Vina’s Tiny House

July 31, 2014









I am a designer who always wanted to design and build my own house, but I couldn’t find a way to afford it. With the tiny house movement, I found a way to do so for $35,000.

My design has 140 sf of living space (based on 8’ x 20’ trailer) and is wholly self-sufficient. It reflects my philosophy about simplicity, sustainability, and living within my means. Equipped with a fireplace and skylights and bathed in natural light, it feels luxurious living tiny!

I created my tiny house design with my own aesthetic, reinterpreting the traditional cabin with a modern, clean look. I love living off the grid and living simply!

A 140 square feet tiny house built on a trailer in Ojai, California. Designed by Sol Haus Design.


  • Reply Mopsa July 31, 2014 at 9:09 am

    This tiny house is perfect! Great great job :)

    • Reply Elizabeth Ann Taylor July 31, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      Great work, I wish you luck!

    • Reply rj harris July 31, 2014 at 7:17 pm

      Is this for sale? I am in the Ventura/Ojai area and would like to have a look. Thank you.

    • Reply Wanda August 3, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      nice but quite expensive for size!!

    • Reply GAIL BRACKEEN August 4, 2014 at 4:36 pm


    • Reply Debbie August 11, 2014 at 11:14 am

      I would like to know if you have other designs and how much this one costs and weighs?

      Thanks, Debbie

    • Reply Shirley Loflin August 16, 2014 at 8:42 pm

      I love it but,where is your bathroom?

    • Reply Madaline September 1, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      wow, fantastic!

  • Reply Craig July 31, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Really nice tiny house design, one of the best I’ve seen.

  • Reply padraig stubbs July 31, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Can we have the specs and details of how this house is self sufficient. I know I could learn a few things. Thanks

    • Reply vina lustado August 8, 2014 at 12:23 am

      Hi Craig – The house is on solar panels for the undercounter refrigerator, lights (LED), laptop, etc. I use propane gas for the fireplace, tankless hot water heater, and 2 burner stove. The water is hooked up to a spicket with a garden hose to recycle all my water (shower & sinks) for a simple greywater system. It feeds a citrus tree that is now blossoming and bearing fruit for the first time! I don’t have black water because I have a simple composting toilet. More info on my website: http://www.solhausdesign.com/tiny-house/specs

  • Reply Denise July 31, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    I love this design also, and the attention to the touches of luxury. The pillows are scrumptious! I was wondering where the ladder to the loft is stored.

  • Reply faith July 31, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Is there a kitchen?

  • Reply Doreen July 31, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    great use of space, this is a winner design.

  • Reply judith roberts July 31, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    love you plan

  • Reply regina July 31, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Really nice job, I would just like another opening window in the loft and a few more pics…..fireplace and bathroom

  • Reply Erin July 31, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    would like to see the bathroom facilities.

  • Reply Susan Mills July 31, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    This is about as perfect as it can get. The first tiny house I truly covet! Excellent work!

  • Reply Robyn July 31, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Beautiful and filled with light. Where did you park it?

  • Reply Marsha J July 31, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Ok, THIS I could live in “til I die.” Beautiful and comfy!

  • Reply Viktor August 1, 2014 at 4:04 am

    I’m wondering… why does it cost so much? What costs 35k? The materials, the work? Seems a lot for such a minimalistic house. Of course I’m looking at it with the eye of a Bulgarian, where we can get 7 solid houses for the same money but I’m just curious how come this place costs that much.

    • Reply sc August 5, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      from what i understand, it the labor, many tiny houses are diy, but having it made, as i am assuming this was by professionals will double the cost. its seems expensive but considering how much money you save in maintenance and not buying furnishings and other stuff in the future is where the savings come in. most importantly its looks well built, i dont know how long these tiny houses are supposed to last, but considering how nice this one is i think its a bargin, the cost of a luxury car here in the us. i guess in bulgaria it could be made even cheaper.

    • Reply sc August 5, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      What I am trying to figure out is the walls, its that sheets of some kind of white wood or is it wallpaper or sheetrock? the beautiful walls make the wood features really pop. The choice of staining the wood a light gold was also clever. I dont like on overly red or dark stains unless its done by someone who knows what they are doing. Such a beautiful cream and golden sheen in this house.

      • Reply vina lustado August 8, 2014 at 12:32 am

        The interior walls were one of the challenging parts of the project! The walls are made out of plywood panels with a whitewash finish. I wanted to have white walls to contrast the wood ceilings and floor, but still have the wood grain of the plywood show through.

        The whitewash is an all-organic aqua resin product from Germany. Very nice product but a bit pricey. The white color reflects light and feel more spacious. The plywood panels give additional shear strength to resist movement during travel.

