At one time, tiny houses were big solutions for people who were living small by choice or by necessity. As tiny homes became trendy, an industry of tiny home building emerged—but when you’re paying for someone else’s labor, the price tag is significantly higher. This custom, trailer-mounted tiny home by Dream Big Dwell Small carries a $73,400 price tag, and some amenities that don’t exactly match the traditional tiny floor plan.
Let’s start with the two lofts. Most tinies only have one. Two lofts provide enough sleeping space for a “master” loft with room for a king-size bed, and a separate loft big enough for a queen-size bed—also referred to as “storage”—making raising a family in this tiny a little more possible.
The lofts are reached by ladder, and according to the listing, a “custom oak ladder” is included in the package. If you opt to use the second loft as a bedroom, you might want to invest in a second ladder, unless you want to strand someone in a loft overnight.
300 square feet may include the floor space in the lofts; otherwise, this is a very long tiny.
Stainless steel appliances fill a nearly full-sized kitchen with 16 feet of butcher block counters, a conventional range, and a three-quarter fridge. As tinies go, that’s luxury.
Another luxury is the three-quarter bathroom. Tank-less instant hot water saves space and means not having to run out of water during your shower. The shower is a waterfall shower, a nice step up from a conventional nozzle or wand arrangement. As for the toilet, composting toilets like the one they installed are becoming the norm; and can be replaced if a more permanent home is found.
An uncommon addition is a washer/dryer unit. One less reason to leave your tiny home.
Those details may not mean as much as the crown molding, red cedar trim, and USB plugs.
The exterior includes a contemporary visual aesthetic with smooth lines blending the shed style metal roof, shiplap siding, and red cedar trim, and lots of (tiny) windows.
The most important part may be the price: $73,400. While some build DIY tinies for less than $10,000, this is about in line with other third-party tinies. Seattle Tiny Homes start at around $65,000, although their custom, DIY kits start at $28,000.
There’s a value and an expedience to turnkey solutions. But is this just right, or too much?