This tiny house on wheels is designed to serve a family of four. That’s pretty impressive at a foot print of 20′ by 8’6″, wouldn’t you agree? If you account for the 55 square foot sleeping loft, there’s a total of 215 square feet of living space inside. You can see the floor plan at the bottom of this post.
It’s called the Leaf House (Version 2) and it was created by Laird Herbert who’s from Whitehorse, Canada. This home was built using FSC (Forest Stewardship Certified) timber along with some reclaimed materials helping to make it as eco-friendly as possible. Since it was designed to be used in Canada, you can also be sure that it’ll withstand cold climates.
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Family of 4’s Leafhouse Tiny Home
Photos Courtesy of Leafhouse/Laird Herbert
If this is version 2, where’s version 1? That’s for another time, but below is a preview of Herbert’s first tiny home project which has already sold.
Version 2 features a sleeping loft, living area with sofa bed, kitchen, dining, and a bathroom with a composting toilet.
The tankless hot water system is powered by propane along with the refrigerator and GE oven.
To help keep power consumption efficient Herbert used LED and halogen lighting throughout.
There’s also a 35-gallon water tank to help make the home self-contained.
The exterior siding is part metal part FSC tongue and groove cedar giving it a modern and luxurious look and feel.
Interior walls are part birch plywood and part drywall, as you can see in the pictures. Tin was used to cover the slanted roof and this tiny home is actually up for sale and priced at $44,500. (sold)
More Features/Details on this Luxury Tiny House
- Metal stud framing
- Spray foam insulated
- 1″-2″ wrap
- Triple-pane windows
- Kohler sink
- Pegasus shower
- 2012 20′ PJ trailer
- Eco-heat electric baseboards
- Hardwood oak flooring
- 12″ granite tiles
Laird Herbert’s Leafhouse has so far been featured on Gizmag, Tiny House Blog, Jets on Green, and many other popular websites on sustainable architecture. He also has his own website over at TinyHousing.ca.
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This home looks like it is on target for some real, practical use. There is quite a bit to like about it.
I once lived in a travel trailer and for heat we simply put some bricks on the gas stove to hold heat. At bed time we turned the stove off and the first one up in the morning turned the stove on for bit. But we do not get much in the way of cold here. Still, these newer designs are better insulated and that brick on the stove business might be enough to keep warm in such a tiny home.
Glad you liked this one Jim, I thought it was great too. Great idea for heating with the bricks, too. I’m sure will work great in one of these if it worked for you in your old travel trailer. Thanks for sharing and reading!
The interior is just so beautiful it almost brought me to tears! I do love the exterior too. I will be sure to follow your work. In following the tiny house movement I’ve never seen any mention of a down payment. I guess that would defeat the point. I suppose most tiny homes all require a full upfront payment?
These and similar house can be financed by the finance companies companies and banks which finance RECREATION VEHICLES with very little down payment (based on your credit).
Where’s pictures of the bathroom??
Good question, I’ll see if I can find them and add them! Thanks Rose
Those half-gallon jars are all going to fall off the shelf while you drive! Need a door on that cabinet!
LOL, good point!
I’ve been working on a tiny house design that closely resembles this design (of which I’m a big fan). Seeing what they’ve done gives me a slew of new ideas on organizing the inside of my tiny house, which hopefully in the near future, I can share the final design. Thanks for the post!
Thanks Michael! Glad you found the post useful. Can’t wait to see what you’re working on.
Is this house plan from Michael K around somewhere? Also, in this home, does the family actually live in this house? And is there a Version 1? I see it has been a while since this was posted, but I hope you still respond to questions!
I have been studying small and tiny home designs for decades. Compared to most tiny homes which mostly seem to have an all wood interior, this is to me personally the most appealing tiny home interior I have ever seen. If I was single I would be delighted to live in this home. My wife and I will soon be retiring and downsizing from our 2400 square foot 4 bedroom 2-1/2 bath home, to a 1 bedroom 1 bath home of about 700 square feet.
Hey Fred, that sounds like quite a big change. You guys will be able to save so much in time/money/energy. Very excited for you. Wishing you the best and thanks so much for coming by,
The designer did a great job on this one, a lot of unique features that will help a lot of folks.
The modern style is nice too, not all tiny homes need to look like doll houses, that’s an important point for me…it also has the design potential to be modular, another unit could match the high side and it would appear to be a standard home…important when trying to get past county officials on looks alone.
