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Family’s weekend cabin has two bedrooms – and a steam sauna!

Viva Collectiv isn’t a tiny house company per se – they do lots of other stuff too – but principal and lead designer Brian Crabb has nevertheless created over two dozen bespoke tinys over the past couple of years, including the mobile music studio Rocker and Deion Sanders’s Prime Time. This one, the Spa, which featured on Tiny House Nation the other month, is a weekend cabin for a family with a couple of kids. Since they’re not living in it full-time, and when they are they’re mostly outside enjoying the 20-acre property it’s parked on, there was no need for a lot of storage or a big living area. Instead, the Spa is packed with just the sort of creature comforts you’d appreciate most after a long day of outdoor fun. The family is able to prepare home-cooked meals in the full kitchen, luxuriate in a steamy sauna bathroom, and drift off to dreamland in two cozy sleeping lofts.

A small fold-out deck serves as an outdoor dining table in good weather.

Not as many cabinets as you’d want in a primary residence, but all the appliances and space you need for cooking.

The kids’ bedroom above the kitchen contains two twin beds.

The bathroom and master loft bedroom are on the other side of the couch.

First and foremost, it’s a family-size bathroom.

But it’s also a steam sauna complete with authentic wooden seating!

h/t Tiny House Talk

Jul 22, 2017 / by / in
Traveler XL Limited is large & loaded with options

ESCAPE Homes started off with a 400-square-foot park model, then moved into THOW territory with their now-classic Traveler. They got even tinier with the 20-foot Sport and Vista, then got in front of the recent trend for larger THOWs with the Traveler XL. Right now they’re working on a limited edition of the XL that can be loaded with options and will start from $78,500. There aren’t many photos available yet, but you can get the full tour on the video below.

The Limited is two feet longer than the XL and has two more big windows.

There are full-size appliances in the kitchen and a five-foot tub in the bathroom.

The couch, positioned across from a pop-up TV, folds down into a guest bed.

The master bedroom holds a queen bed with a headboard and enough room to walk around it; the 9½-foot sleeping loft above it can fit two twin beds.

h/t Tiny House Talk

Jul 20, 2017 / by / in
Rusty Galbreath’s premier tiny house

There are a couple of mysteries to this wonderfully woody THOW currently for sale in northwest Washington State. One is how they fit a two-seater sauna into a 175-square-foot house without crowding things. The other is who “they” are. Credit for the build goes to a group of carpenters headed by Rusty Galbreath (who handled the trim work himself), but they’re not holding themselves out as an official tiny house company – yet, at least. Hopefully they’re testing the waters for a more sustained venture; having seen how good this place looks, and how little they’re charging for it (a mere $49,500), we’d really like to see more from these guys!

Shutters protect the front bump-out windows on the road; when parked, they convert to tables. The rear bump-out holds a utility closet.

The built-in settee is surrounded by lots of wood and lots of windows. (If you’re counting, there are 13 of them; if you’re superstitious, um, we meant 14!)

The sturdy storage staircase holds the pantry and the kitchen appliances.

The bathroom is big: Besides the FAR 2 person sauna, there’s a shower stall, an RV-style toilet, a vanity sink, and even some closet space.

Fully carpeted in wool, the peaked loft holds a queen bed under two large skylights.

And yes, it really is just 20 feet long!

h/t Curbed

Jul 19, 2017 / by / in
Space Coast Tiny House

This colorful and totally DIY Florida tiny is called the Space Coast Tiny House. Its owner/builders, Rob and Erin Hayward, started the build with no construction experience and moved in before they finished it – and somehow everything still turned out great. How, exactly? Well, the pair both have PhDs in nuclear engineering, and as they say, they know how to do their research! Still, it’s a surprisingly lovely-looking home for a couple of eggheads, you might say, and maybe you’d be right: It turns out that Erin also has an art degree and her own boutique printmaking studio, Proton Paperie & Press. Rob and Erin and their dog (also called Proton) have been living in the Space Coast Tiny House since March of 2016, keeping it parked on a rented lot in Cocoa, Florida. They have a blog where you can get a good look at the construction process; for more current news – and to find out what happened when a sheriff’s deputy pulled up in front of their door – head to their Facebook page.