  • Reply Stephen Fisher August 1, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Awesome TH!! Great design.

  • Reply Martha August 1, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Nicely done – would love to see shots of the bathroom, floor plan and ladder type used.

  • Reply Jay August 1, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Nice. More photos please! I’d like to see the fireplace, bathroom, kitchen and closet details.

  • Reply Mark August 1, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Very clean design. We like the desk area and exterior with vertical application. Wonderful build.

  • Reply Tasmin Skye August 1, 2014 at 11:14 am

    I love your house!!! It is simply beautiful. I especially love that it is self-sustaining. That is one of my new goals for the future: live in a tiny, self-sustaining home.

  • Reply Amber August 1, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Perfect, love this. Hope to have one someday!

  • Reply belle August 1, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Did you have any plans for this…I really like it…I am originally from Calif but live in Costa Rica now and would like to live in something like this down here…grateful this was posted…its so doable and sustainable…thanks

  • Reply Laura August 1, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    How do you find a place to put the house?

  • Reply Marlene August 1, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Love, one of the best I have seen in a long search… but where is access to the loft? I’m guessing via the bathroom…

    • Reply sc August 5, 2014 at 6:27 pm

      the ladder is next to the couch

  • Reply Marlene August 1, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    I see the ladder in the project photos on Sol Haus Design — sorry I didn’t check before I asked 😉

  • Reply DIANA August 1, 2014 at 6:23 pm


  • Reply Herman August 2, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Nice but…….what about fire?

    • Reply sc August 5, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      fire? what fire? there have been wood houses in forest areas for thousands of years. at least it being on a trailer she might have time to move the house out of the way.

    • Reply vina lustado August 8, 2014 at 12:40 am

      Hi Diana- Great question about the fire! I have a fire extinguisher, and smoke/ carbon monoxide detector. I also have a second means of egress (exit) off the bedroom loft with my large skylight. It fully opens so I can escape in case there is a fire downstairs.

  • Reply Nationwww August 2, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Where’s the toilet?…

  • Reply Doug August 2, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Can I buy plans for this house?

  • Reply Jeannette Capuano August 2, 2014 at 9:50 am

    I love it! But where do you put clothes and other personal belongings, like, shoes, purses….etc….?

  • Reply bianca August 2, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Beautiful home. I love the sense of luxury you have while still being able to live off the grid.

  • Reply mary August 2, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Love this! How do I get plans for one?

  • Reply Liz August 2, 2014 at 3:21 pm


    • Reply PeterandElise Bray August 3, 2014 at 9:04 am

      Its adorable but cant believe 35K we are building a cabin 22×40 in maine for less than half of that. none the less … its cool !

    • Reply Rich August 3, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      My thought exactly. The highest dollar figure I’ve seen for a tiny house. Tiny space, very big price.

  • Reply Claudia August 2, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    This is super nice, I love the minimalist style.

  • Reply kerstin August 3, 2014 at 6:30 am

    Love it…really nice. seems perfect…

  • Reply Mike August 3, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Amazing design sense. This is another new benchmark for the tiny house movement.

  • Reply Paul Eric August 3, 2014 at 10:30 am

    I have been following the tiny house movement. I am intrigued. Less is definitely more. I love, love this tiny home and it’s by far my favorite.

  • Reply SONDRA August 3, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    OK 35K way to much for that. Now they’re cute but i wouldn;t want one an not for that price 5 maybe but 35k no way. An living in Tx Tornado alley

  • Reply Shanti Joy August 4, 2014 at 12:54 am

    Love this sweet little beauty. I didn’t see how you get up to the loft. Is there a retractable ladder? I am considering a tiny house and this is one of my favorite designs so far. Thanks for posting

  • Reply vina lustado August 4, 2014 at 3:12 am

    Thank you all so much for your kind words! Craig- I understand that the cost is high for some, but I built this house so I can live in it forever. It’s built with the high quality materials and professional labor. It’s off the grid with solar panels and includes the built in furniture. I hope that helps. Feel free to email me for any questions!

  • Reply kerri sengstaken August 4, 2014 at 3:56 am

    how can we buy one like this! ??

  • Reply Elissa August 4, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Perfect tiny house!
    Where can I purchase the plans? This is exactly what my husband and I are looking for. However, we would like to put it on a permanent foundation.

  • Reply tthom2 August 4, 2014 at 11:45 am

    What you’ve given us to see is fantastic. The french doors to the outdoor deck in my opinion is mandatory for a tiny house. It expands the feeling of the living space – and if you are located in a mild climate – it literally does expand that space. I’d love to see more views of the kitchen and bath.

  • Reply Roxanne August 4, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Is it difficult getting insurance on Tiny Houses like this?