Great point on making it modular and adding another unit. That’s really smart as some folks who start tiny might want to add on later as the family or general needs grow. I think that’s important because a tiny house helps us get out of the “rat race” and into a more stable financial situation. After someone achieves that, maybe they do want to go just a little bigger to better suit their (and their family’s, guests, etc) needs.
I think for those that intend to market units there is room for a small company to make these such that one is sold complete and it’s twin is sold empty or perhaps empty but with a toilet and shower. That way the other half could be used for a marital partner or for an office or hobby space. Some sort of clip on cover could provide a walk between the two halves such that cold or rain did not stop one from entering the other half of the twin unit. There is a future for this
sort of thing if we can stop cities and neighborhood associations from having so much power over people.
Wow! I love the simple lines and the elegance of the space. This looks so liveable and cozy even with the angular lines. Very attractive. Nice work!
Glad you liked it Louise, thanks so much!
Not being a fan of “modern” looking exteriors, I think the outside of this inventive lil’ trailer home is akward, clunky, and looks like it was broken off of a larger house. That being sufficiently vented– I think the interior is a perfectly charming MARVEL of inventive use of space; and when it comes to knowing whereof I speak, I do: I’m an ex USN sailor! I know creative cramming when I see it.
GOOD JOB! 🙂
Thanks Athena, love your perspective. I happen to like the exterior but can understand where you’re coming from. Enjoy your day and thanks again for stopping by and sharing your thoughts/ideas with everyone!
I like the straight lines. Personally I don’t like it when someone is more concerned with the outside than the floor plan. Even in standard houses I don’t like interrupted flow of the roof lines. Form should always follow function in my lil heart of hearts. My only problem with this little house is having a bed that I can fall out of (or kick my fur kid out of in my sleep). I don’t like the looks of that drop!
Thank you for quoting Dr. Porsche. The quote distills into what is the intended function. Rather like the car that Dr. Porsche created the function is not determined. Few people will ever race their Porsche. Some will enjoy feeling sporty. Others will use it to meet girls.
The tiny home is like that. Some people want to be “presentable”. Others demand severe utility. Others want to live cheaply. Now imagine you wanted to build a tiny home that would hold all of the required tools to build more tiny homes. Or perhaps you want to be able to wrap custom fishing rods inside your tiny home. Maybe brush fires in the area are a plague so your goal involves serious fore resistance.
Different strokes for all the folks.
I agree with Terri about the bed.
Very Nice! I love how open it feels!
Thanks Danielle! I agree, it seems like it has a very open feel for just 20′ long.
Wide open and airy plus you can collect rainwater if you have to. Love the openess of the bedroom too. Great!!
Glad you liked it Stephany! Thanks for looking. Love the idea of collecting your own water.
Love the modern lines and design, inside and out. I also love the brightness and openness of the interior, although I have to admit that in my own plans I tend to see openness as a “waste” of space. As someone with an acquaintence with sailboats, I tend to see interiors as living/working space, passageways or potential storage space…
Hey Cal- I agree- I love how the inside is bright. White parts of walls have to help with that. I agree that sometimes that openness can be wasteful, though, especially in a sailboat where everything counts. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Until next time! Alex
I think in this case the ‘open’ space might be just a optical illusion, in a home so small the footprint wouldn’t really allow for much…but the illusion is important. Psychologically tricking the mind with tall ceilings and the like would make the tiny home feel more livable, that could be an important comfort factor for a lot of folks.
The Navy is good a using small spaces for housing of necessity, and there’s something to be learned there, but in building a tiny home there’s a lot more freedom in design…even those that trick the mind to make it seem spacious.
There is more to the appearance than mere optics–there is a deliberate choice. Relatively tall ceilings, bright colors, creative lighting, etc. can all contribute to the desirable impression of free and open space, but so does the deliberate decision NOT to fill that open space with storage space–a lesson I am taking from this design… One probable benefit of this open design may be the forced decision to reduce the stuff you own in order to live in that open space–this would be a function of the socio-political power of thoughtful, “confrontational” archtecture, which I think is at the core of much of the Tiny House Movement.
Great points, Cal! Thanks so much for commenting! Alex
I would love to see the loft ladder/steps area a little better. Having an easy access to the downstairs in the morning is important for my creaky bones. Their stairs look pretty good, so would like to see how they pulled it off! 🙂
Thanks Knedert! The 3rd photo is the best shot of the ladder/steps that I could find for you. If I happen to come across a better/closer shot, I’ll update and let you know. They definitely do look like easy stairs to climb. Thanks again!