Simultaneously finishing and living in the house did make things messy for a while, but the cat doesn’t seem to mind!

The creative finish work made the Space Coast Tiny House into a truly gorgeous home.

The bathroom is outstanding: sink, toilet, and a shower stall of aluminum, tile and pebbles.

Jul 18, 2017 / by / in
Tiny Firehouse Station No. 9

After spending five years in their 300-square-foot Beloved Cabin and founding the United Tiny House Association along the way, John and Fin Kernohan still had one tiny house box to check off: a THOW. Here it is, and it’s as unique as its owners. The couple built Tiny Firehouse Station No. 9 in just five weeks (with help from Free Range Tiny Homes). It’s apparently the first firehouse-themed tiny house ever, and as good as it looks the style isn’t just skin-deep. Putnam County (Georgia) Fire Rescue Chief Shane E. Hill was a consultant on the build, and John and Fin are now on tour in the THOW doing fire safety education and fundraising.

Tiny Firehouse Station No. 9 has several fire safety features other tiny house owners would do well to consider – three escape routes, a smoke/carbon monoxide detector, a readily accessible fire extinguisher – and it’s decorated with memorabilia like hoses, helmets and parts from a scrapped fire truck. It’s every bit as livable as a real fire station, too, with a kitchenette, bathroom, sleeping loft, and, of course, a vintage brass fire pole. (As Fin says the last item makes for super-quick nighttime bathroom trips, that might be something else to consider for your own THOW!)

Look for Tiny Firehouse Station No. 9 on the August 24 edition of Living Big in a Tiny House.

The fire hydrant on front actually works – it’s adjacent to the bathroom and connected to the plumbing.

A fire escape ladder leads down from the balcony, which is accessible from the loft.

Large French doors, windows, skylights and an open-plan interior make Station No. 9 a pleasantly airy place.

h/t Today

Jul 13, 2017 / by / in
Solar-powered Sprinter conversion sleeps four

This Sprinter conversion catches the eye with a simple but appealing earth-toned interior, and it has a lot more going for it too! It sleeps four (two in a queen size Tuft and Needle bed). It has a thermostat-regulated heater and enough insulation that the owner has spent −40° winters inside. Roof-mounted photovoltaic panels feed three 165 amp hour deep-cycle batteries, LED lights and a stainless steel fridge. Kitchen facilities include a sink with running water and a propane stove. The van, a 2008 model with 150,000 miles on it, is currently for sale in LA at $64,999.

Parallel parking – try that with a THOW! (No, on second thought, don’t.)

Walnut cabinets, a hammered metal sink, and natural fiber curtains in the kitchen.

A hammock chair provides space-saving seating.

The ‘bedroom’ is graced with a custom copper ceiling and LED mood lighting.

Jul 8, 2017 / by / in
Neil & Tonya’s Tiny House On The Road

“We found building our own tiny home allows for customization in the design that better fit our needs and lifestyle.” – Neil and Tonya Bennett

And how! When we ran across this 33-foot steel-frame gooseneck THOW built by owners Neil and Tonya Bennett (blogging as Tiny House On The Road), we were struck by how completely they threw out the rulebook. It’s a tall place, and rather than using that height for headroom, the Bennets built a platform in back. On top of it are the kitchen and bathroom; underneath it is what must be a literal ton of storage space. It matches the height of the gooseneck section in front (where the bedroom is located), so the only full-height section is the entryway in the middle, which looks like it could also be the house’s sitting area. The Bennets need a lot of long-term storage space because they move frequently for Tonya’s job as a traveling physical therapist, so the design obviously works for them. While it might not be universally popular – tiny homeowners do tend to love high ceilings! – it seems like a great idea for anyone with similar requirements. We wouldn’t be surprised to see a few commercial builders picking up on this idea in the near future.

The house is off grid, solar powered, drought resistant, and net zero energy. No wonder Tonya is proud!

We’re guessing around 300 cubic feet of storage under there? Wow!

Neil takes a break from installing the kitchen cabinets.

The kitchen isn’t huge, but it does hold a full-size refrigerator – and a woodstove.

