Tennessee Tiny Homes

Tennessee Tiny Home

by Joe Everson

My name is Joe Everson and I just wanted to touch base with you and tell you a little about myself and my brand new business, Tennessee Tiny Homes. I was in the residential and custom home business for over 15 years until I left to take a job in law enforcement which I did for almost ten years, until starting a security business which I now run. What I wanted to talk with you about today is Tennessee Tiny Homes! I’m very excited that I have finally found something that I love doing!

I researched tiny houses for over a year on the internet and just as I was about to build my first tiny home on a trailer, a family member of mine, who has special needs, needed a place to live. I withdrew my life savings and started a 12 ft x 20 ft tiny home on a foundation on my property so that he could have his own independence, but I could keep an eye on him.

Well, the cost of his tiny house added up quickly and I realized if I finished it I would not be able to start the tiny house on a trailer so I stopped midway thru his home, moved him into my house with my fiance, and started my first home on a trailer.

loft window

A little bit about the home…
Its on a 8 ft x 16 ft heavy duty 10,000 lb tandem axle trailer. It was framed using only new premium lumber. It has cedar siding and industrial strength heavy gage aluminum on the roof. Everything was screwed and glued using 3″ screws. There is not a screw in this home that missed target. In a combined 50 years experience between my foreman and I, we have never seen a home built so right!!! I put a lot of love into this tiny little home! We are almost finished with the exterior, lacking the front windows which we are custom building and the front porch which will be a lean-to style to optimize space.

full view of the tiny house

The interior will be all wood with stainless counter tops and appliances, a bathroom with shower and compost toilet, and a loft area above the kitchen bathroom area. The living room will have vaulted ceilings and a flat screen TV mounted to the wall. A portable freestanding ac unit and faux fireplace will heat and cool the 100 or so sq ft home. I hope to have the home finished by the end of this month. I’m going to list the house on the Tiny House Listings, which I learned about through you and your website, for $30,000 once it’s complete.

If I don’t have a buyer by the next month I hope to take the little home on a tour across America and Canada to try and drum up some business for my company.

Joe Everson
Owner
Tennessee Tiny Homes

tennesseetinyhomes@yahoo.com
http://www.facebook.com/TennesseeTinyHomes

roof detail

detail

flat screen tv in living area

entry way

loft and kitchen

kitchen

another kitchen view

bathroom

shower

sleeping loft

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vj - July 15, 2012 Reply

In looking at the trailer, it appears that the house is not balanced over the wheels and too much weight will be on the tongue of the trailer. Have you measured the weight on the hitch and how it meets towing specs? I would hate to see you towing it and the weight was so much on the hitch that it broke loose or caused the vehicle to sway and jackknife.

    Joel Fleck - July 15, 2012 Reply

    I noticed the same thing… the weight seems to be a bit forward 🙁 Especially since that would be the kitchen (appliances and such gets heavy. However, we should give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they did the math and it all works out.

    Dinah - July 17, 2012 Reply

    Most tandem trailers have a base weight of 5,000 to 7,000 lbs.

      Dinah - July 17, 2012 Reply

      Oops. Just re-read the article. A 10,000 lb heavy duty trailer was used to build this.

      I have one recommendation is to replace the bathroom door with a sliding storage shelf. Little spice racks, etc. They also sell barn door sliders which may glide the door a little easier. I was surprised to see bead board on the inside. That was a nice surprise.

        carie - July 21, 2012 Reply

        I agree about the spice rack door and a couple of those slide in holders that would hold mop, broom, iron,dog food etc etc
        Very attractive color scheme; is there a closet? Lift up that loft height and I am moving in!!!
        Tres adorable!!!!
        Carrie

    TennesseeTinyHomes - July 17, 2012 Reply

    Just back from a 500 mile trip and this tiny home tows like a champ! Towing specs need to be checked by purchaser because all vehicles are different.

gmh - July 15, 2012 Reply

Joe, that is just adorable! It looks spacious and cozy all at the same time. Love the touches of red.
Best wishes to you and your new business!

djl - July 15, 2012 Reply

Hi Joe! So excited to find that someone on our side of the country is getting into the tiny house business. I hope to purchase one in just a few years. I love tiny living, right now I’m in one room and love it but I want to have my own tiny little home. Great job! This looks exactly like what I want. Best wishes for much success! Regards, Donnie in GA

Steven - July 15, 2012 Reply

In case you’d like to see the listing on the Tiny House Listings site you can view it here – http://tinyhouselistings.com/tiny-home-built-to-last-a-lifetime-2

