Martin House-To-Go - Update - Tiny House Blog

Martin House-To-Go Update

I think this company has gone out of business as I have not been able to get in touch with Julie in quite some time.

One of the most popular posts in this blog is the Martin House-To-Go post.

Dan from Southern California has been talking with Martin House-To-Go about their houses and they have given him a private preview of a house that is not even on their website yet.

From what Dan understands, it is available for purchase. Here are the highlights.


$37,900 complete (everything below is included in price)

  • Super sized version 10′ wide by 20′ long
  • Pre-wired for cable and internet
  • Under counter fridge
  • 11 windows
  • Pedestal sink in bathroom with full shower and electric composting toilet standard
  • On-demand tankless hot water heater
  • GE 2 burner electric stove top
  • Microwave
  • Cedar kitchen counter
  • Custom bamboo wood floors
  • Remote-controlled air conditioning standard ( very very cool ) – no pun intended –
  • Built in window seat with underneath storage

Dan says the kitchen is a lot better than their previous model – it’s HUGE and he likes the cedar – they said it has some sort of high cost expensive sealer on it.  He thinks the cedar kitchen counter gives it a nice touch of a “woodsy cabin” feel.

Dan’s wife thought window box for flowers adds a nice touch to the house as well.

Overall, I think they managed to put a lot of ‘charm and cozy home appeal’ into this one.  When you compare this new one to the one on their website, I think this one is a world apart better.

Quoting Dan’s wife, ” Yes, I could live in that ” or have a guest stay in it.

They also showed Dan photos of the “Sportsman Model” below…. for campers, hunters, nature lovers …

It looks pretty cool set up with cots and camping equipment.  You could definitely see yourself taking it out hitched up to your truck for a weekend camping trip.  It sure beats a tent any day of the week.  Considering all the stuff you hear going on at campgrounds, I like the idea of locking my front door at night while camping.

I think Martin House-To-Go adding the front porch gave it a nice touch too.

Thank you Dan for sharing these photos and thoughts with us.


Kitchen/Living Room




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Shelley - August 19, 2008 Reply

Loved this! Was curious about the bedroom set up…

Kent - August 19, 2008 Reply

Hi Shelley,

It appears just to have a loft for sleeping. That is how they have done it in the past and how it appears in the photo.


Update: Dan just gave me the following info:

Oh..and for sleeping arrangements I was told you can get 2 mattresses up in the loft – but you could also put 2 cots in the back room or have it enclosed as a “mini one bedroom”.

Daniel - August 19, 2008 Reply

I like this one. It’s very open with the high ceiling. I like this about as much as the Tumbleweeds. The tiny house market is offering quite a bit at this point.


Greg - August 20, 2008 Reply

You guys rock!!! How do you do something this beautiful for this price? Can we have one in New Zealand? Just kidding. Actually, no – seriously!

Julie - August 20, 2008 Reply

Gorgeous! But how do you get UP to the loft?

Michael - August 20, 2008 Reply

Great to see and update on this project. Really nice finish work on the interior. I’m looking forward to seeing more on their website, especially the layout. I looks like the bathroom is curtained off. Not sure if that’s right or just how it looks in these photos.

Christina Nellemann - August 21, 2008 Reply

Exquisite! Yes, this one looks better made and more detailed than the one on the website. Is the composting toilet in that wooden box in the bathroom? Thanks Kent!

Kent - August 21, 2008 Reply

Hi Julie,

I believe a ladder is used to get to the loft. I have not seen any pictures of one on her site or in these photos but that is how Jay Shafer gets into his and the Martin House-To-Go was originally based off of Jay Shafers plans at Tumbleweed.

Yes, Christina, I believe that is the composting toilet. I wish I had a floor plan but I don’t. I will try contacting Martin House-To-Go and see if I can get one.


Martin House-To-Go Update #2 - August 26, 2008 Reply

[…] are a few answers to our last post on the Martin House-To-Go. I am featuring some new pictures of the Sportsman in this post. Again these are a first view […]

Ilana - August 30, 2009 Reply

This is what I show people when trying to explain why I LOVE the “tiny house movement” (I live in 250 sq ft right now – 1955 travel trailer) and intend to move up to something gorgeous like this in a few years. Thank you for building these beautiful tiny homes, and for sharing the photos!!

Larissa - December 20, 2009 Reply

I was one the site about two months ago but I have not been able to find it lately. Did the company go under?

Marty - January 2, 2010 Reply

One of these homes was parked across from me in a campground in MD – I so loved it – the owner (deaf) was putting up wooden shutters which look terrific. I’ve tried numerous times to conact the company with no responses – help – very interested.

    Kent Griswold - January 2, 2010 Reply

    I will try to get in touch with Julie, I’m not for certain they are still in business. Their website was down for a while but is back up again, so just not sure what is going on.

Tim - March 18, 2010 Reply

Someday very soon we will be seeing these types of homes everywhere, this one is just incredibly beautiful! I could easily see myself living in this with no problem what so ever. I do have one question, from most of the posts I have read here on this blog, I thought 8 foot width was the max, can you tow this 10 wide home without permits everytime you want to go somewhere, are there any restrictions towing a 10 foot wide home such as this? Thanks for any help clearing this up for me, Tim

    Kent Griswold - March 18, 2010 Reply

    Hi Tim, In most states this one will require a permit. Julie says no permit is required in her state but I would verify that before purchasing and moving a tiny house of this width.

      Tim - March 18, 2010 Reply

      Wow, thank you so much for the quick reply Kent, you are on top of things!! Tim

Andrew - May 22, 2010 Reply

For those of you like me who were trying to find her website, I believe it has changed to

oscar - May 24, 2010 Reply

i would buy it if it was cheaper….maybe 10k.
its too much money.

Don - August 16, 2010 Reply

Are they still in business? I tried sending an email through the Contact Us page and got a 404 error. Not sure if the message was delivered or not.

I thought that they also made an 8-foot version. Not true?

    Kent Griswold - August 16, 2010 Reply

    I have not been able to get through to Julie and am assuming that they have gone out of business. I will put a note in the post stating this.

juliann - September 19, 2010 Reply

Might this be them?

Mel - November 5, 2010 Reply

Gosh, it would be so disappointing to find they are out of business.

I’m in the market to either build one myself or buy one in the next year, and I really like this.

Lauren - February 9, 2012 Reply

If you ever get in touch with Julie can you ask if they would sell their blue prints?
I love the way they have things laid out and am supper bummed that they aren’t around anymore

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