This is one of our favorite tiny houses to date. So much so that some of our team members traveled down from New York to Washington DC to visit brain Levy and take a closer look for themselves.
In this video you will see a tour of the minim micro house, presented by the “Deek” himself. The internal dimensions are 10ft x 21ft giving it 210 square feet of usable floor space, and a ceiling height of 9.5ft. The open concept feel of this tiny house really makes it feel much bigger than it really is.
One of the first things you will notice is the lack of loft space. In fact, there isn’t one. It’s a tiny house with no loft. Brian opted for a queen size bed that rolls out from under the floor of the office area. We really like this idea as when you aren’t using a bed, it’s sometimes just wasted space for the other 16 hours of the day. A cool twist on the Murphy bed system. And if that wasn’t enough, it can also double as extra seating if you pull it out just a few feet.
Next we are shown the office space. As previously mentioned, the office area is built upon a small platform that houses the pull-out bed. It has enough room for a nice 5ft walnut desk. This desk is pretty awesome, as it also houses a full size piano keyboard. Built into the back wall is a standard air conditioning wall mount unit. Simple. – And lastly, we have the magic closet. This is where Brian stores his clothes, printer, bike gear, tools, dehydrator and most importantly, the power. It uses a small battery bank DC/AC solar off grid outback system, that connects to 960-watt roof panels. This sweet system is enough to power the whole house, with two notable exceptions: The supplementary electric heat and the running of the A/C unit at night time. The supplementary heat is achieved by using two small 400-watt wall panel heaters. Brian says that the use of just one is more than enough for temperatures as low as 10 degrees above zero. Otherwise the house runs on a standard marine style Dickinson stove, which is of course powered using propane. The stove would be good enough to heat it at night too, but he prefers to sleep with the safer electric panels. Also, these heaters have been added to a very simple Wi-Fi enabled switch which gives him the ability to turn them on from anywhere in the world. Really cool feature to have if you are coming in from work or a trip away, as you can have your house already heated before you step through the door!
The bathroom is an all-in-one wet bath configuration, which uses two separate shower curtains to achieve some level of privacy. Behind curtain number two (no pun intended), is an incinerating toilet which happily runs off the solar system. Check out the pirate’s porthole too. And like most tiny house bathrooms we’ve seen, it has an Ikea rectangle space saver sink. All in all, a very function driven setup.
One of the neatest hideaway items here, is the TV. Brian chose to avoid having a regular television, and created a projector screen / pull down window shade combo instead. It hooks up to a low energy using LCD projector, and creates a definite ‘wow’ factor. Very cool.
Moving onto the kitchen. Again, one of the better designs we have seen. A large open long countertop with a full size sink (plus foot pedal control), and no lack of gizmos and kitchen tools either. They include: a bread maker, blender, kitchen aid mixer, microwave convection oven, 7cu ft refrigerator and hideaway stove-top found underneath the chopping board. Nice stainless looking Ikea cabinets (one of which has a drying rack inside), and ‘honest’ open mason jar shelving. Additional kitchen prep space has been achieved using a design commonly found on boats. It’s a floor socket removable table, which can be transformed into a dining room table, desk or coffee table. Simply pick it up, adjust the height and slot into one of the other socket holes found in the floor.
This tiny home was built using SIPs (structurally insulted panels) and retains a high insulation factor. r40 in the ceiling and r24 in the walls to be exact. If you choose to build your tiny house, consider SIPs as a time saving option.
Overall, we just love this modern tiny house. So much in-fact, that two of our Happy Tiny team members are currently building a modified version of it in New York. So watch out for that one this summer. If you would like to build one of these yourself, you can go ahead and purchase the plans direct from Brian at his website here.