Nomad Pad


Ryan built this tiny house with only renewable resources. It’s a handsome, heavy duty build.














This Nomad pad was completely built using renewable energy. Using an off the grid solar system backed up by a b100 biodiesel generator for those cloudy stormy days. The key features on this house include a Hobbit wood stove, mobile “slide under” 5’ x 8’ deck, full-size fridge, solar off grid energy with Lithium battery bank, Copper bath tub, 2 lofts, on demand water heating, and much more! The framing was built using light gauge metal. All reclaimed woods for interior and exterior are from various sources up in Northern Ca. 10,000 redwood water tank, wine tank staves, hot tub staves all resawn for interior paneling and trim work..The house hosts a subtle nuance of old growth wisdom.. This was a fun project.

A custom tiny house built using only renewable resources. Built by Ryan O’Donnell of Humble Hand Crafts.

Originally shared at Tiny House Swoon.


  • Kristina H Nadreau says:

    Nomad pad: fine portable house. I am interested to know what the wall finish is that is used in the shower and on bath walls.

  • Sally Schrock says:

    Wow! I love the cozy warmth of this THOW and the overall design is stunning. However, I do see a design flaw; the hallway at the top of the short staircase looks very, very claustrophobic and almost too tight for most humans to squeeze through, let alone mattresses and other furnishings. I wish they’d shown the bedroom lofts in this. If the price were right, I’d buy this in a heart beat. Beautifully executed!

    • sc says:

      That pocket door is half way open its as wide as the steps.
      I think most skinny folks could fit it. but I also would have like to have see the upstairs. I don’t understand people who take the trouble to show off these tiny house, but don’t show the whole house. It is just no excuse leaving out showing all the rooms of a tiny house.

      • Dana says:

        I totally agree. It looks like it is probably a well designed space, but you can’t tell at all from these shots. We don’t need close ups of corners and sinks and cupboards.

  • Jenny B says:

    The most beautiful THOW wheels I have yet to see. I can only pray my builder will use the same care and attention to detail to my house.

  • Gloria Lassiter says:

    I just love this home. I sure wish that I had the money to buy one from them. I might be able to in a few months when my house sells. I just can not stop looking at all the pictures.
    Please send me additional information from them.
    Thank you for sharing.

  • Paul says:

    Beautiful! Have you heard or Wharton Esherick? Some of your details remind me of his amazing woodwork.

  • sc says:

    It’s too dark for me personally, but the fit and finish in this house is off the chain. A true master craftsman did this.

  • Ardith says:

    What a beautiful, modern take on the arts & crafts aesthetic. The woodwork is incredible. Kudos to the design and building teams.

    Having seen a wide variety of tiny homes on Tiny House Swoon, I now fully recognize and appreciate their differences. Like their larger counterparts, tiny homes are not one-size-fits-all. There is beauty in their diversity–as with the humans who build them, those own them.

  • Ricky says:

    How much does this cost? What are the dimensions? I really would like to see a good picture of the lofts. With everything in wood. Hard to make out details in the pictures. Love the exterior shape. From what I can see, looks like the perfect fit for me

  • gunguru01 says:

    I’m speechless!!! This is awesome woodwork! The butterfly tenons on the stool are amazing! The handwork in this house beats anything I’ve seen so far! Great job.

  • Lisa E. says:

    Normally, I’m not a fan of reclaimed wood; it usually gives that “shack” look that doesn’t cut it for me. But this is truly beautiful. The reclaimed woods have been skillfully honed until they are more art than just mere function. The whole thing is very inviting and exceedingly well done, however, I would love to see more pictures; especially of the lofts, would love to have the dimensions (not just the square footage), and, of course, the price (for which I suggest we all fasten our seat belts.) Not that such a custom build and creative labor doesn’t merit a robust price tag, it’s just that we peons can’t indulge flights of fancy beyond window shopping without precipitating cardiac arrest of the pocketbook and wallet.

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  • Annette says:

    Beautiful. Love the stairs against the far wall. The niche underneath is for…? could one have put a small wood stove in there safely/efficiently? Or is that more about storage? Thanks for showcasing this build.

  • Sandra says:

    I am a woodworker and a kitchen & bath designer and I am blown away by this tiny house. I want to see the rest! Floor plans of the layout – even if it’s scribbled on paper is helpful. Is that a dresser at to end of that hallway? Georgous wood! Reply to others -Dark wood can be back drop for bright fabrics and art work and really sets them off, if your a wood lover ( I am) your eyes are drawn to to wood grains and warm glow of the finish. The wood working in this house in is natural – not rustic. The cost of the wood was probably higher than off the shelf- and more varied and beautiful.

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