I might just be being a little thick here but I really can’t figure out how you get up to the bed loft. In the 3rd pic it looks like either a ladder or shelves, but it doesn’t go all the way to floor level and in another angle (pic #6) it looks like there’s a solid unit there that prevents you getting to them, so is there another ladder that allows you to get up onto that unit to get to the other ladder? Also, I agree with someone above about how open that loft is; while it’s lovely to keep the space nice and bright, I feel like it’s an accident waiting to happen (especially as it’s supposed to be a family TH & so kids would be climbing about up there. There would be ways to put a barrier in place that would keep it open, or even screen it off to give some privacy from or for kids. I think we’ve seen an example of a well-designed (functional and aesthetically pleasing) safety rail on another project where they’d done a lovely designed iron railing that had little ‘gates’ that opened to climb into the loft.
There seems to be a discrepancy between #3 & #5 with the little fold out table, in #3 it’s a semi circle, but in #5 it’s a rectangle, which makes me wonder if one of the pics has come from the other model (or if they simply have interchangeable tables)?
I love that it has a full-size cooker and I wonder if you could also fit a full-size fridge-freezer somewhere too. I think I’d alter the floorplan slightly and have the bathroom along the back wall, with the door moved along the side wall slightly (perhaps to where the window is, with a half window & the door side-by-side). The table could then either move along a bit & you should be able to fit a full-size f/f on the kitchen side and then a washer under the counter where the current fridge is. 🙂
I’d love to know how feasible it would be to make a house like this out of SIP panels……
I’m sure it can be done! There’s a builder out there who specializes in that who builds tiny to large homes.. Here’s one which was done recently that I’d love to feature this week on THT..
I am aware that there is a movement which involves people owning less and I’m not against that.
But I see the tiny homes more in relation to saving energy, generally being utilitarian both in function and in cost. I have an interest in very permanent and very safe structures that are very low in cost to build and maintain.
Right now we are seeing a lot of homes in Colorado burning. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a tiny home that would not suffer from fire damage? In my area wind is the bid issue. Just south of me burglaries are a huge issue.
Thanks Jim, well said. I’m a big believer in saving energy and helping the environment as well just can’t ignore how powerful the change can be for people and families when they decide to need less. Especially folks who are suffering financially or are unhappy because they can’t make ends meet or get ahead. Thanks again for sharing your insights!
I love the layout of the interior, but an important livability question arises. Would like to seem more detail about storage for clothes and other necessities that come with permanent residence.
Thanks Beverly I’ll keep that in mind for future posts!
Interior is so wonderfully done. Love the bed with wood frame above living room and the look of the steps to the loft. The layout is very appealing. It would be nice for short term use but we have too much stuff to live permanently in such a small house. Hard to downsize from 1700 sq. ft with 3 bd.2 bth. At nearly 70 years old I doubt we will downsize (too much stuff), but love ideas for small houses for camping or lakeside. Such as a Vargo slide in camper for a pick-up truck or a fold down camper.
Thanks Carl. It’s so true that most of us have way too much stuff to be able to live in one of these as our main residence. It takes so much time to get rid of your stuff.. I just went through it and I was only in 600 square feet. It still took weeks.. Can’t imagine the challenge of something double or triple that size. It’s true though that even for those who don’t desire to make that kind of change tiny houses can be a great inexpensive vacation home. Thanks again Carl!
I’m just going to say this about downsizing your “seventy years” of “too much stuff.” Do you really think your kids (or even your spouse) will thank you when you’re gone? Do you want them to spend months being angry at you because you didn’t take care of your crap before you died? After my mother died, it took (*very* conservatively) more than 1000 man hours to dig my father out. I fully expect that I will have to dig through all his crap when he dies. It’s not like any of us want it, none of us have thousands of square feet of extra space. Do everyone in your family a favor, and clean up your own messes before you die.
Keep in mind when people evaluate these designs that different people will have different needs. I had a handicapped friend that designed and sold a complex product and did all of his work in a rather small closet. He was able to reach out and get every tiny or large part and had arranged all of the processes in such a way that he could sit and build the entire product. If that closet was only one foot wider or deeper it would have not worked as well for him.
I am into ideas like safety and endurance. So i tend to think of products that will survive things like a burglar or a forest fire.
Great point, Jim, thanks so much. I love the idea of tiny homes designed specifically for ones needs, including folks with any sort of handicap or special need. I think Jay Shafer said it first in his Small House Book, that these homes are like a tailor made suit. Designed and built exactly to meet your needs. I’d love to see more of these houses to help those with special needs.
