Living Big in a Tiny House: Our Traveling Tiny Home In North America

Living Big in a Tiny House: Our Traveling Tiny Home In North America


Over the last few weeks we have been working
like crazy together with the team from Tiny House Chattanooga to build our North American
tiny house on wheels and today I am so excited to be sharing the finished home with you. The builder that I chose to work with on this
project was Mike Bedsole from Tiny House Chattanooga. We actually met at the North Carolina Tiny
House Street Festival and just got on ridiculously well. We were up till about 4 o clock in the morning
one night just geeking out over tiny house designs and sketching up concepts and at one
point I remember just looking at him and saying, “we have to build a tiny house together”. This tiny house is amazing result of that
incredibly fortuitous encounter. So I’m really happy to have met Mike and I
am just so incredibly impressed with the quality of work that both him and his Tiny House Chattanooga
team have done in realising this project. Over it’s lifetime our tiny house is going
to be covering a tremendous amount of ground, so right from the beginning the design was
really focused around how we would be able to travel well with the home. Without a doubt one of the most important
aspects of this tiny house, or any house on wheels for that matter, is the trailer that
it sits on. So we have a trailer here, this is a 16′ bumper
pull trailer from Foundation Trailers and this really is the cornerstone of our tiny
house on wheels. Because this house will live it’s life on
the road we didn’t want to compromise with the quality of the trailer and so this was
a really important part of it. When it comes to the exterior design of this
house I was really largely inspired by so many of the homes that we visited in Japan
and I wanted to create something that was really small, really easy to travel with but
that looked beautiful. So one of the things that I really wanted
to do was add this feature where we could break up the roof line. Mike actually does this in another one of
his model homes called The Lookout and when I saw that I thought it was a really nice
feature, and I think especially in a house this size, when you’re dealing with a 16′
tiny house it’s so easy just to make it look like a box so I think anything you can do
to actually break up the lines of the house and just make it a little more visually interesting
is a really great thing. So I’m so happy with how that little inset
turned out. The exterior cladding of this home is standing
seam metal together with TruCedar from Quality Edge, so this here is actually a steel product. This is foam backed which gives it an insulation
value and making the cladding out of steel just makes it a little more resistant, it’s
lighter weight and I think it’s actually a perfect product for tiny houses for that reason. Our windows here are from PlyGem, these are
double glazed vinyl windows and they’re also made from tempered glass just to give it that
little bit of extra strength when the house is traveling on the road. Now as I mentioned before this is a tiny house
that is really designed to move, so you’ll notice that we actually have all the standard
RV hook-ups. This home is actually RVIA certified which
means we can pull into any camp-grounds here in North America and we’re legally allowed
to park there so we’ve got a 50amp power hook-up we also have water as well as an out for our
grey-water there. So that’s the outside of the tiny house, let’s
go have a look inside! So I designed this tiny house to have this
little porch area just because, even though it’s such a small house I think it’s really
nice to have a little bit of an area where you get a break from the rain, so when you’re
coming home if it’s pouring with rain you can just have a little bit of shelter when
you’re opening the door. Speaking of the door, we also have key-pad
entry into this house to make entering and exiting really simple without having to fumble
around with keys. You would be amazed at how useful this is
on a traveling house. So, let’s continue inside! Welcome to our home! This whole space was really designed to keep
it open, light, airy and spacious. The whole house is only 16 x 8 ft or roughly
5 x 2.5 meters. Now that means it is a really, truly compact
house. So right off the bat to make it feel open
and spacious I made the decision not to have a loft space. A loft is a really great idea in a space because
it can provide a lot more usable area but for me I really wanted to keep the expansive
feeling of the home in tact and having anything intruding into that level would have made
things very difficult. One of the other reasons for not having a
sleeping loft in this house was to be able to lower the whole profile of the house making
it again easier to transport. This house, because it’s designed to move
it’s going to be having to fit under bridges it’s going to have to fit under low-hanging
power lines and all that sort of thing, so by not maxing out the legal height dimensions
we were able to actually make it more functional as a traveling home. Immediately upon entering, we have the shower
to my right hand side and the toilet to my left hand side. Now I wanted to break those up in the design
firstly because I like the way that it visually works with the entrance way here but also
because for me it was a practical decision. I like the idea that one person can be having
