Tonita’s Tiny Porch Makeover

by Tonita Fernandez

When Slabtown Customs of Arkansas built my 8ft x 24ft $10,000 tiny house, I debated if I should go with a large (for a tiny house) covered front porch or use that space to extend the interior length and square footage. Since I am not a builder and have no intention of building my own covered deck in the future I decided to go with a covered front porch. I am happy with my choice. Have covered deck, will travel.

The interior size measures eight feet wide by eighteen feet long. The porch measures 6 feet long by 8 feet wide. A large tiny house porch gives me several options. I need to be able to change things up and move furniture around as my mood changes. Even in a tiny house I feel it is important to be able to change out furniture and décor. I could not imagine living day in and day out, year in and year out with the same stuff in the same place all the time. I would go stir crazy and be bored to death. Here is my little porch dressed and ready for the long warm days of summer. My prior post shows pictures of the porch in Feb. Yes, I change out my porch depending on the weather, holiday or my mood.

See more pictures of Tonita’s house at her blog:


I purchased lace panels from a thrift store for added privacy & a cozy feel

chickens and porch

My porch will seat four people comfortably

lots of room

I sat on my porch reading a book during a thunder storm last evening


Roses tied to an old wooden post welcome guests to my tiny retreat

seating for two

Seating for two on one side of the front door

chair and lace

Comfortable seating for two more people on the other side of the porch

chair and front door

The sun and lace create beautiful wall patterns depending on the time of day

lace and seating

It is so comfy on my porch as a warm summer breeze blows through the lace


An antique French key adds mystery to my front door


A vintage lunch box works great outside to hold and protect food items

wicker chair

The wicker table was on the side of the road = free, a coat of white paint and she has a new life

chickens and can

Rusty vintage chicken feeders make wonderful planters & an old milk can provides storage and when topped with a tractor seat makes a great place to sit

wicker sofa

My little wicker sofa was a Craig’s list find for $25.00


Adding shutters made a world of difference

tractor seat

A vintage ceiling tin piece sits above the top step to add interest to the porch area

Thanks for visiting my tiny front porch. It is such a fun and comfortable spot to relax, read, entertain, eat meals or just hang out with a girlfriend.

Remember, it is never too late to have a happy childhood.
Now…. go play.


Slabtown Customs Office for Sale

Scott Stewart from Slabtown Customs in Arkansas is selling his office as he needs more space. This unit is ready for you to turn into a tiny home or office.

Scott says: It’s built like the tiny houses I build and could easily be set up as a house with addition of a bath and kitchen but was built to be my personal office and has been great but some new business additions require more office space so I would like to sell this one. It’s built on a trailer with two axles and bumper hitch, it is 8′ wide and 20′ long including a 6′ front covered porch.

Insulated and wired it has ext ceiling fan and light on front porch, ceiling fan with light and hanging globe lights inside, rustic pine lap and gap and barn metal interior, also has barn metal porch ceiling.

Vinyl flooring, three 3×3 windows with window in back wall having a plug for a window type heat/ac unit in place.

Scott is asking $6,250 for the office as is. If you would like Scott will add a bathroom for $2,000 which would include shower, toilet, sink/vanity and water heater. With that addition it would make a perfect guest house or dorm room for a college student.

Contact Scott Stewart at 870-213-5310
Slabtown Customs
Mountain View, Arkansas

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Photo Credits: Scott Stewart

Tonita’s Tiny House

by Scott Stewart

This tiny house was a custom build and is a mix of our original Annemarie unit along with some inspiration from another design on the internet as well as many custom ideas from the buyer. It is an 8 ft. wide and 24 ft. long unit built permanently on a steel trailer with axles and bumper hitch.

The porch is 6 ft. long leaving 18 ft. of space inside the house, as you enter the house the fridge is immediately on your left and is a bottom mount freezer that has been lifted some for easy access, it is set into its own little area as it is seperated from the kitchen counter by a thin wall, counter top is solid maple butcher block with under mount small granite double basin sink and custom faucet all sitting on solid oak base cabinets running 7 ft. in length, at the end of the cabinets and just in front of the bathroom is an 18 in. wide set of book shelves/pantry with a custom ladder that fits in front of the shelves with rungs matching each shelf so it almost disappears when in place, ladder is easily removed with one hand and quickly set in place to reach either of the units two lofts.

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Slabtown Customs Update

Quite of few of you have been asking about Scott Stewart and Slabtown Customs as I have not reported on Scott and his work in sometime and his website was taken down. Scott and his business is still going strong and I have an update here of many of his recent projects. In this post I have put together several galleries and a couple of movies of what Scott has been up to. Here they are:

The Linger Longer, a Park Model

This custom unit is one of our park model builds, it is built perm. on a steel i beam frame with three axles and bumper style hitch (hitch is hidden under front steps) unit is 14′ wide and a total of 38′ long including a 6′ front covered porch with treated decking and vinyl porch posts and railings, layout includes bedroom in back large enough to accommodate a king size bed if needed, large closet, bathroom including a 4′ wide shower stall with seats, full size tall elongated dual flush toilet, sink/vanity, vent/light as well as vanity lights, high grade allure vinyl flooring in bathroom, kitchen includes hickory cabinets, full size fridge, induction cook top, toaster/convection oven, microwave, dual basin full size sink with custom cover that matches the counter top to cover one half of the sink to gain counter space if needed, cabinets include base, overhead and 7′ pantry. house is fully insulated wired and plumbed like a site built home with rv type connections to allow set up in an rv park, set up on 110v service, has two heat/air combo units, one in living area and one in bedroom, layout also includes two lofts, one 6′ storage loft over the front porch that has a custom installed stained glass window in the gable end that has a light behind it controlled by a switch next to the front door allowing the owners to light the stained glass at night for a very nice look,  house also has a large sleeping loft in the back accessed by stairs between the bath and bedroom, this loft is the full 14′ wide and just over 17′ long creating lots and lots of added sleeping/reading room, the side walls of the house in the loft area are 10′ tall with a 7′ tall ceiling below the loft in the bedroom and bathroom to gain headroom in the loft, the loft has railings but is open looking down on the living area below. Continue reading

Slabtown Customs Cube

This Slabtown Customs creation is based on the popular French Cube with some modifications, the biggest being the size. This unit is a 12′ cube, 12×12 footprint and 12′ tall with a very roomy second level for sleeping quarters and storage/closet space, with stair access to upper level

The attached pictures were taken before total completion of the unit so there are some things yet to be done such as a little trim, bathroom door, as well as some kitchen items I mention below.

The house is constructed on wooden skids, it has 2×8 floor joists, 16″ on center with steel hurricane ties on each end of every joist, 3/4″ thick floor decking, standard site built house framing, metal roof, 36″ entry door with window. The house has two 3×3 windows as well as a 2×2 plus the window in the door on the lower level and two 3×3 plus one 2×3 window in the upper level filling the house with lots of natural light. The house is fully insulated with fiberglass in the floor, walls and ceiling, it is wired and plumbed like a site built home but set up with rv type hook-ups including a 50 amp 110v electric service.
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