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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.

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48 Comments

  • Reply Matt Hatcher July 29, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    I love that color!

    • Reply Shawn & Jamie August 1, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      Thanks…we were spooked when we opened the paint can lid because wet the color looks like a traffic cone!

      • Reply Elisha August 8, 2012 at 7:21 pm

        Hi, what brand and color is on your house? I want to do my front door that color….LOVE it! Thanks! 🙂

    • Reply Rob Schromm February 21, 2014 at 8:56 pm

      Does that sofa / love seat fold out to a bed? If so, just wondering where you got it or what brand it is? Thank you. I love the siding you used on your house and the color is great!

  • Reply Pamela Riordan July 29, 2012 at 8:31 pm

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

    • Reply Cat Marcuri January 28, 2014 at 8:55 pm

      Didn’t cost me a dime. Sounds like you got a bad link, dude.

    • Reply Joyce February 17, 2016 at 7:40 am

      Weird that you had to pay anything; it’s on my Pinterest site for free, as well as on Tiny House Swoon, again for free.

  • Reply TR Kelley July 29, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    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.

  • Reply Mark Gibson July 30, 2012 at 1:04 am

    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.

  • Reply Alisha wielfaert July 30, 2012 at 8:17 am

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

  • Reply Candice July 30, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    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….

  • Reply Lorraine July 31, 2012 at 2:50 am

    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?

  • Reply Shawn & Jamie August 1, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    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.

  • Reply Lori August 10, 2012 at 8:00 am

    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!

  • Reply Shawn & Jamie August 11, 2012 at 5:57 pm

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

  • Reply Jennie Ladew-Duncan September 14, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    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

  • Reply Cath September 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    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.

  • Reply Rebecca September 24, 2012 at 3:20 pm

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

  • Reply Diane Corrales September 27, 2012 at 4:19 pm

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

  • Reply DARA GATES September 28, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    I really love your home. good layout and nicely done

  • Reply Simon Alderman October 1, 2012 at 3:22 am

    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!

  • Reply Michele Walden October 7, 2012 at 9:46 am

    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 🙂

  • Reply CYNTHIA MORRIS MILLER November 30, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    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 !!!

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  • Reply D Tilbury May 7, 2013 at 10:33 pm

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

  • Reply THE small HOUSE CATALOG May 13, 2013 at 7:48 pm

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

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  • Reply Brenda June 12, 2013 at 9:29 am

    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.

  • Reply Doug September 22, 2013 at 10:50 am

    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…

  • Reply Joyce September 25, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    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.

  • Reply La Vie November 26, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    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.

    • Reply THE small HOUSE CATALOG December 2, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      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

  • Reply THE small HOUSE CATALOG December 2, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    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

  • Reply Karen January 21, 2014 at 8:01 am

    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.

  • Reply Charmaine March 2, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    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.

    • Reply THE small HOUSE CATALOG April 7, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      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.

  • Reply Lisa Faiss March 13, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    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.

    • Reply THE small HOUSE CATALOG April 7, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      Yes, you can visit our website for pictures (and there’s a link to our Pinterest boards as well)!

  • Reply spunky May 21, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Hello can u tell me what size the house is

    • Reply Seeker June 4, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      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. 🙂

  • Reply Seeker June 4, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    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.

    • Reply Seeker June 4, 2014 at 10:27 pm

      The reason I couldn’t load the builder’s website is that it is written incorrectly here. I hate that they have probably been losing so much traffic because of this so I hope they correct it above but at least for now you can find them at:

      http://www.thesmallhousecatalog.com

  • Reply james August 5, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    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

  • Reply Dee January 9, 2015 at 10:42 am

    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!

  • Reply Joyce February 17, 2016 at 7:47 am

    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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