cloth or curtain to slide across the loft area to hide my closet.

    This space is DEFINITELY doable for 1 person (ME and me only) w/space to invite a friend over for dinner or a tea party. This space is so very nice for the space. KUDOS!!🙂

    • Natalie C. McKee
      November 12, 2021, 1:42 pm

      Wow you really thought this through!

      • BrownLuster
        November 13, 2021, 9:39 pm

        Tee hee hee Natalie!😁
        I have been following this tiny/small home movement and tiny /small homes from all over FOR MANY YEARS. I am currently looking to purchase (debt free w/my savings) a small home here in my home state of Michigan (mainly in Detroit) but based on the existing layout of most of these houses, it is generally a challenge to envision a particular small house as a livable home for me due to physical challenges with basement stairs and/or bungalow stairs. I actually spend more time looking at tiny heating sources (stoves, dishwashers, wood burning stoves, washer/dryers/combos, electric fireplaces, murphy beds, storage options) to create walking/movable space on the entry level of a small home footprint… and I love it too! 😊

        Almost EVERY house I have seen WITHIN MY BUDGET here in Michigan need so many repairs (foundation, roof, electric, pipes, walls) and upgrades (kitchen, bathroom) in this CRAZY Sellers market it is beyond belief and beyond my budget that it would be a welcome pleasure to have a small/tiny house like this one newly built. Land or lot however is yet another cost as well.

        I actually LOVE looking at solutions to try to make the most of the living space given….it’s like a puzzle you’re excited to put together. This tiny house is definitely livable and seems affordable, however I must admit in reality I absolutely need EVERYTHING on the entry level (can’t climb a ladder or stairs to a loft, bungalow or basement). Still, I try to envision how I would live in the space if I had the physical capabilities to do so. Also, I do have a wheelchair and a few antique family furniture pieces that are a must to make space for (special meaning and attachment for me) hence for me, I do need a small house btwn 700sq – 800sq ft for comfortable movement. However, if for some strange reason all of my antique furniture, appliances, cookware (Magnalite + cast iron pots, pans, roasters & skillets), dinnerware, fine china + silver + crystal were destroyed and gone (I pray that never happens) and I only have my wheelchair, I know I could definitely live in 450sq – 550sq ft of space with built in furniture and very little things quite easily. If I were able-bodied again, I could definitely live in 275sq – 400sq ft comfortably.

        Natalie, thanks for this post and Thank you and Alex for consistently posting such great tiny and small house options!💯

        • Natalie C. McKee
          November 14, 2021, 6:31 am

          Oh I would definitely need space for my cast irons! They have a nice wall in my current small-not-tiny kitchen. But yes, it is such a seller’s market right now — in some ways I’d argue it’s not “safe” for people to buy homes these days since many are foregoing inspections and more to make it work. Something small, but new, would be lovely! So glad you are enjoying the content here. Thanks for reading.

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