St. George Island Tiny House

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We have a tiny house on an island in Florida parked on our private, lush, and tropical lot. It’s totally off-grid, powered by solar with the a/c enhanced by 2 Quiet Honda generators. Propane heats the water for showers and for the stove. We do have city water hookup.

Our tiny house is officially a legal R.V. with a V.I.N. number, FL registration, and license plate. Therefore, we are able to park it on our lot while meeting the county restrictions for R.V.s.

A tiny house on St. George Island, Florida. Shared by Glenn Smith. More info. here.

57 comments

  • This is utterly exquisite. The beautiful decking moves it to another level.

    • Becky says:

      This place is totally adorable! I could live like that for a cabin, only thing I don’t think I could do is the loft, as I tend to get chlosterphobic..

      • Laurel says:

        You could totally modify a couple of things to have a bedroom/livingroom downstairs, if you were still chlosterphobic after raising one side of the roof. If you did that, take the little storage loft out & just keep the large one for extra people space or large storage. That way you would have a higher ceiling on one side and it would open it up more. They make transforming furniture. 🙂 http://resourcefurniture.com/product/ito/

    • tracy says:

      Love the house and how all the space fits together. The only issue I would have is the ceiling would need to be higher and out more I’m clostafobic so sleeping in that tiny spot upstaires wouldn’t work for me.

    • Teresa says:

      This is beautiful, love the colors and the lush setting.

    • I love this house and saw it on TV with a lovey couple and their kids looking for a vacation spot. I absolutely love their decision and I am very happy for them…but, their was another house they looked at in Lake Worth FL that was a bright pink key west bungalow. I have been trying to find that house on line with no avail. If anyone knows of this house I am truly interested. Anybody?? Can u help me? If so, thank you in advance!!

    • Cindy says:

      Love this a whole lot. I am single so I would sleep downstairs and leave loft for storage.

  • Wendy Rodden says:

    Absolutely adorable! I am looking for something right along those lines. If you don’t mind me asking, did you build it yourself or purchase it from a dealer or someone?

  • Donna Keyser says:

    The best tiny house that I have seen…Love it !!!!!!

  • Very clever use of space here.

  • sc says:

    So beautifully done. Love the blue with white trim exterior and the yellow interior. i like a nice size fridge that is not under the counter, hate bending over to look in the fridge. and building the deck and porch around the house is brilliant.
    Only thing against it is no dormers in the loft, i just dont consider them anymore, way too claustrophobic.

    • Kathleen says:

      I agree. This house is lovely, but the loft is too confining. A shed roof would be so much better. Also, the shower is problematic, with the spray pointing at the window and a wooden wall. Perhaps an awning window placed high up on the wall? Does anyone have info on the toilet?

      • Hello SC, Thank You for your compliment! Regarding sleeping, we both sleep on the day beds below. We store linens under the bed in a drawer that rolls out. The mattresses are very comfortable regular twin mattresses. Only our kids sleep in the loft, when we let them visit, lol.

        The shower is set into the fiberglass enclosed area and there is a shower curtain that is not shown. The pic may be deceiving in looking like it doesn’t. The shower is very roomy. The toilet is a marine R.V. toilet that you can purchase at R.V. stores. It flushes into an R.V. holding tank that we have pumped out by a septic service when needed, (roughly every few months).

        Thank You for liking our tiny house. For more info, visit our Facebook page, then go to “Photos”, and then “Albums”. We have an album detailing the building process.

        Glenn and Lawson

        • All that is needed is the hammock in the yard. My kinda house. Well done.

          Carol

        • Virginia blackburn says:

          Glenn and Lawson,
          My family has been going to st.geoge for almost 45 years. Since we moved around a lot, I consider it home. Other members of my family have purchased homes on the beach. Unfortunately, most everything is beyond my financial reach or or simply ugly. I love, love your place. If you ever would want to sell it, please let me know. Thank you so much. Ginny Blackburn

      • I’m pretty sure there’s a shower curtain to pull when you are in the shower so the water won’t spray out on the wall.

    • Thank You, Jean! The colors reflect a coastal, beach style for an island in Florida. We sleep on the twin mattresses below which are day beds. Our college age kids sleep on the king bed in the loft 😉 Thank You for liking our beach tiny house!

