Various shapes and sizes of tiny homes are already prevalent in much of California, the Pacific Northwest and other Western States. However, one area with tiny house homes is the area of the Sierra Nevada between fast-growing Sacramento, Calif. and Reno in Northern Nevada. They are a bit more difficult to find. Sierra Tiny Houses is filling that niche with not only affordable tiny homes, but their models are excellent examples of well-planned spaces.
Sierra Tiny Houses’ Beach Bungalow is a nice example of tiny space planning.
Steve Davis of Sierra Tiny Homes has experience building modular homes and currently has three THOW models available. The Beach Bungalow, Craftsman Cottage and the Roomy Retreat. Each of the models have simple but prudent designs and sell for under $60,000 each.
The main room has comfortable seating and plenty of light.
“Our Beach Bungalow is getting a lot of attention right now because of its focus on livability and aesthetics. People love the farmhouse feel!” Davis says.
Each of the lofts can fit king sized beds.
The 260 square foot Beach Bungalow not only has all the comforts of home, but with its numerous cabinets and staircase full of cubby holes, any clutter can be tucked away. Even the refrigerator and microwave oven is hidden from view. The Beach Bungalow also features a full bathroom with shower, a roomy loft and storage above the front door.
Sierra Tiny Houses staircases feature cabinets and cubbies.
The kitchens and baths are served by an instant hot water heater.
“When we design a home, we work to create a space that is both functional and makes the homeowner feel like they are not sacrificing because they are going tiny,” Davis says. “Quality of life is important and the little things can significantly add to your living experience. That means we try to include lots of storage, full-size shower, large kitchen sink, decent size fridge and cooking options that includes baking, as well as a nice-sized great room for relaxing or entertaining. Our goal is to make sure that all of the daily niceties that people are used to living with are covered.”
The 260 square foot Craftsman Cottage and the Roomy Retreat (available as 273 or 309 square feet) also fulfill these goals. The Craftsman Cottage features an accent wall for numerous uses, a loft that fits a king size bed, tankless water heater and cedar accents on the exterior. The Roomy Retreat is the company’s answer to customer requests for a main floor sleeping area. This model also features a loft and stairway if requested.
The Craftsman Cottage has an entry accent wall for shelving or large screen TVs.
Like the Bungalow, appliances and clutter can be tucked away.
“I have personally been on a simplifying mission for a long time. I believe that we all need to clear the clutter and focus on what really matters,” he says. “When the tiny house movement came along, it seemed to match all of my interests. Now we get to help people live their dream, which is very rewarding.”
The newest model, the Roomy Retreat, has a main floor bedroom.
Photos courtesy of Sierra Tiny Houses