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Yestermorrow Students Design/Build Tiny House for Client

This one of a kind tiny house was built by Yestermorrow Design/Build School students in Vermont.

It was built during the Fall/Winter 2013 Semester and I think you’ll really enjoy it.

This tiny cabin is unique for many reasons. For one, it’s not permanently attached to a trailer so it’s built wider than most tiny homes.

It also has a wedged-in front door and an oversized back door. You just have to see it to understand (below). Please enjoy and re-share.

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The Bennington Tiny House by Yestermorrow Students


Images © Yestermorrow Semester 13

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Images © Yestermorrow Semester 13


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  • December 23, 2014, 11:35 am

    I really like it. I’d love a copy of the blueprints…

  • Sally
    December 23, 2014, 2:08 pm

    Very nicely done, and great space for people who like to cook. I don’t, but would have no problem using that counter/cabinet space for sewing and crafts, which is always an issue in small homes. I’m seeing more of the shed roof style, too, in these designs which helps with the claustro issue (Cahow, you are not alone). Great job, young folks, you made this old gal have hope for the future. Happy holidays.

  • Bruce
    December 23, 2014, 2:15 pm

    I had that idea for the double door to a deck… I hope more of ideas are not stolen through their mind control (looking for my tin foil hat)

  • Bruce
    December 23, 2014, 2:16 pm

    MY ideas typo (must proof read more)

  • Elle
    December 23, 2014, 3:04 pm

    What she said (Sally). Except I do love to cook. Love this little house and the angled front door and surrounding decor is not only creative and beautiful but adds a titch more privacy when coming and going. Two thumbs up!!

  • Cahow
    December 23, 2014, 3:35 pm

    “SHOUT OUT!!!”, to Sally! Merry Christmas, friend!!! 😀

    And “YES!” to opening up a tiny home to FREE, say it with me: “FREE!” solar energy with large and plentiful windows. And for those of us Claustrophobiac’s <made up word, we NEED to feel free, unfettered and not caged in.

    Now, hear me O' Students of Yestermorrow Semester 2013: YOU are ALL Bloody Brilliant and you need to take a bow for what you created! It instills happiness and confidence within me that both Male & Female students are majoring in something USEFUL instead of some silly nonsense that forces you to work a minimum wage job, like 18th Century French Lit! LOL

    There are SO many positive and creative applications to chat about…where to start? (how I wish this site had B-I-and U features so we didn't need to hit CAPITAL letters all the time…)

    1) The multi-coloured trim around the 'wedged-in' door is stunning! I suspect that each 'strip' represents each student; my fave is the Longitude and Latitude strips. (I like numbers, what can I say?)

    2) Wedged-In door. LOVE IT!!!

    3) Turquoise! Or, Teal! Or Robin's Egg Blue! Whichever colour you want to call it, I am mad for that crazy *pop* of colour used throughout the tiny house! Tres chic and magnifique.

    4) That over-sized back door with a door…brilliant to the extreme! Can't find out WHY they did it but I need/want to use that application in some of my build outs that I do. Thanks, Gang, for the ingenious idea! Fabulous for bringing in appliances, grand pianos and pool tables.

    5) A kitchen to DIE FOR! I relax by cooking and baking my arse off; if I'm not working on construction, I'm baking. Thank You from someone who eats more than spouts and an apple! LOL

    6) Flush toilet. Yeah! Skillion roof. Yeah! Crazy weird wedges used as design elements. Double Yeah! And as Sally already noted: WINDOWS, WINDOWS, SKYLIGHTS, AND MORE WINDOWS!!!! Can't have enough of them: Chicago just broke an all time record going back to 1893 for the MOST days WITHOUT AVAILABLE SUNSHINE….EVER! 15 straight days of Oregon Gloom…ugh. We must have windows Up North or we'll pitch ourselves off the closest skillion roof we can find. LOL

    7) I love how the entry-way is a Triple Threat: entry, hallway and access to all 3 rooms. Splendid.

