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Woman Designs/Builds her own Pocket Mansion Tiny House

This is one woman’s pocket mansion tiny house that she designed and built herself.

From the outside, you’ll notice a gable roof with back dormers for the loft, cedar shingles, and bright purple trim.

When you go inside, you’ll find an open floor-plan with an l-shaped couch that turns into a dinette, a loft bedroom with stairs, a kitchen with a copper sink, and a full bath. Watch the video below for more details or rent it on Airbnb.

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Natalie McKee is a contributing writer for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She is a coffee-loving wannabe homesteader who dreams of becoming self-sufficient in her own tiny home someday. Natalie currently resides in a tiny apartment with her husband, Casey, in Scotland.




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  • Christa March 21, 2016, 11:32 am

    Very nice. As a side note, I’d be very interested in knowing the percentage of tiny homeowners that actually live in them full time. I think the numbers are quite small :(

    • Sandra March 21, 2016, 12:38 pm

      I agree. You could live in them full time if you lived in a very temperate climate with plenty of outdoor time. A 20-28 ft unit could be okay in some instances. Mine is 8.5. X 16 and I’d go stir crazy if I lived in it year round (my summer cabin). It would take a special type of family to live in those close quarters.

      • Carhy March 22, 2016, 12:33 am

        My current home is 18 x 8 and I have lived full time in a tiny home since 2008. I live alone – I now have one cat – I started with a standard poodle and 2 cats. I do live in a mild-ish climate (the Pacific Northwest). Can’t say I’ve ever felt stir crazy, but this lifestyle is not for everyone. I don’t know that I will live in a tiny house for the rest of my life – maybe something a bit bigger in a few years – 200-300 square feet. I like keeping things simple. I couldn’t imagine living in my house with another person!

    • Tracie June 21, 2016, 7:39 pm

      Well, I can only speak for ourselves but we do! There is myself, my husband, our six year old daughter and our German Shepherd full time in our converted bus, with my stepdaughter over every fortnight. We’ve been in it full time for four months now and we don’t think we’d go back to a full sized, four bedroom house like the one we moved out from. It takes a bit of getting used to, but we love it.

  • Linton Tomlin March 21, 2016, 11:33 am

    I’ve seen this one before and I absolutely love it. The attention to detail in storage and utility is amazing. That little fireplace is adorable, what kind is it? Love the staircase, banister and all the copper. So many versatile features. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Marcy March 21, 2016, 11:34 am

    Oh, so very nice. Attractive and nice use of space.

  • Samuel Rodela March 21, 2016, 12:09 pm

    How high is it? Hardly anybody ever mentions the height. Most of them appear to be higher than 13.6 ft., which is the limit.

    • Paula March 28, 2016, 10:28 am

      The video said it was just under the limit, so she could move it if she wants, but this was built on site.

  • Tala March 21, 2016, 12:14 pm

    Nicely done! Love those stairs too!

  • gale March 21, 2016, 12:35 pm

    Although I’m not a loft person…this is awesome!

  • Marsha Cowan March 21, 2016, 1:14 pm

    Absolutely beautiful. Everything in it is cleverly done, and I love the kitchen, especially the copper sink. The decorating is superb and even books are well accommodated. The bedroom loft space is very roomy and well organized. Great job!

  • Cecille March 21, 2016, 2:03 pm

    Very impressive.

  • Tari March 21, 2016, 2:30 pm

    This is awesome. I do have a question about the loft edge. From the pic it looks like somewhat of a low wall or counter that’s open in the underneath for storage. Do you think that could be extended and made taller to act as a narrow or slim desk or even a vanity? Add a small chair or stool that slides under and out of the way? Do you think there’d be enough headroom? Thanks!

  • Theo March 21, 2016, 3:00 pm

    Overall, I like it. Woodwork looks nicely done. I’d kill the sleep loft tho, and use it for storage or office space. At least there is a bannister on the stairs, altho I wouldn’t put a huge amount of faith in it. And the purple trim would definitely have to go, otherwise it’s pretty nice.

  • Patriz March 21, 2016, 3:39 pm

    I really don’t see this girl swinging her own hammer to “build it herself.”
    It is nice, though, whoever built it.

    • Paula March 28, 2016, 10:31 am

      That’s a rather sexist assumption, don’t you think? Watch the video and you’ll see that she is now in business designing tiny homes for other people.

    • Rev October 11, 2016, 5:36 pm

      Patriz,

      I was married to (almost) Hannah’s (almost) twin sister in Vermont. One January, with my two eyes, I watched her skin a bear at twenty below freezing.

      I had the heater going in the outhouse, and by the time I was done with the paperwork, she had its giblets in a Mason jar ready for canning.

      Was it truly a miracle? Was it skill guided by determination?

  • Gabrielle Charest March 21, 2016, 4:27 pm

    I love all the books, the staircase, the copper sink. The owner has made this house a home. Lovely!

  • Andy March 21, 2016, 4:32 pm

    Very nicely built and great woodwork..I think the inser porch is wated space when you could just make a flip out porch and awning. The gabled roof design makes for low head room..solution..slant and offset two roofs from the ends.

    • Megan October 12, 2016, 1:06 pm

      Andy, I was just thinking the same thing. Love everything about this tiny home EXCEPT that inset porch!! So many TH’s have this, and it seems such a waste of space, very limiting to what you can do with your living area.