a shower and the other person can be brushing their teeth or even on the toilet so breaking
those up actually made the room a little more functional. Now the shower was immediately one of the
most challenging aspects of the whole tiny house. We really wanted to create this whole thing
as a wet-room and water proofing isn’t always super simple. The solution that Tiny House Chattanooga came
up with was actually to use this galvalume material here and we’ve warmed up the metal
by also using the tiger wood. So tiger wood is incredibly resistant to moisture
and it’s a great option. Firstly it’s important to talk about the shower. We have a limited hot water supply in this
house of only 7 gallon electric hot water heater. Limiting the hot water supply really just
comes down to the point that I like to avoid using gas if possible so if I can electrically
heat water then I will. That being said, 7 gallons is not a tremendous
amount of hot water to have on hand, but it is made possible thanks to this particular
shower-head here. This is a Nebia shower, the Nebia shower system
is a water atomising system so it uses only .75 gallons of water a minute which is incredibly
low. To cover the wheel-well in this room we’ve
actually also included a little shower seat which I think adds just a little bit more
functionality to the space. So, little things that can make all the difference. Let’s go check out the bathroom. Now this was a really challenging space to
work in there is not a tremendous amount of room in this space but I feel that it’s turned
out really well. We have a really small low-profile sink a
nice back-lit vanity mirror and on this side we’ve actually covered up the wheel wells
by building in some functional shelving which I think is actually a really nice little addition
to the space. We’ve chosen to use the natures head composting
toilet in our home and the reason for that is because I think it is probably the best
option for when you’re a traveling tiny house. Basically what the natures head does is it
separates your liquids and your solids, that’s really good when you’re a traveling tiny house
because it means that you can go for a longer period of time without having to empty out
your solid waste, which I think is a really valuable feature. That being said we have also plumbed the tiny
house so that if we want to in the future replace the composting toilet with a flushing
toilet we’re able to do that. And now let’s go check out the main part of
the house! One of the things that I really like about
the design of this house is the way that when you walk past the bath-rooms everything just
kind of opens out in front of you. These little insets are set high up enough
that they don’t really intrude in your space in any way and I think it really again provides
a really nice visual feature from the inside of the house, just allowing you to look out
at that little glimpse of sky either side I think is a really nice touch. It also just kind-of makes the whole room
more interesting on the interior and again stops it from feeling just like a little box. Over one side here we have the desk area. So the desk area is obviously really important
to us because we travel as YouTubers filming for Living Big in a Tiny House and so having
a comfortable work-space in the area is really essential to us. This here is also where our whole electrical
system is stored. So we have access to our fuses and control
panels back here. We also have the battery monitor information
showing the current voltage of our battery system. So this is a tiny house that is designed to
primarily be on-grid, but it also has off-grid features and capability as well. So the way that this works is when the house
is connected to power we have use of all of the systems in the home. That includes anything which requires AC power
like our television, or our induction cook plate or even our smart-home lighting system. When we’re not connected to AC power however
the house also has a small house battery which is able to power our essential items. That includes our refrigerator, our composting
toilet, our DC lighting circuit as well as our lunos system. Now the battery can be charged either via
the AC power when it’s plugged in, via the vehicle alternator when the house is moving
and being towed or it also has the ability at a later date to be hooked up to a solar
panel, so we’ve actually run the solar wire underneath the house and if we chose to get
a solar panel to connect it to all we need to do is hook that up and it’s ready to go. Over the other side here we have our kitchen. The kitchen again is such a charming space
and it’s so important to me to have a nice kitchen. Obviously this is not a very big house and
so we had to downsize and shrink the size of the kitchen but I still feel it’s a really
comfortable working area. We’ve got some really nice maple cabinetry
that’s been built in, a good amount of storage here we have our knifes and forks and everything
in this draw, we have jar storage which is in here and as you can see these pull out
to actually have quite a lot of storage space in them. I know to a lot of you it might not look like
a lot of storage space but when you’ve been living out of a back-pack for 10 months this
is palatial! You may notice that there is no cooking element
actually built into the kitchen. That’s for a couple of reasons. Firstly you’re not always using it and I don’t
