Yuri decided to build a tiny house for many reasons.
Lots of us want to move into a small space so we can gain more freedom in our lives.
Maybe so we can have more time to even just do the simple things…
Like read, write, reflect, spend time with our families, and toy around with our hobbies/interests.
After all, that’s what life is really all about.
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And with a tiny home, you can free up lots of your time for those things.
Since your bills are cheaper and there’s a lot less to maintain around you.
Plus, there’s little to no room to buy stuff that doesn’t really serve you.
There’s only room for what you love. No more, no less.
But Yuri also built his to be better to the environment.
Floating Book Shelves
I love the ninja turtle rug… That was my favorite cartoon as a kid.
Bathroom Shelf Storage
Yuri’s Unique Sliding Loft
There’s a video at the bottom of this post where Yuri explains how his sliding loft works.
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Yuri Gives you a Quick Tour of his Amazing Sliding Tiny House Loft
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Amazing, quality work! Looks like it could handle some wind, too. Lots of counter space for those who cook (not me), which is a common complaint. Aesthetics, too. Shelby, down here in the south, insulation is a must against the tremendous heat. In fact, those gorgeous light spaces would fry me, AC or not. Funny you see it the opposite :-). I have always wanted to see more THs and small homes geared to life down here, where porches and awnings are a necessity against nonstop sun and rain. I’m always amazed by the THs that have to devote an entire corner or wall to a woodstove, where space is already at a premium. Funny how climate gives a different perspective :-).
One of my all-time favorite tiny homes!
Love the floating loft. What a great idea. This place shines with the quality work he put into this. Best wishes to you and the off-screen girlfriend with the sense of humor.
As clever as he is, if he’d just come up with a lift to the loft for us old-timers, he could patent it and we’d bake cookies for him the rest of his life in gratitude. Loft access is the number one complaint for those of us wanting a TH but needing knee replacements. Come on, Yuri, give it some thought, I know you can do it!
I honestly recommend a murphy bed built in. I know the guy at Pure Salvage Living has several in his various models. I love his designs, too.
I love the concept behind Pure Salvage Living. In fact, I’d drive 1200 miles to Texas to get one, but there’s nowhere to put a murphy bed in Yuri’s tiny house without giving up windows. Rather sleep on a couch than give up the windows. 🙂
I see two places, though both would require a different window configuration, yes.
First, where his sofa is — which seems to be to the left o the door if you are facing inwards from the door. There’s a window there.
If you put a side-by-side/sideways pull down murphy bed (queen/full), then you could put a long/narrow window above it.
The second place is right along where the ladder is for the loft. It means loosing that window, but it could create another window above it or a larger window with that side’s twin window.
Again, ti would have to be side-wise, rather than the foot coming out toward the countertop. And, would probably need to be a twin in that space, though a double might fit.
And where do you put the furniture and table and rugs every night while you pull the Murphy bed down? I’m not lazy–I have a working farm–but I sure wouldn’t want to have to rearrange my house every night and every morning. You must be a young’un :-). Wait ’til arthritis hits, it forces you to make a list of what you can manage, and rearranging a house at the beginning and end of a day ain’t on my list. The cows are bad enough 🙂
I’ve often wondered if an exterior stair to the loft wouldn’t be the answer? It could be attached after the house was settled into it’s permanent location, could extend upwards from a deck and enter the house at the second story via an upstairs door.
I love this design but with most houses in the US they don’t seem to like putting in washing machines. I don’t understand this type of culture 🙂 x
Do you mean washing machines in tiny houses or fullsize houses? For people simplifying to live in a tiny space, a washing machine would be a big space-waster and a luxury item. TH hosts often provide that service, and we also have laundromats in most towns.
Down here in the south, the washers were often on the back porch, and the dryers were a rope and two posts in the back yard. Those were the simple days before the “gotta have” mentality kicked in during the 1980s.
For a full-sized house, I don’t know anyone who DOESN’T have a washer and dryer these days.
Yes I realise it’s a luxury item, however, if I was to buy my dream bus and convert it, this bus would be totally off grid. I’d put in a washing machine, albeit a tiny one and a rope on the side so I can hang out my washing – as 90% of Aussies do. It’s simply a personal choice. P.S. Most of the homes I visited in the US had their washing machine next to the stove in the kitchen – no laundry room. A concept I found interesting….
I’m curious, because I am in love with the Aussie architecture with the big porches and casual rooms…where do you typically have washing machines? It’s funny you said that about the “dryer,” every Aussie-made movie I’ve ever seen always had outdoor clothesline 🙂
Where did you visit in the U.S. with a washer next to a stove? Sounds like a northern climate arrangement in a basement apartment? In the south, when washing machines (the handcrank kind) came along, those were kept outside because of the water. When the automated ones came along, those were also outside because of the water, but usually on the back porch for protection of such a ” luxury item.” My grandma’s was still on the back porch when she passed in 1996, and she never owned an electric dryer. In the 1960s, ours was in the attached garage. It was a very big deal when my mom got a house with an indoor utility room. Wooo. (We still had an outdoor clothesline)
I did not know you were outfitting a dream bus versus a teeny weeny house, you would certainly have room for a washer. You talking school bus or VW? Apologies if I came across as abrupt, I’ve been accused before 🙂
The washer next to the stove was in a house in New Jersey. I saw another in the Bronx and another in Brooklyn (people who were nurses-their homes). We have so much sun here that I don’t know of many people who have an electric dryer, we only use washing machines. The good old “Hills Hoist” clothes line out the back to hang our clothes on is almost an institution – haha. We’d grab hold of them as kids and swing around the garden – so much fun. You call it the “utility” room, we call it the “Laundry”. My laundry has a washing machine, big sink with cupboard underneath, laundry cupboard for all the linen / towels etc, the toilet and room for a fridge – I made sure I built a decent sized one when I got the plans done for this house so I could put the clothes airer in it when it rains (three months of the year only). This isn’t an electric dryer – you just hang the clothes on the airer and the clothes dry over time. Like an inside clothes line.