  • Reply Ben August 4, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    So beautiful Vina! Im building one at the moment which has such a similar feel. Love it.

  • Reply April August 4, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    How do you get up to the bed? I didn’t see a ladder or stairs of any kind. Really cute place! I admire people who can downsize their lives like this. Way to go.

    • Reply vina lustado August 8, 2014 at 12:47 am

      There is a rolling ladder on the rail which can access both lofts.

  • Reply Fern Barishman August 4, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    I love, love, love this. Gorgeous design and talk about living simply.
    There’s no room for excess STUFF! Yay. Finally. Would love to get
    one and live in it on the weekends. The only problem is, where would
    I put my piano? LOL

  • Reply Lisa E. August 4, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    I’m sorry you didn’t include pics of the bathroom and shower.
    Love the storage under the bench seating.

  • Reply judy August 4, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    I love your tiny home thank you for sharing this nice simple design and clean lines did not see the kitchen or bath but loved what I did see.

  • Reply Eroca Brawne August 5, 2014 at 2:14 am

    It’s beautiful, light. airy a really nice layout.

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  • Reply Dianne Bell in Michigan September 3, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Your tiny house is beautiful! Great job!
    It’s charming, self-sufficient and homey!
    I wish I lived there. You don’t need to
    live in 2400 + sq. feet to be happy and
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  • Reply Nerida September 20, 2014 at 9:47 am

    This is lovely. Good for you. it looks simply perfect to me and thank you for your comments.

  • Reply Rita September 27, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    simply beautiful!

  • Reply Shawn September 27, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Beautiful small home design, Vina. Do you own the land where you park your tiny home or are you renting from someone else? Is Ojai flexible concerning tiny homes on wheel?

    • Reply vina lustado November 7, 2014 at 10:03 am

      Hi Shawn – I rent the property on the land. We’re trying to create a tiny house community in Ojai but navigating zoning guidelines is challenging. Other cities have done it, so we can use them as a model. I believe it is a solution to address affordable housing and environmental impact.

  • Reply Tracie Browning October 15, 2014 at 5:37 am

    I have been looking for some time now , but what got me was the quotes you had printed of John Muirs writings on those pillows. That just brought tears to my eyes and knew this is pretty close to the one I want. I have some of my own ideas. I am disabled and living on fixed income and also cannot be climbing a ladder to bed. I also want to have shower walk in tub, and cork floors. I have a settlement coming but it is not enough build a 35 G tiny house. I also cannot build it myself due to my disabilities. How did you get help and who could I contact to help me. I would want to help build it )whatever I could do) I would like to somehow how get mine built and get some land (some how?) and make a community of them. How long does it take to build one? Your is very nice I look every night trying find a solution, and get more ideas. It’s in my head but I can’t get in on paper. And the biggie ?Where can I put it to live in it and not own my property. I just spent 24 years up in the mtns. in Nor/Cal but even up there I would be snowed in or and the Forest service would run me off, and I have no truck to haul it either. Do you have someone haul yours for you? You did an awesome job girl!!

    • Reply vina lustado November 7, 2014 at 9:56 am

      Hi Tracie – I’m so glad you noticed the beauty and writings on the pillows! I had commissioned a local artist friend to collaborate with me (Alicia Morris Soto in Ojai) on the textiles. Since the theme for the interior was “trees” and I had a love for Yosemite, Alicia incorporated the writings of John Muir on the pillows. She (painstakingly) hand embroidered the trees on the writings. Beautifully done!

      The property is a rental and I share it with my partner, so we split the rent. We can’t afford the high real estate in Ojai so this is a great solution for us. I would be happy to help you design your home. I have designed many custom tiny house plans for others. More info here: http://www.solhausdesign.com/tiny-house/consult

  • Reply Jen M October 24, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Beautiful design. What does the $35k include? I was curious what the total cost would be for plans, materials, and labor. Thanks!

  • Reply vina lustado November 7, 2014 at 10:10 am

    The total cost including the materials (outdoor deck, furnishings, artisans) and some professional labor. More info here: http://www.solhausdesign.com/tiny-house/specs

  • Reply donna owen January 9, 2015 at 1:32 am

    Vina –

    I love your design !!!! I have been studying all aspects….can you just tell me what the height of the loft and overall ceiling come to?


  • Reply Valerie February 1, 2015 at 3:49 pm


    Great job on the tiny mobile home. Just a quick question, how do you connect electricity, water and wifi to your home? I’m from Malaysia and mobile home is not popular in our country.


  • Reply lmd April 16, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Beautiful. Here we can really see how the thoughtful placement of windows and doors, a limited & consistent palette and the deft selection of materials helps promote the subconscious sense of spaciousness in a very tiny footprint. A case study!

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