  • Echols says:

    I love this it’s exactly what wew are looking for can you tell me who built it and where to get the plans. We are in melbourne Florida

  • Mei says:

    I love the blue, yellow and a hint of green and red colors you can even incorporate a 30 or a 35 inch swivel tv on the side of the sectional sofa.

    • Hello Echols,

      I like the way you think. We had bought a flat screen TV for the tiny house. We changed our mind and use at home as I didn’t want to be tempted to watch too much TV when visiting the island, LOL. Having internet with our Verizon 4-G network works just fine and we can watch movies on our laptop too when we bring DVDs.

      We may add a TV later as we did inquire with the cable company about cable TV and internet, which would work out fine.

      Thanks for your comment!

      Glenn and Lawson

  • Brandy says:

    I’ve been looking at TONS of tiny homes and this is by far my favorite layout. Can you tell me, how did you go about getting it certified a legal rv? And what are the dimensions? I just simply can’t explain how much I love what you’ve done here.

    • Greetings Mei! Thank You for your kind words. It was very important for us to find a tiny house builder that could also certify it as an R.V. We found Brian Scobey and Jim Turley of SignaTour Campers, based in Tampa. They did a meticulous job and with it being officially a registered R.V. with the Department of Motor Vehicles, that made us legal with the county’s own regulations, even though the county still didn’t like it.

      The tiny house is 8×24. For more details, visit our Facebook page, go to Photos, then Albums and look for the album that explains the building process.

      Thank You for liking our tiny house!

      Glenn and Lawson

      • Lois & Rusty says:

        Hi, We’re very interested in doing the same thing as you did. Can you tell me what the regulation is for RVs? We have an actual Travel Trailer that we would like to set up and remove when we aren’t there. We would want Water, Electric and septic. Do you think this would work? Thanks for your help!

  • What are the dimensions (length X width X height) of your TH? Did u have it weighed? I apologize if I overlooked this information.

    • Hello SC, Thank You for your compliment! Regarding sleeping, we both sleep on the day beds below. We store linens under the bed in a drawer that rolls out. The mattresses are very comfortable regular twin mattresses. Only our kids sleep in the loft, when we let them visit, lol.

      The shower is set into the fiberglass enclosed area and there is a shower curtain that is not shown. The pic may be deceiving in looking like it doesn’t. The shower is very roomy. The toilet is a marine R.V. toilet that you can purchase at R.V. stores. It flushes into an R.V. holding tank that we have pumped out by a septic service when needed, (roughly every few months).

      Thank You for liking our tiny house. For more info, visit our Facebook page, then go to “Photos”, and then “Albums”. We have an album detailing the building process.

      Glenn and Lawson

    • Hi Brandy! The tiny house is 8×24. I don’t know the weight offhand. Please look at the building process on our Facebook page. Go to Photos, then Albums.

      Thank You for your interest!

      Glenn and Lawson

  • alex segal says:

    You have done everything just so! Very lovely and neat!

  • Sue says:

    So beautiful!! I didn’t see the solar panels in the pictures, are they on the roof?

    • Thank You! The solar panels are about 15 yards away toward the rear of our property. I posted photos on our Facebook page of the solar panels. Go through the Timeline photos and it was last summer, (2013).

  • Would be great if the ‘more’ link didn’t point to Facebook. For those of us who don’t do FB…..we are stuck.

    Is that information found anywhere else?

  • Shelly says:

    I love love love this tiny house! FINALLY a tiny house builder that understands how important it is to have a large couch! All of the other tiny homes have a lil tiny couch or tiny chairs. With a couch this size you can actually have people over and sit comfortably, you can use them for additional sleeping areas, and pull up some tv trays and actually have a nice sit down dinner.

    I don’t have Facebook so I’m unable to access further info via the link. Can someone tell me who the builder of this wonderful tiny house is?

    I agree that the only downfall is that the loft doesn’t have dormers. Other than that, the house is perfect! Oh, one last thing, what are the dimensions of this house? 24 ft long?

    • Thank You Carlos! Yes, it is 8×24.

      The day beds are indeed useful as they are regular mattresses at night where we both sleep. Only our kids sleep in the loft when they visit. The builder is SignaTour Campers in Tampa.