My grandma lived in a tiny country town, they had a verandah (you call a “porch”) around the whole house and in the back yard – behind this – was the laundry room, inside was a scrubber, a hand wringer and a really old copper washing tub heated up by wood. She was born in 1900 so those days are long gone now :o) x
I lived in a ‘park model’ sized trailer for 10 yrs and loved it, except for not having a washing machine. I finally went out and purchased one – expensive, yes, but well worth it – it was mobile and it sat in the kitchen. When I wanted to use it I rolled it over to the kitchen sink and it attached to the taps like the old portable dishwashers used to. My friend also had a ‘park model’ and she had a stackable washer/dryer in a closet. I never really missed the dryer, but nearly went mad without the washer.
So, yes, I can really understand Sharee’s concerns.
Interesting concept,well built and fully functional. Sliding loft is unique. I think I may forget in the middle of the night where I parked my loft and fall out. Yurok is quite a handy man to have around.
I really like the aluminium frame. It must add a lot of rigidity over wooden frame. It’s nice to see people who are thinking outside the box and who are trying new materials.
(http://aluminumtinyhouse.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/foam-insulation/) this shows some of the insulation. Also there is insulation under the trailer. so it is insulated 360º around! we use a small ceramic space heater and it gets pretty warm in there. Other tiny houses have used propane heaters and they may heat better if you are living in a colder climate.
X-cell-ent Yuri! Great innovation(s) & design, ext. & int. Where’d you get the round uni-shower? dCb (;>}
Wow! This is one of my faves, Alex! The storage loft is da bomb.
I liked how you relax Yuri. The two B’s, a book and a bowl! lol
Tell me about travel with all aluminum framing. Is it as road worthy with winds or other disruptive tendencies that may appear as would be a heavier framed structure?
Having grown up on the coast perhaps I’m partial but this little house is “the bomb”. It’s like a little piece of Disneyland inside! The bow of the ‘house ship’ 🙂 and the rounded roof (and of course the porthole!) give it a wonderful and cozy nautical feeling inside. I absolutely love the rounded shower. It gives the illusion of more space (and literally adds more space in the shower) and softens the many sharp angles that challenges us in any size home. From the outside it looks like a beautiful, bejeweled, gypsy caravan .
Adding to this unique and beautiful look is the way Yuri angled the panels in the aft or rear part of the house. More work I know, but I’m guessing not too much more. It’s a very subtle way to add a bit more elbow room and a very unique style to a sweet little house that already has more than its fair share of ingenuity and charm.
Now, I’d like to see a fish tank in there, ha, Actually, it’s perfect!
Very well planned and this shows what you can do with a little ingenuity (although I see a lot here!) and a rectangular shape.
Opps! Er, I meant angled the panels under the loft. Great use of that extra space too.
Wonderful tiny home. Your design utilizing aluminum is my favorite.
Can you share with me the overall cost to fabricate the trailer and the outside shell? Who fabricated it? Would you share that information?
You may want to cover the above electrical outlet when you are going to shower. could be damaging, no? Just a thought. Nice job on the moving loft btw. Shalom
What a great home!!!!!! I love the colors and the inside looks amazing. I am so impressed with this movement that I’m ready to commit to the cause! But there are just so many questions. Where do you keep this parked and did you construct it yourself? Was that a compost toilet? And where can I get a home that looks like this?
Love the information that is provided here and the suggestions from others.
Nice work, Yuri!
Sally and Sharee reminded me of my grandparents in New York. My uncle gave them a dryer which, yes, was on the back porch, but was only used as a food storage cupboard! When I stayed with them I was too embarrassed to hang my underwear out on the clothesline for all the neighborhood to view. Grandpa noticed right away that the “britches” were missing from the drying laundry. I spread them around my bedroom.
Love the front storage loft skylight and the sliding loft is a neat idea.
I commend Yuri and his creativity!.
Mame, Sharee, and others: This summer I was at the Tiny House Jamboree and there was a medical student that was building his own tiny house. He really wanted a washing machine but didn’t want to give up the space for something he used only sometimes, so he built a rolling frame that he put the machine on. It fit right over the shower bed, so when he wanted to take a shower, he just rolled it out and when he finished showering, rolled it back. It was really clever.
Love the design. Thank you for the comments on winterization. I live in a northern climate also.
Two thoughts- 1. Aluminum or light steel framing makes a lot of sense for weight, strength, and wiring/plumbing routing. 2. That upper window is very cool!
When you Wake up and you’re happy, do you know why. .., and There is nothing that can remove …. This beautiful Bijoux favor has opening on roofs.
Wow! What a great idea! Just love his & His attention to detail! The windows in the storage loft are just beautiful! Love the sliding loft! Beautiful job on Your creativity!🌹