SmallHouseBliss - July 15, 2012 Reply

It’s a nice tiny house; you have some very original details like the black painted rafters hangers and hurricane ties on the porch. That looks like black iron gas pipe being used for the pot hanger and rails. How easily do the bathroom door eye-bolts slide along the pipe?
Frank

TNhillbilly - July 15, 2012 Reply

WooHoo! Finally,right here in the beautiful hills of Tennessee, someone has caught tiny house fever! I’ve been dreamin and schemin for about five years, trying to include one of these beautiful homes in my future. This one is fab. If and when the time comes, its great to know your just right down the road, so to speak. If your tour includes East Tennessee, I would love to see your home. Best of luck to you.

kimk - July 15, 2012 Reply

Hi Joe,

I think you made an excellent 1st house and it aesthetically pleasing to the eye and yet has room for someone to put their individual touches in it.

There was one thing that made me uncomfortable in addition to most of the weight being towards the tongue, however. When I saw the loft without an opening window, I not normally claustrophobic, felt like it would feel too closed in. Even though there is an air conditioner, there are plenty of days when it would be better to just open the windows and get some fresh air in. Some natural light in the loft in addition to an opening window will help it feel less closed in.

    TennesseeTinyHomes - July 17, 2012 Reply

    Thanks for the comment! The house tows great and the weight on the tongue is not an issue. A window in the loft would be nice and could easily be added!

      Rowena - July 23, 2012 Reply

      I would say forget the window and go for an excellent skylight for optimal viewing at night. Care to share your total cost for building it? I’m thinking of creating a project like this with my two teenage sons this fall–hey anything to keep them occupied & out of trouble.

      Love the contemporary look to it. I have some more storage ideas & slim living to create myself. Two thumbs up.

Jamison - July 15, 2012 Reply

Im interested in learning what you used to line the walls, is it thin sheets of 4×8 bead board? I love the shower corrugated metal and the sliding door idea. Looks nice.

Krystal - July 15, 2012 Reply

This is a very nice tiny house. Very clean, bright, and I love the red and white color combination. Very simplistic and aesthetically pleasing to the eye. It has everything a tiny house would ever need without it being too cluttered looking.

The sliding bathroom door is very nice. I suppose the only problem I have with this tiny house is the loft – it looks really low compared to other tiny house lofts and the fact that is has no window whatsoever makes it look very claustrophobic. I mean, I’m a very short/tiny person, but I like some amount of height in an area such as loft that can get very tight feeling. But perhaps your friend is tall and they may have needed more space downstairs compared to up in the loft.

Carol - July 16, 2012 Reply

I think it needs a window in the loft. I also wish it didn’t have that roof pitch and had one that will provide some headroom, maybe with two doormers, one on each side.

Howie - July 16, 2012 Reply

Nice. It’s what I would call stylish simplicity.

Best of luck on your sale.

Madalena Nunes - July 16, 2012 Reply

Adorei. Gosto muito da cor branca no interior da casinha.

Fique bem
Madalena

molly - July 16, 2012 Reply

I love how bright it is inside. The white really helps with that.

I agree about a window in the loft. Not only would it add light and ventilation, but I wouldn’t be comfortable without an egress from the loft. You never know what could happen….

Otherwise, a great tiny home!

Mike - July 16, 2012 Reply

That’s one of the tightest interior jobs I’ve seen yet. Nice and clean and simple but not spartan.

Lots of good takeaways here.

Meg and Joe - July 16, 2012 Reply

Imagine putting a mattress up there. Even a thin 2-3 inch would be a problem.

Lucas - July 16, 2012 Reply

microwave/toaster shelf up high is a nice touch for kitchen. wish it didn’t come at the expense of a window back there, which I think is needed for that tight corner space to open it up. I think an opportunity for more storage was lost too, by not extending roof over porch. That little shelf up there can really hold a lot of seasonal items(i.e. camping gear, sweaters, etc) As a first design, I expect hiccups like these though. Look forward to more competition in this market. It can only make things better.

donatella - July 16, 2012 Reply

Interesting use of the metal roofing in the shower!

Stephen Gatlin - July 16, 2012 Reply

Best looking tiny house on wheels I’ve seen. The inside is very well done. Best of luck with new business.

With the economy tanking, people would be wise to trade in their hard-to-dust, overblown, McMansions that have tumbled in value and learn to live anew in smaller more sane houses. Your timing is perfect. Popular in California for a long time, Tiny Houses have come to Tennessee. Three Cheers.

PintSize Starter - July 16, 2012 Reply

Love the interior finish!

