We are two architectural graduates and a builder from Australia who have designed and built a tiny house on wheels for a sub-tropical climate. It features a modular demountable deck, remote controlled retractable bed built into full height storage, a generous bathroom, recycled hardwood and a modern aesthetic throughout. Lara and Andrew, the two designers, now live in the house with their newborn daughter Charlie. We’re very happy with how the house is performing in our sub-tropical climate thanks to generous cross- and -stack-ventilation.
Anyone who is interested in finding out more about the design principles and strategies can have a look on our website. One particular strategy to note is the consistent grid of portal frames and deck structure around which the cabinets and windows are all based.
Some useful links:
A video tour of the house – https://youtu.be/2LMDmuiB8oo
A video of our retractable bed in action – https://youtu.be/IPf2jsUDJVA
A time lapse video of the construction –https://youtu.be/ZDPaSKXqoaM
Open recycled hardwood shelving to display plants and favourite belongings, remote controlled retractable bed drops down from the ceiling leaving entire wall free for storage space.
Dark recycled timbers on the kitchen side contrasted with a clean white look opposite to add direction to the space (opening out to the deck and high louvres). Bathroom at end with flush mounted cavity slider.
Windows slotted between LVL portal frames, garden outside at bench height.
A generous shower and modern bathroom with feature tile wall.
We still found room for the record collection!
A high space with a warm but also ordered aesthetic.
This shows the retractable bed in daytime mode – at the press of a button it drops neatly between the couch.
This shows the bed in night mode – full wall storage is maintained on the rear wall. The bed is custom designed to fit in the house’s style and size.
Windows and doors are carefully aligned across the house for an open feel and very effective cross ventilation.
Hi everyone! Thanks for checking out the interior design of our home and make sure you take a second to head over and vote for us HERE for ‘tiny house of the year’ as well! (Only if you like our home of course!) The video and photos will be the best way to experience our tiny house interior but we will also elaborate a little on some of the details in the text below.
You first enter the interior of our home at a subtle angle, orienting the user to experience the entire interior at once and ensure a feeling a spaciousness at first glance as well as a fantastic view through the 3 large windows on the opposite wall. The interior is simple, almost minimalist in appearance to allow the act of living to take center stage. Free of physical and visual clutter, we now live have everything we need and nothing that we don’t; an equilibrium that our interior design has nurtured. The dark floor contrasts the lighter surfaces of a Scandinavian Color palate and simple birch plywood forms create the furniture and surfaces.
The 100% dimmable LED lighting strategies range from a beautiful slim cable lighting system in the main space to hidden LED tape lighting in a variety of indirect up-lighting (Loft & Kitchen Galley)) and concealed down lighting (Kitchen Sink and Counter) as well as in-mirror led strips in the bathroom.
We combined our minimalist vision and love of cooking and the result is a streamline tiny house kitchen that is big on function and allows the experience of cooking take center stage. We have 100% cabinet and drawer storage below our custom 1” thick birch plywood counter tops, one of which waterfalls over the exposed end of our peninsula counter and the other wraps to the ceiling to provide separation between the sink area and refrigerator compartment. There is also storage above our 7.4 cubic foot fridge (Every chef needs a kitchen aid!) and opposite of it on the backside of the stairs where ample rooms allow all of the pots, pans, dishware and other necessities to be stored. An operable window on each end of the galley as well as one behind the sink ensures natural light, ventilation and view at all times while in the kitchen. For illumination we experimented with LED tape lighting using three different applications. Over the sink, we hide the tape lighting in between our tandem loft beams to provide concealed down lighting. Over the galley we used some left over steel angles to create dimmable indirect up-lighting that illuminates the whole kitchen evenly while eliminating shadows. Lastly we used the same steel angle combined with sanded plexi-glass to create dimmable diffused down lighting over the peninsular counter which acts as the ultimate multi-use surface including, dinner prep, meal consumption and communal social surface while entertaining.
