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Tipsy the Tiny House You Can Rent in Seattle

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This is Tipsy the Tiny House, a perfect Seattle vacation spot.

It was built by architect Chad Kuntz and you can stay here for around $110/night.

Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below!

Tipsy the Tiny House You Can Rent in Seattle


Images via Chad Kuntz


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Images via Chad Kuntz

From the builder: 

Tipsy the Tiny House was designed and built by Chad Kuntz, a Washington State-licensed architect who resides in Seattle. Chad’s love for small spaces and beautiful materials led him to design and build his own tiny house. Tipsy is a 180 sq. ft. house on wheels, fueled by cutting edge technology. The home features an LED fireplace, flat screen smart TV, In-wall surround sound stereo system, custom furniture, and a digital in-wall bar serving 6 types of alcohol. Access to the tiny house is controlled by your smart phone, which becomes your key for the duration of your stay.


  • Took a year and a half to complete while working a full time job
  • Exterior cladded in reclaimed Douglas fir. Interior is reclaimed oak, Douglas fir, and mixed hardwoods
  • Bumper was machine cut and is back lit displaying “Tipsy the Tiny House” at night
  • All appliances are from Summit Appliances
  • The sofa and cabinets were custom designed and built
  • Storage: large closet, three drawer dresser, and small loft area for luggage
  • Plumbed as normal house (flushing toilet)
  • Fully enclosed modern shower heated by propane
  • Wired for solar and designed to be completely off grid
  • Queen size memory foam bed
  • Metal standing seam roof
  • Two 4’x3′ skylights
  • Front door custom made from mahogany wood


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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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  • jerry dycus
    November 19, 2016, 11:24 am

    Nice except the rough sawn wood on the inside in many places will collect dust, dirt and be hard to clean.
    At a minimum it needs to be sanded and sealed like a varnish to a smooth enough surface that can be washed and dirt, dust can’t stick to.
    On the outside you can just pressure wash. Even there sanding would cut the times needed to clean the outside.

    • Lannette
      November 20, 2016, 6:31 am

      I could be wrong but when I look closely at pictures and the way the light plays it looks like a clear satin or semi gloss finish may have been applied. Look at the ceiling reflected in the bathroom mirror.

      • Natalie
        November 21, 2016, 9:49 am

        Yes I see a bit of that too! Good thoughts on the dust issue though — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Jan
    November 19, 2016, 11:46 am

    It would be hard to clean,but you did a fantastic job! Looks very rich with the wood and fancy☺

    • Natalie
      November 21, 2016, 9:49 am

      I agree 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Sandra
    November 19, 2016, 12:18 pm

    Not liking this one at all. I’d paint the interior and probably the outside too. Just way too “scrap material” looking for me.

    • Natalie
      November 21, 2016, 9:49 am

      Aww I loved it 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Peter Piper
    November 19, 2016, 1:29 pm

    Dark, dank, and cavey.

    • Mr. Lonnie
      November 19, 2016, 10:23 pm

      i don’t know, looks like a great man-cave – nice uke too!

      • Natalie
        November 21, 2016, 9:50 am

        I’d totally live here 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Pat Spears
    November 19, 2016, 1:53 pm

    I agree with all of the above, however there is absolutely no way I would spend $100 + per night to climb a ladder to get to a claustrophobic sleeping area.

    • Natalie
      November 21, 2016, 9:50 am

      You don’t have to 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Louise
    November 19, 2016, 2:03 pm

    I agree with Pat in reference to the sleeping area and the sofa does not look like it would be very comfortable. Can’t win them all !

  • Christa Furlow
    November 19, 2016, 2:21 pm

    Love it

    • Natalie
      November 21, 2016, 9:51 am

      Me too! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Kim Pratt
    November 19, 2016, 2:36 pm

    The skylights and the speakers in the ceilings, stereo and tv were the best of the house. The shower looked nice, along with a regular toilet (even though it was not shown). The desk by the window is nice also. Didn’t see a refrigerator and the pictures I could tell that there was a fireplace even thought it has mentioned about a led fireplace. That would be nice also.