I really love the design of your place.Like someone said not doll-housy. It seems far more spacious. I think the open loft has something to do with that. I really appreciate the easier access to the loft. For those of us with older knees the flimsy ladder just doesn’t make it. I am curious about storage. Could you comment on that.
Thanks Basha I’m glad that you liked it. I agree on the ladder.. Gives you a better chance of using your hands and feet to support yourself getting up there. Definitely feels safer than most others. There’s not too much storage.. I think most of us would have to get rid of a lot to move in there permanently.
Do you have any information on the roof design? specifically the rafters and which direction they run? Would it be possible to give the roof a lower pitch?
Hey Michael, sounds like you learned a lot with Dee, how did you like it? I don’t have any specifics on the roof design. That’s a good question, I imagine that they run in both directions just not sure how far apart they each are. The closer the stronger but then also the heavier.. I’m sure you can give it a lower pitch you’d just be sacrificing headroom/space in the loft. Hope that helps! Thanks again!
The workshop was great! Learned a lot.
And my question was more focused on if the roof is pitched towards the length or width. Basically, from what I can tell, the rafters will run parallel to the slope of the roof.
It almost takes my breath away. In Florida i am seeing companies with “sheds” that look like tiny homes and in some cases are identical with porches and the like. They are designed to withstand winds from 160 mph up to 180 mph and thus are hurricane proof for almost any hurricane. The interiors are bare. most have plywood floors and spending under $3,000 delivered and installed is not so unusual. Frankly these companies certainly know that these units will be used for housing. Sizes vary but 10×10 is common and they go smaller and much larger than that as well.
Most of these are steel and frankly steel beats aluminum by miles. They will have choices such as types of doors and windows. There is no way to build units this strong for less money.
Thanks, Jim, if you have any links to share I’d love to see them as I’m in Florida so I can possibly go visit these companies when I have the time.
I’d like for someone to build one of this in october, can u email me [email protected]
I bought this guy’s blueprint for $150 and would recomend others to do as well. It was worth it as he has anticipated for the colder winters we can have up here in Canada. I bought an old dual axel travel trailer and we are gutting it to get down to the chassis so we can start building. I won’t completely follow his blueprint and I will have more renewable energy hookups like solar panels, forced air vent VAWTS, radiant floor and a front box for the solar batteries but it will be close. His design is very ergonomic and the slanted roof is great for solar panel installation and rainwater collection. The blueprints and his step by step is in depth and well formulated. Hope he can make a living at this tiny house thing.
The enterior is way to cluttered or busy for my taste. Like the amount of windows. And yes, its way overpriced.
The value of a house is whatever you say it is I guess but the value of the materials and time to build that house would be well under $20,000.
It has some nice interior features but I would prefer a different roof design. You could have loft beds on both ends or additional storage and more headroom with a gambrel barn roof design
When I see these houses on wheels advertised for so much and the person is also selling plans it makes me wonder what the motivation is ?
My 14×14 permanent cabin cost less than $2000 to build and unless he put in gold faucets it looks like he is overvaluing the house to sell some plans.
Just my thoughts!
The question: “Is it worth it?”
My answer: YES
I am not a fan of wheeled houses. However, I have priced travel trailers and small mobile homes as well as motor homes and, by comparison, this beauty is UNDER-priced. It is beautiful even without a fruit/storm cellar.
Are you connected to the seller in any way Tom ?
As a matter of fact, I am connected to the builder/seller, LaMar. He and I are both subscribers of and to The Tiny House Newsletter. I think. And you?
Well, nothing personal but when someone says ” this beauty is UNDER-priced” you sound just like a used car salesman I once met lol!
I have built houses on wheels and permanent cabins and I know the price of materials and it is not being under-priced. It is a nice place but lets be real here.
Good luck selling it!
Lamar you just said what Ive been thinking. I grew up in a small house that was 19 x 33 ft exterior measurement. I am trying to remodel it and do not have alot of money. The problem i have now is trying to get it rewired. One place i called wanted $5000. I cant afford that. I would love to hear any ideas. The house has a stucco exterior. And i have it down to the wall studs on the interior.
There are plenty of books to help you rewire your place yourself. Simply pay an electrician to examine your work before you cover it up. And keep in mind that in the near future your needs for wired devices will increase so install extra conduit for future use. Items like cable for TV can be installed in the walls just in case you decide to move things around a bit in the future.
