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Idaho Tiny House

A 280 square feet tiny house on wheels in Meridian, Idaho. More info. here.

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  • Reply Sandra February 17, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    After literally hundreds of small/tiny home pictures and articles I find it odd so many small mistakes are made. This unit is nice, but more utilitarian than pleasing to the eye. The exterior looks stark and the interior is pretty bland. Also the stairs/ ladder look very dangerous. 15 steps and no railing seems really awkward. As a matter of personal preference I also think the flooring is running the wrong way. That said, the layout is really nice and the kitchen very spacious. Good job there for sure.

    • Reply Michelle Davis February 17, 2014 at 11:01 pm

      I look at tiny houses constantly. I’m obsessed. There are some features of this one I really LOVE. For one think, I prefer the steps to a ladder, which I think is really a pain. I prefer no loft designs for that reason. I think a railing could be easily added. I like the steps though. Also, I love it that it has a real toilet and not a composting one. If you have ever had a composting toilet, they are not as cool as some people seem to think. I love the amount of counter space in the kitchen. I think this design has really gotten a lot of utility in a small amount of space. As to the oustide, I agree, but I think some sort of exterior material could be added easily and could suit whatever style a person wanted. I really like this one.

    • Reply Mike February 18, 2014 at 9:19 am

      I have to agree. At this scale, you’d be better off buying a park model mobile home. The whole appeal of a Tiny House is how much value you can put into 200 square feet and generally less. People make the mistake that McMansion developers do – they want to build the biggest tiny house they can tow. Wrong. The exercise should be about scale, quality, charm and value.

      • Reply Sandra February 18, 2014 at 11:54 am

        I agree..there should be a line where common sense kicks in. Park models are getting to be very nice units. The ability to tow it yourself diminishes with every foot you add in length. At some point your average 1/2 ton truck won’t do the trick and you have lost the mobility. At that point you might as well have a 12-16′ wide park model. My F-150 (new, biggest motor) does not like towing my 8.5×16′ tiny home very well. Sucks gas too! The unit above looks heavy, and does not appeal to any sense of style..so I would be out on this unit. Also those stairs/ladder look so dangerous. No inspector would have OK’ed them. It is imperative when building that you treat a tiny home on wheels build the same as a stationary build.

        • Reply Nikasha February 18, 2014 at 1:02 pm

          This is very interesting discussion. I notice a lot of little “mistakes” in these houses too, but since there is very often signs of recent construction (window stickers, etc.), I usually assume they jumped the gun and sent pictures before construction was complete. I would assume that’s the case here, since it doesn’t look like the shower has received final grout/caulk.

          I agree that a railing would be critical for the usability of that staircase. I don’t necessarily agree that you have to treat building a tiny home on wheels the same as a stationary build. Sure, you should make sure things are functional and safe, but one reason many people build them is to avoid the rules and regulations associated with a stationary building. If you treated it the same and put in a full size staircase, for instance, there wouldn’t be much room for anything else.

          Also, towing mobility may be a factor for many tiny home owners, but I have heard of plenty that hired a truck to tow their home into place and didn’t have any further plans to move it. I don’t think that alone would make me rule out a custom wheeled home in favor of a park model.

        • Reply jesse February 25, 2014 at 4:40 pm

          Sandra,

          this is my tiny house I built, and i just wanted to clear a few things up. First off the weight of this is 7,200 lb’s which Is fairly light when it comes to rvs also have a fifth wheel that weighs more than this. most off other people that build these with a loft have a ladder instead of stairs but i opted for stairs in a tight area. As for the exterior it is a cedar board and batt that has a natural stain on it, again I believe for Idaho which is where this is located it would sell better then cheaper siding. This unit was inspected by the state of Idaho and received a brand new vin number and a 2014 title as a rv.

          thank you for the comments
          Jesse

          • Anni June 28, 2014 at 12:49 pm

            I think you’ve done an awesome job on it. It’s easy for people on the internet to be armchair critics. It’s a whole ‘nother matter to actually accomplish something like this. Congrats on your inspection and title!

      • Reply Shane February 18, 2014 at 9:25 pm

        A park model completely and totally defeats the purpose.

    • Reply Shane February 18, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      As a professional flooring installer, the floor in this house is running the correct way. The rule is to always lay in the direction of the greatest sources of light. As most of the windows on this house are on the sides, and the doors are a very large source of lights, they ran the flooring in the correct direction.

  • Reply Val Ward February 17, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    I love this!
    just thinking, if you made the stairs out just a little more angle, you could make shelves on the back of the stairs for the kitchen. you know women like their shelves….
    I love it so much. How much did it cost to make?? thanks, Val

    • Reply Debbie B February 17, 2014 at 11:39 pm

      I was thinking what a wasted opportunity to not be using the backside of the stairs. Great minds and all that… 🙂

  • Reply glenda ann barrett February 17, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    I maybe able to afford a vintage travel trailer to fix up. I am a senior citizen with 2 Chihuahuas that would love to die in something that is mind and not in apartments. I never see these for sell anymore, Help please without a car I can only look on line. Help please.

  • Reply Tom Stem February 17, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    How much?

    • Reply Amanda February 17, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      On the website linked above it says it’s listed for $30,000.

    • Reply jesse February 25, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      tom,

      I am selling this unit for 30 thousand and it has a brand new 2014 title and is legal to pull down the road. also the pictures so some things not finished but it is done now.

      thank you
      Jesse
      208-794-2714

  • Reply Merav February 17, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Not bad for home made. I’d be afraid to fall out of bed or down the stairs. Both really need railings. Also the kitchen counter needs edging.

    • Reply jesse February 25, 2014 at 4:44 pm

      merav,

      there were a few things not finished in the photos but i have since finished this unit.

      thank you
      Jesse

  • Reply Rae Spencer February 18, 2014 at 9:32 am

    This is a link to an article about a couple (both artists) who live in a converted bus…towing a small Vardo behind them. It’s another fine example of living a small but satisfying lifestyle. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

    http://licoriceallso tort.blogspot.com/2014/02/another-bedford-called-snow-goose.html

  • Reply Lori Syring March 6, 2014 at 11:45 am

    What would be the cost?
    Thanks Lori

  • Reply James May 21, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Like most negative comments on this site, they area made by experts
    Who have never built anything but their ego.
    Kudos to you on a job well done and the guts it takes to
    Do it yourself…
    As for the experts, let’s see your tony house going down the road…!
    I think not

    • Reply Anni June 28, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      I couldn’t have said it better myself.

  • Reply Sharon C July 27, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    I really like this and saw the completed unit on your website. The ONLY thing I would do differently is either make the french doors a single door OR switch the french doors and the middle window in order to make a 2nd loft. That is what we need. Otherwise…love it!

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