The Independent Series 4800 is a flawlessly designed, nicely priced 124-square-foot THOW with one major drawback: it’s only available in Australia, so we’re not going to be able to get our hands on one anytime soon. It’s made by Designer Eco Homes, which has been in business since 2010 but has only been doing tiny houses for the last couple of years. Inspired by the American tiny house movement, they now have a range of trailer-based homes in sizes up to 500 square feet. The 4800 is one of their smaller models, and they recommend it as a guesthouse, but it still has all the necessities for simple living. Base price is $49,650, which sounds reasonable at first – and then pretty darn good indeed when you realize that’s less than 38K US!
The exterior is an attractive mix of western red cedar and corrugated sheet metal, and as you can see from the roof panel, the house has auxiliary solar power.
The built-in coffee table doubles as a dining table in the spacious living room section.
A gorgeous hardwood ladder leads to the sleeping loft.
Even with some fairly large cabinets opposite, the kitchen is far from cramped.
The overhead cabinets have been reduced to drawer size, a nice idea that provides a little extra storage without taking up too much space.
Like the vanity sink it contains, the bathroom is wide and narrow, with a dual flush toilet and a small glass door shower stall on opposite ends.
A peaked roof and skylight give the bedroom a pleasantly open feel. It holds a king bed.
East Tennessee builder Incredible Tiny Homes started out a couple of years ago with some small, simple, and amazingly inexpensive houses, like the 128-square-foot Little Joppa and the $20,000 American Freedom. Since then they’ve expanded their repertoire to include larger, correspondingly pricier builds such as this French Quarter model, which is 28 feet long and costs $49,900 base / $55,000 as shown. Judging from these photos, they’re still doing great work on a larger canvas (and they still do tiny and cheap – their current quote for a 16-foot THOW is just $25,000).
Lots of room (and lots of windows) in the living room!
The other side of the house holds everything else.
The solid, safe-looking staircase that leads up to the loft merges into an impressively large set of cabinets.
The kitchen really is complete, with a full-size oven and range, a microwave, and even a dishwasher.
Of course there’s also a full-size fridge & freezer unit – and a full-size washer/dryer next to it.
The bathroom features a flush toilet and a vanity sink across from a small shower stall.
French tiny house company Baluchon has a new custom build out, the Calypso. From the outside the 22-foot THOW looks conventional but classy, with a black metal roof and shou sugi ban / yakisugi accent wall setting of the red cedar siding. Inside, it’s almost amazing what they’ve managed to fit into a house this size.
An exceptionally functional dining area spreads across the rear of the house; the three seats are for the buyers and their six-year-old daughter. The kitchen area has relatively little storage space, but plenty of cooking space.
The ‘living room’ consists of a narrow storage couch almost directly across from a wall, but at least there’s a place to sit down and watch TV – and there’s a good reason why the wall’s so close.
Yes, the wall’s covering part of the bathroom, and that’s necessary because there’s another separate room to the front of the Calypso.
It’s a private bedroom (and, with a desk, study room) for the daughter.
The bathroom misses out on a sink, but gets an ofuro tub by way of compensation. There’s also a composting toilet – and space to turn around.
The parents will sleep in the loft, which has an interesting angular ceiling and a couple of windows to let in the light.
If you saw their excellent (and expensive) Urban Craftsman, you’ll have no trouble recognizing the Tiny Getaway as another Handcrafted Movement build. The details may be different, but from the façade to the floor plan this is very close to a carbon copy. The Tiny Getaway is a 26-footer just like the Urban Craftsman, and there’s still an entryway living room under a storage loft beside a picture window; a central kitchen/dining area with lovely oak-and-walnut countertops; and a stair-accessed sleeping loft above a spacious bathroom at the end.
In fact, the biggest difference may be the price: $15,000 in favor of the Tiny Getaway, which is for sale at $72,000 against the Urban Craftsman’s $87,000. One glance at the photos below will convince you that Handcrafted Movement didn’t squeeze the savings out of the finish work, which is still every bit as beautiful as we’ve come to expect from this outfit. The absence of a bathtub and a flat screen TV are a couple of obvious cost-savers… can you find any others?
Wonderful woodwork is one of Handcrafted Movement’s signatures.
The open stairs are new in the Tiny Getaway, and they go over a small study desk instead of the refrigerator. Both the treads and the desk are beautiful pieces of wood, no?
Unlike the Urban Craftsman, this house doesn’t have a loft skylight, but three big windows keep the bedroom bright and open.
The bathroom doubles as the laundry room thanks to a 2.3-cubic-foot LG washer/dryer.
Maybe not as impressive as the Urban Craftsman’s bathtub, but at 36×36 the fiberglass shower stall is still pretty big by tiny house standards.
The Tiny Urban Cottage is a $90-a-night Airbnb rental in a pleasant wooded yard in Atlanta’s hip Cabbagetown neighborhood. It’s an easy walk to explore the area’s vibrant street art, coffee shops, bakeries and restaurants, but there’s not much in the way of public transportation, so you’ll need to bring your car or call a cab if you’re going further afield.
The 185-square-foot cottage has a screened porch with comfortable furniture and shade trees overhead – perfect for a relaxing summer lounging session.
The main interior room holds a big bed and a small kitchen area.
With a glass-walled shower, toilet, sink and shelving, the bathroom (located right next to the kitchen) has everything you could want except a tub.
