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.
View from the road.
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.
Another view of the futon just inside the front door. It is used as a second bed when not used as a couch.
View of armoire just to the left of the entry.
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.
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.
The loft ladder stands permanently on an angle, out of the way of traffic. I love the design.
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.
And next, a view of the front door from the loft. Nice use of paint and hard wood.
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!
The loft railing made from local bamboo and painted dark green.
Below a view of the porch. Note the bamboo shade that keeps out the intense sun when needed.
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.
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!