    • Natalie
      November 21, 2016, 9:51 am

      Yes all of those are awesome features. — Tiny House Talk Team

  • jm
    November 19, 2016, 2:43 pm

    Like the wood on the outside. Wood from a demolished old barn would be even cooler. And it must be heavy. But on the inside–I prefer a light interior.
    If these houses on wheels were to all be in some area set aside for them then we are dealing with a transient community. No two ways about it. People coming and going–and you might not like your new neighbors…And they will require services like police, fire, trash removal…How can this all be accomplished without taxes or a monthly fee for renting the land?

    • Natalie
      November 21, 2016, 9:52 am

      I’m not sure it can be. I think in any community there will be a need for those services, and a need for taxes/HOAs/whatever you want to call it to cover that. However, if it’s kept at a reasonable level, tiny living can happen 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Susanne
    November 19, 2016, 3:03 pm

    I agree with Pat and Peter!

  • Eric
    November 19, 2016, 3:24 pm

    Man that is nothing short of massively U**G**L**Y

    Rough sawn on the outside I could handle, though certainly not my preference. Inside, well total disaster from my perspective.

    • Natalie
      November 21, 2016, 9:53 am

      🙁 🙁 Noooo…. It’s so lovely and cozy 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

      • Eric
        November 25, 2016, 3:10 pm

        Noooo it’s not. To me.

        Interesting name for it though… rumour has that it means…

        T his
        I s
        P retty
        S mall
        Y’ know

  • Janet
    November 19, 2016, 4:03 pm

    Personally, I couldn’t live in this tiny house full time, it’s too small and dark. However, it’s an Airbnb and has 38 5* reviews. About the $100.00/night cost – it’s Seattle and the tiny house is only 15 minutes from all the fun stuff. Location, Location, Location. A hotel would be triple the price and offer less than the tiny house. If all you want to do is “see the sights” of Seattle, come back, take a shower and go to sleep, this is the way to go.

    • Natalie
      November 21, 2016, 9:53 am

      I totally agree with you! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Margie
    November 19, 2016, 5:25 pm

    Well I for one loved it! But then I’m a country girl.

    • Lannette
      November 20, 2016, 6:33 am

      Me too Margie! It just goes to show how different we all are.

      • Natalie
        November 21, 2016, 9:54 am

        That it does. I adored it and I didn’t expect so many people not to! It’s all personal taste 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Annette
    November 19, 2016, 7:36 pm

    Deluxe! Really beautiful and well-crafted. It’s clearly designed for overnight guest(s) rather than full-time living and would make for a charming vacation. I normally don’t like all-wood interiors but here the black accents the wood grains and with the skylights make for a restrained, extremely handsome construction.

    • Annette
      November 19, 2016, 7:39 pm

      ….Going back and reading through prior comments I’m amazed at the negative remarks. This is a jewel box. It would be right at home in Aspen.

      • Natalie
        November 21, 2016, 9:54 am

        Agree 100%! — Tiny House Talk Team

      • Eric
        November 25, 2016, 3:12 pm

        In NZ it’d be a wood box rather than a jewel box. As in firewood storage, just to be clear.

  • Dennis Sordahl
    November 20, 2016, 4:06 am

    All I can say is WOW! It looks so beautiful and fun. It’s rustic and has a twist of modern! The loft is cozy and a great place to chill out and look out the big window! Very nice job and it is tastefully decorated!

    • Natalie
      November 21, 2016, 9:55 am

      Yes I love how cozy it is 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Pam
    November 20, 2016, 10:57 am

    Really cool, except 1 thing- people like me & my that are disabled couldn’t get to the bed!:( can the couches be made into beds? Really awesome home other than that!:)

    • Natalie
      November 21, 2016, 9:55 am

      That would be an awesome feature! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Pam
    November 20, 2016, 11:07 am

    My husband wants to add a comment I hadn’t thought of- this little house would make a great man-cave, but I’d have to claim it for my jewelry and craft studio!:) It’s a whole lot bigger than what I have now, & the wood is so beautiful, not ugly, just appreciate the natural world beauty!:)

    • Natalie
      November 21, 2016, 9:56 am

      Yes! It’s stunning — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Pam Mitschke
    November 20, 2016, 11:25 am

    Beautiful home, the natural wood is beautiful!:) My husband wants for a man cave, I want it for my jewelry and craft studio!:) Only 1 problem I can see, if you can’t climb a ladder you can’t get in the bed!:( Other than that it is awesome!:)

  • Kevin
    November 20, 2016, 2:13 pm

    Congrats I love the layout and design. May I ask where you got the sofa? And would you mind divulging the total cost to build?