      Glenn and Lawson

  • 新八 says:

    必要最低限のスペースに、本当に必要なものが凝縮されている。
    素晴らしい。

  • I love the floor plan, and I see some Thirty-One organizing Tote in one picture in the storage drawers, Great To SEE !!!
    Just Love Thirty-One and the uses are many.

  • AD says:

    My dream retirement house! Gorgeous!

  • I love everything about it. So important to have outdoor space that you can enjoy in FLORIDA. My favorite colors are so refreshing. I would also put a dormer in the loft. I would get claustrophobia up there with out. Beautiful! Wish it was mine. Congrats and blessings to a simple life.

  • Robin says:

    Genius design! LOVE the colour, the layout, the nice appliances and especially the L-shaped lounge area. 😀 Exceedingly well crafted and lovingly put together. I’m claustrophobic so I couldn’t “do” the loft but the double couches in the lounge would take care of that for me. Thanks so much for sharing your gem with us. <3

  • I love, love, love this tiny house. It shows you can have all of the conveniences of a modern kitchen with a full size sink, instead of a cutsy tiny round sink that isn’t useful. I love that she has all of the appliances you would usually need instead of a two burner stove top. I would like dormers, too and a larger shower. I love that they covered the hitch and they have a side entrance. I don’t care for the entrance at the end as I think it takes up valuable space. I love the room around the toilet. The company that built this needs to update their website to show they build tiny houses and not just small travel trailers. If you start with a company that understands about building travel trailers, they understand about putting in fresh water tanks and holding tanks more than builders who don’t think like those who build travel trailers.

  • Corey says:

    What did you have to do to officially get it as a legal R.V. with a V.I.N. number.

  • wayne coonts says:

    Is this house for sale??

  • Beaufort says:

    So darling! 🙂

  • Your place is beautiful I have been looking for an affordable lot on an island in Florida, we would love to have a tiny home on your island, could you help us figure out how to do what you did?
    Thanks
    Dan and Janice

  • Cat says:

    This is remarkable. I could definitely live in this tiny house, it is set up neatly with colours I adore. In a tropical setting it would be ideal. BTW…my Grandfather’s name was Lawson Smith, from New Boston, NH…now that is remarkable in it’s own sense…x

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  • connie says:

    WOW…this is absolute perfection….there is not one thing I would change!!!

  • Morgan Malaj says:

    What is the link to your Facebook page? How are the solar panels working? Is that something you installed or did Signatour install?

  • Chad B says:

    After spending years moving up the house chain, the appeal of a “tiny” house hits my sweet spot! This is the perfect combination of craftsmanship, style, function and comfort!

  • Cassandra says:

    Info on the a/c unit please? Is it also a heat pump? I have been looking for something like this for my little place which is a bit larger than yours but not on wheels. Thanks!

    • Susan says:

      Hi Cassandra, I saw your post and wanted to tell you that Mitsubishi and Samsung carry excellent mini-split a/c systems for small (or larger) spaces. They’re amazingly energy efficient, comfortable and best of all, super quiet. The outdoor condensing unit is far smaller than the usual ones for homes. The amount of power it take to run uses a fraction of the energy we’re used to paying for to run a typical DX split system or heat pump. You should be able to find a LOT of available information on the internet. Be sure to work with a reputable contractor who sizes the system perfectly for the space to be conditioned and uses educated, experience technicians to install it for your home. Once you get it installed, I promise you’ll love it and tell everyone about how great it is. Good luck!

  • Ashley l says:

    Love the colors and the 31 bags. The seating area is awesome I love it. I’ve been trying to think if something for my kids playroom and have a seating/bed for guest.

  • Susan says:

    I think I’d be much happier if I eventually downsize similar to this. A sleeping loft would be at the top of my list, but think I’d like skylights to let in some moonlight and stars. My dream is to locate somewhere in the Northwest outside of a city with a big lot and lots of animals. The AC unit is the thing of the future. Mini-split systems are all over Europe and Asia and are super energy efficient, small and QUIET. Many manufacturer’s carry excellent mini-split systems, either stand alone or ducted. Try searching Mitsubishi, Samsung, etc. Top of the line equipment. (AC is my business.) As far as the living space, I think it’s perfect to have such smart storage and a place for everything. I feel it would provide a sense of freedom to get rid of all the extra baggage of a traditional home. Now I just need to start planning and looking at the success stories of other smart pioneers in the tiny house world. Thanks for sharing the photos and info to encourage others!

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