MiniMotives Tiny House

A 196 square feet self-built tiny house in Meridian, Idaho. Built and shared by Macy Miller. More photos here.

2016-07-08T12:47:32+00:00

62 Comments

  1. Shellie Dryden November 26, 2013 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    I love this!! So well organized small place!

    • Lois December 3, 2013 at 9:37 am - Reply

      LOVE THE CONCEPT = VERY NEAT = BUT, WHERE WOULD I PUT MY GRAND PIANO???

      • steven December 4, 2013 at 12:02 pm - Reply

        There’s an app for that.

        • J. Gehris April 6, 2014 at 10:24 am - Reply

          This is the best small house I’ve seen yet in terms of organization and quality.

        • Lori May 5, 2015 at 6:02 pm - Reply

          Hello Macy,

          I LOVE your tiny house. Too bad I only found $$$ tiny houses when I was forced to sell my traditional house almost 6 years ago.

          If I could somehow save up $11,000….would you like to build another duplicate tiny house?

          Thanks!

      • Jonathan December 11, 2014 at 10:43 am - Reply

        You could custom build something like this around your grand piano. its highly posible. just like i want my big screen tv with a nice computer area.. ill build a house around that idea

      • Alicia December 20, 2014 at 5:40 am - Reply

        lol! a piano bar on the roof?

    • liz April 16, 2014 at 10:59 pm - Reply

      Lovvvvvvvve it

    • Glenda October 7, 2014 at 7:29 pm - Reply

      I have read your story of how you decided to build, the trials during building, and your incredible perseverance. I absolutely LOVE everything about this little house. It is beautiful and unique and there is nothing I would change! If I were a single lady, I would live in this in a heartbeat.

  2. whitney peckman November 26, 2013 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    Where are the bathroom photos? Toilet?

    • Macy Miller December 3, 2013 at 5:54 pm - Reply

      There are more pictures on my site, a toilet one is HERE, http://minimotives.com/timeline/#jp-carousel-4749, it is a ‘legit’ composting toilet that is regulated and approved in local jurisdictions across the country, enough to be off-grid but nothing I have to ‘manage’ often.

      • Kristin December 30, 2015 at 10:38 pm - Reply

        Hello Macy, My husband and I really love your tiny home! We want to build our own and have been looking for the perfect one for a while. We came across yours and can’t find plans for it. Do you have a link so we can buy them?

        Thank you!

  3. NADINE BISALSKI November 27, 2013 at 1:07 am - Reply

    This tiny house is awesome! I rally love seeing all these tiny houses. Thank you.

  4. Michelle November 27, 2013 at 3:39 am - Reply

    Absolute perfection! Macy, you got it just right!

  5. jenniger November 27, 2013 at 9:33 am - Reply

    Tell me more about the materials you used in the shower. It looks like some sort of treated wood? I love that you have the washing machine installed right in the kitchen. Nice clean lines everywhere….light, bright, cozy!

    • Macy Miller December 3, 2013 at 5:48 pm - Reply

      It is just a porcelain tile with a linear pattern, same as what’s on the floor but I cut them in quarters for the smaller scale of the shower. Thank you!

  6. Anne November 27, 2013 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    This is probably the most perfect tiny home I have yet seen. Brilliant design.

  7. Michele November 28, 2013 at 2:51 am - Reply

    Wonderful house ! Great to see the inside set-up ….but , why does the fridge always have to be across frm; the stove = a pain ! Beautiful design though ! What is the heating sorce ?..

    • Macy Miller December 3, 2013 at 5:50 pm - Reply

      Thank you, the fridge is actually perfect for me! The heat is under floor radiant heat. I also have a small radiant heater in case I need it but my dog and I do a pretty good job of keeping it warm with just our body heat, and it’s been getting into the teens so far this year!

