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Tiny House on Wheels with a ‘Secret’ Rooftop Patio!

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Welcome back, tiny house enthusiasts! Today, we have an extraordinary gem to share with you: ‘The Schooner,’ a remarkable 200 sq. ft. tiny house on wheels located in Walnut Creek, CA.

Designed by the talented Brian Crabb of Viva Collectiv and skillfully built by Total Property Solutions, this tiny house offers more than meets the eye. Prepare to be amazed by its ingenious design and the hidden treasure it boasts—a magnificent rooftop deck! Join us as we delve into the captivating details of this tiny dwelling that redefines the possibilities of small-space living.

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This Tiny House Also Has An Awesome Bath Tub!

200 Sq Ft Tiny House with Roof Deck

Photos via Viva Collectiv

An Introduction to the Schooner Tiny House

Brian Crabb’s vision for The Schooner was to create a tiny house that merges functionality with impeccable aesthetics. With its sunken roof deck and slanted walls, this tiny home stands out as a truly unique architectural masterpiece. The exterior boasts a sleek, modern design that effortlessly blends into its surroundings while catching the eye of passersby. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, The Schooner tiny house on wheels is a testament to Crabb’s creativity and expertise.

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The Interior of the Schooner Tiny House

Step inside, and you’ll find yourself immersed in a thoughtfully crafted interior that maximizes every inch of available space. The slanted walls add a touch of character while optimizing the layout. The living area is cozy and inviting, with strategically placed windows that flood the space with natural light, creating an open and airy ambiance. The clever use of storage solutions ensures that every item has its place, keeping clutter at bay.

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Tiny House with a Custom Bath Tub

One of the standout features of The Schooner is its splendid bathtub, which adds a touch of luxury to this compact home. The bathroom is intelligently designed to maximize space while providing all the necessary amenities. Taking a relaxing soak in the tub is a treat that makes this tiny house truly feel like a home.

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The Secret Rooftop Deck

Now, let’s unveil the true marvel of The Schooner—the secret rooftop deck! This innovative feature takes tiny house living to a whole new level. Accessible through a discreet door on the roof, the deck offers a private oasis where you can unwind, enjoy breathtaking views, and embrace the tranquility of your surroundings. Imagine sipping your morning coffee as the sun rises or hosting a cozy gathering under the stars. The rooftop deck of The Schooner is a hidden paradise that will leave you in awe.

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200 Sq Ft Tiny House with Roof Deck

Photos via Viva Collectiv


  • 200 sq. ft.
  • Roof-top deck
  • THOW
  • Named “The Schooner”
  • Designed by Brian Crabb
  • Built by Total Property Solutions
  • Photography by Craig Williams


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We hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about The Schooner. To learn more about this awe-inspiring tiny house on wheels, visit Viva Collectiv’s website at http://www.vivacollectiv.com/the-schooner/. Stay tuned for more captivating tiny house stories and innovative designs. Until next time, happy tiny house dreaming!


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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Emily
    August 26, 2017, 8:05 pm

    Love the tub! Is there any information anywhere about it? Or does anyone have any insights to share? 🙂

    • A Johnson
      August 29, 2017, 12:45 pm

      I have some experience with similar wooden Japanese four (soaking) tubs. The bad thing about wooden tubs is that eventually the finish on them wears off and they don’t dry out between uses; then the wood gets soggy, and feels slimy.

      • James D.
        August 30, 2017, 4:00 pm

        Like most things you just have to take care of it and re-apply the finish every so often… Same thing with wooden counter tops, outdoor furniture, etc.

        Properly taken care of they can last centuries… Don’t and you’d need to replace it within a few years…

  • Slorocket
    August 27, 2017, 12:45 am

    OMFG THAT BATHTUB! I’ve been thow fan for many years, and that tub is the best ever!

  • keepyourpower
    August 27, 2017, 3:09 am

    Built on Tiny House Nation.

  • August 27, 2017, 10:07 am

    “Non si volti chi a stella è fisso”, by Leonardo da Vinci translated is:
    “Whoever look at a star, does not to look away from it”, as for those who pursue an ideal and I believe that also the target of happiness goes along in a road, all constructive, of freedom. Not simple but for this endearing as a challenge.

  • david
    August 30, 2017, 6:46 pm

    LOOOOVE the house (and don’t try to sound intellectual).
    The entire design is outstanding, one of the best I’ve seen (and I’ve seen almost all it seems).
    The space waste is a pity of course, but that comes often with beautiful designs, doesn’t it?

    • James D.
      August 31, 2017, 11:14 am

      It’s only wasted space if it doesn’t get used or otherwise serves no purpose but that isn’t the case with this house… Everything is as the owner wanted it to fit their lifestyle…

  • Larry
    August 30, 2017, 7:33 pm

    I want to see the roof deck and the entrance to it. More info in the description would be nice. Other wise neat looking tiny.

    • James D.
      August 31, 2017, 11:19 am

      They show the entrance to the roof deck, it’s the photo just before they show the exterior shots again…

      The tiny door leads to the loft and the awning is composed of two sections that can fold down flat to either side to leave that deck open to the sky and allow them to be road legal for moving… The deck also has a ladder they can roll down the side to get in and out that way as well…

  • Alison
    September 3, 2017, 2:53 pm

    I like the secret deck. Maybe the owners like to sunbathe in the nude? The exterior, as a whole, looks kind of spaceshippy.

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