The Shoebox

Tiny house on wheels built by Tennessee Tiny Homes. Photographed by Butch Boyd.



  1. Katrina March 31, 2013 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    I am drooling. This place is ideal! I especially love the first picture, where you can catch a glimpse of the large house next door. Your house just screams, “freedom”!

    • dena castaneda October 24, 2013 at 10:13 am - Reply

      all good except bathroom

      • Dirk December 18, 2013 at 4:42 pm - Reply

        I love it. One could live there and it cleans quickly.

      • Cess November 4, 2014 at 9:26 pm - Reply

        I agree. I can live in this house. It’s easier to clean and maintain. Everything in the place is truly what you need. Simplifying your life without any of the hassle like having a huge house and worrying about mortgage etc. Although the only thing that hinders me was the bathroom.

      • Mendy June 3, 2015 at 7:17 am - Reply

        The house next door was approx 5000sqft. lolol They would bring their guest over to view my tiny house. lol

    • caroline shulver November 16, 2013 at 4:27 pm - Reply

      Innovative use of space. We waste a lot of space in the interest of style. The smallest spaces can sometimes be the most ergonomic and useful. I have a similar extension and is the most productive area in my home. must decorate it…..

    • [email protected] Trekker December 14, 2013 at 1:31 am - Reply

      The photos are amazing and I love the simplicity of the design. I would like to see just a little more of the infrastructure of the home….Great job, really useful information.

    • Peter Duke December 29, 2013 at 9:19 am - Reply

      I live in a 4500 house that has enough systems to qualify as a “facility”. I envy the simplicity and ease this person enjoys, every day spent in that home lengthens one’s life!

    • heather January 11, 2014 at 9:45 pm - Reply

      where is the closet or where do you keep the dishes or food?

      • Petra S February 2, 2014 at 12:24 pm - Reply

        You can see dishes stacked on the shelf to the left of the refrigerator. There are cabinets under the sink & storage in the couch. With this kind of housing you don’t buy in bulk… & you don’t really need a set of dishes because you don’t entertain much. There’s a hanging rack for pots & pans, etc.

    • Susan Knight February 1, 2014 at 9:48 pm - Reply

      I love your site. I love be a lookey-loo ,and see how people have decorated their tiny homes.I want one!

    • Rye December 24, 2014 at 7:56 pm - Reply

      I would love to live like this! The wife – not so much ๐Ÿ™
      If I had to choose between living simply and my wife I would choose my wife. She does rock my world!

      • James Snyder May 12, 2015 at 12:12 am - Reply

        I am thinking the opposite, and on this we will part.

      • Cee Jay February 20, 2016 at 4:18 pm - Reply

        Mush! (means ‘romantic’ in Cee Jay’s terms).

  2. Mendy Knecht March 31, 2013 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    Thank you for featuring my tiny home. Please give a hand for my dad who was the photographer.
    Butch Boyd

    • Mendy Knecht April 7, 2013 at 2:38 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much. I’ll let dad know ๐Ÿ™‚

    • heather January 11, 2014 at 9:46 pm - Reply

      never mind on the dishes but I still see no pantry or closet

    • Gareth Ellzey November 10, 2014 at 8:51 pm - Reply

      It looks amazing. I’m reminded of a Gypsy vardo (caravan).

  3. a.brown April 1, 2013 at 8:37 am - Reply

    where do you eat?

  4. Shyla April 1, 2013 at 11:34 am - Reply

    I love the interior! Even the bathroom looks wonderful. Nice job on the pictures, building it, and decorating it!

  5. Leah April 1, 2013 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    This is my all time favorite tiny house yet! Fabulous kitchen, but it’s all great looking…just what I’d want for myself.

  6. DC April 1, 2013 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    This is really cool, Love the coloring choices as well…

  7. mick mccrary April 8, 2013 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    What a refreshing interior! Did you paint over the normal pine interior boards or? Really cool.

  8. Shertina Jones April 12, 2013 at 2:25 am - Reply

    I am in love with this Tina house. It is so my style.

