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Belinda’s Little Bird nestles snugly into the snow

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.

h/t Tiny House Talk

Feb 21, 2017 / by / in
House for flight enthusiast couple features built-in simulator space

The Tiny House Nation guys built this house for a couple who, like so many other tiny house couples, wanted freedom from debt and freedom to travel. But this couple also had a special fondness for flying, and that introduced a few additional challenges for John and Zack. Most were simply aesthetic: the airplane-style aluminum skin, for example, or the ceiling fan that looks like a propeller. But there also had to be a place for a flight simulator. There wasn’t room to do that on the lower level and still have a functional space there, so the setup found its home in the loft, in front of a bed that converts into a couch when it’s time to practice.

Feb 20, 2017 / by / in
Nomad’s first build displays design acumen – and excellent value for money

Nomad Tiny Homes, currently celebrating their first anniversary, got off to a great start in 2016 with the Black Pearl, a 23½-foot metal-roofed THOW that sold for a refreshingly reasonable $39,000.

With low-E dual pane windows all the way up to the high ceiling, the living room is spectacular – it wouldn’t look out of place in a mansion!

The uniform use of birch plywood throughout gives the inside of the Black Pearl a simple, minimalist feel perfectly in keeping with its dark siding.

Stainless steel fixtures in the kitchen continue the clean, functional vibe.

Note Nomad’s efficient use of space: The bathroom’s out of the way at the end, and the storage stairs have ample room left over even while hosting a full-size refrigerator.

The 63-square-foot loft easily holds a queen bed and has good lighting from both the windows and a pair of LED lamps.

h/t Tiny House Talk

Feb 16, 2017 / by / in
Jessica’s tiny MitchCraft THOW

The last MitchCraft related item we brought you concerned new employee Ken Leigh, whose very attractive fifth wheel 32-footer had sort of followed him to work one day… (It’s still for sale, by the way.) Back then we wondered if Ken’s hiring meant we’d be seeing more in that vein from MitchCraft, but now Mitch has come out with something exactly half that size. (Well, anyone who remembers the adobe THOW he unveiled at the 2016 Tiny House Jamboree will agree that the man has a certain flair for the unexpected.) It’s a 16-foot model sold for $39,000 to a client named Jessica, and it’s a testament to Mitch’s design genius that the only time it actually looks that small is when you’re admiring the charmingly birdhouse-like blue exterior.

It has way more counter space (oak butcher block, no less) than a house this size has any business with, plus a three-burner propane range and a 4.5-cubic-foot refrigerator/freezer. The white seats on the sides slide back into the end cabinet when not in use; when it’s time to eat, the wooden board in the middle slides out to become a dining table. The broad shelf at the end could serve as a reading nook, but it’s also large enough to hold an extra bed.

Looking in the other direction, the kitchen ends in the pine bead board wall enclosing the bathroom. Above it is a 16-square-foot sleeping loft.

Inside the bathroom a Nature’s Head composting toilet faces a 36-inch fiberglass shower stall supplied by either a 30-gallon tank or an RV-style hookup. A propane-powered PrecisionTemp tankless unit heats the water.

And that’s about it. Except for the front door.

h/t Tiny House Talk

Feb 15, 2017 / by / in
Creative Animal Foundation’s touring THOW: sustainable and surprisingly beautiful

This is not National Lampoon’s Animal House from Universal Pictures – it’s the Creative Animal Foundation’s Tiny House from 84 Lumber’s Tiny Living division. The movie was more fun than a barrel of monkeys; the house is on a mission to save the monkeys, and the planet, through an educational tour that will take it through some 50 cities over the next couple of years. Creative Animal Foundation co-founders Stephanie Arne and Tim Davison will be living inside the 24-foot THOW as they travel around the country to present programs on sustainability, wildlife preservation, and ocean/waterway conservation.

Stephanie & Tim wanted their house to exemplify the ecofriendly message they’re promoting, so they asked 84’s team to emphasize sustainability in the design and materials (many of which were reclaimed or sourced from GreenEdge Supply, another division of 84 Lumber).

The old and new have blended seamlessly here as light from the low-E windows spills from the reclaimed butcher block counters onto brand-new but ecofriendly bamboo floor.

Tim, an accomplished wildlife artist, has reserved a corner for his easel, paints and brushes.

The bathroom features a Nature’s Head composting toilet and a sink made from a repurposed galvanized bucket.

Feb 11, 2017 / by / in
Homemade elevator bed highlights DIY blogger Ana White’s 3rd tiny house

Ana White’s first tiny house, the Quartz, featured a sofa/trundle bed combo. Her latest has a much more spectacular way of maximizing daytime and nighttime space: an elevator bed that the popular DIY blogger created using garage door hardware. During the day it’s out of the way, above a living room with 100 square feet of open space; at night it comes down at the touch of a button. If you have overnight guests, it comes down only halfway so they can sleep on the sofa underneath, bunk bed style. Very neat, and what’s even better is that the setup only cost about $500!

Of course, Ana didn’t stop with an elevator bed, so neither will we. Let’s take a look at the rest of the house.

With no need for stairs, there’s so much space in the middle that it’s still incredibly roomy even with a storage cabinet running all along one side.

Not only that, the cabinet doors fold up to become a dining table or a pair of desks!

Aside from over-and-under cabinets, the kitchen has shelves built into the bathroom wall and a small pantry that slides out from the wooden box to the left. There will be a washer/dryer under the counter to the left of the sink, too.

Did Ana’s penchant for dual-purpose get the better of her in the bathroom? It’s not a big space to begin with, and including a clothes closet has made it positively minuscule. (The closet is normally positioned in the shower; you slide it out over the toilet when you want to bathe.)

