News Home & Design Ladders, Stairs, or Slide-Out? This Tiny House Lets You Choose The finely crafted Sojourner tiny house has plenty of options tailored to what you might need. By Kimberley Mok Kimberley Mok Twitter Writer McGill University Cornell University Kimberley Mok is a former architect who has been covering architecture and the arts for Treehugger since 2007. Learn about our editorial process Updated March 26, 2021 05:04PM EDT Fact checked by Haley Mast Fact checked by Haley Mast LinkedIn Harvard University Extension School Haley Mast is a freelance writer, fact-checker, and small organic farmer in the Columbia River Gorge. She enjoys gardening, reporting on environmental topics, and spending her time outside snowboarding or foraging. Topics of expertise and interest include agriculture, conservation, ecology, and climate science. Learn about our fact checking process Share Twitter Pinterest Email Hauslein Tiny House Company News Environment Business & Policy Science Animals Home & Design Current Events Treehugger Voices News Archive Tiny houses have come a long way since those rustic, trailblazing specimens that first appeared over two decades ago (though one could say that tiny homes like yurts, tents, and wagons have been around for ages). Fast forward to now, and you can find a customized tiny house to fit any inclination: low-tech tiny houses, high-performance Teslas of tiny houses, ultra-modern tiny houses for architects, a tiny house for a firefighter, a wheelchair-accessible tiny – the list of possibilities goes on. Over in Port Macquarie, Australia, the Hauslein Tiny House Company is offering their own take on the tiny house dream – one that can either come with a ladder, staircase, or even an RV-inspired slide-out to magically maximize space. Co-founded by husband-and-wife duo Sarah and Scott Rohdich, who have lived in a tiny house of their own, the company's charming Sojourner tiny house boasts an abundance of style and smart design ideas. Here's a quick video tour of the 306-square-foot Sojourner with the staircase option (you can also see the ladder version here): The company describes the origin of the house's name: "To ‘sojourn’ means to rest, abide, dwell or stay. It’s about having a break from the journey, to be refreshed. There is an element of temporariness to it which we feel is captured by the relocatable nature of our homes. You can stop awhile, and move on in your own time, taking your resting place with you." The exterior of the 26-foot-long house is a balanced blend of cedar cladding and metal siding, with that distinctive gabled form, with dormers to one end. Hauslein Tiny House Company Stepping past the glazed and electronically locked front door and into the interior, we come into the living room space, which has large windows lighting up the seating area and the dining table. The dining table isn't attached to the wall, so it can be pulled out to create a more pleasant dining experience. As Scott mentions in the video, the company opts to build for standard-sized furnishings when it comes to tables, couches, and appliances, as they believe that these are better than fold-out alternatives. Hauslein Tiny House Company The tall ceiling above the living room is outfitted with a rather ingenious tool, a newer version of the Victorian era "airer." It's a pulley-operated clothesline and drying rack; quite useful to dry clothes inside the house during rainy days, and here it's been readapted as a smart space-saving and energy-saving feature. Hauslein Tiny House Company The Sojourner's kitchen area is laid out along one side of the home, and includes a large sink that has a removable dish-drying rack, a dishwasher drawer (which presents less of a tripping hazard), and lots of LED-lit glass cabinets overhead to store and display kitchen items. The washing machine has been installed under the counter here, a common thing to see in European kitchens. All the counters are made with durable wood, and the spruce-ply wood cabinetry uses soft-close hardware. Hauslein Tiny House Company There's a lot of space under the stairs for storing things, plus a microwave and apartment-sized refrigerator. Hauslein Tiny House Company The stairs themselves are nicely done, with wooden treads and a welded metal handrail, perfect for people who hate to climb ladders. Hauslein Tiny House Company The stairs have been designed so that there's a lower landing where one can fully stand up at the top, before sitting down to get into bed. Hauslein Tiny House Company Up here, there's a queen-sized bed, as well as a clever wardrobe that has a swinging door with integrated shelving to store more things. Hauslein Tiny House Company The bathroom is directly below the bedroom, and is a little bit smaller here than in the ladder-equipped version of the Sojourner, due to the stepwell needed for the stairs, but nevertheless has all the necessities like a toilet, small custom-made sink, and shower. Hauslein Tiny House Company With so many people now becoming interested in tiny living, it makes sense to offer a model with or without stairs or slide-outs, which means that these tiny houses can stay relevant even as someone ages in place. Prices for The Sojourner start at $78,826 – and can range up to $98,600 for a fully kitted-out model. For those who want something smaller or larger, you can also check out the Little Sojourner and The Grand Sojourner. Find out more over at Hauslein Tiny House Company.