Elizabeth - July 16, 2012 Reply

I love that little kitchen! It’s also nice to see a bright interior, rather than the dark wood that is so common.

Dovie - July 16, 2012 Reply

I love the details and the bright white. I, too, dislike the dark woods so commonly used. While the quality is much higher than that used in the 70’s, it still reminds me too much of my dad’s mancave!

I do agree about the window in the loft. The loft also seems a lot shorter than most tiny homes. I realize this is probably to add height in the kitchen/bathroom area, but it would cause issues at bedtime for many of us. A compromise to both these issues may be the use of windowed dormers in future builds.

Otherwise, great work on your first foray into selling tiny homes. I’m really really looking forward to seeing what’s in store for Tennessee Tiny Homes!

Randy - July 16, 2012 Reply

This is an especially nice little home and some thorough thought was put into, too. For example, a two burner hob is fine (I prefer gas) but you really can’t make do without a toaster oven and not only did they include that, they included a microwave as well. The composting toilet is a cool new twist on an old need and the wall mounted TV is nice, too! Good job from my good neighbors in Tennessee! (I’m in GA)

Chris - July 16, 2012 Reply

As much as I love these tiny houses made by manufacturers, they almost always seem expensive. Maybe I’m just spoiled that you can get a three bedroom for the same price in Oklahoma.

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Lorrie - July 19, 2012 Reply

This is an ADORABLE house. The thing I love about it is that inside, it does not look like a cabin, but a home. I love all the tiny homes I see on here, but if I ever have one, I really don’t want it to look like a cabin inside. This one is perfect. I want one! Maybe one day when all the kids are grown 🙂 Well done, Tennessee Tiny Homes!!

Georgia - July 19, 2012 Reply

So happy to see you are (relatively} close to home,I’m in Atlanta. You are going on my favorites list, I anticipate being in the market for one within 3 years. Very nice start, and looking forward to future designs. Good luck with the business, you’ll do well!

    TennesseeTinyHomes - August 1, 2012 Reply

    We have some awesome ideas for our future tiny homes!!! Thanks for the compliments!

Sandra Allen - July 21, 2012 Reply

Joe: Great job! The thing I find most pleasing is that your whole house could be my bathroom, as it’s white and black and red!!

Super job on the photos, too. Glad you could get it done and still help your family. Win Win I say!!

Liz Brimm - July 21, 2012 Reply

Joe,

Thanks for posting your pictures — you’ve put in a lot of utility without making it so dark and more primitive looking. Great colors, construction looks solid, and I’m thrilled to know about a relatively local company (I’m in Massachusetts) doing tiny homes. Best of luck to you!

Isabel - July 21, 2012 Reply

I live and work in a 400 square foot cottage I bought 18 years ago and love it, so this trend to tiny houses is great. I love your house. It looks really solid. I would like a lower ceiling in the kitchen so I could have a higher ceiling in the bedroom loft — since I sit up a lot in my sleep. And I wonder what kind of vehicle would be best suited to pull the house, but other than that, I thought it was really nice. I use an induction plate in my kitchen which is fantastic. Great use of space!

D Whit - July 21, 2012 Reply

Joe,

It’s good to see some entries from the south. Joe, I like your little house. We have built these for years for people in East Tennessee and North Georgia to use as all kinds of things. I hope your price of thirty thousand dollars can help you turn a nickle. That is a lot of money for this little house though.
Why does the house have to be on a trailer ? This size can easily be winched onto a lowboy trailer. We have bolted wooden skids on the bottom and used a bulldozer to drag into position on some mountain lots. Good luck to you with this.

Kim - July 21, 2012 Reply

This looks lovely! I especially like how you have the interior staged. It looks so spacious and calming – but not boring! (Sometimes “calm” looks bland.) Th loft looks awfully low, though. What is it like to get a mattress and a person in it?

Best wishes for your business!

    TennesseeTinyHomes - August 1, 2012 Reply

    Thanks KIm! Im 6’5 250 lbs and my fiance and i had no problem sleeping up there with a thin mattress.

Karen weiss - July 21, 2012 Reply

Very charming love the look , can’t say enough about how charming but clever thoughtful design it is.well done!

Lisa - July 21, 2012 Reply

This is really well done. But I too have to chime in about the loft. I wouldn’t be comfortable with the ceiling so close. I’m toying with the idea of an hydraulic bed that would come down to about the top of the counters. During the day it would be up and out of the way. By night it could be lowered for easy access (for people who don’t wish to or can’t climb.)Love the color combination; very fresh and uplifting. I especially appreciate the use of hurricane brackets in your construction plan. Job well done!

