Esk’et Tiny House












Our first model is a 280sq ft house, built on a 20ft trailer. It is a proudly Canadian version of a tiny house, featuring carvings and Aboriginal art. Our roof rafters are curved in the shape of sklelten (Shuswap word for salmon), and the roofline intersects and barrels. We’ve designed it to be used longer-term as a guest house, with an open and spacious feel. You walk in and say “aaaaaahhh I could stay here for a while..!” Both ladders were lots of fun to design, and the spiralling ladder is surprisingly comfortable to use! We have a Youtube channel detailing “how-to’s” for many of the custom features – and how do-able they really are. We’re working on our next design – a more simplified version that will be easier to build, but equally beautiful!

A custom 280 square feet tiny house on wheels built by Robert & Bettina Johnson in Alkali Lake, British Columbia, Canada. More info. Esk’et Tiny House.

Originally shared at Tiny House Swoon.

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  • Reply Annette December 4, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Stunning! Gorgeous! Wonderful! Price?

  • Reply Devan December 4, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Wow! Wow! WOW!

  • Reply Brian December 4, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    That is a serious transformation from outside to inside. That is REALLY nice. 🙂

    • Reply Esk'et Tiny House December 5, 2015 at 1:25 am

      thankyou, we love the woodsy exterior because it just suits our area, and we think it needs to be bright and airy inside – since the space is so tiny 🙂

  • Reply Jeff December 4, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    This is stunning!

  • Reply sc December 4, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    I followed the build on youtube and I have been waiting for the tinyhouseswoon reveal. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is one the most beautifully done and elegant tiny house builds to date. This is the kind of tiny house makes a lot of people seriously considering tiny living.
    Can you imagine coming in from the hike or sking to that bit of heaven?
    For full time living, one could add a longer version to add closet/storage space, a rangehood vent and more shelving for the kitchen

  • Reply Carol December 5, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Holy cow that is gorgeous! Love the incorporation of the aboriginal art, it is so subtle but yet obvious, and that roof is a work of art. You have created a work of art! Those stairs are so beautiful and simple. Now the ladder looks cool but I wouldn’t dare use it, to scared i would come crashing down!

  • Reply Nerida December 5, 2015 at 10:51 am

    This is fabulous. From someone who has a reputation for falling down stairs, these are my favourite in any tiny house I have seen to date from an aesthetic point of view and I believe I might even get up and down on the odd occasion without mishap.

    Job well done.

  • Reply Mark Gibson December 5, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    So beautiful. Love all of it. Well done folks.

  • Reply meredith blaney December 5, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    absolutely beautiful & so artistic! love it !

  • Reply Lucie December 5, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Beautiful inside and out! I wonder how it would work in harsh Alberta winter. I still have a lot to research before I build my own. Thank you for such amazing inspiration!

  • Reply Dave December 5, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Having followed the Tiny House movement for about 5 years, you picked the lock in so many ways! A Standing Ovation to you and crew.

  • Reply Mike December 6, 2015 at 1:21 am

    That’s the first of those two stairs I’ve seen. Pretty inventive. Was the person who designed the outside and the inside the same person? Seems a little disconnected, thematically…

    • Reply Patricia Cancado December 6, 2015 at 8:44 pm

      Lovely — charming, cozy, efficient!!!
      What is the price?

  • Reply Natasha December 6, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Darn it all! Just when I think I’ve designed my dream tiny home I come across a set of pictures of another tiny home and fall in love with it. This is making it really hard for me to decide on what I want in mine. Love these pictures, it’s a gorgeous house!

  • Reply Kristina H Nadreau December 7, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    spectacular. agree with previous comment that for full time living add a few feet for a more functional kitchen and storage. on second thought this could be terrific for the right person(s) for full time living. Love the art. brings good juju to the home and its occupants.

  • Reply Dorothy December 7, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    OK. I do love this! The door and the roof are both wonderful. I do see a disconnect between the inside and out as well—but I could easily live with that. The inside is quite beautiful. Just more modern than you might expect. I think I could do those lovely steps. However the whatever it is to get to the second loft—not a chance!

  • Reply Patricia December 7, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    I like this a LOT! Nicely done, very aesthetically pleasing. I could definitely see myself living here. Thank you for sharing this with us!

  • Reply Rich December 7, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    I have seen this on youtube as well. Nicely done. Have appreciated your teachings and sense of humor 😉

  • Reply Blair December 16, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    This comment means Thank you in Secwepemc -their language. (Shuswap is the anglicized word for Secwepemc)

  • Reply Kim December 17, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Very beautiful, even the stairs, but I would fall down them.!

  • Reply Andrea Hardy January 11, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Absolutely stunning!

  • Reply Cee Jay February 14, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    I’ve been looking at quite a few of these and this is by far my favourite and think I could very easily move in and be very happy having this as my home. Absolutely wonderful and gorgeous. I love the fire and those have to be ‘the’ best steps/stairs I have seen so far in a tiny house.

    Cee Jay/Leigh on Sea, Essex, England, Britain.

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  • Reply Tonya March 2, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Really stunning! Love your design and simplicity of it all.
    Can you give me any information on your spiral stairs? This is such a wonderful piece!

  • Reply Trevor March 6, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Any tips for making sure pipes don’t freeze in winter? What are the challenges of a tiny home in a below freezing environment, snow, ice, etc, internally and externally?

    I’m starting to build a tiny home and have no idea what I’m doing so if anyone has some amazing resources or tips, please pass them on! Thanks so much tiny home world.

  • Reply Lisa E. June 17, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    This Esk’et TH has such gracious, beautiful lines and wonderful carvings that I could just get a cup of tea and sit outside and look at it. It really is a work of art! Beautiful.

  • Reply Alisha July 9, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Can you tell me about the fireplace?

  • Reply Beverley September 8, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    Beautiful unique design. I love the roofline and carvings

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