Our Tiny House

Tiny house in Point Roberts, Washington. Photos, build and design by Jamie and Shawn. You can learn more by visiting their website at thesmallhousecatalog.com

Wow, we really enjoy your page and today thought, Hey, we should submit our house too! It’s an 8×20 tiny house on wheels and we’ve lived in it for almost two years. Our county will not allow us to stay beyond the two year mark so we’re currently building a small 700 Sq. Ft. house on our lot in Point Roberts, WA. Bigger but still small.

48 comments

  • Matt Hatcher says:

    I love that color!

  • I’m disappointed that I need to pay $ to see this. No thanks.

  • TR Kelley says:

    I especially ike the real-life photos, things like the jars of beans, cutting board, appliances and Christmas tree. Very well thought-out and beautiful place. And like the previous commenter, I also love that bold pumpkin color. The house sets into its space very well, looks homey and cozy, not temporary or transient in any way.

  • Mark Gibson says:

    Guys,

    Come on. Lets be reasonable. I believe that we (the tiny house movement peeps) all really enjoy and appreciate this wonderful site. $0.49 is not a bad fare to continue to enjoy the site while helping to off set the cost of running the site.

    Just my little two cents….

    PS — love the orange colour of this little beauty.

  • Thank you for sharing pictures of your home. It’s beautiful!

  • Candice says:

    This adorable orange house is the reason I bought the tiny pass for a month! Wish I could get my husband to love these tiny houses as much as I do…sigh….

  • Lorraine says:

    Everything about your home speaks to me, and it excites me to see that a person CAN have a real working kitchen in a tiny house. (Coincidentally, I have the same tile that is pictured hanging above your VitaMix, but I have older all metal Vita-mix. 🙂 So the main question I have is what will you be doing with your tiny house after you’ve built your 700 sqft home?

  • Thank you for all the wonderful feedback! It was fun to “show-off” our little house! It seems husbands everywhere should love tiny houses. There’s actually a great deal of headroom in ours (nearly 7′ in the kitchen and bath, and 11′ over the living room, dining area and office space. The tile hanging on our kitchen wall was brought back from Palermo, Italy when Jamie was studying in Sienna. Is your tile from Palermo, too, Lorraine? We just recently (finally) got a Vita-Mix and we’re enjoying it a great deal. As for the fate of our tiny house…well, it will sit next to the main house to be used as an office, show room and guest house. Wow, thanks for commenting.

  • Lori says:

    Wow!! Your house is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the pics. It’s too bad your county won’t let you stay living in it. That is so frustrating! I think if I were you, I’d just drive it to another place and have another one of life’s adventures while staying in my beautiful house on wheels! My husband and I are dreaming/planning on building a little house and seeing pictures of your house really inspires us!

  • The color of the house is “Orange You Tempted” by Mythic Paints. Thanks for the emails too!

  • I love the way you set things up. Very homey and much more spacious than I would have thought. So happy to see bookcases. I can’t get rid of all my books. I can pare down, but I still need a lot of books.

    Any photos of the bathroom or loft?
    Jennie

  • Cath says:

    Lovely. You seem so tidy and well organised. Do you have additional sorage or have you been able to prune down so it all fits? Congratulations. For my two cents worth; keep it as a guest cottage until your children need it for digs when they go to university…or loan it to nephews/nieces who are students now… lodging is so expensive and hard to find in university towns.

  • Rebecca says:

    Often wondered how you would celebrate Christmas in a tiny house. Love that picture. Looked like a great Christmas!

  • What an adorable place you have. I need something a little larger but these smaller houses are very tempting! Love the orange!

  • DARA GATES says:

    I really love your home. good layout and nicely done

  • I really like the use of the narrow siding. It’s reduced width fits the scale of the house much better than “standard” sized. I also like the colors and decorations, nicely done!

  • I love this house! It’s exactly set up how I’d like mine to be. As long as I am able to wash my Vitamix and have a place for my crockpot, I believe I could live in any of these tiny houses. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Loved this neat little house ….makes me want to down size immediately . The owner should be very proud of her housekeeping / organizational skills ! It is a lovely little place …. i could be very happy in it !!!

  • D Tilbury says:

    You guys live like I’d like to live! Every tiny house should have a VitaMix and KitchenAid! Your place is adorable!

  • We’ve even got a BIG garden around our tiny house to keep the Vitamix well fed! Thanks for taking a tour : )

  • Brenda says:

    Hello,
    Thank you for sharing your home with us, I Love it? Do you have pictures of the bathroom and loft? Do you have a cooktop? Just trying to get some ideas.