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  10. Mendy Knecht June 13, 2013 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for the kind comments. Well, now that all is exactly how I wanted it to be, I will be selling The Shoebox, turnkey, for $28,000. My health issues have unfortunately come to a head before I had expected.
    The home comes with a new Flatscreen, Sony Blue Tooth DVD player, cable/satellite ready, heated plank floors, bar sink, instant on demand hot water, granite counter top, sofa that offers a front- drop down/up section for overnight guests, plus LOTS of storage inside the sofa, a side table and lamp, storage table in kitchen, gas stove top, electric stove top, Kenmore Elite Convection and microwave oven, Vissani Studio fridge/freezer, 2 storage pantries, spray in foam insulation, custom room darkening window shades, full length mirror, 1 loft w/two storage lockers and new twin mattress ( a full size can be used in the loft) functional octagon loft window, loft reading lights, living room lighted ceiling fan, shower, compost toilet, shelving, exterior cedar sealant, large fold up deck, deck fencing, 2 front porch lights, 5 LED exterior wall mounted quality solar security motion lighting. 2 per side, 1 in back. Approx. 24-26 outlets, 10,000 btu a/c unit, gas heater, all kitchen ware, CO2 detector, and decor included. 1 large exterior patio box for tool storage which can be slid in the front door when travelling. It’s been one incredibly freeing experience that if I had to do it all over, I would without a doubt! FYI- Farm Bureau Insurance charges me $55.00 per quarter for $30,000 in homeowners insurance. If you plan to travel with it or pull it to another permanent location an insurance rider would be wise. ๐Ÿ™‚ Perfect for a college student versus a dorm room plus they get to keep it or sell it after college! Was also perfect for my being newly single with a small dog, at 43yrs old! I LOVE LOVE my tiny house and hopefully someone else will too! Feel free to contact me at
    Thank you Steven for featuring my home.

    • Mendy Knecht June 16, 2013 at 7:10 pm - Reply

      Not for sale. I love it too much! Steven feel free to delete my FSBO post ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. wholesaledress8 July 2, 2013 at 8:36 am - Reply

    the interiors are lovely. i just love the colour choosed

  12. InativeSpeaker July 5, 2013 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    Wow, I love it. Can i take it with me ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Vijay Prabhu July 7, 2013 at 11:40 am - Reply

    Loved it, wish I could build one like it ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Charisse July 7, 2013 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    That house looks a lot like my apartment, and it works for me.

  15. Mike and Lori July 9, 2013 at 10:12 am - Reply

    A stand alone studio apartment

  16. Ben parker July 9, 2013 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    it is good and i personally like that wash room but you should be change your wash room towel.

  17. Silke from Sexy Shoes for Women July 12, 2013 at 10:59 am - Reply

    This is an awesome little place, it would be perfect for a guest house in my backyard. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. hayko July 23, 2013 at 8:33 am - Reply

    thats good. i love it

  19. shahzaib July 31, 2013 at 3:05 am - Reply

    awesome home it is an american home ?
    will sombody give me a bit detail about it please

  20. Adelina Priddis August 23, 2013 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    That is simple living! I love it. They’ve showed you can live simply, without actually sacrificing style and nice things. Hmmm…the kids need to grow up fast so I can buy a place like this.

  21. fawzy August 26, 2013 at 1:56 am - Reply

    very nice and well organized colors.

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  23. Pete Olari August 27, 2013 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    Where is this BIG home located? I like it!!

    • Patrick Donahue June 22, 2014 at 4:51 am - Reply

      Thank you… finally an interior thats NOT all (knotty wood) everyware. !!
      I’m designing mine (right now) and I’m going for a nice bright interior I’m so inclined to incorporate mirrors into the space. Also I will be installing a rather large window so I can merge the (visual effects) of the exterior with my interior environment. I must say your cottage looks spacious with it all white like that; great job !!

  24. Mendy Knecht August 27, 2013 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    It’s for sale $28,500 More upgrades added. No land, no financing ๐Ÿ™
    I love this home but a life change makes it a little tooo small ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Delivery- $2.50/mile $100.00 pick up from selling site and $100.00 Drop off and set up on buyers land (well worth it)

  25. Jay Brooke September 17, 2013 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    Great home!
    You have been able to combine character with function and independence.
    What is the name of your heating stove?
    I’m going to build one for my self after 20 years of building houses for many other people.
    Thanks Again
    And Great Job!

  26. dena castaneda October 24, 2013 at 10:15 am - Reply

    all looks good except bathroom way to small

  27. traditionoflondon October 29, 2013 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    Small but beautiful. Simple lifestyle, that most people prefer to live in.

