Karen’s Studio






Karen is a professor who lives with her daughter in a beautiful two-bedroom, one-bath home in Berkeley, CA. Karen needed an independent home for an aging relative who lives with her for several months per year, a sanctuary for her own work, a guesthouse for a steady stream of family and friends, and a little extra income.

A backyard guest home and work studio in Berkeley, California. Built by New Avenue Homes.

Originally shared at Tiny House Swoon.



  1. Marianne August 27, 2014 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    So the elderly relative climbs a ladder to sleep, and gets tossed out when the owner needs some income, has to work or has guests?

    • D_Col September 7, 2014 at 11:43 pm - Reply

      Who are you?! So negative….and assuming things about people you don’t even know.

    • Bill Moder December 15, 2015 at 3:45 pm - Reply


      • workablob January 6, 2016 at 9:29 pm - Reply

        Please don’t feed the trolls. It makes them grow.

  2. I would love to have one build for myself. Please contact me at chuongdong@gmail.com or (760)884-6122

  3. Phyllis August 27, 2014 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    What are the dimensions/square footage of your studio?
    I’ve been looking at Tiny Houses for a while now, because I will be needing to sell my house within a couple of years. I will probably build a Tiny House on wheels.

    Your’s is one of my favorites.

    • SUZAN SIMMONS August 27, 2014 at 9:19 pm - Reply

      I LOVE this I so much , I want a small home for myself, I am 62 and on SSDI and all ways worry about paying rent..if I had one of these I would never have to pay rent again..:):) what is the size and how much did it cost you too build? I am in TEXAS

  4. Michael Brady August 28, 2014 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    How much was the total, all in cost? And what percentage was completed by you or your family and what was done by contractor?

  5. Jeanne August 28, 2014 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    This is one of the nicest layouts I have seen.

  6. Jann Bell August 28, 2014 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    I, too, look at every small house post I encounter and one very important aspect of this movement, besides the obvious one about energy savings, using recycled materials, living without staggering debt is the power of the tiniest, unique details that feed our eyes and support our sense of well being. The best are not only all of these things, but nourish our need for beauty in all things utilitarian.

  7. Salo August 29, 2014 at 12:06 am - Reply

    Beautiful Home, and great energy!!!

  8. tthom2 September 1, 2014 at 11:22 am - Reply

    Very nicely done. I can’t figure out how you fit all this into the tiny square footage. Where is the bathroom located?? It looks as though it would take up the whole space.

  9. Robin September 1, 2014 at 11:50 am - Reply

    THIS home is “WHY!!!” a person should hire an architect!!!! For those of you that read Comments, click on the LINK to New Avenue Homes and there are tons of photos AND the floor plans, explaing “How?” everything fit into this stellar tiny home! I was also puzzled by the photos and thought, “They can’t possibly be from that tiny house!”, but I was happily proved wrong!

    Exceptional design. LOVE at First Sight! Liveable to the MAX and I could easily see a person living in this full time.

    The ONLY quibble I have is with that ladder leading to the loft: it presumes that you will ALWAYS have two functioning legs to clamber up and donw in a very regimented way. I took a horrid spill this Winter during the Polar Vortex and twisted my right ankle but good. I could have made it up a normal ladder to a loft but could NEVER have managed up a ladder like this that is so dependent upon two functioning limbs.

    I “get it”…it’s Artsy and a Design Element. But, practicality-wise, you better pray you never injure yourself, either short term or long term!

    With that one exception, THIS is one of the most dynamic and delightful tiny homes I’ve seen! 😀

  10. gabrielle September 2, 2014 at 10:43 am - Reply

    This is one of my favorite tiny houses ever. So impressed! A tiny space that feels big

  11. Tami September 2, 2014 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    Love how the shadows cast by the dowl loft railing makes it look like a tent! Love the stairs…I’d paint them the same accent color that you have on the back wall of the bedroom loft for a little pop! Sweeeet little home!

  12. Janet September 8, 2014 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    This is the best I’ve yet as far as the upper level bedroom. Most I see I’m not impressed with. This room has a lot of space. Just awesome!! Love to know more about it.

  13. Cathy September 21, 2014 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    Wow, this is the nicest tiny house layout! Love the kitchen and bath, it makes it look like a bigger home and the quality is so better than any other tiny house I looked at..

  14. Kayla September 28, 2014 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    Wow, gorgeous! Very unique layout

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