  • Doug says:

    the county will not allow you to stay in your tiny house? that is messed up however it is illegal to live in most places period… I mean actually live…

  • Joyce says:

    Check out Airbnb.com , they are a web site where you can offer a room, cottage, etc for rent for the night or as long as you want. I have used this site to rent a tiny cottage for the night near a major university and was very happy with the owners and the lodging.

  • La Vie says:

    Hi,

    Love your home. Everything about it. Just wonder how long you have actually been living there, if it is a weekender or guest house? I love the Tiny House movement, not sure how long people actually tough it out. Any idea about that? Will there be an abundance of Tiny Homes for sale one day. I would love one, just want to make sure they are really an ideal living space.

    • A few weeks ago we moved out of our tiny house and into a 756 sq. ft. house we built next door. We lived in the tiny house for three years. For us, it was a very good solution to avoiding a rental during the building process.

      A tiny house has minuses, however, including zoning and code issues, most of which are never thoroughly addressed on blogs, etc., since most of those people don’t actually seem to live full-time in tiny houses on their own property. It’s virtually impossible to use a tiny house as a primary dwelling on any lot, anywhere in the USA. For instance, our county permits temporary, full-time living in a tiny house for a max. of two years – while a main house is being built.

      As people who’ve remodeled condos and houses, have built big, small and tiny houses, we prefer to live in a small house on the ground.

      Hope that helps!

      Shawn

  • A few weeks ago we moved out of our tiny house and into a 756 sq. ft. house we built next door. We lived in the tiny house for three years. For us, it was a very good solution to avoiding a rental during the building process.

    A tiny house has minuses, however, including zoning and code issues, most of which are never thoroughly addressed on blogs, etc., since most of those people don’t actually seem to live full-time in tiny houses on their own property. It’s virtually impossible to use a tiny house as a primary dwelling on any lot, anywhere in the USA. For instance, our county permits temporary, full-time living in a tiny house for a max. of two years – while a main house is being built.

    As people who’ve remodeled condos and houses, have built big, small and tiny houses, we prefer to live in a small house on the ground.

    Hope that helps!

    Shawn

  • Karen says:

    I LOVE your tiny house. Can you tell me where to get the plans to build one exactly like yours (with the shelves and bookcases, etc.). Also do you have pictures of your new 700ft home? Funny, friends are always upgrading to larger homes. My dream is to upgrade to a smaller cozy home just like your home.

  • Charmaine says:

    I love this space. I am sure you eat well and enjoy books and friends and life. Do you have a TV? What do you use for power? RV-type hook-ups? I love it.

    • Thank you! We don’t have a TV but we do use a computer. The tiny house was on a 30-AMP park power cord while we were building the “big” house. It is now wired underground to the primary panel inside the house.

  • Lisa Faiss says:

    Very nice. I love that tiny doesn’t need to be cheap, but can have high-end materials that make a place worth coming home to. Do you have any pictures of the bathroom or how you gain access to sleeping loft? Thanks so much for sharing.

  • spunky says:

    Hello can u tell me what size the house is

    • Seeker says:

      It says 8×20. Width limit for U.S. highway travel without a permit is 8’6″ so they are a half a foot slimmer than they could be. 🙂

  • Seeker says:

    Are there any photographs that show the bathroom or even just the angle from the viewpoint of sitting on the couch looking to the left side of the house? I cannot get the builder’s website to load to see if they have any posted there.

  • james says:

    awesome house do you have pics of the bathroom we recently got the same house plan and were looking for a visual of the bathroom layout

  • Dee says:

    Did you just clear coat the inside walls or what color are the INSIDE walls? Love your house. 🙂 Thanks for sharing – one of my favorite designs so far!

  • Joyce says:

    I think, of all the THOW posts I’ve seen since Jay Shafer first posted his 20+ years ago, this is my favorite house. I simply love the kitchen–the thought of being able to work right there, not have to tromp all the way across a poorly “designed” 1940’s-style kitchen, is so very appealing. I could reach everything from one spot, and it would just be so awesome! I think the only thing I would have to change, due to having taken two very hard falls last winter, would be having a sofa/bed, or something that converts easily on the main floor. I can no longer climb anything, so the loft would be “don’t use it much” storage only. Nonetheless, this is the sweetest little house; “Fencl” model, yes?

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