  28. Maria Matthews November 1, 2013 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    A place to hide away and write. Perfect.

  29. 23 Photos Of November 3, 2013 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    I’ll take it!

  30. buildindia November 11, 2013 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    its interior is nice!

  31. Archie November 13, 2013 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    Very good crib !

  32. STUSEK November 24, 2013 at 2:56 am - Reply

    Really love the interior!

  33. Lorin Emtage November 29, 2013 at 3:24 am - Reply

    THis is CoOL!!!

  34. Carlos December 18, 2013 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    An excellent place for a bachelor OR to get away from the wife for a few days.

  35. LisaaBangalore December 20, 2013 at 6:26 am - Reply

    Amazing interior design ! good arrangement of necessary items , love it

  36. Silvestre December 20, 2013 at 9:00 am - Reply

    The modern man’s version of “MAN-CAVE” because I am sure that’s his real house next door. ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Hank December 25, 2013 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    I guess someone could buy one of these as a “roughed out” unit, then i could finish it to the point that it suits me. I have 4 Belgian Malinois’ Dogs that patrol my 33 acre fenced parcel behind the main house where my horses are kept and few other animals that require a keen powerful protector from Coyotes, but in the daylight hours they need a place to sleep and stay cool (AC-heat) and to get out of the elements when they come rolling in, and I’m thinking one of these would work famously..

  38. David C February 15, 2014 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    Great Pics!

  39. Paul Scoropan April 4, 2014 at 7:47 am - Reply

    Small, but warm. I like it!

  40. zohre May 31, 2014 at 5:29 am - Reply

    This is perfect!!so perfect:-O

  41. Tatanisha W July 1, 2014 at 8:00 am - Reply

    Very well organized, I love it!

  42. Krista July 14, 2014 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    Wow! Nicely done, VERY nicely done.

  43. sophia September 12, 2014 at 9:08 am - Reply

    Awesome home on wheels, very interesting…

  44. Cynthia Coleman October 31, 2014 at 1:36 am - Reply

    This would be perfect for a college student and a group of these would be great for the homeless.

  45. Jane October 31, 2014 at 8:55 am - Reply

    WOW! This is really great design!

  46. Sloan March 25, 2015 at 12:10 am - Reply

    I really must know how that make-up mirror on the floor works. ๐Ÿ™‚ Awesome, creative home!

    • Mendy June 1, 2015 at 7:54 am - Reply

      Hello, I bought the mirror from Brookstone, mounted it on the side of the chest/sofa out of sight for the most part. I asked for approx 24 outlets be installed for all my tiny stuff. ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. Patents Wall Art April 13, 2015 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    love it what they have done with this small space.

  48. seo uzmanฤฑ April 27, 2015 at 4:04 am - Reply

    this is crazy ๐Ÿ˜€ wonderfull

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  51. Amanda June 22, 2015 at 11:36 am - Reply

    So cute! The white walls and ceiling actually make it look bigger than it is.

  52. Jackson Walsh @ Culturated July 27, 2015 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    A very nice modern looking place. A marvel how you fit everything in there! This should draw more attention as usually homes are never this small. -Jackson

  53. Christina Knowles August 2, 2015 at 11:37 am - Reply

    Really nice, but no closet? And how do you wash clothes?

  54. Arkitalker August 13, 2015 at 10:09 am - Reply

    wow this is actually great!! Tiny but the attention for details is visible!! Thanks for sharing it!

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  55. Frankie September 14, 2015 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    I looove the concept and idea but i am 6ft tall and i get claustrophobic. All in all, fabulous concept

  56. Thikra September 26, 2015 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    I think its very amazing, but for single individual .. it wont be suitable or practical for even couples I wont say a whole family!!!

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  58. Cee Jay February 20, 2016 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    I love the gargoyle on the front door step and the wooden skull on the shelf above the sofa.

    Cee Jay/Leigh on Sea, Essex, England, Britain.

  59. Kara April 20, 2016 at 7:49 am - Reply

    Amazing space, really shows how good decor can work xx

  60. Luxus Hauser May 16, 2016 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    Very well presented and good angles on the photography to show the space.

  61. Mark Davis July 27, 2016 at 3:51 am - Reply

    Realy Amazing…

  62. American August 31, 2016 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    I think its very amazing, but for single individual .. it wont be suitable or practical for even couples I wont say a whole family!!!

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