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!
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.
There are a couple of mysteries to this wonderfully woody THOW currently forsale 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.
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.
“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.
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…
…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!
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.
For 200 square feet and $35,000, this is one incredible THOW! In fact, it’s so packed with – but never cluttered with – drool-worthy features that it easily holds its own against many luxury models costing twice that much. We’ll let you discover them in the photos below; once you pick your jaw up off the floor, you can find the listing over at Tiny House Listings. It’s located in Zionsville, Indiana.
Just 18 feet long, the house has a fold-out patio and a glass garage door to one side of its sitting area.
There’s a picture window at the end – and see those posts up top? Yes, it has a roof deck!
The living room is airy enough with everything closed up. Imagine how nice it will be when you open the garage door on a pleasant day!
It doesn’t look like there’s a whole lot of headroom in the loft, but a full length window and a skylight keep the claustrophobia at bay.
The seller hasn’t posted any photos of the bathroom, but says it has a shower, composting toilet, and sink.
Some tiny house builders seem to overlook storage space almost completely. Others seem to delight in finding secret places to squeeze in the odd cubic foot or two. With their Juniper, Tina and Luke of Backcountry Tiny Homes haven’t done either. They’ve literally made storage the centerpiece of the 24-foot THOW, in the form of a cabinet arch that also holds the house’s sofa and desk/dining table. Add in a set of storage stairs just across from it, and you’ve undoubtedly got a lot more room for your possessions – and a lot less elbow room in the middle of the house. Is the tradeoff worth it? Have a look at the photos and decide for yourself.
The Juniper was built with advanced ladder framing, and is attractively clad in sealed cedar and green sheet metal.
Loft and bathroom on one end, loft and kitchen on the other – and an awful lot of storage in between!
The arch, built with IKEA components, is divided in two. There’s a pull-out coffee table under the couch and a fold-out desk in the other compartment.
Full size appliances, a huge sink, and lots of counter space – but where’s the storage here?
Under the counters, where it won’t block the view out the windows!
…to the bedroom…
…is also the door to the bathroom, which contains a small sink, a composting toilet…
All that glitters is not gold. Sometimes it’s Golden – like this beautifully stunning tiny home from American Tiny House. To help it stay gold, Ponyboy, the 28-foot THOW has a 45-year standing seam metal roof and is built with premium lumber to qualify it as a virtually maintenance-free home. It’s priced at $69,700 base, but that includes some features that would be added-cost extras in a lot of tiny houses: energy-efficient windows, custom cabinet work, and a full appliance package. Financing’s available, too, and delivery is free to anywhere in the Lower 48. American can build one in 10 to 12 weeks; contact them here or call (903) 930-8500 for more info.
Clerestories and a double-paned glass door make up for the lack of windows on the ground floor.
There’s a dedicated sitting area under the loft, while the dining table does double duty as a work desk.
Looking the other way, you (and the cat) can see the bathroom at the end beyond a fairly complete kitchen.
A washer/dryer is conveniently tucked under a cabinet.
If you simply must eat at your desk, why not do it in the comfort of your own kitchen?
The sleeping loft is large enough to hold your library – or your wardrobe.