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  1. Very nice. really good use of space, except for your Television.

    I encourage you to mount the TV on a hing doorway so all the space behind the TV becomes storage

    add www to this—Swinging-TV-Cabinet-modern-living-room-portland for 1 visual example of what I mean, The bonus would be you could have the TV swing so you could view it from your table chair OR your arm chair, making it a second monitor for your laptop if you need that productivity.

    1. Thanks Stephen, I can see your point, the TV is very rarely used and when it is it is mostly as a monitor for my computer, where it is right now for me is the perfect location for that, It is in a movable shelf which does actually have more storage behind it. I toyed with putting it on a swinging arm but in all reality it is nearly never on and I feel like I really wouldn’t use it anyway. If I watched more TV I may make it more flexible like that, it is a great idea! Thanks for the comment!

      1. I think this comment about your TV was downright silly. You did a great job of designing a tiny house, and most people have their TVs in site. What the heck!
        I love your little house.

        1. Oh its certainly not the worst I’ve heard :) It’s funny how opinionated others can be about how everyone else lives their lives… :) Thank you for your kindness!

  2. i absolutely love your home! a bit off topic, but i think i love the books you have, too! i recognize a few: the biomimicry one, cradle-to-cradle, and the two ayn rand books. since you don’t have very much room for loads and loads of books i am sure it is hard to edit what books you have in your home. i am curious to what other books you have? lol

    1. Oh this is a big drawback to tiny houses! :) I have never gotten into e-readers, that is a solution that lots of people find, I like REAL books! Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution is a great book, of course I have all the tiny house books too, Nano House, Small Cabins etc. Biophillia is an older one in the same vein as Biomimicry. That’s off the top of my head which isn’t very sharp this particular day, when I get home I’ll respond back again if there are any other ‘greats’ I feel are worth a mention :)

      1. wonderful! just added a few new books to my “read-list”. thank you for taking the time to respond and i look forward to hear what other gems you have on your shelf :) and, again, you have such a beautiful home!

      2. Hi Macy,
        On e-readers… I too prefer book in hand. I now have a Kindle, a Christmas gift from my son and DIL (who ignored my “Kindle is the devil” rants). Now that I have it, I’ll tell you two of my favorite benefits. Reading in bed without lights on (great around sleeping babies and partners), and also, mine has a stiff leather cover, so when I’m lying on my side I prop it up, with no need to hold it. No more cold hands in winter. Maybe Kindle isn’t the devil…
        Question… now that your little one is a year older, are you finding the space feeling too small?


        1. I am not finding the space feeling too small yet, I think I will be good in that realm at least until she’s 3 or 4, the part that WILL make it feel small is that I am preggers currently so having two will be a juggle for nap times. We are going to be building on this summer,, so that we can have one kid napping while the other is being loud, because that will happen! :) I am happy to say that kids actually don’t take much for some years, the thing they want most is to be right with you so space hasn’t been a concern! It’s been nice to always be in view actually!

  3. Beautiful home and well designed! Curious about the build time . . . Can you elaborate on whether the two years was needed to accumulate enough pallet boards or for labor?

    Also, what was your work schedule like? Weekends? Any assistance/help?

    Did you contract anything? (electric, plumbing, etc)

    1. The build time was actually 18 months, not two years. The entire first two months were prepping the trailer, if you have a trailer that is ready to go you can x that off the to-do list. There was another two months in there recovering from a broken back where no work was getting done so the work of the house was actually around 14 months which was all ‘free time’. For nearly the entire build I had two jobs, one full time and one 20 hours a week, I also had a three leadership roles in three different volunteer organizations (USGBC, Big Brother Big Sisters and I was the president of my cities leadership program), each of those took up one full evening a week or so… Most weeks I was lucky to get one full weekend day to work, I tried to get a few hours in on the other weekend day and I could usually get one weeknight evening in, I guestimate that I was able to get 16-20ish hours in a week on the build. The hours included tracking down/shopping for supplies, picking them up, prepping all the used materials (the pallets took FOREVER! but were all sourced for free on Craigslist, usually 20+ at a time so it didn’t take too long to gather). I did most of the work myself, my dad helped me with the framing as I needed more hands than I had a lot of the time. The one thing I did hire out was for the reclaimed doors I found to be hung, I think I would try that if I had I to do over because it cost almost 200 to do that and I don’t think they did any better of a job than I could have… I had just heard that it had to be so precise but even after having it professionally done the doors stick, they aren’t ‘quite right’. The plumbing and electrical was self performed but I did have professionals check it before covering it up (my dad is a professional plumber so that helped too). Hopefully that helps. Thanks for the questions! Good luck to you, let me know if I can ever help navigate anything!

