DIY Plans Now Available For This Very Stylish “Hikari Box” Tiny Home

Fourteen windows – plus two skylights and a glass door – justify the Japanese name of this 24- foot tiny house on wheels: hikari means “light-filled” in that language. Of course, Japanese design is also famous for its elegant simplicity, and that’s another area where the Hikari Box really stands out. Derin Williams of Shelter Wise, who designed the Hikari and put together the specimen you see here, says it’s the easiest build he’s ever done. It’s dominated by straight lines, with no tricky curves or detail work, and has a simplified plumbing layout as well. That means lower costs if you’re paying a professional to make you one – and lower stress levels if you’re going the DIY route (plans are available from Portland Alternative Dwellings for $99). Either way, you get a bright and tidy little house with two lofts and seriously capacious Tansu chest inspired storage stairs leading up to one of them. The ground floor has everything you need – sitting area, dining table/study desk, kitchenette and a bathroom complete with cabinets – and the lack of clutter makes it all look like a very large 184 square feet indeed.

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We’re really digging the approach ShelterWise took, with a modern minimalist style cut with a rustic edge. You find so many different designs and plans, and eventually you get a little overloaded with ideas, features, and design twist. Sometimes it’s nicer to cut to the chase and get something clean and straightforward that you can easily build upon with your own signature style.

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