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Two-Story Tiny House on Wheels That Expands Up!

This is a very unique two-story tiny house on wheels built by Tiny Houses NYC with an electric lift for the second floor. This means you can actually stand up in what’s normally referred to as the loft area. With a design like this, your loft becomes a legitimate second level.

As one of the tallest two-story tiny home on wheels, it stands at 17′ ft high when elevated and 12.5′ ft when lowered.

What do you think about this tiny house design with a second-floor lift like this? Pretty interesting, isn’t it?

Two-Story THOW With Electric Lift So You Can Stand While In The Second Floor

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Video: Two Story Tiny House on Wheels That Expands to 17ft High Built by Tiny Homes NYC

Video: Interior Tour (Part 2)

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  • John Thompson
    September 14, 2018, 3:36 pm

    This is EXACTLY what has been needed in the THOW arena. I didn’t check the price; betting that it’s hugely expensive per square foot.

  • Lisa
    September 14, 2018, 3:45 pm

    At last!!! I knew somebody would get it done.

    • James D.
      September 15, 2018, 3:59 am

      Actually, not new… Other builders have done slide ups. Most just don’t make it a selling point because it’s expensive and adds to the maintenance requirements of the house and thus only done for those who specifically request it and have the budget to cover it.

      However, this is the second THOW company to make it a selling point… The first was Pop-Top Tiny Homes, LLC (Atlanta, GA). Though, I prefer this NYC company’s design as it provides a bit more room on the second level and should require less long term maintenance… But on the other hand the one in Georgia seems to have better build quality and actually charges less than the NYC one but I’ll reserve final judgement until after I see the interior…

      Anyway, there have been other companies making slide up structures that can be delivered to a site like a container as another alternative but aren’t intended to be moved very often like THOWs can be…

      People have also improvised similar solutions on DIY THOWs…

      • September 18, 2020, 12:58 am

        Here is a video walkthrough of the last 272 square-foot vertically expanding tiny home that Pop-Top Tiny Homes, LLC delivered. It is not completed in the video, but you will get the idea. All of our vertically expanding tiny homes offer 7′-0″ ceiling heights on both floors. https://photos.app.goo.gl/6UFqKuFo3PSMfqMP6

  • Trish
    September 14, 2018, 4:00 pm

    Yup it’s expensive, $125,000 starting price

  • RustyFarkel
    September 14, 2018, 4:29 pm

    I’m glad to see someone has some sense when it comes to Tiny Homes. I had this idea (as prolly a lot of folks did) quite some time ago. I don’t like having to stoop or crawl to get in bed, let alone making it. It’s kinda Plain Jane looking outside, I wonder how it looks inside? I look forward to seeing someone do some exciting exteriors with this expansion system. So, is it cable or hydraulic?

  • Ann
    September 14, 2018, 4:30 pm

    Where’s the inside? I’m not surprised at the price, though. Thanks.

  • Pam
    September 14, 2018, 4:38 pm

    Being able to stand in the loft area is a good idea, without being able to see the inside layout of this unit, I really don’t know if I like it or not or if the price is justified. Sorry.

    • Alex
      September 14, 2018, 4:49 pm

      They will be releasing better photos and video footage of it soon. I’ll keep everyone posted!

  • karen lampson
    September 14, 2018, 4:53 pm

    pictures of the inside please

    • Alex
      September 15, 2018, 1:28 pm

      More photos of the finished interior coming soon when they are released. It’s still under construction 🙂

  • Bob H
    September 14, 2018, 5:38 pm

    Camper technology. Nice someone finally started using it. Nice job.

  • Don Robarge
    September 14, 2018, 8:34 pm

    Looks like my Alaskan Camper project on steroids ;~) Aloha

  • Alison
    September 14, 2018, 8:49 pm

    It could be a good design for a vacation home: when compacted, the doors and windows might be secure from break ins. However, it looks a bit tall for its width. Would it tip over if a gust of wind hit it broadside?