think it makes sense to built it in and take up space when it doesn’t need to and the second
thing is we’re not always connected to power, so we do have an induction plate that we can
bring out and use to cook on when we’re hooked up to power and then the idea is that when
we’re not hooked up to power we’ll probably use a little gas cooker or maybe an ethanol
burner. We’e got a really nifty little fridge that’s
been built into this tiny house as well. This here is the Dometic CR-50. This is a fridge which is really designed
for marine and RV application. One of the things that makes this fridge perfect
for our tiny house is that it’s designed to run off of both AC and DC power meaning that
when we’re on the road we always have things nice and cold in the fridge. And over here we have the bed. The bed is a really important part of this
house because it’s not only where we sleep, it’s also where we relax and just hang out. There is no lounge in this house so this bed
area becomes everything in that respect. Also, in a space this size you still need
some storage! So we’ve actually pretty much maxed out all
of the space under this bed for a tremendous amount of storage. The bed lifts via hydraulic actuators which
helps to assist in the lift so it’s not too heavy and then underneath we have the entire
space free for storage which easily allows us to keep absolutely everything we need and
a lot of stuff that we don’t. When you’re designing a tiny house quite often
you have to do without some things but I think it’s really important to design in features
that you can be really excited about in your home and one of those things for me is the
TV lift. So when we press a button the TV lift actually
raises a 43″ television which doesn’t sound like a big television but when you’re only
6′ away from it, it’s pretty huge. It’s just nice to build in a few of those
things that can really give you a nice, homey experience and for me cuddling up and watching
a nice movie is definitely one of those important things to be able to do. Climate control features inside the tiny house
are really important as well. Especially because we’re going to be covering
a lot of ground and we’re going to be living in this home in a lot of different temperature
areas. So we have our AC heating and cooling unit
from Aura Systems, that is only available to us when we’re plugged into AC power, it’s
a 12,000 BTU unit which is definitely overkill for the size of this tiny house, but it works
incredibly well for us. We also use our Lunos system, so the Lunos
heat recovery ventilation system acts basically like a pair of lungs for the house. One fan is always breathing air in, while
the other is breathing air out replacing all of the air inside the tiny house and making
sure that the air quality inside the home is equal to the exterior air quality. Our tiny house has actually been built using
mainstream corporations healthy tiny home package. What that includes is the non-toxic insulation
which is in our walls keeping us nice and warm as well as a system of building wraps
and breathable membranes that allow the walls to perfectly regulate the moisture content
inside the house eliminating the possibility of mould build-up from any excess moisture. That’s extra useful for our system as-well
because we’re also using steel frame, so with the steel frame system it actually means that
if any moisture does ever condensate on the steel, the vapour barrier system is able to
draw that away from the steel frame and outside of the house. While we’re talking about the unseen materials
in the house one of the things that I can’t skip over is the use of Volstrukt steel framing. Steel framing I feel is a perfect product
for tiny houses and there’s a whole multitude of reasons why but primarily it helps to keep
the weight of the house down while also being incredible structurally sound. Another thing that I’m really excited about
in this tiny house is the smart home technology that we’ve incorporated in it. Our tiny house is actually controlled by Amazon
Alexa via our Echo Show unit which is a really handy tool. For example I could say “Alexa, what’s the
weather like today?” “In Chattanooga Tennessee it’s 65 degrees
with mostly sunny skies, tonight you can look for mostly clear skies with a low of 42 degrees”. And it also acts as the central control unit
for everything else we’ve built into the house. Being here now inside this tiny house just
feels incredibly surreal to me. It was such a wonderful project, you know,
it’s very very hard to articulate the feeling of sketching something out on paper and then
watching the whole thing just come to life in front of you. Being in this home now just feels incredible. One of the things that has always really motivated
me in life is a love of travel. I love seeking out new places, new people,
new experiences so a life on the road for me is absolutely what I want and a tiny house
on wheels is something that can facilitate that. It’s a home that gives me all of the security
that I need and all of the comforts of home while still having the ability to hitch it
up to a truck and tow it to my next destination. So, you know, for me, one of the most exciting
things about this tiny house is the fact that the view out of those windows can constantly
change and always be something new and interesting and different and I think that there are very
few housing options that can give that to you.