    8) And lastly, "This Building Was Made With <3". Awwwww, I want to give each student and the instructor a hug. (((Hug)))

    Hand's Down, the absolute BEST student design that Alex has ever featured. Thanks, Alex. This is one crackin' good Christmas Present to your admirers. 😀

  • Joyce
    December 23, 2014, 4:14 pm

    The dimensions are not listed on the floor plan even though this house appears at least 10 feet wide. I also like the layout. First thought when you mention the ‘double door’ was ‘probably for the handicap’. The design is simple and easy access for wheelchairs. Regular folks may come through the smaller doors as needed.
    The image of the bathroom shows a wood floor but no drain visible. A non-skid floor that is water repellant and allows for proper drainage is a must with the open shower design. Don’t forget grab bars if a handicapped person is using this space.
    The floor plan shows a wedge area in the front window corner of the bedroom. Is this a step up area, bench or storage?
    Great job students! I would like one of these for myself.

  • Daniel perry
    December 23, 2014, 4:44 pm

    Hey my young friends a splendid tinyhouse. I just have a question about the bathroom, I’m a little puzzled I noticed that it looked as though the toilet and shower seems to be one open area and the floor look’s like knotted pine which is beautiful. Is there a class sliding door between the shower and toilet I couldn’t tell. Anyway all in all the home looks to have plenty of room. Thanks for sharing, your friend Daniel, from Franklin, Ohio.

  • Mark
    December 23, 2014, 7:36 pm

    I want to buy a set of blueprints/plans. Please let me know if they are going to become available.
    I want to build this house as our retirement home in 10 years.
    Love the layout and the big door .

    Mark Frost.

  • Gokhan
    December 24, 2014, 10:07 am

    Great job!
    l am licensed contractor in NYC. l am planing to build my tiny house soon

  • Susie M
    December 24, 2014, 12:06 pm

    Awesome things come out of Vermont – Yestermorrow design – syrup – ice cream and common sense. Gotta love it – The large/small door is just brilliant! reminiscent of the barn doors that give human access for every day – but open up for ‘big stuff’ – I don’t know about any of you – but I’ve tried delivering furniture through old narrow doorways and funky angles – all too often it just doesn’t work – despite the customer’s measurements and assurances – and you just end up taking it back to the store… Looking at these plans – I can see getting a queen size mattress and box spring in there no problem – go in through the ‘big door’ stand it length-wise around the tight spots – and “bob’s your uncle” into the bedroom – bloody brilliant – ‘cos there’s no way you’d ever finagle one through the funky angle door! It’s also a great idea for opening up onto a deck in the summer when you want to extend the house to a screened in deck porch – but close it off again in the winter to keep the heat in – or at night for security. Awesome use of space – love the roof for collecting rainwater – the wet room/bathroom idea is finally catching on over here – looks like lots of showering options – but what are the lever switches on the wall to the left just above the toilet for? heavy duty water proof light and fan switches?

    Love that there is a decent sized fridge – but left the cooking options open – personally, I’m finding I can cook just as well with less and less ‘stuff’ and that includes the stove top and oven! I’m down to one burner most of the time – on rare occasions 2 – and a halogen oven for the rest – very close to getting rid of the microwave too – it kills everything good about your food – I only use it to reheat my tea or coffee lately. Yeah – big time kudos! I could easily manage with this amount of house and have room to spare!

  • Ruth
    December 24, 2014, 8:30 pm

    I just read through the semester blog. Thank you for making that available to us riff raff! I’m amazed at all the little tricks that have been incorporated in this build. I’ve only seen a hobbit door concept used once before and not in this manner. It makes so much sense though. I wish there were pictures of the storage floor. Having the plumbing concentrated on one inside wall is great, especially in Vermont where running pipes in outside walls or down below can become so inconvenient when the temps go subzero. In every way this is such a well thought out build… Oh, the handle on the circus wall… for a minute I thought it might be a hook and it occurred to me that would be a great way to set down grocery bags while opening the door. May have to try it. Thank you for sharing all this!

  • CathyAnn
    December 24, 2014, 11:03 pm

    I love everything about this house. Ahhhh, the simplicity of it. It looks like it would be fairly easy to build if you can work with angles. lol!

    I’d like to get the plans too.

  • March 10, 2017, 1:43 pm

    Amazing!!!! Although I love my THOW that I built myself, this one definitely causes House Envy! These Students did an amazing job!!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      March 13, 2017, 10:28 am

      Haha hard not to have it! Especially when there are always new clever ideas coming out!

  • Carolyn Vick
    March 10, 2017, 2:14 pm

    Oh, Oh, Oh! Please…?

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