This is Lora‘s tiny house. She selected the model that worked best for her needs. She also could have built her own tiny, she could have attended a workshop and bought the plans. Instead, she chose to have her tiny house built because she was concerned about not having the time and possibly not having enough of the right skills to do a self-build. Planning and knowing what your capabilities are is an important factor when making the choice to build, or have it built. So what she did was work with one of the plans and customized it, which if you haven’t checked it out yet Tumbleweed has a dynamite online tool where you can pick everything from the model you like to the flooring, and energy systems. The floor plan Lora chose is one of my favorite floor plans, it is known as the Cypress 24 Equator, it is 24′ L x 8′ W, and is about 230 square feet with the loft, which has double dormers which provides plenty of beautiful natural light, plenty of headroom for a loft, and you can even put a queen size mattress in the loft like Lora has done. The model she chose is one of Tumbleweed Tiny Houses most popular. The Cypress comes in different lengths too: 18 / 20 / 24 feet long and there are 10 floor plan options!
In this video, produced by Tumbleweed, you get a tour of a Cypress Equator, like Lora bought and lives in…
Tumbleweed Tiny Houses are certified to meet NFPA 1192 and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, which means they can be parked at an RV park or campground. Many Tumbleweed owners use their Tiny House RVs as additional spaces and place them in their backyards or properties. Starting with the exterior, we see that her 24′ long tiny house is on a Tumbleweed Tiny House 3 axle trailer which is built to different standards than a regular trailer and even differently than a trailer an RV is on – tiny houses are literally stick-frame houses on wheels, not plastic walls and doors that are paper-thin. The wood used in building tiny houses is the same dimensional lumber used to build a regular full-size house.
Here is the front door with the reading nook to the left. I have seen that bump-out space be used for a built-in loveseat, built-in desk, and some tiny house owns choose to have an “L-shape kitchen” with the sink surrounded by the windows – I personally think any of those options look very nice. There is even a small storage nook above.
Lora has chosen a two burner induction cooktop in her butcher block countertops. She chose a full-size kitchen sink. Quite often you will not find upper kitchen cabinets in tiny houses, instead they have open shelving. This provides a sense of spaciousness and allows more light to reflect off surfaces.
On the living room area size of the toaster oven, she has under that kitchen counter a washer/dryer, many tiny house owners are including these in their models and seem to be happy with the technology. Yes, she shares her tiny house with her dog.
Going towards the back of the house, beyond the fridge and steps, to the left is the door to her full bathroom with flushing toilet, small sink and a full-size shower stall (32×32), to the right is a small room used as an office. In the image below you can easily see the beauty of the cork flooring she chose. I love cork flooring, don’t you?
Up the steps is the loft bedroom. Yes, that is a queen size bed in there, with some space on either side. But don’t you just love all of that natural light flooding the loft bedroom and the height of the ceiling? It looks like such a comfy and cozy space for sleeping.
Outdoors, on the other side of the house she has a nice size patio for outdoor activities, relaxing and enjoying peaceful time… something that I repeatedly hear tiny home owners actually have because of their choice to release so many burdens associated with larger homes. She has a pretty nice house, wouldn’t you agree?
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