100 thoughts on “Living Big in a Tiny House: Our Traveling Tiny Home In North America

  1. Hey all! There are lots of questions regarding the cost of this build. We have a video coming out next week which details the build and will include info about the cost. We've yet to properly tally everything up but estimate that including labour this home would come to around $50,000. ๐Ÿ˜

  2. Could one not easily save space for the bathroom by using the kitchen sink (or else portable/removable sink) within the kitchen sink to not need to have two sinks in a tiny house? If you can get used to Arab style toilets maybe you can even combine shower and toilet space (shower takes the water and organic toilet is another part of the sink). Would that not work and safe a good amount of space?

  3. Is this your 2nd Version of your tiny house. I remember having commented earlier version. I had asked you a question that have you sold your New Zealand Tiny House ? Have you relocated to North American ? I will appreciate a reply. I am big fan of your YouTube serials

  4. Is small but very efficient for anyones needs. I could live in this indefinitely. Love it. Too bad im poor and old. Lol nice job, beautiful home

  5. Other than all the listed benefits of a tiny home in this video… This is the ultimate solution to homelessness!!!

  6. One odd thing I notice a lot are the windows by the beds…if they were a bit highr it seems it would be more comfortable leaning back.

  7. Bryce … All the basics well thought out … given all you've seen and done, what you include and recommend is top notch for this just-right tiny …

  8. After seen so many beautiful ,hand crafted beautiful tiny homes, you come with this super industrialized heavy structure? . The tiny room does not have essence. You could do better!!!.

  9. Wow, great building,
    But please kick out alexa ๐Ÿ™ˆ.

    Itโ€™s been some time since Iโ€™ve last visited your channel, and itโ€™s grown amazingly. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

  10. Wow! This teeny veeny house is awesome. I could not have imagined, that so much could go in so tiny a house. Superrrrrrr!!!!

  11. This is my favorite one. I would like this, but with some small changes. A lower roof, to fit more places. A twin size bed, use the gained space for more storage, maybe a flip down table. I would have to have an oven, I bake most of my food, even hamburgers. I would have two of those fridge. All of the extra kitchen stuff would go in the space I made by having a smaller bed. Instead of the bed lifting up, I would have a large pull out drawer under the bed (which would be up off the floor a bit higher, the front of the drawer would have a small, pull out step) and when you pull out the drawer all the way, you can then pull into that middle space the drawers under the bed that are on both the left and right side. Only one side at a time, of course.

  12. I don't know if this comment will be seen, but Bryce mentions at around 5:50 that tiger wood is used in the shower room and is incredibly moisture resistant. Could this have been used to clad all of the walls if he wanted to?? I'd love to make a shower/ bathroom all teak/ tiger wood. Thanks

  13. After looking out so many tiny houses you came up with the perfect and best tiny house of all..
    Just love everything about this house.

  14. i always watch this video … specially how they made it…
    small and the quality .. its awesome… how i wish to have same design … but i want to make improvement too…
    like a deck…

  15. To me that is the perfect tiny house. I want one! The steel framing stood out to me. Seems like a good idea to use steel framing in a tiny house. I can also see the potential for integrating technology into a tiny house which makes me want to start building one immediately. Thank you for another inspiring video.