There are plenty more ‘Easter eggs’ hidden in this house – find some of them on Ana’s tiny houses page, or watch the 15-minute video below.

And for a definitely-not-DIY elevator bed tiny house, take a look at The Tiny House Company’s design.

Feb 10, 2017 / by / in
Wind River’s Monocle is a sunny farmhouse with a super-elegant bathroom

Wind River’s early builds were always interesting, but sometimes rather mix-and-match – in fact, one of them was actually named the Chimera. Lately, though, the Chattanooga company seems to have taken a turn towards more stylistically consistent houses. Which is not to say they’ve gotten boring, just that you don’t feel like you’re in a completely different house when you step into the bathroom. Last year’s Rook was a great example of how Wind River has begun blending their penchant for innovation with a new aesthetic sophistication: The loft utility area was unusual to say the least, but it was well integrated into the overall dark-but-homey industrial look. Now comes the Monocle, an elegant 24-foot farmhouse whose light, bright and lovely interior is sure to earn Wind River a lot of new fans.

The wooden floor and ceiling and white walls of the open, uncluttered living/dining/cooking space contribute to a calm, peaceful atmosphere, while natural light from the many windows amps up the cheerfulness.

It would be nice to have an oven, but with a deep sink and plenty of counter, cabinet and shelf space the kitchen looks great for anything that doesn’t involve baking.

And the bathroom at the other end? Simply incredible, with a full-size bathtub under a huge circular window along the end wall, an open tiled shower area with a rainfall showerhead, and a built-in mirror above the floating sink. There’s also a composting toilet.

Eight-foot-tall double closets resolve the tiny house clothes storage question quite convincingly.

No washing machine in the loft this time, just a cozy, window-lined place to sleep.

Feb 7, 2017 / by / in
Alabama’s Trinity is a unique option with two private lofts, two flights of stairs

Alabama Tiny Homes has created an unexpectedly interesting THOW in their new Trinity. Earlier builds from this relatively new company were well finished and reasonably priced, with fairly conventional interior layouts accented by flashes of creativity such as the living room trundle bed in the Freedom. The $69,000 Trinity is much more experimental.

The surprise isn’t that it has lofts at each end – that’s common enough – but that they’re both semiprivate and accessed by stairs. That puts a bit of a squeeze on the middle section of the 28-foot house, although not so much in terms of actual floor area; it’s more that an illusion of openness is lost with the enclosure of the lofts.

However, once you settle down onto a comfy sofa in front of a fireplace and flat screen TV, ‘cozy’ quickly replaces ‘claustrophobic’ as the adjective of choice.

This very multifunctional feature is a kitchen / living room divider, a kitchen countertop, a dining table, and a laundry area all rolled into one. After you get used to having the appliances at the very center of the house, you’ll appreciate how this allows space for a separate washer and dryer rather than a combo unit.

The kitchen lacks a full-size oven, but has excellent cabinet and counter space.

The bathroom, behind the kitchen and under the secondary loft, holds a flush toilet and a skinny sink and shower stall.

Here’s the view from the master loft, which holds a queen-sized bed.

The other loft is basically a cubbyhole with just enough room for a twin bed, but a couple of windows save it from being too cave-like.

Feb 3, 2017 / by / in
Nomad’s bright blue birthday build is big enough for a family of five

Austin area Nomad Tiny Homes is celebrating its first birthday with this huge blue 357-square-footer on a 35-foot gooseneck trailer, which they recently sold to a family of five from Oregon for $60,000. Nomad owners Alex and Marianne Worlow have been building traditional houses (including their own dream house) since 2006, but only went tiny last year. Now that they’ve made that transition successfully, they’re in the process of building a couple more things: an air-conditioned warehouse for future Nomad production – and a personal tiny house for them and their two young children.

Lots of low-e, argon filled windows let in the light while keeping out the weather. Under the shiplap walls and ceiling, the lovely floor is hand-scraped acacia.

Nomad has utilized the increasingly popular under-stair placement for the retro Smeg refrigerator.

Kitchen amenities include birch butcher block counters, a four-burner propane range top, a 24-inch farmhouse sink, a wall oven and a hidden dishwasher.

The composting toilet is from Separett.

A stock tank bathtub and vented washer/dryer combo fit easily on the other side of the sink.

The master loft is located at the rear end of the house.

In the seven-foot extension over the gooseneck, the children’s bedroom holds bunk beds and a trundle.

Feb 2, 2017 / by / in
A two-bedroom THOW down by the banks of the Ohio

WheelLife Tiny Homes call their 28-foot Industrial “the Taj Mahal of tiny houses,” and no, that’s not the easiest description to live up to. But the Industrial does boast a stylishly eye-catching exterior, a lot of space inside, and a top price of $69,000 that can be brought down to less than 50K via available modifications, so it’s definitely worth a look. The one you see here is located at Riverside Marina, on the Ohio River near Cincinnati and not far from where it was built in Cold Spring, Kentucky. It’s an Airbnb rental in season, going for $150 per night, and you can see the river through the matching trapezoidal windows and porthole.

All those windows, plus the almost all glass front end, let in a lot of light, too, and the 14-foot ceiling in the living room contributes to the airy feel.

‘Cramped’ just doesn’t enter into the picture here!

The kitchen looks fine for Airbnb purposes, but if we were going to order our own Industrial we’d probably ask WheelLife to add a little more counter and cabinet space – there’s certainly room for it.

You can eat breakfast while enjoying the view of the Ohio a stone’s throw away.

Or you could sleep in – the Industrial has two bedrooms, a cozy private one on the ground floor as well as an expansive sleeping loft.

Don’t worry, there is a bathroom – there just aren’t any photos of it!

Feb 2, 2017 / by / in