Brevard Tiny House Company

The following is a guest post from the Brevard Tiny House Company.

Hello! We’re the Brevard Tiny House Company! We’re a family owned business located in Western North Carolina. We love tiny houses!

Below you’ll see some pictures from our ‘Keep on the Sunny Side’ and ‘Robin’s Nest’ tiny houses. Keep on the Sunny Side was our first build, and where two of our team members now live. The Robin’s Nest is now with its owner, in North Dakota.

Both tiny homes are 8×24 ft. They are built on custom-designed trailers with 7,000 lb. axles and boxed in wheel wells. The bed of the trailer is also lowered to maximize height potential for the actual tiny house.

We love living in Keep on the Sunny Side. One of our favorite features is the slide out shelving system for the pantry, convection oven, and cook top. It’s a great space-saver in the kitchen. We also like having the kitchen and living areas ‘separated’ by the couch and the kitchen table—it makes it feel more like a standard sized home. We also have conventional plumbing, a comfy master sleeping loft, and we’ve even got a mini garden going on one of the wheel wells!

The Robin’s Nest has a beautiful and innovative interior (and a cute brown and blue exterior which gave the house its name!). We were able to creatively and efficiently incorporate stairs, which is something we’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback about. Underneath the stairs are the water heater, a space for kitty litter, the all in one washer-dryer combination, and a mini pantry. We also love the ‘crazy wall’ in the master-sleeping loft. Through the use of several native woods of various size, shape, and texture, our artistic master builder designed a beautiful accent wall.

A few features that both tiny houses have:

  • Changing space: through the use of privacy curtains, the area between the bathroom and the closet can function as a private changing area
  • Full insulation: both tiny houses are sealed tight! We’ve experienced a Pennsylvania winter and can attest that a space heater was more than enough to heat the tiny house!
  • Large windows: we wanted them to have a bright open feel through the use of natural light
  • A second loft, which can be used for storage or a second bedroom
  • A ‘teeny’ tiny house. Before a build, we create a model of the future tiny home. It’s a hoot!

The most important thing to remember about Brevard Tiny House Company is that we love building! We’re excited to try new things and incorporate all of your ideas! We’re 100% custom designed!

Check out our website for more information:

It’s a great day to live tiny!

Robin’s Nest time-lapse

Robin’s Nest virtual tour

More photos of Robin’s Nest

Robins Nest Exterior-Brevard Tiny House Company

Robins Nest Interior 2-Brevard Tiny House Company

Robins Nest Interior-Brevard Tiny House Company

Robins Nest Kitchen-Brevard Tiny House Company

Robins Nest Loft-Brevard Tiny House Company

Robins Nest Bathroom-Brevard Tiny House Company

Sunny Side virtual tour

More photos of Sunny Side

Sunny Side Interior from Loft-Brevard Tiny House Company

Sunny Side Exterior-Brevard Tiny House Company

Sunny Side Kitchen-Brevard Tiny House Company

Sunny Side Interior-Brevard Tiny House Company

Sunny Side Storage-Brevard Tiny House Company

Sunny Side Loft-Brevard Tiny House Company

Life in 120 Square Feet

Life in 120 - Exterior

Back in the woods of North Carolina you’ll find Laura and Matt living and working in a tiny house they built themselves. They started building their tiny house in 2009 and it took three years to complete, working on it on weekends while living in Atlanta. Now that it’s complete they have left the big city and live in the woods full time.

Moving into a tiny house gave Laura the freedom to leave a 15-year career she didn’t enjoy. She now works from home as a freelance writer. Her work is completely location independent which is what allows her the freedom to live off the grid and in the mountains.

Some interesting aspects of their house is that it’s not on a trailer, it’s on a stout pier foundation. It also has no plumbing but users a Berkey Water Filter in the kitchen and a basin for a sink and a pressure sprayer in the shower stall for showering. The toilet is a simple Lovable Loo style composting toilet. While all these plumbing solutions are very low tech, they seem to be providing the function they need.

You can find articles written by Laura on her blog, Life in 120 Square Feet, and Tiny House Talk. You can see the entire building process of their 120 square foot house on Flickr. You can follow them on Life in 120 Square Feet on Facebook, and below is a video tour of their house.

Life in 120 - Front

Life in 120 - Berkey Water and Sink Life in 120 - Desk   Life in 120 - Interior Life in 120 - Kitchen Life in 120 - Loft Bed

Marcus Built Himself a Tiny House

Tiny House by Marcus

Marcus is an engineer and knows his way around drafting software – so when it came to designing his own home, he did it himself. He also did most of the construction work himself. He hired contractors and helpers when it made sense to have an extra hand or when the task needed expertise he didn’t possess – like with electrical work and drywall.

It’ measures 12’x20′, has 19-foot ceilings in the main room and a loft in the back. It’s located in Asheville, NC which Marcus reports allows for dwellings down to 150 square feet, as long as certain criteria are maintained, like:

  • “Each dwelling unit shall be provided with a kitchen area and every kitchen area shall be provided with a sink.”
  • “Every kitchen shall have not less than 50 square feet of gross floor area.”
  • “Every dwelling unit shall be provided with a water closet, lavatory, and a bathtub or shower.”

More communities should adopt a minimum square foot rule like this and simply focus on the details, letting the designers figure out how to make it all work in whatever reasonable footprint they choose.

To read more about his house see this article Marcus wrote at Tiny House Blog. Also see the video interview below.

Tiny House by Marcus - Kitchen Tiny House by Marcus - Side Tiny House by Marcus