MiniMotives Tiny House

November 26, 2013

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


  • Reply Shellie Dryden November 26, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    I love this!! So well organized small place!

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


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

        There’s an app for that.

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

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

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

          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?


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

        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

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

        lol! a piano bar on the roof?

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

      Lovvvvvvvve it

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

      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.

  • Reply whitney peckman November 26, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Where are the bathroom photos? Toilet?

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

      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.

  • Reply NADINE BISALSKI November 27, 2013 at 1:07 am

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

  • Reply Michelle November 27, 2013 at 3:39 am

    Absolute perfection! Macy, you got it just right!

  • Reply jenniger November 27, 2013 at 9:33 am

    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!

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

      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!

  • Reply Anne November 27, 2013 at 3:22 pm

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

    • Reply Macy M November 30, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      Thank you Anne!

  • Reply Michele November 28, 2013 at 2:51 am

    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 ?..

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

      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!

  • Reply JCinCT December 2, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    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.

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

      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!

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

        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!

  • Reply Simon December 2, 2013 at 3:32 pm

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

  • Reply RockyMissouri December 2, 2013 at 8:55 pm

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

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  • Reply Michael Miller December 8, 2013 at 12:09 am

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

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

      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.

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

      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/

  • Reply Judy December 9, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    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? :)

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

      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/

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

      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/ 😀

  • Reply Jill January 5, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    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?

  • Reply Ronnie January 28, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    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?

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

      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!

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

      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 :)

  • Reply Cassandra April 15, 2014 at 11:33 am

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

  • Reply Xaris April 25, 2014 at 3:11 am

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

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  • Reply Rebecca August 19, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    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?

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

      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.

  • Reply Ursula August 24, 2014 at 9:10 am

    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.

  • Reply sarah September 22, 2014 at 10:23 am

    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..

  • Reply sarah September 22, 2014 at 10:29 am

    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..

  • Reply Leelee Brown September 23, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    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

  • Reply JAE September 24, 2014 at 4:27 pm

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

  • Reply Glenn T December 13, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    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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  • Reply Denise May 4, 2015 at 2:36 am

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

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