    • Chad
      November 20, 2016, 3:56 pm

      I got the sofa custom made at modern design sofa in Seattle. I spent $80k to build it.

  • David Lypchuk
    November 20, 2016, 6:27 pm

    again, a wonderful tiny home.

    until tiny home designers begin to include a main-floor bedroom, and step away from all this wood-wood-wood, tiny homes will never meet their full potential.

    i am healthy, live in a 452 sq foot condo, but i have no interest in climbing a ladder to crawl up into some crawl-space sized sleeping nook.

    tiny-homers have pets, too. ladders will never matter to pet-owners looking at a tiny home. it will be a deal-breaker, for many.

    and stop with all the floor-to-ceiling wood interiors. not everyone wants a cabin. and time and time again, these tiny houses keep showing up with all-wood interiors.

    a main-floor bedroom and drywalled interiors will open up the tiny home movement BIG-TIME!

    • Louise
      November 21, 2016, 1:03 pm

      I agree totally with David. The cabin aspect is o.k. for a week-end get away, but not for day to day living. I’m sure there are many who feel this way . Also show us more with real steps not ladders . . .

      • Natalie
        November 29, 2016, 9:36 am

        For the most part, we show you what’s on the market. A lot of tiny home builders are transitioning to stairs, but there’s still a market for ladders. And the concern with drywall is that it can crack in transit, so most builders choose wood to avoid that issue, I’m afraid. — Tiny House Talk Team

  • kevin
    November 21, 2016, 8:38 am

    this space is amazing. it is dark, but the windows make up for that. really great job on this one, just a little on the big side for me. 🙂

    • Natalie
      November 21, 2016, 9:56 am

      Yes the windows are awesome! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Megan
    November 21, 2016, 10:00 am

    I actually really love this design a lot! I thought the small space was used very well.

    • Natalie
      November 22, 2016, 8:22 am

      Agreed! — Tiny House Talk Team

    November 21, 2016, 10:33 pm

    Very nice Tiny House…! I don’t know about paying the $ 110.00 a night I believe they said was the cost. But I look at all that wood, and the first think that comes to mind is recycled lumber, not saying this house is built of it, although that would make it all the better.. But I am thinking about all the wood pallets that I see being left lying around and how they could preform the same tasks…! Imagine how cheep we could build a home if we just used the discarded lumber lying around that we see all the time heading for land fills and other places where they are not being used for anything but fill in some site… Now we take this wood and run it thru a drum sander or not if you like that kind of look, and I just wonder how much ,money we could save on building costs… How about beams…? We could make our own very inexpensive laminated structural beams buy gluing these pieces of wood up together and create our own laminated beams there are some really great glues out there today on the market and a lot of them are really inexpensive to use and are non toxic rather then the toxic substances that are used in manufactured laminated structural beams or lams…? Just a thought… Thanks for bring this beautiful tiny house to our attention, it is truly beautiful… Just love the wood..!

    • Natalie
      November 22, 2016, 8:22 am

      I think you are thinking very wisely! — Tiny House Talk Team

    • Eric
      November 25, 2016, 3:18 pm

      Zachary, all my experience of working with wood pallets is that it isn’t worth the hassle. Warped wood. Split wood. Rough wood. Soft wood, as in not suitable for construction purposes. Full of nail holes, right where you DON’T want them.

      Nah, recycled wood yes, recycled pallets… I’ll keep on giving it a miss.