    • James D.
      September 15, 2018, 3:38 am

      Most tiny houses weigh more than a few tons, some get around 7-10 tons with the largest and heaviest built even going up to around 13-15 tons…

      Not exactly something that will be easy to just tip over by a mere wind… More like hurricane force winds but most trailers will have tie down hard points where you can fasten the whole house down and anchor it…

      While it wouldn’t have that high profile while actually moving it… But the nature of lift systems, the fact you can’t store anything that will get in the way of lowering the roof on the second level, etc. Pretty much means it will remain bottom heavy and that makes it much less likely to be easily tipped over…

  • Bob
    September 14, 2018, 10:36 pm

    If they really can do that, then abandon the steps and ladders and install personal elevators for those of us who no longer can deal with ladders and steps. Huge market awaits for empty nesters IF and only IF the designers/builders of small tiny homes begin to understand the necessities of the greatest generation – soon to be nearly 40 million just in the USA. And then there is the rest of the world. Someone will be filthy rich if they do it right.

    • James D.
      September 15, 2018, 2:13 am

      Uh, I’m pretty sure you mean Baby Boomers…

      “The Greatest Generation” (1930-1946) is the generation that grew up during the great depression and fought in WWII…

      The generation after them is called “Baby Boomers” (1946-1964)… and then there’s “Generation X” (1965-1984)… There was a made up “Generation Y” for those who felt they didn’t fit in with Gen X but that was never officially accepted and would have conflicted with the more recent “Millennials” (1982-2004) and the next generation has yet to have a designation attributed to them…

      While someone needs to invent personal lifts that are actually affordable and don’t require regular maintenance to make that practical for most people… Not going to have too many sales if it ends up costing more than what most people would be willing to pay…

      • Bob
        September 15, 2018, 9:28 pm

        I’m part of the Greatest Generation (tail end), so I know my statement is correct. The Baby Boomers is another huge market totaling nearly 60 million people just in the USA.

        Funny thing about marketing people, mostly optimistic though if they fall into the age bracket between 25 and 40, they can be extremely pessimistic and therein lies the problem with innovation. The Millennials fall into that age bracket. Unfortunately, when innovation in this country begins to disintegrate is when the Europeans, Chinese, and others begin to take over where Americans begin to fail.

        Millennials are about greed which has been why innovation is on the downswing right now. They just don’t want to spend the money to figure out a way to make it less costly for anything.

        • James D.
          September 15, 2018, 11:23 pm

          I’d say it’s more about a sense of entitlement than greed… But there’s enough blame to go around as the origin of many of today’s problems goes back to at least the 50’s… State of the world today didn’t happen overnight and it’s going to take more than just money to fix it…

  • Richard H Chapple Sr
    September 15, 2018, 4:57 pm

    This is a concept that has been around since the 1940’s and 50’s with park model trailers. Nothing new. But what is new is up to date thinking and materials. And the new tiny homes for the most part are solid built homes, not tin foil and sticks. I am thankful that there are companies willing to go out on a limb and try their concepts out. Once started then there will follow better arrangements, techniques etc. Tiny house progress has been wonderful.
    Pricing is another thing, there is today quite a range of pricing. Should I decide to buy or have a tiny home built, I am intelligent enough to find people smarter than me to help learn, investigate, to see if a tiny home is priced too high for what it offers or not. There is a lot of competion out there now to build homes that do sell. There seems to be tiny homes priced for any economic level that is required.
    I applaud and cheer these guys on and watch for more exciting improvements etc to follow.

  • Jack Deschaine
    October 7, 2018, 6:00 pm

    No pictures of the interior?! What’s the point? Lame.

    • Alex
      October 8, 2018, 9:57 am

      It’s not finished yet, the point was just to show how it expands up. I’ll post about it again once it’s finished.

    • Alex
      October 9, 2018, 12:27 pm

      Just added interior photo/video

  • Alison
    October 8, 2018, 7:20 pm

    Way too much knotty pine. But clearly the focus was on the concept and the technology, not the interior design. It has potential. Seems like they could benefit from a railing around that catwalk. Maybe they could create something with ropes that collapses when the top section is brought down.

    • James D.
      October 8, 2018, 8:11 pm

      It’s not finished, they were just showing the interior to show how much space there is and how the slide up work but they still have a way to go before the interior is finished.

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