  8. JCinCT December 2, 2013 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    Really like this house and how you’ve put it together……looks functional and homey. Would appreciate hearing what kind of location you are set up on, and any difficulties or advice you may have to give about moving this kind of house from one location to another, although you may not have encountered these ye; like what kind of truck or cab would it take, permits etc. Very nice job.

    • Macy Miller December 3, 2013 at 5:52 pm - Reply

      Thank you! I built it in rural Idaho and moved it to downtown Boise. I was able to just hire a tow truck, a guy showed up with a 1 ton dually and it hauled just great! They are typically just registered as RV’s, there is a bit more in depth info on this at my site but that is the gist of it!

      • Tawny August 20, 2014 at 8:10 pm - Reply

        HI! I am so excited to see this. I have recently purchased, gutted and redone a 1969 Airstream into my “non traditional” tiny home. I took on the project in hopes of being able to live affordably during and after I attend BSU for my Masters in Social Work. As I search all throughout Boise, checking craigslist almost obsessively, I am coming up way short on options for long term parking. Your home is beautiful! And it gives me hope again after reading that you were able to find a location to park in Boise. Do you have any advice for me as I look for a place to call home in this beautiful city? How did you find a location to park? Do you know of any others similar? Any help would be beyond appreciated!

  9. Simon December 2, 2013 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    Such a great design with an amazing use of space. Favourite non-lofted design so far.

  10. RockyMissouri December 2, 2013 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    A lovely Tiny Home..!! Everything about it is splendid.. Very visually appealing, as well.

  11. Kyle December 3, 2013 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    Obsessed.

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  13. Michael Miller December 8, 2013 at 12:09 am - Reply

    Do you sell these houses?
    How do I get one?
    How much ?

    • Macy Miller December 10, 2013 at 2:12 pm - Reply

      I’m not sure if this question is directed at me but I don’t sell these, this was my own personal project, soon I will have floor plans available so you could build your own.

    • Macy Miller June 24, 2014 at 12:17 am - Reply

      I now sell the plans which you can give to any contractor for bids, mine was constructed for $11,416 but I did all of the labor. http://minimotives.com/buy-plans/

  14. Judy December 9, 2013 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    I’m with Michael. I’m single with no children, and a house like this would be perfect for me! How much did it cost to build, who’s your contractor, and can I get one? 🙂

    • Macy Miller December 16, 2013 at 2:41 am - Reply

      Thanks Judy-
      The budget info is all at minimotives.com/budget/, in short it came in at $11,400 ish completed. I was my own designer and contractor :). It was a DIY project, one is enough for me to build! I love it and loved the process but it was back breaking work, literally ;-). minimotives.com/2012/08/21/so-the-bad-news-turned-good/

    • Macy Miller June 24, 2014 at 12:18 am - Reply

      I did all of the labor, it cost just over $11k and you can have the plans for it right here, http://minimotives.com/buy-plans/ 😀

  15. Jill January 5, 2014 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    Hi Macy. I absolutely L-O-V-E your home! And would love to build my own. You mentioned above making you floor plans available. How can I get a copy?

  16. Ronnie January 28, 2014 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    It really amazes me that people will build a tinyhome but won’t consider gooseneck hitches! Having the load over the rear axle makes these larger builds haul much easier. Very inventive on the build but, is that sheetrock on the interior walls? Has that cracked or shifted in the process of moving?

    • Macy Miller February 17, 2014 at 4:44 pm - Reply

      I think goosenecks are just not that common so people don’t always realize it’s an option… That is Sheetrock, it moved perfectly, no issues at all though I did stiffen the frame quite a lot!

    • Macy Miller June 24, 2014 at 12:19 am - Reply

      I have moved it and it didn’t crack, my theory was that I was not building it to be moved a lot and that if it did crack I can repair sheetrock 🙂

  17. Cassandra April 15, 2014 at 11:33 am - Reply

    Ok, love the house….one thing I gotta no is how do you get in that tall bed….LOL…. 🙂 <3

  18. Xaris April 25, 2014 at 3:11 am - Reply

    I love the idea of putting the bed on top of the cabinetry!

