Take a Tour of My Tiny Home

by Tammy Strobel on November 2, 2011

We’re still settling into the tiny house and my parents are in town this week, so I haven’t gotten much work done. But that’s okay because I love spending time with my folks. It’s hard to believe I haven’t seen them in three months!

In the meantime, head over to the Tiny House Blog today! My blogging buddy Kent interviewed me and I gave him a tour of our tiny house. Click here to check it out!

1 Katy @ The Non-Consumer Advocate November 2, 2011

Okay. I need to visit.


2 Kylie November 2, 2011

Tammy, do you know that I’ve been looking forward to a tour of your tiny house for…probably *years* now? That’s crazy (and hopefully not creepy). I love to see up-close views of how people are living tiny-ly (I know; SO not a word). Anyway, it looks cozy and wonderful. I especially love the kitchen area. The counter is gorgeous, and it’s so lovely that you can look right outside while you’re cooking or washing dishes. So happy for you guys.

3 Dave November 2, 2011

Hrm… explosive toilet, eh? :) Sounds messy :)

The house looks beautiful!

4 Tammy Strobel November 2, 2011

@Dave – LOL! Dee made the potty for us. Her sense of humor shines through. :)

5 Meredith November 2, 2011

While your tiny house is beautiful, I can’t help but comment on your gorgeous long-haired calico cat. She (I assume she’s a she based on my knowledge of calicoes) stood out the most — but I make no effort to hide that I’m a sucker for calicoes. As I type this, my own is curled up on my lap.

6 Tammy Strobel November 2, 2011

@Meredith – Yes, she is a girl and her name is Christie. We got her eight years ago from a rescue organization in Folsom, CA. She’s very sweet. Right now the sun is shinning through our picture window and she’s wedged herself in between the books to get a morning sun bath. :)

7 Marianna November 5, 2011

Yeah! You should totally start a “Cats in Tiny Houses” tumblr!

8 Tammy Strobel November 5, 2011

Excellent idea! :)

9 Caroline McGraw / A Wish Come Clear November 2, 2011

Kylie, I’m with you ~ I’ve been looking forward to this tour ever since Tammy started writing about living her tiny house dream! It’s great that you’re settled in, & that your parents are able to share the experience with you. The efficiency and elegance of your space is motivating me to look around our tiny studio apartment and streamline some more. Again, thanks for sharing!

10 Sean November 2, 2011

Congratulations on finally finishing the house! Can’t wait to see it in person :)

11 Kairi November 2, 2011

Simpy, wonderful! And the explosives in the toilet is hilarious! I hope you two enjoy many happy and healthy years together in your new tiny nest. :o)

12 Nichole November 2, 2011

I am moving to a communal living sitch after inhabiting a studio apartment by myself for a year. I have so much STUFF crowding my life that I literally can’t take with me when I move. The photos of your space reminded me that I can go without, and I can go without beautifully. Thank you so much for sharing.

13 Ev`Yan November 2, 2011

Oh, it’s *beautiful*, Tammy. It looks so cozy & homey. I love it. :]

14 Susan November 2, 2011

Like many of your long time readers, I have been so excited to follow your journey to a more intentional life and to your tiny house! It is so inspiring and I am so happy for you. And the video and photos are great, so keep them coming!! We are living vicariously through you until we get to the point where we can buy some land and perhaps build a tiny house of our own. Again, Congratulations!!

15 Sarah Moriah November 2, 2011

Tammy I’m so happy for you guys. It’s been quite a few years ago now that you were posting on the e-list. What a dream to finally come true!

16 Christine November 2, 2011

What a CUTE HOUSE! Thanks for sharing :-)

17 Brenda November 2, 2011

Congratulations on your new home, Tammy! I’ve read a bit about “tiny houses” but have never come across a close-up look at what it’s like to actually LIVE in one, until now. Thanks for sharing with us!

18 Brenda November 2, 2011

…and I’m with Meredith: what a gorgeous kitty!

19 Paula November 2, 2011

It’s soooo cozy. It’s beautiful! so jealous and in a very special way!!! Congrats!

20 Tez Hill November 2, 2011

Love it, love it, love it!
Is that a sleeping area where your dad is sitting with the fold out panel? Nifty idea.
Love the Herculean toilet reference- hilarious.
Could not be more excited for you!

21 Logan November 2, 2011

Hi Tez!

Yes, the sitting area folds out and becomes a twin sized bed. We are still looking for a cushion to use as a mattress. :)

22 Desiree November 3, 2011

Regarding a mattress…if you go to Joanns (fabric store) you can find very thick foam pads for sale. They look about twin-mattress width and are fairly cheap, different densities and thicknessess. Wow. Those are probably not words.

Just thought I’d give ya the heads up. I know, not very eco-friendly, though.

There’s always the homemade buckwheat mattress option… 😉

23 Tanja Hoagland November 7, 2011

I’ve done foam pads for dog beds before and for sleeping on at times. You can find the foam very inexpensively on ebay as regular-sized mattresses (the craft stores charge much more for it). It’s not super-eco but it is functional.

Your tiny house looks exquisite!