Like you say, it depends on the type of materials used. He may not have used gold faucets, but it’s stated that he used some eco-friendly materials. They cost more. Using plywood and other cheaper materials would lower the cost. Also, this house was built in Canada, where materials cost more. Is that price in Canadian dollars or US dollars? That would make a big difference.
Healthy materials are the issue that is slowing me down from building a tiny home. I want one built with materials that will not poison me or the environment. Many of those materials cost more. It’s worth it to me though, to wait to build a healthier home because my health and the environment are such priorities to me, especially my health when living in such a small space. For someone who places more priority on cost, then they can use cheaper materials. We all have different priorities, so we need to have different options.
Very expensive and not big enough for 4 people.
2nd picture = Version 1 would be the smaller unit with no peaked roof (photo gives odd perspective) and is shown being pulled by the tow truck.
All other pics = Version 2 must be the larger house as shown being pulled by the truck. Yes?
Wonderful design! Certainly pricey, and undoubtedly, very heavy GW though.
I actually think the price is OK for the work inside. I wouldn’t be able to pay for it, but I love the interior. I’d worry about falling out of the loft, but could make sure it’s deep enough to keep from inadvertently rolling out. The partial loft just makes the interior seem so much larger to me. I might have to make a small shed on the back for water and power supplies and use the storage/water supply area just for storage. I like the appearance of the 2nd one better than the first, and I may be wrong but it seems like the front to back slant on the roof would make it easier to tow. Things to ponder in the quest for my own comfort/safety/utilitarian needs. Thanks for sharing this one, the more I see the better!!
I could see 25-30k, at most. Trouble I have is with what a person could legit buy in the manufactured home world. You could get a 2 BR 2 bth mobile with a real kitchen and dining with sunken living room for about 36k. Rent the bedroom out for the space fee of the park and receive a little equity too boot. The tiny home is great for the niche that needs to move their home on occasion. Better yet, but a used unit for 1/2 or less and design and update as you wish. My 2 cents. Cute though!
And that would be a real home. 800 sq ft.
The mobile home industry is a mess. Most of the really great looking mobile homes are junk and soon become a maintenance nightmare. And if you add park fees to a mortgage on a mobile home and realize that they depreciate in value rather rapidly they become more expensive to live in than a regular home. That 36K mobile home will turn into a 10K mobile home in only three years or so and it goes down hill from there.
I think $44K is pretty reasonable considering the finish, particularly when converted into £. But then again things tend to be more expensive in the UK.
I’ve been following your work for a while now. My family and I live pretty small already–1500 sq feet on two levels, with the first floor being dedicated to an in-home daycare. It works for us. I am getting ready to graduate college and being mobile could be a great boon to the number of job possibilities. My question however is this–do you have any testimonials from people who have families in these spaces? I have on child and I am curious how other kids have dealt with the space issues.
Hi Michelle honestly I don’t recommend these for families I think that for families it’s only for weekends or vacations or something temporary while you build something larger so to me sounds like you guys are already in the right place
Tiny homes have the potential to whip neighborhood covenants and building codes. For example some areas require at least 1,000 sq. feet under the roof. If one pulls two tiny homes that are specialized to sort of nest with each other with a bit of a roof covering the gap between the two units that 1,000 ft. goal might easily be met. If the axles are easy to detach then one in effect has a modular home and therefore meets the governing bodies rules. That way a family of four might be really comfortable and frankly I feel that such units can be sold for about $4,000 each.
I like your thinking Jim
Anyone notice that one photo shoes the kitchen table as a half-circle and another photo shows it as square. ?????
Is there any way I can contact the family? I am trying to find families that can share their Tiny House experience with me for a class paper.
Why did you go with a gas stove as opposed to an induction stovetop and a smaller oven drawer?
Is there use of solar panels for electricity?
Mobile homes-saw one a relative living in-I remember thinking that if I did not have a large nest egg in the bank I would live in the mobile home in two seconds. It was not very old, two bedrooms, double wide of course, two bathrooms-one being the master bath and had oval shaped jacuzzi tub…plenty of kitchen and living room space. She bought it used for $14,000. New was $25,000.
It was in fantastic shape; was pleasantly surprised. It was sitting on her daughter’s property, right next to the daughter’s house, so no mobile home park. Age too high in her case to travel so the fact it not mobile like tiny house not a problem.
Are you able to remove the spam that is in the Facebook comments?
Starting to get a tad irritating.
Yes I’ll get to it ASAP thanks for heads up Eric!