Here is one of my favorite tiny house designs I’ve seen recently. Carrie and Shane built the house on wheels in 2012, lived in it for a year and a half, and since then have rented it as a guest house. They documented the design and the construction of this house (along with a lot of inspirations and deep thoughts) in their blog, Clothesline Tiny Homes.
The gooseneck trailer is an unusual design choice that provides support for an extended loft. I love how they worked it into the layout, with steps leading up each side of the bed. Those steps seem practical in a way most tiny houses are not – a couple can sleep here without crawling over each other constantly. They also conceal tons of storage, as do built-ins throughout the house. The couple built custom furniture and kitchen cabinets themselves, piece by piece, out of plywood.
To read about their house design from the beginning, start here. It’s fascinating what work the couple chose to hire out (electrical and plumbing, mainly) versus do themselves (metal roofing, insulation, furnace). The balance between saving money and doing the work properly weighs heavily on their minds, and inspires other great blog entries like this one, in which the couple ponders why they’re building a tiny house after a moment of crippling doubt onsite. Carrie’s thoughts on the value of ownership, or rather “stewardship” (as she calls it), are particularly moving.