  • Holly Clift
    November 24, 2016, 1:46 pm

    I’d for go the long couch and put in stairs. I hate ladders. Plus the stairs also serve as storage space. But I love the reclaimed wood look.

    • Natalie
      November 25, 2016, 7:00 am

      Stairs are a great option! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Susanne
    November 25, 2016, 10:35 am

    JM- you’ve got the wrong idea! The idea of a few TH’s on a piece of property is NOT for transients! So many Tiny communities popping up- young people making wonderful salaries-work hard, play hard, and don’t want all their money spent on mortgage and upkeep. They have communal spaces if desired also, and help each other, viewing each other as family. They are paying taxes on the land but cheaper when not hooked up to the grid or sewage. The idea is to own the land yourself that your Tiny Home occupies, or at times rent. No one said taxes are not paid on the land.
    Have y’all heard of ” The Farm” in southern TN near the state line? Community started in 70’s, still there today-successful people-, not transient. Many of them drive to nashville- are doctors and lawyers., for example,but believe in living Green and do so.They grow/ sell produce, (organic) use solar, have a system set up to produce Humanure…mostly are Vegan, and more… Not a bunch of dead beat hippies. Their homes range in size but not McMansions…made of natural materials…look it up!

    • jm
      November 26, 2016, 1:49 am

      I was talking about houses on wheels. Their whole purpose is to move from place to place. Otherwise why not just build a conventional home? But that could/would make for a transient community.

      • Natalie
        November 28, 2016, 8:16 am

        Sometimes folks build on wheels to avoid zoning issues. Although yes, plenty of people build on wheels to travel, not everyone does. — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Mary
    November 25, 2016, 1:41 pm

    Love all the detailed photos! Thank you for giving such a complete representation of your beautiful THOW!

    • Natalie
      November 28, 2016, 8:17 am

      So glad we could help! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Susanne
    November 26, 2016, 10:41 am

    jM- on wheels? Yes they pay since
    They sit on RV lots, when moving around constantly . Plus not everyone with a TH on wheels moves often or at all, so they typically own the land. If sitting on a relative/friends’ property the owner is paying plenty if taxes. And it’s between them if the owner wants any kind of payment.

    • jm
      November 28, 2016, 3:54 pm

      Sure, the property tax does not increase to the county regardless what the owner charges you–if anything. Yet services such as police are still needed. Not everyone with thows move them–but they are designed to mobile. Most parts of the country have zoning laws for a reason–to protect the investments (probably the biggest in their lives) of the county residents. Fot this they pay high property taxes. Their house–used to be they retiremnt investment as long as appreciation exists. Do you want to tell grandma she can’t sell her house and move to florida?
      A mobile community raises the chance that undesireable may move nearby. Maybe sex offenders who are eyeing YOUR child. Possibility exists–and you would probably move away too.

      • Barnie
        December 4, 2016, 6:44 pm

        I was easing into a nod of agreement.. that is until that garbage about the undesirables and especially sex offenders. You went from considerate and thoughtful of the details, to complete ignoramus in a single sentence. I don’t know how this translates to tiny living, but your mind seems to have the breadth of a hallway in an ant-farm.

    November 27, 2016, 1:27 am

    I’m sure not all pallets are going to be warped and unusable, and as it was only an idea, and not that I’m running out tomorrow to start collecting pallets… But I accept your input and say thank you for intentions…

    • Natalie
      November 28, 2016, 8:18 am

      From a huge pallet-lover, I can attest to the fact that yes, there are a lot of gross, useless pallets out there, but there are also tons of great ones if you look in the right places 🙂 I had a pallet bed once! — Tiny House Talk Team

        November 29, 2016, 4:26 pm

        Thank You…..! : )

        • Lantz
          December 20, 2016, 10:46 pm

          In the 70s and early 80s I worked for large chain grocery stores in both San Diego and Olympia, WA. The quality of the pallets back then varied greatly depending on where you lived. In CA there were many well made pallets out of hardwoods like oak whereas in WA the majority were cheaply made fir pallets. Of course products came from all over so the variety as stated varied greatly. We burned so many pallets on the beach the stores started locking them up and were charged for them by the company. Oh the 70s.

