Alek’s Tiny House

I recently completed my tiny house and wanted to share. I designed every inch of this unique home and did most of the construction myself as well. About a month ago Itowed it from Iowa to its current location in Sebastopol, CA, where these pictures were taken. I live in the house full-time, along with my girlfriend and our small dog.

A self-designed, self-built tiny house in Sebastopol, California. Shared and owned by Alek Lisefski.



  1. Alek December 30, 2013 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    Find details of the entire construction process (with tons of photos) at our blog:

    And on Facebook:

    Thanks for looking!

    • kristina January 5, 2014 at 11:14 pm - Reply

      i need to accommodate my self and my two girls 7 and 9 years old/


      single mom doing this all by myself and loving it ever since i delivered them in into this world.

    • kristina January 5, 2014 at 11:15 pm - Reply

      very nice job tho….have fun and injoy!!!


      happy new year

      best of wishes

    • Rae McCall March 6, 2014 at 3:07 pm - Reply

      Could you post info on where one could find the stove/oven which you show in your photos?

    • Kristy R September 2, 2014 at 5:25 pm - Reply

      What type of wood is used on the walls and the floor in the loft.

  2. Lj December 30, 2013 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    VERY WELL DONE!! What did type of wood did you use for the floors/ceiling? Also curious where you found your little stainless gas stove? Thanks Lj

  3. GT December 30, 2013 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    An absolutely amazing home. Well done!

  4. Tracy December 30, 2013 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    Beautiful home! I’m curious to know what the finished height of the loft at its highest point was up there? Looks far more spacious to me than most – a shed roof design is the way to go it seems. Thanks for sharing!

    • Alek January 10, 2014 at 8:00 pm - Reply

      The headroom in the loft is 4 feet on the high side and about 3 on the low side at the foot of the bed. It’s enough room to sit up in comfortably, something rare for a tiny house. I still cannot for the life of me figure out why everyone else chooses a traditional gabled roof and has no loft space as a result!

  5. Kathy December 30, 2013 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    One of the nicest tiny homes I’ve ever seen! It’s great to see how it stands up to being lived in. Aside from the climbing-up part, I could envision living in a house like yours very happily. Bravo!

    • Mimi January 6, 2014 at 1:55 pm - Reply

      I am with Tracy. I understand the need to put the bedroom up top so as not to loose a lot of floor/day-time living space. Being an older adult, I need to find something I know I can climb into, thus stairs, versus ladders which seem to have a steeper incline.

  6. Jenna December 31, 2013 at 12:46 am - Reply

    Awesome! I’m jealous.

  7. Sue December 31, 2013 at 2:45 am - Reply

    Wow !! Very nice AleK !!!!

  8. Rachael December 31, 2013 at 8:15 am - Reply

    What a wonderful example of minimalism! – such a good example for everyone of us in this hyper-materialistic world. Well done on the design – every space is used to its fullest potential.

  9. Michael Crawford December 31, 2013 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Alek – absolutely brilliant. Tiny homes now are becoming more like a fine piece of furniture that people live in and your home is a prime example – a new benchmark. Tiny house builders – take note.

  10. Casey Friday December 31, 2013 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    Sweet 17″ AG MBP setup! Are you a programmer? I’m excited to hook up the tech in our tiny house when I finish it. I also have a 17″ AG MBP, and I think it’s the perfect machine for a tiny house. Ultimate power with portability that you can hide away.

    Great house, by the way! I love the combo of dark floors with light walls.

  11. Gabe, Steph & Violet Craft December 31, 2013 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    Congratulations Alek, Anjali and Anya!

  12. Jr December 31, 2013 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    Really nice, what size trailer did you build it on?

    • Alek January 10, 2014 at 7:58 pm - Reply

      The trailer is a standard 20 foot flatbed trailer with some modifications. I had them add 3 feet opposite the tongue side to support the porch and I added many brackets that extend out to the 8 feet width to support the subfloor framing and to bolt the house onto the trailer in as many places as possible. More here:

  13. Linda December 31, 2013 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    My favorite tiny home yet! Really designed for actual living and working in! What a terrific job you did!

  14. Greg December 31, 2013 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    One of the nicest tiny houses I’ve seen, very good job. Wish I would have stumbled upon this sooner, you could have stayed at our place in the Boulder area when you came through. Read your building details on your blog site as well. Noticed that Thom Krystofiak helped you. He’s a friend of mine when we lived and worked in FF. Enjoy your life in this amazing home!

  15. JD January 1, 2014 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    How tall is the finished structure at its highest point? I’m wondering about height restrictions on the roads and clearance. Thanks!

  16. Larry January 2, 2014 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    Very well done. Simple design. Thank you for sharing.

  17. Matt January 4, 2014 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    This is one of my favorite tiny houses I’ve seen. Great work on the design. Looks super livable, with wonderful functionality. Also probably the best looking interior. Love it. Wish I had the same eye for style & design. Feel free not to post, but what was your approximate budget on that project?

  18. MJ January 6, 2014 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    Obviously striking a real chord among us appreciators of tiny homes that are very well done! The kitchen looks very workable, though I might run a narrow shelf from the oven area under the window to the other side; it looks like it wouldn’t impede the fridge door and give a bit more work space (that’s just me though!) Good work, the loft looks really comfortable! Thank you for sharing your home with us.

  19. Dorothy White January 6, 2014 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    This is absolutely gorgeous. You have all the storage covered and the personal business. You must be a very thoughtful person for such wonderful details. Your girlfriend is a very lucky lady. By the way it was -18 in IA where I live. Warmed up to -10 right now. You are lucky to be in CA. Enjoy.

  20. Br. Curt Beardsley January 6, 2014 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    Beautiful home, Alek! You’re quite the craftsman. Your design really make good use of space I’ll bet you have some great views. It looks really comfortable. I am curious about your “skinny” bathroom sink. Is it a little messy to use, or does it work out alright. I would think water splashing would be a problem.

  21. Jenaya January 6, 2014 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    Would you mind sharing the model of that stove please? I love it! Can’t seem to find one like it myself searching the net.

    • Alek January 10, 2014 at 8:02 pm - Reply

      Not only is this the stove, but I’ve saved you a lot of searching and found the best price out there. They say out of stock but will order it and ship directly from manufacturer. Give them a call.

    • ET January 11, 2014 at 2:09 pm - Reply

      Read the comments above re stove.

  22. Amy January 7, 2014 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    This is by far one of the best tiny houses I’ve ever seen. So much storage, I love the layout and the bedroom!

  23. Anne January 7, 2014 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    Love this! Great use of space. Gives me lots of new ideas. Thanks for sharing your home!

  24. Liane January 11, 2014 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    I love all the windows and all the light! The dark floors look great with the light walls. Ceiling is beautiful.
    One comment mentioned being older and having difficulty with ladders to sleeping lofts. This has been the one big concern for my husband and I (mid to late 60’s) as we plan for a change into a tiny house. Your choice of “ladder” looks more doable than a regular ladder.
    I also really like that your loft window can slide open for ventilation. Ceiling fan is very nice for keeping the air moving.
    Kitchen and bath have everything one would need. Nice touch with slide out shelves.
    So light and bright. Thank you for sharing.

  25. Myrna September 17, 2015 at 7:20 am - Reply

    LOVE the house! The best one I have seen yet, by far. Great job!

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