Caravan – The Tiny House Hotel

Caravan - The Tiny House Hotel

Located in the funky Alberta Arts District of NE Portland, Oregon (map) is the first tiny house hotel in the USA. There you’ll find three tiny houses that encircle a small courtyard.

Each house is equipped with a bathroom (flush toilet & hot shower), kitchen (hot plate, refrigerator & microwave), electric heat, and sleeping space. Each of the three houses has it’s own unique character too.

  • The Rosebud – Traditional style, 120 square feet, Sleeps 1-2 people.
  • The Tandem – A larger tiny house, 160 square feet, Sleeps 1-4 people.
  • The Pearl – Modern style, 90 square feet, sleeps 1-3 people.

Currently it costs $125 a night to stay at The Tiny House Hotel but check their website for current rates.

Visitors to the Caravan - The Tiny House Hotel

Below: The Rosebud

The Rosebud - The Tiny House Hotel

Below: The Rosebud’s Interior

The Rosebud Interior - The Tiny House Hotel

Below: The Tandem

The Tandem - The Tiny House Hotel

Below: The Tandem Interior

The Tandem Interior - The Tiny House Hotel

Below: The Pearl

Pearl - The Tiny House Hotel

Below: The Pearl Interior

Pearl Interior - The Tiny House Hotel

Smalltopia – A Tiny House

Tammy and Logan will soon have a tiny home of their own. It’s being custom crafted for them by Katy Anderson and Dee Williams at Portland Alternative Dwellings (PAD). The total cost including labor will be about $35,000.

For several years Tammy and Login have been working to downsize their lives, go car free, and build the life of their dreams free from the trappings of consumer society. Now they’re spending some of the money they saved by building a mortgage-free home. They estimate that the home will pay for itself in just three years with the rent they’ll save.

Below is an early floor plan that captures many of the features they wanted to include, but you may notice the design evolved somewhere between the the plan below and the photos above.

It has some cool features including a 50-degree roof (instead of the more common 45-degree, 12/12 roof) which will provide more head and shoulder room in the sleeping loft. The loft also features a skylight, inspired by Dee’s tiny home. The house also has french doors on the side as well as a front door and porch on the end. This should really help to open the space up. On the trailer tongue-end of the house a small bump-out adds a little extra space too. I’m not sure what will fit into that space – my guess is the kitchen or a table.

I’m looking forward to seeing this home finished and learning how everything fits together. The team at PAD worked carefully with Tammy and Logan to fit everything they wanted in the small space so I bet they come up with some clever interior design solutions in the process.

You can follow the construction progress at and learn more about the builders at



Dee Williams on PBS

Dee Williams built her Tumbleweed tiny house several years ago for about $10,000 from a lot of reclaimed building materials, which helped keep the cost low. So besides being a tiny house, it’s an excellent example of how used building materials can be taken out of the trash and made new again. I first saw this story on RowdyKittens. Read the whole story about Dee Williams on the PBS website.

Also be sure to visit Dee’s tiny house website, Portland Alternative Dwellings.

Watch the full episode. See more Need To Know.