The “tiny home” trend is on the rise, with more and more homeowners trading in space for simplicity. From recent college graduates to retirees, the appeal of a tiny home reaches across generations. With less to maintain, fewer chores to do, lower expenses, and increased mobility, there’s many reasons why tiny homes have become a full-fledged lifestyle for many people.
But if there’s one thing most tiny homes lack, it’s modern design. Some sacrifices have to be made when you’re living in a space this small, and aesthetics are often low on the list of important features. But Frank Henderson and Paul Schultz set out to change that when they designed what they call “The Toy Box.” This home is bright and colorful on the outside, and very well-designed in the inside.
Coming in at only 140 square feet, this truly does qualify as a “tiny home.” But comparisons to all other tiny homes end there. The creators said this home was about expressing four things: “a home is a place of peace, simplicity, happiness and recreation.” With everything this home is, it’s certainly not about sacrifice – like many tiny homes are.
Featuring a living area, a kitchen, a dining desk, a sleeping loft, and a bath, this home may be tiny – but it certainly doesn’t look like it from the pictures. The best part? It’s currently for sale for just under $50,000! You can check out the listing at tinyhouselistings.com.
At its most basic level, the home is built from an energy efficient, thermoplastic roof plane with three colorful corrugated fiberglass cubes and natural cedar. The thermoplastic is UV and heat resistant, keeping the interior cool and saving on energy consumption. Black trimmed windows complete the design, plus provides plenty of ventilation and natural light.
A sliding glass door promotes ventilation and lets in lots of natural light. There’s a planter around the base of the home for vegetation which uses recycled water from the sinks to cut down on water usage. A pair of 2 x 6 foot cedar storage boxes make up the porch that sits under a retractable awning.
The home attaches to any standard trailer hitch for easy transport, and sits on a tandem wheel trailer with a capacity of 10,500 pounds. The trailer is specifically engineered for tiny homes. To stay even more eco-friendly, the home can be powered by solar photo-voltaic panels or residential wind generators.
The living room is the largest area of the home, occupying a space 7 feet by 8 feet. Eight storage cubes double as seating, but can also be configured into a couch, several separate seats, or a spare bed.
Warmth is provided by radiant underfloor heating made from recycled denim, which operates much more efficiently than even a standard space heater. The home is made even more energy efficient with the installation of LED lighting throughout.
One wall of the kitchen is used as a pantry area with a “tongue and groove” system made from finished pine with concealed cabinets and adjustable pine shelving. The stored items can be hidden from view to keep the home’s minimalist aesthetic in place.
Thanks to an extendable faucet, the entire bathroom converts into a shower. The sink faucet head simply extends out and clips to a wall. Like the kitchen, the water here is collected and used to irrigate plants. The home’s 20 gallon water heater is housed here, as well as storage space for clothing.
Just above the bathroom is the wood-lined sleeping loft, where you’ll find three more windows that let in even more fresh air. The loft holds a king size mattress, and has a light switch that powers every light in the home.
You don’t need to get out of bed to turn off the lights! A reclaimed ship ladder provides access to the loft from the kitchen (notice the now-hidden pantry shelves).
For more information, or to express your interest in this tiny house, visit the ToyBoxTinyHome website.