Seeing the solutions designers and DIY-ers come up with to get the most space out of a tiny house is truly amazing. But so far none have come up with quite as many ingenious space-saving features as the ones in the tiny home recently completed by Ana White and her husband Jacob in Alaska.
The home was built atop a 24-foot-long (7.3 m) trailer and due to clever multipurpose furniture and design elements, it even has 100 sq ft (9 sq m) of open space without sacrificing any of the comforts one wants from a home. The home also features large windows, which makes it appear even more spacious.
The most unique part of the design has to be the bed, which can be stored under the ceiling above the sitting area when not in use. The raising and lowering of the bed can be done by the press of a button, and it even has a middle position, to allow guests to sleep over on the sofa if needed. The raising mechanism is made up of parts that can be found at any hardware store, and cost just $500 to build. The TV is mounted on the wall in this area and can be watched either from bed or from the sofa.
The sofa has storage space underneath it and it can also serve as a guest bed. Ana created it by cutting up a regular foam mattress into three pieces, which can easily be re-assembled into a bed if needed. The middle of the home was left open, and there is a slim built-in console running along one side of it. This console acts as a storage area, but can also be transformed into a small lunch table, a full sized dining table or a work area. Another multipurpose piece of furniture are the two coffee tables, which can also be used for storage, as chairs and even as lap desks. They also serve as a step for reaching the bed.
The kitchen is located on a raised platform, and has an ample amount of counter space, a sink and a fridge. There is even space for a washer dryer combo unit in the corner of the kitchen which is a very ingenious place to put it. The bathroom is separated from the kitchen by a custom built sliding door, and features a composting toilet, a sink and a shower. There is even a pull out closet tucked into this space.
The ingenious space-saving solutions put forth in this build are truly impressive, and what’s even more impressive is that the whole house was constructed using only materials that can be found in any hardware store. In rural Alaska where Ana is based that is a necessity, due to the lack of other specialized stores in the area. The home cost $60,000 to build, half of which was used for materials and the other half for design and labor. Ana will also be offering the DIY plans to build this house for free soon. For more information visit Ana White’s website at ana-white.com