Elegant and Tiny, What's Not to Like? Check Out the Northwest Plans!


A Tiny House must, by it’s very nature, be of a limited size. For many reasons this is important to those of us who have chosen to pursue a Real TINY Life. Some may do it for simplicity’s sake. Others are concerned about the environment. Yet another reason may be financial independence and freedom from debt. For whatever reason or combination of reasons drive one to Tiny Living, there are compromises to be considered: What do I let go of? What must I keep? What do I prefer to keep? There are some things that we require for basic survival: food, shelter, and heat. These are the must haves. Preferred items are things that may make your life more comfortable. These personal comfort needs drive each individual’s lifestyle choices. For some it may be a grand office design suited for a single person and her working requirements. For others it may include comfortable chairs for lounging while pursuing leisurely audio/video entertainment. More space devoted to the kitchen area may be preferred for the person who loves to cook.

It began with a simple question: what can you do with 400 square feet? Well, if you apply ideabox thinking to that question, the answer is a lot! The NORTHWEST series is the ideabox answer to small space living; it's also our original and most loved model.

The first thing we did with this design was eliminate wasted space. Hallways were the first to go. A galley kitchen opposite a compact full bath, provides a pass-through from the living to the sleeping space. Like all of our models, the NORTHWEST series uses premium materials, high-end finishes, and energy-efficient construction. Each house is designed to fit your individual tastes and delivery is always quick and easy. We now offer the NORTHWEST in a 400 sqf park model and a larger 560 sqf permanent home version.

How many people do you know that are skeptical of tiny living?

The questioners tend to come from two opposing camps: the first group is the enthusiasts, the ones who dream of a tiny house of their own, want to live vicariously through our experience, or need to keep the hope that some people are capable of doing what they would like to do, but somehow don’t feel able to. The enthusiasts encourage us to market our lifestyle, and be spokespeople for the wonders of tiny houses; their questions tend to be of the rhetorical sort, as when you ask someone about their honeymoon to the Caribbean.

The skeptics—the ones who would not dream of giving up their comforts and privileges, and think we must be radical and idealistic hippies to live without plumbing—inhabit the second camp. The skeptics would like to end the nagging suspicion that some people can be happy with less, or can find more if they dare to think beyond the truths they have been force-fed by parents, politicians, and cultural habitus. Their questions are like teasing elbows in the ribcage, “Come on, cut the crap, and tell us how it really is. It’s horrible and hard, isn’t it?” The skeptics seem to need us to give them a reason why they are still paying for their mortgages and don’t try to change their lives for the better. I would argue that no excuse is needed, people choose to live the way they live for a myriad of reasons, most of which I would never have the presumption to judge our even try to understand. There is no need to feel defensive or envious. Just because this works for us, doesn’t mean that it suits everybody.

We tell the enthusiasts how great it is, and we give the skeptics horror stories to giggle over, but we don’t try to please either group. We love our tiny house, it fits us like a tailor-made glove, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t imagine selling it and buying a modernly equipped apartment in a city, if life moves in that direction.


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