  19. cityLAB May 27, 2014 at 7:04 am - Reply

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  20. […] was no shortage of images describing what each one looks like built.  The smallest house, called Minimotive, is just 196 square feet. None were larger than 600 square […]

  21. Rebecca August 19, 2014 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    I am seriously thinking of purchasing your plan for the tiny house. I have a question though about the floor. I had an idea to make square compartments in the floor under a rug for extra storage. Could that work in your design?
    Rebecca

    • Macy October 5, 2014 at 2:02 am - Reply

      Hi Rebecca-
      Depending on your climate it’s important to have full insulation in the floor as well, so long as you can do that you’re golden. My design is a full foot below the max height so there is room to build the entire floor up if wanted.

  22. Ursula August 24, 2014 at 9:10 am - Reply

    Do you build homes like this for other people? I would love to build something like this, at a similar cost range, for myself. But I’m no architect and don’t even know where to start.

  23. sarah September 22, 2014 at 10:23 am - Reply

    I love this house too is it possible to have plans (or to buy them), actually i’m french so i’d like it with meters..
    S

  24. sarah September 22, 2014 at 10:29 am - Reply

    Actually i was wondering if it’s possible to buy the plans but to ask a bigger size (by example for a 45m2 (metersquare) house..

  25. Leelee Brown September 23, 2014 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    Hi, I am embarking on a 2 story upsidedown house with basement & roof terrace . It has been a 50 yr wait . I’d like it to energy efficient & have your practical touch . I can’t locate your firm’s info. Thank You ,LB

  26. JAE September 24, 2014 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    How the tiny house do in a hurricane ~0~ on the East Coast ???

  27. Glenn T December 13, 2014 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    I really like this lay out. I would like to put several of these on a big piece of property for my family. Everyone can have their own.

    However, for me, the deck at the end is a lost piece of housing. I would build it as part of the house and expand bathroom and have full washer and dryer (stackable). Maybe a bigger fridge.

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  29. Denise May 4, 2015 at 2:36 am - Reply

    Where did you acquire the flatbed trailer? Was it new or used and how much did it cost?

  30. […] MiniMotives: Do you watch “Tiny House Nation”? The tiny home trend is quickly picking up in popularity. There are hundreds of these tiny abodes all over the country. One of the most impressive is Macy Miller’s house in Boise, Idaho. An architect and designer, Miller built this tiny house on a gooseneck trailer by herself. She lives there with her partner, young daughter and Great Dane, and has another baby on the way. […]

  31. […] MiniMotives: Do you watch “Tiny House Nation”? The tiny home trend is quickly picking up in popularity. There are hundreds of these tiny abodes all over the country. One of the most impressive is Macy Miller’s house in Boise, Idaho. An architect and designer, Miller built this tiny house on a gooseneck trailer by herself. She lives there with her partner, young daughter and Great Dane, and has another baby on the way. […]

  32. […] MiniMotives: Do you watch “Tiny House Nation”? The tiny home trend is quickly picking up in popularity. There are hundreds of these tiny abodes all over the country. One of the most impressive is Macy Miller’s house in Boise, Idaho. An architect and designer, Miller built this tiny house on a gooseneck trailer by herself. She lives there with her partner, young daughter and Great Dane, and has another baby on the way. […]

  33. […] MiniMotives: Do you watch “Tiny House Nation”? The tiny home trend is quickly picking up in popularity. There are hundreds of these tiny abodes all over the country. One of the most impressive is Macy Miller’s house in Boise, Idaho. An architect and designer, Miller built this tiny house on a gooseneck trailer by herself. She lives there with her partner, young daughter and Great Dane, and has another baby on the way. […]

  34. chris October 17, 2015 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    Do you sell plans for this? It
    It’s one of our favorites.

  35. danny April 24, 2017 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    love this!!

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