Storage stair design
During the design phase, we envisioned our stairs as a single continuous line, zig-zaging its way up to the loft. To emphasize this notion we embraced the edge condition of birch plywood, where 45 miter joints allow not only the surfaces but the ply striations to remain continuous from bottom to top. We embedded steel flat bar into the leading edge of each tread to protect the corner from wear and tear. The bottom stair is angled to align perpendicularly with the angled entry wall and the top stair is taller than the rest to facilitate easier entry into the loft.
Of course constructing the stairs was only half of the project, as we wanted to make sure that all of that space underneath them was utilized well so it can store all of our clothes. Because of the unique dimensions of the storage doors we decided to make our own and went to work cutting up and painting a sheet of MDF before hanging the doors in place and installing handle hardware that matches our kitchen hardware.
At 30 sf our bathroom feels more spacious than its dimensions suggest. A pocket door stores itself inside the wall when not needed yet is at the ready to provide privacy as well as light through its frosted glass, acting as a second window into the bathroom. We installed a clear glass shower door to avoid plastic curtains and allow the entire bathroom space to be experienced at all times regardless if you are inside or outside of the shower. A porcelain tile shampoo alcove above allows the shower unit to remain free of clutter. It was important to emphasis the center portion of the bathroom and create something that was beautiful enough to want to leave the bathroom door open when not in use. We did this by incorporated reclaimed walnut that was left over from our front entry siding from the floor all the way onto the ceiling, broken only by the dark IKEA vanity, sink and medicine cabinet complete with in-mirror LED lights. The last third of the bathroom is home to our Separett composting toilet and modular open face shelving, that are constructed in the same manner as our stairs and counter tops.
Lastly, we have our gear room, which is less impressive in appearance when compared to the rest of our home but remains one of the most important portions of our home. Even though we only have 204 square feet total we happily dedicated 24 square feet of that to store all of our outdoor equipment to ensure that we could keep collecting the most important things in life: experiences!
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Interior design includes custom welded movable island, custom countersunk cutting board, and over 16 feet of hardwood butcher-block counter tops backed with beveled Grecian marble backsplashes. Throughout this Tiny Home, warm tones emphasize the abundant flood of natural light, blending seamlessly with the complimentary bold accents. The modern chic motif combines exposed steel floor joists, stainless appliances, crown molding, brilliant maple floors,built in shelves, ample storage, and grand feel. Every aspect of ‘Industrial Chic’ has been meticulously designed and the layout allows many configuration options and customization.
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Jonathan Avery of Tiny House Scotland designed and built the NestHouse both inside and outside with an inherently holistic approach. With design heroes like Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Frank Lloyd Wright and C F A Voysey – who all designed every detail of their builds from the fittings to the structure; Jonathan, a designer/maker photographer with over 30 years experience has applied the same approach.
From custom built lighting fittings to every furniture item, to the hand turned finials on the roof, Jonathan has stamped his style on the NestHouse. The colours used are from his own paint range.
Although we worked with a builder to construct our house, all of the interior design and layout of our house is our own. We designed the interior of our home to be spacious and functional. We decided early on that we wanted distinct “zones” in our house for different purposes. And we weren’t afraid to use colors and to make bold choices to distinguish the areas and also to contrast with the beautiful beetle kill pine that we used on our side walls, loft floors and ceilings.
We went for a contemporary, clean, fairly simplistic style in our interior design. We used a mix of woods (beetle kill pine, cedar, oak plywood and a small amount of salvaged barn wood) and dry walled our 2 end walls. Laminate flooring covers our main living area and our bathroom. We used natural stone in our kitchen countertop and above the shower insert in our bathroom.
We also included lots of windows and a sliding glass door for natural light. Our 13.5 foot ceilings throughout give our home a spacious, open feeling. It was important to us to have stairs to access our 2 lofts, rather than a ladder. We’d seen a video of the “Lily Pad” tiny house with 2 staircases and convinced our builder it could be done in our house too. It gives us lots of storage as well.
I was only able to upload 3 pictures here to show our interior for some reason (unless more show up when this is published), but you can watch a video tour of our home here: https://youtu.be/sZiF6yHpiDU