      1. Way to make the rest of us feel like slackers. Kidding! Your home is absolutely gorgeous. I have completely fallen in love with every bit of your lighting. Those small details just give it the perfect bit of personality

  4. Your tiny house is an inspiration Macy. We espespecially love that beautiful porch. We were also wondering about its location when the pictures were taken. Did you rent space in someone’s back yard? Or, perhaps a friend let’s you use their backyard. Again, thank you for telling us all your marvellous story. You’ve really got us thinking of building a little retreat like yours.

    1. Hi D’Arcy-

      Thanks for the kind words, the photos were taken last October (2013), I rent the property from a friend, it is an empty lot. Thanks again!

  5. I would like to get in touch with you ms. Miller. I have a few important questions I need answered. My friend and his girlfriend are planning a tiny house project within the next couple of months and I have been enlisted to help build it. I cant seem to find a link to contact you and any help would be appreciated. Thanks

    1. Hi Thomas-
      Happy to help however I can, you can find my email address under the ‘contact me’ tab to the left, it is mizacy at

  6. I read the above posts. I had forgotten that I read ‘Atlas Shrugged’ by Ayn Rand when I was a girl. It has helped shape my life. I like your blog. I hope you and your little girl are well :)

  7. You may know this already, but they made a movie of The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. It stars a very young Garry Cooper.

  8. Hello Macy, Fantastic idea. I am curious about where you park your tiny house. Looks like something that I’ll be seriously looking into once my children are grown.

    1. Hi Andy, I rent some property from a friend downtown, there is always the option to park in an RV park though it’s usually a little more expensive to do that. There is also a growing resourcec to hook renters up with property owners at as well as at Hopefully that is helpful!

  9. I couldn’t figure out how to comment on your other post but I wanted to congratulate you both on your little baby girl, she’s precious!!! Loved all the photos you posted :-) Hope you have safe travels to the NC conference!!!

    1. Hi Susan I rent the lot per month, there are some great sites for connecting land owners with tiny housers, and tiny house hosting on facebook for instance! RV parks are another option.

  10. What are you going to do once your daughter grows up and needs her own bed? Just curious. I love the tiny house movement. I am not sure I could go quite that small but I am definitely in the frame of mind to downsize a lot.

    1. She has her own bed, it is a toddler size mattress/co-sleeper. Eventually we will upgrade though to another ‘alternative’ house with her own bedroom, paid for with the cash saved.

  11. Hi Macy,
    What a beautiful house and so very economical and recycled! I run a used bookstore in Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada and am always trying to find ways to make the best use of a small space – however, we are no longer as small as we once were due to a recent expansion.
    I came across your wonderfully designed website via Country Living, a magazine that came into the store from one of my customers. I then checked out their website and a picture of your place was featured prominently on the main page.
    I have just spent some time this summer visiting my parents who have a TV (I have 120,000 books in the store so don’t bother to pay for TV access) and my mom was often watching a British TV show called Small Spaces or something similar. It was all about building homes in similar sized spaces such as yours.
    Being single and on a limited budget (used bookstores don’t pay big salaries), I have become very intrigued with the idea of a similar home for myself. One of the problems up here in the “great white north” is the long cold winter and the less space to heat, the better! And, having traveled, lived and taught ESL abroad for a number of years, I am used to staying in a small space.
    Your website and photos were a joy to come across and I wish you all the best in the future. Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. My goodness I love your little home. I have been a big fan of tiny houses for a long time but always feel just a little underwhelmed by the ones I see. There just always seems to be something missing or a ladder to climb in order to get to the sleeping loft. Not for me. But with yours just a few minor changes and is perfect. Time to start saving my pennies

    1. Thanks! Thats awesome to hear! After being here a while there is very little that I would change, just a couple of finishes really! Black floors are a terrible idea! :)

    1. Hi, I don’t collect rain water persay but I try to use it on the way down. My roof and back wall drain to some planters where I will have some vines planted to grow up the trellis on said side and roof. Any overflow just goes on the ground, I would like to eventually play around with hydroponics and collect rain water but not at this point.