There’s also a cedar-lined shower stall behind the cottage where you can rinse off in the summer months.
Built by Tiny Diamond Homes (with some help from the buyers, a young military family), the Purple Monster meanders 38 feet over a triple-axle trailer and features a private master bedroom over the gooseneck as well as a more conventional sleeping loft at the other end. The living room’s under the loft, and in the middle are a fairly huge kitchen and bathroom. At 340 square feet the Purple Monster isn’t quite as big as a park model, but it’s definitely getting up there. It’s 10 feet wide and 17,000 pounds heavy, so the owners will need both a powerful truck and special permits to move it to their next base. They got a discount for helping out on the build, but Tiny Diamond says it would cost around $80K+ for a similar model.
The living room and loft look amply, if not startlingly, spacious – and this is only about half the house!
The kitchen stretches across the Purple Monster’s entire width and has a full-size fridge and oven on one side…
…and a Belfast-style sink and washer/dryer on the other. No overhead cabinets, but plenty of counter space and a nice pantry off to the side.
Next door is the big bathroom, with a glassed-in bathtub, sink and composting toilet.
Finally, there’s a good-sized master bedroom, which includes a closet and a built-in work desk.
Is it just us, or have Tiny House Nation builds been getting a little silly this year? First a mini gothic castle, now a musician’s residence with one section crafted to look like a giant amplifier… Oh, wait!
Appearance aside, there actually is a bank of weatherproof marine speakers built into the exterior of this 120-square-foot shed. That means that owner Asha Mevlana, an electric violinist, will be able to give outdoor concerts on her porch – or pretty much anywhere else she wants, since the shed is built atop a trailer. It’s also soundproofed (with recycled denim), so Asha can use the interior as a practice area, recording studio, or very quiet guest bedroom. Silly? Not hardly – this is an incredibly thoughtful and practical solution for an owner with very specific needs.
The foundation-built main house isn’t as unique, but it’s also very nicely designed, with high ceilings and a glass garage door that make it feel a lot bigger than its 400 square feet. There’s plenty of room to move around in the open kitchen and living area, while the bathroom and loft bedroom are kept out of the way and private behind a partition.
The bathroom is particularly attractive, with lovely blue-green brick walls and a wood-and-pebble floor in the shower.
Michelle had worked two jobs to raise four children as a single mother. With the children grown, she finally had time to focus on the animal rescue work she was interested in – but nonprofit salaries being what they are, she also knew she would also need to minimize her expenses. She’d seen the tiny house TV shows, and as she’d been living on a boat for the last year she was sure she could adapt to the size. Did she ever! Her Pawsitively Tiny House has room for Michelle, her Boxer, her six cats, and her mother’s antique china collection – all in 16 feet. She built it over a year and a half in her ex-husband’s driveway, starting with an old camper and ending up with a quaintly cozy tiny home that now occupies part of a 300-acre Ohio farm.
Michelle designed the L shaped built-in sofa to seat four. Usually it seats two – her and the Boxer.
The china, and a cozy fireplace, occupy the wall across from the couch.
Michelle has packed every inch of her house with personality.
Hanging pots and pans save space and give the kitchen even more character.
The bathroom is right next to it. Michelle is hooked up to water and electricity from the farm, and as septic is also available she’s planning to install a flush toilet to replace the composting unit she has now.
She’ll also be painting the ceiling in the loft, but says that the Pawsitively is about 95% finished as is. Once she gets done with the last details, Michelle will build a chicken coop and goat house – and also install a shed that will serve as her very own animal rescue facility.
College student Hannah and her father, Mike, finished this 300-square-foot house in about six months, relatively speedy for an owner-built project. It turns out that they had a bit of a head start: this THOW started life as an RV. While Hannah and Mike did a pretty thorough tear-down-and-rebuild, they were able to keep the original frame, along with the slide outs. (If you’d like to learn more, their blog has lots of pictures of how they did it.)
The slide-out makes for an unusually expansive living room.
At 27 feet, the house has plenty of depth, too; beyond the kitchen, it just keeps going, so there’s room for a semi-private sleeping loft, the bathroom, and even a small study area in another slide-out next to it.
The appliances, like the washing machine kept out of the way under the stairs, belonged to the original RV.
A double sink makes for an exceptionally usable kitchen area.
The shower, sink and toilet in the bathroom are currently served by standard RV water and sewer connections, but Hannah and Mike included provisions for a water-catchment system and composting toilet (as well as solar power) for easy conversion to off-grid capability in the future.
Another fairly straightforward – and straightforwardly beautiful – tiny house from Zyl Vardos! Huge French doors and windows just about everywhere else make Belinda’s Little Bird look like the best dollhouse ever as it sits in this snowy Pennsylvania field.
All those windows really open things up once you cross the threshold, too, so it still feels spacious even though there’s a lot crammed into one level and not many square feet.
The bed will go atop this platform at the end, under a picture window and above some seriously deep storage drawers.
An oven, farmhouse-style sink, and mini-fridge under the near countertop take up most of the space in the kitchen. The lack of overhead cabinetry might get a little annoying, but given the very small area, leaving it out was probably the best option.
All that snow would put you in the mood for a nice long soak in the ofuro style bathtub! There’s a composting toilet across from it.
And, of course, a Zyl Vardos house would hardly be complete without a little stained glass.