170 sq ft
Location: Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada
Designer/Builder: Laird Herbert
Laird Herbert has a passion for designing small spaces. When I asked him what his motivation and inspiration was, he commented with the following:
I'm a big fan of the modern/boxy approach to portable tiny house design. The flat roof is both simple to build and gives the space a much more open and airy feeling. I tried to go for a design that would defy the cabins size. I encourage anyone considering building a tiny house to think more about a flat roof!
Despite the vast amounts of land, our land prices have skyrocketed (most people get paid really well up here, our government subsidizes the territories heavily), and so about two year ago I decided to build a tiny house. It was 16' and very modern and boxy. I enjoyed designing, building and living in it so much that I decided to build another this winter. I've decided to try and make a living from building them, so I sold the first one, and this second is currently for sale. My favorite part is the designing - I have several other models that I am really excited to build, including one that I hope to use natural building techniques.
The construction details:
This home is 20' long by 8.5' wide, mounted on a trailer rated to 7000lb. The winters are quite cold, so it features triple pane windows, spray foam insulation and a wrap of 2" of insulation. It has a full-size propane range, half size fridge, instant tankless hot water, 35 gallon tank, shower and compact bathtub, composting toilet, bathroom sink, queen size loft, pull out couch, ultralight drywall and birch plywood finishing, hardwood flooring, and granite tiles. I used FSC wood where ever possible, including cedar tongue and groove siding, and some reclaimed materials, though they are hard to find in the Yukon. It also has steel studs, in an effort to reduce the weight.