  13. I just want to say how much I love the idea of moving into something smaller. There were 12 in our family with 1 bedroom and 3 in the attic. I never thought we were cramped. Got married bought a home 1000 sq ft and my father said what will you do with all this space? We had 6 children in 10 years. Moved out of that city to one where the houses were bigger and better schools. So here I am alone in 2000 sq feet. Less is better, you can never keep up with the Joneses. No bills, no mortgage that is how we lived.
    I really love the idea that people are getting back to how things used to be.

  14. Beautiful house. You did a wonderful job utilizing the space well and making it look great at the same time. I imagine Denver must take up the most space! lol! He’s absolutely gorgeous btw.

    I was wondering about your electricity and water. Do you use solar or are you plugged into the city (since it appears your’e in a city/town and not in the middle of nowhere like many tiny houses)? The more I look at tiny houses the more I would like to live in one. My daughter has 2 years left of high school then I’m free to go where the wind blows me.

    1. Hi Shannon, Denver just commandeers the couch mostly :). I don’t use solar just because our power is so cheap here, when I move away from the city I have it designed so I can be off grid so eventually that will change. I am connected to water via a potable water hose on the property so its all city services except septic, I am off grid as far as waste is concerned. Best of luck being swept away soon!!

  15. I really love your home and plan on purchasing your plans. I think you have the best lay out of any home I’ve seen. One question though. …would your plans work on a tumbleweed 24 foot trailer? Your home just looks so much more spacious. Thanks Kathy oh p.s. can’t wait to see Halloween costumes and decorating!

    1. Hi Kathy! Thanks for the kind words! I’m not sure of the specifics of a tumbleweed trailer but if it was 24’x8′-6″ you could do a similar house. The bd area would have to alter slightly since mine is built over the gooseneck. I did a version of what that may look like since I got nough questions wondering if it could be done on a more standard trailer, you can see it here,

  16. I have read that recycling pallet wood can be dangerous due to chemicals and or bio hazards. How did you insure clean wood from pallets?

    1. It can be, there is not a great way to insure that in my opinion, whether its from how the wood is treated for use as a pallet or whatever it carried potentially spilling on it. I wasn’t comfortable using it indoors for that reason and so I opted to only use it on the exterior.

  17. Love the house. Curious though, where can I put one of the and have water and sewer hooked up? Do you have water and sewer hooked up, do you own your land? Anyway, very nice and inspiring.

      1. Nice. Thanks for responding so quick. Sorry my phone is crappy for this. Lol I can’t tell if you got my next reply. So you use composting toilet and collect grey water as in shower sink and washer to use on garden. Is that safe to use on garden with soaps used for dishes cloths and shower? I’m excited I’d like to do this in Missouri. Where could I find out about laws in Missouri? Do you park in someone’s backyard?

          1. I cycle it into my normal compost bin after letting it all process via the manufacturers instructions and then use it on my flowers.

        1. You will need to chat with your local city zoning to find out the legalities in your area. I rent an empty lot with utility hookups :)

  18. Hi Macy!

    Forgive me if someone has already asked. What kind of truck or SUV does it take to move your home? This is the coolest. I work for the railroad and can transfer pretty easily from one terminal to the next. But am so tired of renting and somehow never really feeling at home as packing light has become essential.
    So very inspired by what you’ve designed, built, and overcome!
    My last question is if you’ve thought or if you already sell loose plans for your tiny dwelling?
    Thanks so much…


  19. Thank you for commenting so quick. So you use a compost toilet and collect grey water as in water from shower sink and washer to put in garden. Is that legal in Missouri? Also what about soaps used for shower or clothes or dishwashing? Is that safe to out on a garden?

    1. Im not sure if its legal in Missouri, it varies state to state (I’m in Idaho). I use soaps from which are all natural and safe, if I didn’t I would be more leary to use the water on my crops!

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  21. Hi Macy!! My name is Abby and I found your house on the web and let me tell you that you and your family have an awesome house… I live in a different country and your house has given an great idea on what I am looking to live, actually is cheaper and different and an alternative for small family and those don’t need too much to live with, as we sometimes accumulate things that we don’t use and actually this type of house you have will make people to have what they really need…. Thank you for sharing your sweet home!!

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