Vlad’s Tiny House

by Lynne Hopwood

A couple that I freelanced for, designing ads and catalogs, had been remodeling a tiny house, so I just had to get over there and get a tour. Wow, they took a 12 x 24 ft. building with a loft and parked it on their property, added a front porch and two permanent overhangs that are used as a cook out area on one side and a place to park on the other. The little house has a stunning view of the valley below it.

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View from the road.

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loft and bed

Once you open the front door, you see the kitchen and loft stairs ahead, futon couch to the right. The open door is the door to the bathroom. An armoire sits to the left. I believe it stores clothes and the TV. The kitchen has a bar where two stools are placed.

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Another view of the futon just inside the front door. It is used as a second bed when not used as a couch.

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View of armoire just to the left of the entry.

kitchen

The kitchen is super classy with recessed lighting, a full sized double sink, a small fridge and a four burner cook top which is raised up above the wooden counter top by about 3 inches. It looks like it was to make room for the mini fridge below.

mini fridge

sink

The bathroom below consists of a regular toilet and a built-in stall shower, mirror, and no sink. Shower to the left and toilet to the right.

bathroom

The loft ladder stands permanently on an angle, out of the way of traffic. I love the design.

loft ladder

There are only two wall windows and one skylight in this tiny house. It is very bright inside! Below is the view of the skylight from the loft.

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And next, a view of the front door from the loft. Nice use of paint and hard wood.

view below

There are no lights in the sleeping loft. A through-the-wall AC unit cools the entire house in the summer. Sorry that the picture is so bad, I must have been trembling with delight over this tiny place!

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The loft railing made from local bamboo and painted dark green.

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Below a view of the porch. Note the bamboo shade that keeps out the intense sun when needed.

porch

A view from their valley. My friends sometimes rent this tiny house to employees that work at their herb/supplement business (MoreThanAlive.com). They have two other tiny buildings that comprise their office and small warehouse and could easily be turned into living spaces in the future.

road view

This story would not be complete until I give a shout out to the couple that did the remodeling, a husband and wife team, Marcus and Ester!

How I Downsized From 1700 to 238 Square Feet

by Ann Reynolds

As an architect, my best ideas emerge from restriction, and my best clients have always been those with limited resources. What I hadn’t planned on though, was becoming my own worst client.
In this last recession, I lost everything, including my job. I was forced to sell my properties fully furnished, just to close the deal. The heartbreaker was losing the 1700 square foot warehouse loft I’d renovated into a stunning art gallery. Before I laid the carpet, I in-line skated the full seventy-foot length a couple times just for fun.

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This sale too, would only close if everything on the walls were part of the deal. I lost most of my art collection, and valuable pieces I bought in India, Nepal, and Thailand. I fit my bike, my saddle, and my clothes into a Minivan and moved from the Bay Area to another state, hoping to buy a property with cash.
But one disaster after another cost me more money. When a water main exploded under the floor of my rental unit, the flood destroyed everything I’d just bought at Wallmart. I couldn’t get a loan anymore, so I moved back to California to hunt for income.

seating area

This time, I rented an even tinier place, and furnished it with “elegance” from Goodwill. At first, my tiny Sausalito houseboat studio seemed idyllic, until I started unpacking. My frustration quickly turned into huge appreciation for Kent Griswold’s site, and all the clever people featured in it. Tiny houses always seemed so romantic, so practical, so “green.” What was my problem?

dining area

As I confronted the most challenging space planning of my career, the reality of my losses hit me like a tsunami. So I focused on the stability of the horizon and the future, like I did when two of us crossed the Pacific from California to Hawaii in a thirty-foot boat.

kitchen

The day finally came when I could navigate my studio and actually find something. I found something else too. I could be happy with a whole lot less and live on another boat that was going nowhere.

houseboat

Kappas

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1700 sq ft loft

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1700 sq ft loft

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Both electrical (12V) and plumbing systems come with the delivered materials. The entire structure is built with metal structural insulated panels with an R-12 rating and a roof and floor with an R-24 rating. The exterior is galvanized metal siding and the interior walls are pre-finished metal panels. Add-ons include stair drawers for extra storage, a surrounding deck, a sliding sun shade and solar power, gray water and rain water collection systems. The NOMAD can be shipped worldwide and can be assembled or disassembled by two people with some handyman skills.

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