    TennesseeTinyHomes - August 1, 2012 Reply

    Thanks alot Lisa, our future models will include built in wall beds.

Lexie - July 21, 2012 Reply

Love your tiny house!!

bijou letord - July 21, 2012 Reply

hi joe : i love your tiny home and your story that goes with it… the black white red color theme thoughout the house is perfect… lotta work and heart but you did it! Congratulations.
🙂

Charlotte - July 21, 2012 Reply

I am in love with your tiny house! I am 62 years old and afraid of falling off ladder to sleeping loft. Have you designed a tiny house that has sleeping area on main level. I am sure this is a concern for many people with health problems and disabilities. Your tiny house is perfect solution for seniors who wish to downsize and from time to time relocate.

    jackie smith - July 22, 2012 Reply

    I’m with you Charlotte. At nearly 58 i’m thinking I have not enough money laid aside for retirement. This is a great solution!

    TennesseeTinyHomes - August 1, 2012 Reply

    Thank you Ms. Charlotte! Our future homes will offer murphy beds and other options for customers who dont wanna “climb” into bed!

jackie smith - July 21, 2012 Reply

Hi, I am looking for someone to build me a tiny house. like would 10 by 18 be a good size to have the double size bed on main floor? I have back problem so climbing ladder to bed not a good idea. I want’ modern looking this one looks awesome, full shower and possibly tub size 48 inches? regular toleit no bathroom sink use kitchen sink. full size or small full size fridge small stove and granite or nicer counter tops. Room to put a couch pull out in and closet and counter in bedroom area with room for chair for computer work. How much about would it cost to have you build with trailer and everything and get to me in minnesota?

    TennesseeTinyHomes - August 1, 2012 Reply

    I can build you just what you want and deliver for around $30,000! You will have to stay under 8 1/2 feet wide to keep it legal on the road.

Alex Lowry - July 22, 2012 Reply

Looks Great. I really got hooked on the beginning of your story regarding special needs. I understand about money. However, this is a niche that really needs attention. It would be very cool if you could revisit this.

I like the bead board and I had never seen corrugated metal used in a shower. Clever.

Neva - July 22, 2012 Reply

Isn’t there anyone out there who will just build an 8 x 8 x 10 living space that can be put on a trailer for less than $30,000? The price seems outrageous given today’s housing market. Like the poster from Oklahoma, I could also buy a real house for not much more than that in Alabama.

I think tiny houses become a hot trend and will bring the high dollar amount because of the artistry involved. Of course, artisan-building has value. Not arguing that. I’m saying what about the rest of us? What about the vast majority who really doesn’t care if it’s an artistic statement as long as it is clean, well built and safe. Oughta be able to meet all three criteria for a lot less than $30,000 and still make a good profit.

This price hike is unfortunate because I think the tiny house movement started originally to give those who couldn’t afford a big house or didn’t want to be under a 30 year mortgage, a far less expensive option.

For the person with money who wants a unique artistic dwelling, fine. For the rest of us, make it functional and safe and get that price way down.

    Rebecca - July 23, 2012 Reply

    If you’re willing to accept a house on skids and do most of the finish work yourself, you can get an Amish built house for a couple of thousand dollars. The finish work is the expensive part, but that can be pay as you go.

    TennesseeTinyHomes - August 1, 2012 Reply

    The price is Negotiable!!! It was just a starting point for a brand new business. Our future homes will vary in pricing starting at just $15,000.

WyomingEpu - July 22, 2012 Reply

Love the ideas. I was planning to do something like you did for the storage under the sofa and next to the bed… but you did it with such style! I was also thinking there could be a latch on the sofa that would allow it to slide out another foot or so for some real tv relaxing, maybe even for someone sleeping over… but my layout has the bathroom on the other side which makes us much easier to do this.

Keep up the great work. I hope this demo gets you a lot of business!

Elizabeth - July 22, 2012 Reply

This is a beautiful tiny house. I am in the early stages of building a tiny house. The walls are going up and windows installed this week. I have been going back and forth with different ideas for the inside, but have definitely decided that I like your colors. My ceiling will have the cedar, but the bead board on the walls will allow me to paint the walls white, which will open the space up more.

I applaud you for the story of your special needs family member. I, too, have a family member who has special needs and this tiny house that I’m building will be for him.

Great photos and beautiful work!!!

Anne - July 22, 2012 Reply

Nice kitchen, just my size. Liking the storage in the loft also (long low boxes along each wall? I think I see hinges. Good use of an awkward space) Port hole window at each end and I could live there quite easily. Well done.

