ProtoHaus Project

ProtoHaus Project


Ann Holley and her husband to be (Darren Macca) with her parents (Steve and Miriam Holley) are building a tiny house called the ProtoHaus in Colorado. The tiny house is part of Ann’s graduate work at Alfred University where Ann is earning her Masters in Fine Art. Lots of friends have come to help build the tiny house.

Here is an outline of Ann’s request and an overview of her project, I really like the design with the dormers:

The ProtoHaus is a timber frame or “stick built” house that will be constructed over the summer of 2009. Emphasis will be placed on sustainability, functionality, and aesthetics. It will be fabricated primarily from recycled and reclaimed materials. The building process will be overseen and assisted by S. C. Holley Construction.

It will be transportable. The house will be built on a trailer bed rated to withstand 14,000 pounds though the final structure should not exceed 9,000 pounds. Separate fresh, grey, and black water systems will be integrated into the design allowing for remote removal and disposal of waste.

A solar and wind system will power the house allowing it to be off grid. There will be a series of collaborative workshops at Alfred University which will include students, faculty and different departments to accompany the project. The house will be open to visitors on particular dates throughout the school year as a mode of sharing the experiment with the Alfred community.

You can view more pictures at Ann’s website. The tiny house has made a few design transitions sense the original floor plans and renderings were drawn up.




22 Dreamy Bedroom

Floor Plan

Loft Plan


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  1. Thermo ply seems nice but wouldn’t give the house much strength. Anybody else out there using thermo ply on their tiny house? or have any opinions?

  2. I’m completely charmed by this house, but my main question is HOW do you get to the bedroom/bed? I see the bar at the foot of the bedroom/bed, but I cannot for the life of me figure out how one gets up there…
    Seriously hoping that someone WILL get me an answer.

    • Nevermind…. got to the article from The New York Times on Alternative Living, saw the slide show & ladder… It just wasn’t visible in any of the other interior pics. Beautiful & so earth friendly… wonder if I could get my man on board for one. 🙂