THE MOST CHARMING TINY HOUSE I’VE EVER SEEN

Hello there and thanks for visiting with me today. Like a lot of people who find themselves with an empty nest after years of a house full of kids, my husband and I have toyed with the thought of downsizing. Our 5,000+ square foot house now seems large for our day-to-day needs, and a good deal of it doesn’t get used at all now that the kids have flown the coop. But however unused parts of the house currently are, I remind myself that when I designed and built this home the intent was for it to be a forever-house. I envisioned it as a place where our extended family would gather for holidays, where my kids could bring their friends and eventually their wives, and where my grandkids would enjoy coming. Now my goal is to make it as comfortable and inviting as possible so everyone wants to come home, often. So, as I see the Tiny House trend taking hold, I am reminded that my generation was the one that embraced the McMansions trend, and now many in my kid’s generation have made a complete about-face, with some choosing to live in the tiniest of spaces. I can’t even begin to imagine living in a Tiny House, many of which are about the size of my closet! HGTV has a whole show dedicated to Tiny Houses which I watch occasionally. Most of the Tiny Houses they visit on the show have zero appeal to me, that was until they featured the most charming Tiny House I’ve ever seen!

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The manufacturer, New Frontier Tiny Homes, calls it “The Alpha Tiny House” and it was featured on HGTV’s “Tiny House, Big Living,” Season 3, Episode 9. I think what appeals to me about this Tiny House is the contrasts between its clean, modern design, that is then juxtaposed with the contrasting aesthetic of rustic, natural and textured materials such as the use of reclaimed wood, shou sugi ban cedar siding and hardwood floors.

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One of the many things that make this tiny home unique and more spacious feeling is the fold down deck, tempered glass garage door and an awning on one side of the home.

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Imagine how light filled the space is.

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And the other side of the home has a giant sliding glass door

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Multi functionality and a maximization of space are the calling cards of this Tiny House and this one seems to have it all going on. On one end of the house you have a very functional kitchen which features unexpected things like a full size refrigerator…

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a dishwasher…

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and a full sized cooktop. They’ve even made room for a vent hood and microwave…

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and a large apron sink. In this kitchen you hardly know you’re in a Tiny House!

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I also like the use of open crates as pantry storage. And if you notice, the decor has been accessorized almost exclusively with items from IKEA. They’ve done a good job making the place look very nice using IKEA lanterns, artificial plants and planters, baskets & bottles and even some of the light fixtures are from IKEA. I know because I’ve used many of the same items in the renovation and decoration of my cabins.

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One of the most innovative things I think they’ve done here is to elevate the kitchen. Hidden below is a multifunctional, pull out unit that acts both as storage and as a dining table that seats 8!

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On the other side of the Tiny House is the lofted bedroom, a bathroom and a laundry.

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Look how they have managed to accommodate a toilet, sink and combo washer/dryer unit in the bathroom space…

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along with a full sized tub/shower combo. Have you ever seen all this in a Tiny House??

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Above the bathroom is the lofted bedroom space. Admittedly, I think I’d feel a little cramped and claustrophobic here, but it does look like it holds a King sized bed.

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One thing this Tiny Home doesn’t seem to have are window treatments for privacy, but I’m sure they could be added.

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I think this is the most imaginative, well designed, innovative and the most charming Tiny House I’ve ever seen. And it costs $95,000.00 dollars as shown. Not a bad way to have a second home or a guest house. As for living this way full time, I’ll leave that to others.

What do you think? Is this the Tiny House you’d downsize for? If your answer is yes you might be interested in this article which lists 20 Free DIY Tiny House Plans so you can build your very own Tiny Home.

So there you have it: THE MOST CHARMING TINY HOUSE I’VE EVER SEEN

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Comments

  • I think the size of our house works for us, but I would like a little less yard. I used to think I could move to something much smaller, but after watching Tiny Houses I don’t think I could. The place you’ve shared is cute as a studio or maybe guest space. 🙂
    Karen

  • Since the beginning of summer I have been obsessed with finding a tiny home (+/-300 square feet) in Cape Cod. Small home living would be great for a vacation home but I could never think of downsizing to that extent permanently (what would I do with all my shoes! Lol). Seeing you decorate your rental has inspired me….you can do a lot with smaller spaces while still being very functional and stylish. Like you, we bought our seaside ranch home with the thought of it being our forever home. The size of the home and yard are ideal for us. Plus having a single level will be good for us as we “age in place”.