    TennesseeTinyHomes - August 1, 2012 Reply

    Adding a window would be the only thing i would have changed and still could be done if need be! Thanks!

Bernadette - July 22, 2012 Reply

Love this tiny house! How long does it take to make one? Where is your company located in TN? Do you have more models in the works? May we see this one in person in TN?

    TennesseeTinyHomes - August 1, 2012 Reply

    This one has been in work since Jan. but our future homes should be constructed in approx. 2 months. We are located in Collierville TN and you are more than welcome to come take a look! We are starting our second as soon as the first sells. Thanks!

MariaJ - July 22, 2012 Reply

Love the well thought out plan and execution.

Shortstop - July 22, 2012 Reply

Love the light interior, and the layout of the kitchen and bathroom. Love the bathroom light; very original

Tim - July 23, 2012 Reply

Very nice but I don’t care for the windowless mini loft. It looks too cramped and stuffy. A screened window for light and airflow would be more appealing to me. Otherwise I like this design more than many I have seen. Also the colors add much to the feeling of openness. Hat off to the builder!

TennesseeTinyHomes - August 7, 2012 Reply

Price reduced $2500 to $27500 obo!!!

Fabio Tabaré - August 9, 2012 Reply

Yo soy de Uruguay, esto no suele ser el tipo de vivienda aquí, pero quiero tener uno, no un remolque, una pequeña casa colocada en el suelo, realmente he amado su casita …

I am from Uruguay, this is usually not the type of housing here, but I want to have one, not a trailer, a small house placed on the ground, I’ve really loved his little house …

Brother Curt - August 21, 2012 Reply

I really appreciate the way your tiny home is built. For someone my age (61), this is an easy to care for style. I did notice that the composting toilet next to the shower causes restricted access to the toilet. Do you pull it out of the way? If so, is it mounted on locking wheels or something to provide ease of movement. The simple composting toilet is one of the best, simple and inexpensive ways to go! Even if your a little concerned about using it in your garden, is is a very good fruit tree and bramble fruit fertalizer you can use.

    TennesseeTinyHomes - September 14, 2012 Reply

    Thanks Brother Curt! The toilet actually is not in the way , the pic just makes it look that way!

Ann - August 31, 2012 Reply

ADORABLE! I wish I could buy it, it looks so cozy. Beautiful work Joe!

Lerrinus - August 31, 2012 Reply

Holy smokes, that’s cute! Keep up the great work!

TennesseeTinyHomes - September 14, 2012 Reply

Price reduced to $25,000!! Free shipping within 500 miles!!

Richard Perez - November 3, 2012 Reply

Looks great, man!

Nick - December 4, 2012 Reply

I read that a school in Sweden was renting these out for $300 us Dollars for students…imagine if a major university builit about 200 of these on a campus area…I would jump on it, for one…and could roll my little IQ right up to the door. This IS the direction that America needs to take (even if not this drastic) I think that small tiny house communities would benefit the country and that cities would be impressed with the amount and caliber of variety of people who would occupy them.

“They put up a bunch of ugly boxes…and Jesus People bought em…they called it paradise…” The Eagles, Last Resort

rudi schiffer - January 20, 2013 Reply

Missing vital stats like: how are they heated, cooled,electric hookups, what? any idea on utilitiy bill est for a month. what is your water supply and how is toilet hooked up. do they need to anchored to the ground for safety? need more details like these answered in your material as the homes look great and speak for themselves except the means and cost to operate one.
thanks and good luck, i think you will sell a lot of them.

Lee - February 1, 2013 Reply

I have the same questions and accolades as Rudi. Anxiously awaiting your response.

    Joe Everson - TTH - February 24, 2013 Reply

    Bout to start work on our 5th tiny home! They hook up with a garden hose and extension cord plugged into an outlet, generator, or solar setup. Utilities run from $0-30! Can heat and cool anyway you can a regular home. Toilet can be compost, rv, or reg! Anchors are nice but not necessary. Thanks!

Bryan - February 9, 2013 Reply

Wow! The tongue weight has to be overwhelming, with so much weight ahead of the tandem axles. Why not switch the front porch to the tongue or maybe a side entrance?

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Andrea - April 17, 2013 Reply

This is just the cutest little thing! I love it.

E - June 18, 2013 Reply

What a beaut!!!! You all are so talented!
(If I were 30 years younger…!!!) {:^D

Alice Trusty - October 28, 2014 Reply

Please send lnfo re pri:e size movibility

wanda cook - July 4, 2015 Reply

I am really interested in a tiny home but have no idea where I can put it. how do I find a rent space or even land to buy that allows a tiny home.

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