Bathroom wall, coming right up!

And a simple but spacious bathroom at the end.

h/t Tiny House Talk

Jul 7, 2017 / by / in
Handcrafted Movement’s Pacific Pioneer

About a year ago, we titled our article on a Handcrafted Movement’s first build Handcrafted Movement saves the best for first. Yes, we loved it so much we honestly couldn’t see how Matt Impola’s Portland-area company was ever going to top it. OK, we were wrong, because they just keep getting better. They’ve just finished work on a new model called the Pacific Pioneer, and it’s simply amazing. At 28 feet it’s a sizable (though hardly gigantic) THOW, but for the space and features inside you could easily mistake it for a park model with another ten feet of length. Look through the photos. Just when you think you’ve seen everything there is to see in this $77,000 house, you’ll find something else new and wonderful.

The understated exterior displays cedar-accented board & batten siding atop a triple axle PAD Trailer.

Living room, kitchen, and a loft over the bathroom. Standard issue layout?

Not quite. There’s a first-floor bedroom on the other end!

Louver doors keep it private, and there’s another ladder-accessible loft above it.

The Samsung TV on top of the electric fireplace swivels in any direction – you can even watch it in bed!

The bed has space to walk around it and storage underneath it.

A long walnut butcher block kitchen counter ends in a full-size oven.

The built-in dining table. Notice how they fit a small clothes closet behind the refrigerator!

The bathroom: elegant circular mirror, vanity sink, shelves…

…flush toilet…

…36×34 shower…

…and even a place for the washer/dryer, complete with water, drainage and electrical hookups ready to go!

Two big lofts would normally count as a lot of sleeping space. Just don’t forget there’s another bedroom below!

h/t Tiny House Talk

Jul 6, 2017 / by / in
Wood Iron’s North Sister

The North Sister is an interesting first build that really lives up to the name of its builder, Wood Iron Tiny Homes. And goes beyond, in fact – there’s plenty of wood and stone, but there’s also quite a lot of metal and glass worked into the design. Add it all together and you have a fairly unique category-defying style that blends elements of the rustic, the modern and the industrial into a visually interesting and seemingly well executed tiny house on wheels. It’s for sale, too: You can get in touch with Wood Iron through their website to get more details or set up a viewing appointment. They’re located in central Oregon, near Bend.

A 50-square-foot cedar porch under a fold-out awning leads to Douglas Fir French doors.

Yes, this is the same house – and yes, it has a rear entrance with its own fold-down steps.

A view of the central kitchen/dining area and what looks like a very sizable sleeping loft.

The open living room makes a well-balanced compromise between privacy and natural light.

The kitchen features a tile backsplash, granite countertops and Italian stainless steel appliances.

A warm copper and wood shower stall highlight the bathroom. The toilet is a water-saving flush unit.

h/t Tiny House Talk

Jul 6, 2017 / by / in
This 80sf Handcrafted “Spyu7” Micro Home

The first build from Esk’et Tiny House (eventually christened the Sqlelten) remains one of the most uniquely beautiful tiny houses we’ve seen. We were thrilled when we learned that it was available for summer rentals, and we were just as excited to learn now that Robert Johnson has finally come out with a new model. It’s a camping cabin called the Spyu7, which means ‘bird’ in the language of the Esk’etemc First Nation to which Robert belongs.

Now, with an 8×10 footprint, the Spyu7 is giving up 200 square feet of area to the Sqlelten, so it’s perfectly understandable that it hasn’t got that house’s very open feeling interior. But there’s so much else it hasn’t got either: The intriguing roofline. The lovely shou sugi ban siding. The slick spiral ladder. A kitchen. A bathroom.

This build retains many of Robert’s beautiful hand-carved embellishments, and there is a nice looking 40-square-foot natural wood porch with a distinctive hemi-octagonal roof.

Off-grid functional pluses include solar power for the lights and refrigerator, as well as a gravity fed water supply. Spray foam insulation supposedly makes the Spyu7 suitable for winter use, but the woodstove will be an added-cost option.

h/t Tiny House Town

Jul 2, 2017 / by / in