I don’t know about you, but I’ve definitely day dreamed about selling everything I own and moving into a tiny house like the one you are about to see. It’d be a nice getaway, you wouldn’t have to worry about paying a mortgage, because everything would be paid for in cash. The reality though, is that this isn’t something that everyone can just pick up and do. Oftentimes people don’t want to downsize, or there are too many members in their family to make this feasible. Luckily for this Portland, Oregon couple, they were able to do exactly as they wanted and made this tiny house their home.
The idea for this tiny house all started when Jenny & Michael had a garage in their backyard that wasn’t all that suitable for a car. It was small and pretty crammed, so they had the idea to expand it into something more. Michael is a musician and Jenny is in the tech start-up industry and helps build companies. They spend a lot of time traveling between Oregon and Los Angeles. The cost of hotels and traveling was expensive, so they had the idea of turning their garage into a guest home that could be rented out on airbnb.
The home is 350 square feet but offers a lot in this tiny space. It has 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom, with sleeping accommodations for up to 3 people. It is situated in a neighborhood that offers a lot for people who are traveling and want to get a true Portland feel. It’s within walking distance to many restaurants, bars, and shops.
It was very important to Michael and Jenny to build a sustainable place for people to stay. They used as much reclaimed material as possible. Here are a few of the things that they did. The trim and shelves are made from an old shed that used to be on the property. The flooring and siding were salvaged from high-end construction jobs. The windows were salvaged from a horse farm in Oregon. The stove and fridge were sourced from the Hood River History Museum. And the rug was donated from the Falcon Arts Community.
Because of the size of the house, some things needed to be scaled back. You’ll notice in the bathroom that the sink is recessed. Also the ceiling in the bedroom is sloped, which may make it hard for a taller person to stand up all the way.
If you look closely at the pillows, they were also reclaimed. Some of them are made from burlap bags that were used to carry many pounds of coffee, but now they act as a comfortable place to lay your head.
This couple really paid attention to detail when they were building this tiny house. In the kitchen, some of the drawers are made from wooden fruit crates. Even the little white end table, was reclaimed from an old wooden door.
The construction on this tiny house lasted from October 2012 – January 2013. They were able to design and built it so quickly with the help of their friends and family.
As you can see in this picture, the sink is further back in the wall, but this definitely allows for a bit more space in the bathroom giving it a larger feel.
The cost to rent this tiny house while on vacation is $100/night with a 3 night minimum. You can rent it for $585/week or $2200/month.
Along with the basics, this tiny house rental also comes with free-wifi and a private entrance.
They must be doing something right though! After receiving 85 reviews for their property, they have received 5 out of 5 stars for this quaint tiny home.
Not only did they build this tiny house using only the garage shell as their starting point, but they turned it into an amazing income property. On their Tumblr page, you can learn more about this home and also how you can rent it if you are ever visiting Portland, Oregon.