  • Susanne
    November 28, 2016, 4:11 pm

    Sadly , JM, we must worry about
    “Sex offenders” no matter what… There was a teacher caught accidentally in our area who was arrested, I won’t go into detail. Tiny houses are the answer to homelessness, and owning your
    Own home in much less than 20-30 years plus reducing over-all expenses , thus allowing us to spend more (which goes back into the economy) and save more for retirement and emergencies. I will
    Never be convinced TH’s, mobile
    Or not, are a bad thing. It is a less expensive home, requires less land, does not need sewage or electric, saves us money., and less taxes. Though per square feet it’s more expensive., sadly.

    • jm
      December 3, 2016, 7:53 pm

      The question may be whether homeless (some by choice) people be GIVEN tiny homes–even as many of us struggle to earn enough for our own. In my area over 70 percent of crimes are attributed to drug use. Many by people who have no intention of stopping because they simply LIKE the high. Well…this is the fact. Trying to help people who have no interest in helping themselves…I doubt tiny homes are their answer.
      Sure, clergy and teachers have some of the greatest concentrations of sexual offenders since they seek these jobs to make it easier to molest children. And why thugs, criminals, and racists become cops for the same reason. Murderers become soldiers. Human nature being what it is.

      • Natalie
        December 5, 2016, 10:00 am

        JM I think the folks spending time and money creating tiny houses for the homeless are trying to find great candidates to receive them. — Tiny House Talk Team

  • keepyourpower
    December 3, 2016, 5:39 am

    What is that piece of furniture with the blue lights?

    • Natalie
      December 5, 2016, 10:01 am

      It’s desk, I believe. — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Susanne
    December 3, 2016, 7:58 pm

    Given, no, they can help to build as have been over the years-HUD homes… And be put on a payment plan… But the over-all costs of the TH must be kept low.

  • Sarah
    December 20, 2016, 12:59 pm

    I love all this wood, it’s very rich looking; but I would use a few pops of colors like red, yellow, to brighten it up. JMO.

    • Natalie
      December 21, 2016, 9:48 am

      Good thoughts! – Tiny House Talk Team

  • Sandi B
    January 16, 2017, 4:28 am

    A quick note to Zachary — the article states that the inside is also made from reclaimed oak, so both inside and outside are reclaimed wood, unless I am misunderstanding what you said. The first thing that came to mind to me was that this was a bachelor pad — and that was sort of confirmed with the built in liquor dispenser that was mentioned — certainly not really a family rental. I like the modern amenities and all, but as many have said there just too much wood — sort of like living in a whiskey barrel! The use of some judicial sanding and painting would have helped out the dark all wood look. To me this would be a depressing place to stay, much too dark with no relief from it anywhere. I will say this is way better than the commercial post with the KOI fish pond, but it surprises me that a architect would not have done a better job on the interior decor. But the floor plan and all basically works. I think he was carried away with the “toys”.

    • Natalie
      January 17, 2017, 11:37 am

      I’m a married girly-girl, and I really loved the dark interior 🙂 haha

    January 18, 2017, 5:47 pm

    N-I-C-E and rustic!

  • Rob
    April 15, 2017, 11:04 pm

    My wife and I stayed here a few weeks ago for 2 nights based on having seen it here. Booked through AirBNB.
    It’s very nice except for getting back down the ladder from the loft was really difficult. You can’t see it at all and basically have to feel for the step. The woodwork looks better in the photos than in real life, but it’s still very nice.
    The loft is good for the person on the left as they have a skylight above them for an extra foot of headroom. The other person (me) hit their elbow on the ceiling when rolling over. The skylights don’t have shades, so you are awoken by the sun in the loft. Tipsy is in the backyard and the alley street light shines right through the other skylight onto the couch – it’s really bright at night to the point that anyone sleeping on the couch is like leaving the lights on.
    Overall it was a good experience because trying them out is how you figure out what you like and don’t like.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      April 17, 2017, 7:32 am

      Thanks for sharing, Rob! Great to hear from you 🙂

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