I know that many tiny houses today don’t have staircases in them because people opt for ladders instead; however, I don’t think ladders are a great option for several reasons. First and foremost, there’s nothing quite like having to climb down a ladder in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. Further, as the home’s inhabitants get older, the use of a ladder will likely become more and more difficult. The good news is that a staircase can work in the right size tiny home and the space underneath it can provide for a lot of storage…” – Andrew Morrison
Read and see how Andrew built a tiny house staircase…
A quote from Tiny House Build, originally posted by Andrew.
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A cleverly designed apartment packs a lot of function into a small space. Lots of great ideas here for tiny house interior design.
“When photographer Christian Schallert isn’t busy cooking, dressing, sleeping or eating, his small 24 square meter (258 square feet) flat appears to be an empty cube. To use a piece of furniture, he has to build it. Situated in Barcelona, Spain’s hip Born district, the tiny apartment is a remodeled pigeonhole loft (when Schallert first toured the apartment it was home to pigeons). Schallert collaborated with his friend, architect Barbara Appolloni, to come up with this unique design scheme, taking six months to complete. Christian says its design was inspired by the space-saving furniture aboard boats, as well as the clean lines of a small Japanese home.”
See inside this apartment in Barcelona at 1 Kindesign.
Derek ‘Deek’ Diedricksen shares some pros & cons of using skylights in a tiny home’s loft.
“This question has been posed at EVERY Tumbleweed Workshop Ive hosted… skylights – should i include them in my tiny houses loft?”
Read the full post at Relaxshacks.com: Tiny Houses/Tumbleweeds: To Skylight, or NOT to Skylight?.
The folks a My Home in a Box put together a nice photo collection from this television episode. If you missed it or don’t like watching these kinds of shows here’s your opportunity to see the final results.
“For their final challenge, the remaining three All Stars must each design the interior and exterior areas of a converted shipping container, part of a popular trend in eco-friendly living.”
See the photo collection for Shipping Container Homes: All Stars – HGTV show – Design Shipping Container Homes.
Another great idea for tucking a lot of function into a small space.
“The prototype was designed by an Uruguayan designer, Claudio Sibille. I like the way you can fit the chair into the cabinet and fold the work table down and roll the little office space into a corner. The quality of the wood is attractive and the design modern so it would work with most any decor.”
Read and see more about Small Office Fits in a Box.
Derek ‘Deek’ Diedricksen makes a great find… a 4×4 bathroom… and just in time I might add.
“The bathroom was a former closet, and is a mere 4′ by 4′ in its floor layout. The tiny sink was salvaged from another collapsing cabin in the woods and given a new life here.”
Just kidding… continue reading at Relaxshacks.com: A tiny, tiny bathroom, in a tiny bunk house in Maine.
Here’s a short article with tips for downsizing into smaller kitchens.
“Kitchens come in sizes big and small and often, kitchen size doesnt always correlate with how large or small the rest of the house is. Here are some of the most important elements that every kitchen needs to keep organized and functional.”
via Downsizing Design: Tips for Moving to a Smart Stylish Smaller Kitchen | Apartment Therapy.
Steve posted some details and tips for constructing a simple bathroom in a shipping container cabin.
“The platform is constructed of 2″x6″ cedar boards with stainless steel screws holding it together. The vertical support boards are cut out along the back wall to make room for the plumbing, which runs from under the kitchen cabinets to the shower platform. The tub is a Behrens 35 gallon galvanized steel tub that I got from Amazon, of all places.”
via Bathroom 1.0 | Tin Can Cabin.