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hOME: A Tiny House That Lives Large
hOME is an incredible small dwelling on wheels—owned, built, and lived in by Andrew and Gabriella Morrison of Tiny House Build. This smart pint-sized house is 28 feet long and 8.5 feet wide. It packs 221 square feet of floor space, in addition to a 128-square-foot sleeping loft.
Unlike most tiny houses I've seen that appear more rustic than contemporary, hOMe has a modern, big-house feel. But here's what makes this mobile abode super impressive: it cost less than $33,000 to build. The price tag includes the cost of all the interior finishes and fittings, including appliances and custom-built storage cabinets. It took four months to create this clever compact home, and it's all documented on the Morrison's blog, Tiny House Build.Continue to 2 of 4 below.
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hOME: A Staircase That Doubles as Storage
This micro home includes a few features found in much larger homes, like an easy set of stairs, instead of a clumsy ladder, that leads to the sleeping loft. The stairs also double as storage cubbies, providing a convenient spot to stash entryway items, like coats, boots, bags, gloves, hats...anything you'd put in a conventional mudroom.Continue to 3 of 4 below.
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hOME: A Fully Equipped Kitchen
The Morrisons certainly didn't skimp when it came to the kitchen. Not only is the room spacious, it also boasts full-size appliances, including a gas range (with full-size cooktop and oven) and standard refrigerator/freezer. The kitchen also packs a wine fridge, which is a luxury item even in much larger homes. A few other features you don't often see in tiny homes: full-depth wall and base cabinets, a large sink, and a wraparound countertop, which provides ample space for food prep and dishes. The kitchen is legitimately larger than many regular-sized apartment kitchens.Continue to 4 of 4 below.
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hOME: What Makes This Home Feel Much Larger?
Three key features make this tiny home feel much bigger than its modest footprint. First, the ceiling is quite high, measuring about 11.5 feet at the high side. The shed-style roof also makes for a clean, streamlined finished ceiling inside. The tall design is enjoyed everywhere around the home, but nowhere more than the kitchen. It's ceiling is about 6 feet, 3 inches high—even though the entire kitchen is below the sleeping loft!
Another space-expanding design feature is the careful window placement throughout the home. There are windows on all four sides and at many different levels. This means that almost everywhere you turn, you get a view to the outdoors. And everyone can appreciate the difference between looking outside and looking at a solid wall.
Finally, the built-in cabinetry keeps everyday items tucked away, so the general space doesn't feel cluttered. Storage is featured not just in the kitchen, but also the office, the main living space, and under the stairway, so stored items can be kept close to where they're used most often.
If you want to build your own spacious tiny hOMe, you can find a free seven-day e-course on the Morrison's site, Tiny House Build. You can also buy the building plans for this wee modern dwelling in a few different packages. Prices range from $99 for SketchUp files to a total package that includes detailed architectural plans for $299.