The Tiny House That’s Unlike Any Tiny House We’ve Seen

Maybe you’ve seen a lot of tiny houses (I know I have), but I bet you’ve never seen one quite like this. Mississippi couple Breck and Kelsey wanted to be able to downsize (and take their home with them on their travels), so they commissioned Portland-based Tiny Heirloom, makers of custom tiny houses, to create a home that would fit on a 28-foot-long trailer. The interior, a soaring space with lofts on either side, is similar to other tiny houses we’ve seen—but on the outside, you’ll find something completely different.

Besides being able to travel, Breck and Kelsey also wanted to take their love of adventure on the road. So they asked the folks at Tiny Heirloom if they could turn one wall of their house into a climbing wall, which would act as a mobile gym that would go with them wherever the road took them.

Inside the house, the ceiling of the main room is a generous fifteen feet, which gives the living room and kitchen a spacious feel. Enhancing the main room’s open feel is a glass garage door, which opens the house up to the outdoors when the weather’s fine. On the other side of the house, there’s a more traditional front door.

On either side of the main room are lofts, accessed by a movable ladder. (I know some of you aren’t the biggest fans of climbing ladders to get into bed, and I can’t blame you, but I imagine that the prospect is less daunting if you’re used to scaling walls.) One loft is the unit’s bedroom, and the other is a small office/hangout spot for working on the go. (The space isn’t tall enough to stand up in, but there appears to be enough room to sit in a chair pretty comfortably.)

The dining table, which seats six, can be lowered to the same level as the benches to make a platform for a queen-sized bed—perfect for overnight guests. And the home’s bathroom, tucked under the sleeping loft, has an actual bathtub—a pretty unusual feature for a tiny house.

The most unusual feature, of course, is the climbing wall, created with Rockwerx modular panels. The holds themselves can be re-configured, to create an infinite array of bouldering problems (although maybe don’t forget the crash pad).

It’s a pretty sweet setup—a cozy modular home, and a modular gym, that goes wherever you like.

You can see more on the project page at Tiny Heirloom, and at New Atlas.


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