  • Valerie March 21, 2016, 5:05 pm

    Very very nice. Love the stairs. Storage and spaces I could live in this. I would like the plan too.

  • Janice Smith March 21, 2016, 5:29 pm

    You stated you are now building tiny houses. How much would this one with very similar fixtures, finishes, etc. cost to build? I plan to be moving to Texas in 3 years when my daughter and her husband finally ‘land’ after being in the military for 25+ years and we buy a piece of property together with me in something like this in the back yard. This is beautifully done!!!

  • Connie Ringer March 21, 2016, 6:07 pm

    Love this, how much did it cost?

  • Bigfoot March 21, 2016, 8:29 pm

    This is one of the most all around complete builds I’ve seen to date. Very nice & feels like a home. She has really given a tremendous amount of thought & consideration to everyday living needs. If you haven’t watched the video, I’d recommend doing so as she really covers most all the features. Great Job! I’d be interested in what she comes up with for a non loft version.

  • jake March 21, 2016, 8:31 pm

    What a wonderful, eclectically appointed, well thought out house designed and built by a wonderfully effusive person — and yes she does look like she can wield a hammer, and a few other tools to boot.

    This is just really nice, from the wall of adult and baby windows, to the water pitcher for chasing the pee, a bathtub shaped soap holder, a fold-up counter extender/breakfast table/desk, LED strip lighting every where and under the open stairs, to the candle/sterno fireplace, pedestal-mounted tall refrigerator, USB and standard electrical outlets, hidden snack rack, Chronicles of Narnia water closet closet. and copper throughout. This lady and her house are a treasure.

  • Julie March 21, 2016, 11:44 pm

    It is nicely done, though I would be really curious to know how she uses the phonograph when it’s up above the entrance door? Seems like a strange spot for one to me…but then I am under 5’2″… Haha!

  • Carol Perry March 22, 2016, 10:30 am

    Hannah, Hats off to you! Your AirBnB is gorgeous!! I love all of your attention to detail! You are so creative! I enjoyed taking the tour of your place. I love your kitchen and all of your storage areas. You have a place for everything and everything is in it’s place. Awesome pantry unit that you have beside your refrigerator. What a great idea to have a laundry shoot! I love all the copper that you used throughout your AirBnB. I have the same copper measuring cups, and I made a couple of those ceramic cup cakes. I love your loft with the closet and all of the storage areas for your books. Great idea, to have couch, turn into a table and you can use it for an extra bed for your guests. It just amazes me with all the storage you have in your place. I bet your guests. Never want to leave!! Thank you for sharing it’s just beautiful! I will keep you in mind for when I’m ready to have one build.

  • jc March 22, 2016, 11:28 am

    Repost. But I still love the design.

  • Mike March 22, 2016, 10:22 pm

    Cozy and full of light. I’m not a fan of something too homespun, but this is done really well. The sterno fireplace is clever although I’m hoping there’s adequate ventilation for the space.

    An alternative might be some glass fire rocks mounded over a string of LED christmas lights on flicker setting. Not much heat but no fumes. And you could lay a couple of small half-burnt birch logs on top to complete the illusion with no risk of fire….

  • Sarah March 23, 2016, 12:33 am

    Lovely and cozy! Finally another bibliophile who proves tiny doesn’t mean having one or two books on decorative shelves.

  • Gabriella October 11, 2016, 3:53 pm

    Very confortable and fully furnished with taste. It is a nice alcove for intellectuals.

  • Large Marge October 11, 2016, 5:53 pm

    Hey Hannah,

    a) We appreciate a nice library with an attached kitchen and WC and couple snuggle spots.

    What’s that disclaimer book club recruiters neglect to mention until AFTER you join the book club? Something about “You can join the book club, but nobody ever leaves the book club”.

    Darlin’, sign us up!

    b) We see similar hand-hammered copper sinks at the Saturday mercado in Baja. We like your 2m/7′ of kitchen counter. Because, sooner or later, every reader needs to eat.

  • David Remus October 12, 2016, 1:37 pm

    3 really good ideas Hannah has included in this design that all too often are missing. A fume hood to keep from coating everything overhead with greasy fumes from cooking and bring fresh air inside, lots of usable storage in the overhead spaces with shelves and hangers, and a hand rail on the stairs.

    Beautiful design, well done.

    Oh, the fourth good thing is to live in Seattle.

    • Natalie Natalie October 14, 2016, 6:36 am

      I agree :) Those are all great ideas! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • ROSEE October 13, 2016, 7:36 pm

    Lovely and very feminine!

  • ZACHARY E MOHRMANN October 13, 2016, 10:57 pm

    It’s beautiful…! But remember it is just a tiny house like all others, with may be the exception of a few details… Everybody looks first at all the eye candy, the things in which makes it a home the personal touch of your belongings… Once you strip that all away it is a tiny house like most others of this type…! But she has done a remarkable job of making it look like a home, but I believe she said it was for rent through air b&b I believe… So it is now like one of those theam park rentals, staged to look like something it really isn’t…!

    • Natalie Natalie October 14, 2016, 6:37 am

      I think it’s staged to look like her own wonderful tiny house! It has tons of character :) — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Brenda October 16, 2016, 12:51 pm

    I love how you have your set up of your tiny house. It is so cute and workable. Every space is used.

  • Melissa October 16, 2016, 1:01 pm

    So many great ideas! This gal really thought out her space well. I live it♡

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