When COVID-19 spread around the world, Hawaii-based husband and wife wedding and portrait photographers Taylor and Michaella McClendon’s workload dried up. They had moved to the Big Islands just two years prior, and their entire life’s work had been put on hold.
Taking advantage of the world changing and resetting itself, they decided to try their hands at something they had been quietly passionate about: tiny homes. They joined up with construction expert Greg Huffman, his wife Joy – an experienced designer and home planner, and Taylor’s brother-in-law, Ike Huffman, a finish carpenter.
In 25 days, they had built their first tiny home, and they have now decided to move back to Dallas, Texas, to begin their tiny home construction business in earnest.
The first tiny home Taylor and Michaella built was a 28-foot house on wheels. It’s 8.5 feet wide, 13.5 feet tall, and designed to be on or off the grid. Pricing for this dynamic duo’s tiny homes start from $99,800 and don’t include generators or solar power.
Striking in its look, it was all hands on deck to craft this tiny home with a metal roof and siding, complemented by a cedar ceiling and siding accents.
The easy-flowing living spaces of the home are light, bright, and beautiful, with ample storage and steps doubling as cabinets.
The kitchen is one of the most spacious parts of the home. It has a concrete counter, a 36-inch farm-style sink, a generous kitchen window, and plenty of lights and plugs. It’s every home cook’s dream kitchen.
Kitchen cabinetry is plentiful, and you can cook up a storm on the vented stainless-steel gas stove. The full-size stainless-steel fridge-freezer is also a welcome addition to the farm-style space.
The main loft, perfect for a couple, is ten feet by eight feet with a height of 45.5 inches at its tallest point before sloping down.
With an abundance of windows throughout, you never have to feel claustrophobic in this 250-square-foot tiny home. There are nearly a dozen windows, including four clerestory windows along both sides.
To offer the illusion of space and minimalism, the entire tiny home has been themed in a modern and Scandinavian style.
No home is complete without somewhere to rest, relax, and read a book. This tiny home comes fitted with a cute reading nook on a window ledge, complete with under-seat storage. It’s also the access point to the second loft area up the ladder.
Michaella and Taylor wanted to make the living area one of the most spacious parts of the home – and they achieved just that. The generous living room has plenty of space for entertaining, and even features a plug for a TV.
Whether you prefer to be on-the-grid or off-the-grid, this tiny home has been constructed for both situations. It has an enclosed bathroom with a 42-inch stand-up shower. There is also a composting toilet that you can connect to a sewer system, as well as a sink and vanity.
You can run the greywater through the ground, sewage system, or septic system. It doesn’t get much more convenient than that.