The Tiny Project Packs More Life into Less House

  • 01 of 07

    The Tiny Project Combats High Housing Costs

    Exterior photo of The Tiny Project house. Alek Lisefski

    For many consumers, high housing costs make buying or even renting a home in many parts of the U.S. a financial burden thanks to skyrocketing real estate prices and shrinking middle-class incomes. That's why I'm obsessed with the site, The Tiny Project. It documents the small space life of tiny home dweller Alek Lisefski. His real life insights are invaluable for those wanting to downsize their current living situations by building their own mortgage-free abode.

    Alek designed and built the 8’ by 20’ home shown above. He currently lives there with his girlfriend Anjali, and their dog Anya.

    Read on to learn more about the Tiny Project and how you can build your own wee home.

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  • 02 of 07

    Why a Wheelie Small Home?

    Rear View of The Tiny Project House. Alek Lisefski

    When you put a tiny house on a trailer, you can skirt local building requirements.

    Depending on where you live, you have to adhere to local building codes when creating a home on a permanent site.  It includes meeting minimum square footage requirements.

    If a home is built on wheels, it's considered a recreational vehicle and this makes it exempt from local building codes.

    FYI, a tiny home on wheels should meet safety standards established by The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association.

    Shown above is the back of Alek's small house.

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  • 03 of 07

    The Tiny Project Moved to a Nicer Climate

    A view of the living room from the loft bedroom. Alek Lisefski

    When Alek finished building his home he moved it from Fairfield, Iowa to Sebastopol, California. The area was selected because it's close to Meridian University where his girlfriend Anjali attends grad school.

    The new location will also trim heating and cooling costs. While Alek's tiny house is properly insulated, the temps in his hometown in Iowa range from a frosty 16°F during the winter to a steamy 90°F during the summer. In sunny Sebastopol, the temps range from a mild 40°F to a balmy 84°F.

    Shown above is the main living area in the Tiny Project House. Even the dog Anya has a spot she can call her own.

    Alek kept sustainability in mind when picking building materials. He went with eco-friendly bamboo flooring and sustainable beetle-kill pine paneling on the ceiling. The simple tables can also fold up as shown or down when not needed.

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  • 04 of 07

    A Fully Loaded Bathroom

    The bathroom is fully loaded. Alek Lisefski

    Downsizing doesn't mean you have to skimp on basics or even creature comforts. Alek's house has a fully functioning bathroom that includes a fiberglass shower stall and a little extra insulation to deaden those dreaded bathroom sounds. He even left room for an electric combo washer/dryer unit, but he hasn't decided on what to get yet. Check out his options.

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  • 05 of 07

    A Fully Stocked Kitchen

    A tiny kitchen any cook would love. Alek Lisefski

    This tiny kitchen was built to create real meals. It's stocked with a wee propane stainless steel stove and oven. 

    Not an inch of space is wasted in this kitchen.  Open shelves create room for spices and fresh produce, a hanging rack creates space for pots and pans, and a mini pull out pantry creates a spot for additional dry goods.

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  • 06 of 07

    Everything and the Kitchen Sink


    The kitchen has additional delicious features including a stainless steel fridge, sink, and more shelves for storage.

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  • 07 of 07

    A Lofty Bedroom


    The Tiny Project House is technically a duplex. Alek built up in order to create a sleeping loft that includes a closet for additional storage.

    You can learn more about The Tiny Project and buy the construction plans used to create this abode here.