Interior designer Katie Andersen of Parlour and Palm had always wanted to live in the most environmentally responsible way. So, when she and her fiancé, Austin Macy, got together, they decided to make their dreams come true. Austin already had plans to build a tiny house after college, so it made perfect sense to jump right into the project.
The Portland, Oregon-based pair got to work on building a 175 square-foot tiny house on a steel trailer for them at their cat, Charlie. Because it’s technically an RV, they can move it around if they ever wanted a change of scenery. Currently, though, they keep their home parked on a wooded lot they rent in Portland. This is where it has been for the last two years, after a year-long building process.
The entire project cost around $20,000, and they purchased and acquired materials over the year of the build. A lot of what they bought was salvaged and secondhand, which tied in with the eco-friendly aspect of the project.
Katie used her expertise from her role as a designer for Parlour and Palm to make sure the entire home was functional, seamless, and spacious. Katie says, although it’s a tiny home, it’s “maximalist on a tiny scale”.
While small on the outside, it’s deceivingly large on the inside. It has a small seating area, a single-wall kitchen, a full bathroom, and a sleeping loft the pair can access by ladder. There’s undoubtedly more to this tiny house than meets the eye.
Katie Andersen and Austin Macy’s 175 square-foot tiny home is set upon a steel trailer in a wooded lot in Portland, Oregon. It features weatherproofed cedar shingles and a beautiful Pacific Coast theme.
The conservative interior is entirely functional, with a removable stainless-steel ladder to access the bedroom loft. Once removed, there’s room for a folding table and two folding chairs for use at dinner time.
No expense was spared in creating a comfortable living space. It’s fitted out with an electric stove, vintage chair, rug, and a small table. This area then flows out to the deck area for summer entertainment.
Katie managed to source paneled French doors from a former restaurant. She used one as a window and one as the front door.
The sleeping loft, which is accessible by ladder, has enough room for two nightstands and a full-size bed. The nightstands were found on the side of a road.
The sleeping loft may be cosy, but it offers an exceptional view.
Katie acquired an old door and turned it into a sliding barn door to access the bathroom from the kitchen area. When open, it tucks behind a set of cabinets.
Katie and Austin got thrifty with their kitchen’s creation. Their cabinets, subway tiles, and electrical outlets all came from secondhand stores and salvage yards. Katie laid the tiles herself, which she had never done before.
The kitchen is spacious and entirely functional. It also features a tall cabinet the pair salvaged that’s over 100 years old.
The bathroom is akin to those you’d find in a home and garden magazine. Katie made use of an antique table with vanity and paired it with a salvaged porcelain sink. The exposed-bulb lighting illuminates the space well and looks striking against the subway tiling and black hexagonal tile floors.
The base of the shower is unique in the respect that it’s a galvanized steel horse trough. A repurposed pipe was used as a shower curtain.
The bathroom may be small, but a large mirror offers the illusion of space.
Even though Austin and Katie’s tiny house is on wheels, they’ve set it up to look permanent. They built an outdoor deck out of shipping pallets that they painted and paired with outdoor furniture.