  16. As fate would have it, I just read an article this morning on indiewire about the young Richard couple who entered into an agreement with A&Eโ€™s Tiny House Nation show and this same contractor in Tennessee (Tiny House Chattanooga). The couple was ripped off by the contractor and now their money is gone and theyโ€™re back living with family. The network refused to get involved to help the couple. Sad story. Youโ€™d think tiny house builders would be of a higher consciousness. ๐Ÿ™

  17. That's a nice place you have here. As a a self built campervan owner, I think that you aren't talking about the house in "motion" mode. Do you have tricks to lock everything in place so you don't end up with a place full of broken stuffs after a trip? Thanks for your channel, really entertaining and inspiring!!

  18. Love it!! Very cleverly designed, especially the tv lol! Love all the โ€œecoโ€ side of it, great to see a combination of ideas from a lot of the other places youโ€™ve seen,

  19. Wow. Just wow. You guys are so fortunate. I so want one of these. Congrats on the build and thanks for making such great videos – my wife and I enjoy watching them so much! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜„

  20. When you asked YOUR Alexa what the weather was like, MY Alexa answered. Hmmm, possible thunderstorms tonight. Good to know. LOL!

  21. BRAVO! you have created the bestest tiny house ever, everything is so perfectly plan and thought of, thank you for propagating the tiny house movement, it changes lives for the better and heartily good luck to you, God bless and protect you and the ones you love always. xoxox

    fyi: P.S.: forgive my bad English, I am French xo

  22. Great choices here, Bryce. I love the many windows, the light from fixtures, and the airy, open layout. It was smart to forego the loft. The TV lift is slick! Beautiful woods everywhere! I like that the shower and toilet area both have big windows. You might consider adding a skylight over the bed in the future. Looking at the stars would be lovely. I think I'd also add a foldout table top for the desk, too.

  23. After all the BS is done with an your free propaganda, I could Live better in a motel with 2 meals a day for a long time before all the steel screws that were used start leaking an rusting after a good rain. Your enthusiasm is as good as a refrigerator salesman to an Eskimo.

  24. It's like Harry Potter movie ๐Ÿ˜ฑ
    Looks Small from outside but big from inside
    ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  25. The cost isn't bad when you consider not having to stay in hotels while traveling. I'm sure that offsets a lot of the expenses. And I'm thinking he may be able to stay near wherever he is filming at low or no cost.

  26. I have been studying your videos to build my own tiny home soon for my family of 4… and I stumbled upon the perfect design, but this video was so helpful in realizing some important information that I hadnโ€™t considered regarding traveling and even clean building materials… hopefully one day soon Iโ€™ll get to build our dream Tiny home, and Iโ€™d love to have yโ€™all come look at it…

  27. I'm getting older and wiser by the Grace of God. I'm not able to packing up all essentials to go the laundrymat, and yes I've had to do it 20+ year's and I pray that I won't have to go back to that!
    I'm not to proud to go if that was my only/last resort of having/keeping my clothes clean! I've washed certain things by hand also and I still do when necessary.
    God bless!
    Romans 16:16

  28. Such an inspiration. I appreciate the teamwork and professional quality of every show…and I have seen many! Thank you to Bryce and Rasa! You two truly rock! I have an acre in Eugene, Oregon. You both are welcome!!

  29. I think this is your new tiny home….looks like the perfect upgrade and still looks like the old one….. congratulations!!

  30. I love the tiny home concept, but the concept was to live more free, yet people are spending more money having these homes built than a tradition home , doesnt make any sense!!

  31. It is so obvious how emotionally involved you are in this house, it's clearly seen by your energetic and excited double-speed enthusing over it ^^

  32. That's amazing! Looks fantastic!
    I keep seeing tiny homes for sale on Amazon, I am super curious to know if it's worth it, I think that would be a great video!

  33. When you turn a casement window sideways their called look-outs. That small look-out,.. Boxed-in-with-that-black roofing or vertical siding looks so-cool!
    Over a door their called "transoms" in a Basement their called "awning" awnings usually open with a stick.

  34. Tiny House Chattanooga is my favorite so far of Tiny Home builders. The Lookout is my favorite home. I would just tweak a few things if I were to build one.

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