24 Tez Hill November 2, 2011

I forgot to add: I’d love to see more of the bed/skylight area. How do you like the higher roof angle that you went with (45 degrees if I remember right)? And have you had a chance to be up there when it was raining to see the rain run down the pane? Did it sound neat? I’ll bet that would be just a simplicity moment… ahhhhh…

25 Tammy Strobel November 2, 2011

@Tez – We’ll do a more in-depth video soon. We’re actually listening to the rain right now. It’s pouring in Portland and the rain sounds so beautiful on our little roof. :)

The roof is at a 50 degree angle and it’s great. We have more room in the loft and not as much rain hits the side of the house because the eves are extended. I’m glad we decided to try something a little different. In the long-run the extended eves will protect the house.

26 Vince November 2, 2011

I can’t help but wonder: Where does the litterbox go, and does it present a challenge in such a small space?

27 Tammy Strobel November 2, 2011

@Vince – It’s actually built into the bench under the picture window and so far it hasn’t presented a challenge. I sweep a lot, but I did that in our apartment too. :)

28 Judy November 2, 2011

Are you intending to finish/seal the wood surfaces throughout the house? Window coverings? Beautifully crafted tiny house!

29 Tammy Strobel November 2, 2011

Thanks Judy!

In the bathroom yes. But not in the rest of the house. We like the unfinished look. Although the bamboo counter is sealed. :)

30 Michael November 2, 2011

Wow … I am so happy for you guys. Your little house is AMAZING! I love the closet door/bathroom door idea. :)

31 Helen November 2, 2011

Love it!!! How exciting for you you guys! Thanks so much for sharing. I have been looking forward to you finally having your tiny house too from afar.

32 Jennie Walker November 2, 2011

My fiancé and I are really enjoying the pics of the tiny house, Tammy! Congrats on getting it finished. Looks really amazing. I’ve been noticing all the details… kitchen sink (awesome choice!), toilet, flooring (is it cork?), the cool built in window seat (and now I see it transforms into a little bed for guests!), the pretty french doors, etc. The cat looks right at home :-) We have 3 cats, so I’m wondering how the heck two humans and 3 felines are going to manage in our own tiny house one day. We have my 1200 sq ft house up for sale and are crossing our fingers for a sale… then we’ll start building ours. My Dad’s a contractor and I’m going to enlist his supervision… Brian and I have never built anything like this before. LOVE yours! Great job, you two!!

33 Tammy Strobel November 2, 2011

Thanks Jennie! Good eyes. :)

Yes, that’s cork flooring and the kitchen sink is made out of recycled copper. The cats have adjusted really well to the space. I was nervous that they would hate it but they seem to be more at ease in the little house. :)

I’m sure you’ll fit into a tiny space! I hope you’ll be able to sell the big house soon. Best of luck!

34 Heidi November 2, 2011

Hi Tammy and Logan: I stumbled across your blog last June when I started minimalizing. It has been really exciting reading about your little house each week, and I’m so happy that it is now a reality for you! I do have a question about your cats. I am assuming that they are inside cats, and I wonder how they like moving to the smaller area. I have 5 small dogs (cairn terriers who are actually very cat like). They are used to traveling with us in our RV, but I continually worry that they will try to make a break for it when we are in the smaller living space. I never quite relax until we are back home again with our fenced yard.

Also you mention that you do yoga when you want to get some alone time. Is the tiny house actually big enough to practice in or do you go to a studio for that? That might be a stupid question, but comparing to our trailer, I would not be able to practice Yoga inside.

Thanks for sharing all the pictures! It’s fun for us wannabee tiny house dwellers!

35 Tammy Strobel November 2, 2011

Thanks for the kind words Heidi.

The cats have adjusted really well to the tiny house. I was afraid they would bolt outside too. But that hasn’t happened. They have been indoor cats for their whole lives, so they are tentatively exploring the outside world. So far they have only made it onto the porch and under the house. I’m sure your puppies will do great.

I practice yoga at a local studio. I haven’t tried to do yoga in the little house yet, but I think there is enough room for me to practice in front of the window seat. I’ll see how that goes.

Thanks for reading!

36 Erin November 3, 2011

I looooove this! Thank you for sharing these photos. Do you have all of your things (I know you’re minimalists) moved in? Because the thing that strikes me the most is that even in such a tiny space, you haven’t come close to filling up the available storage, which is amazing!

My favorite part was the cat, as well :)

37 Tammy Strobel November 3, 2011

@Erin – Yup. Everything is moved in! We don’t have much stuff. :)

38 Tez Hill November 4, 2011

Oh you ARE such an inspiration with your minimalism!

39 Gretchen November 4, 2011

Where do you keep the litter box????

40 Tammy Strobel November 4, 2011

It’s built into the bench Logan is sitting on. If you look through some of the tiny house photos, you’ll see it off to the right. http://rowdykittens.com/our-tiny-house/

41 Chandra November 5, 2011

OMG, I freak’n LOVE your little house!!! I keep checking on the Portland Alternative Dwelling website for plans. :) It is seriously perfect in so many ways. Its so awesome that you guys were able to attain your dream! Thanks for sharing all the great pics too. ^_^

Just curious, and since I haven’t seen anyone ask yet, I will… Where did your Poang chair go???

42 Tammy Strobel November 5, 2011

@Chandra – The Poang went to charity. It was too big for the space. :)

43 Lindy November 5, 2011

Just beautiful. All the wood is perfect. I envy your compactness and neatness.

44 mark owen-ward November 7, 2011

so great that you walk the talk and really live your values – truly inspirational and awe inspring; have no doubt you’ll go onto even greater things and take your readers with you.

45 Ellen S. November 8, 2011

Congratulations on your house – and thanks for giving us a peek inside! It’s amazing how compact and yet totally functional it is. So inspirational…

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